From Rufio to Zuko

From Rufio to Zuko


From Rufio to Zuko is a memoir detailing the life and work of Dante Basco. Basco takes us behind the scenes of his earliest projects, sharing personal examinations of his life on the set of Hook, through his second rise as a cultural icon as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout his career as a ‘working class’ actor of Filipino heritage, Basco outlines how his family and culture play a crucial role in the foundation of his work and his focus for the future.

A hugely insightful read that brought me back to my childhood, when the coolest superhero any Asian American kid could be was Rufio. Dante’s exciting journey will inspire you to dream big, take risks, and tell your own stories.

— Jon M. Chu, Director of Crazy Rich Asians


Pre-orders for this title ship the week of October 28, 2019. Booksellers: this title is distributed via SCB Distributors. Please note that the only difference between the editions is the cover art. 

Cover design by Cassidy Trier. Interior layout by Ian DeLucca. Edited by Safia Elhillo and Rhiannon McGavin.

212 pages, softcover (matte), 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

Lost Boys Edition ISBN: 978-1-945649-35-6
Fire Nation Edition ISBN: 978-1-945649-36-3

Publishing date: November 4, 2019

Non-fiction, essays