geneyang.jpggene.pngGene Yang began his career as a graphic novelist when he started drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He has since written and drawn a number of graphic novels including Duncan’s Kingdom and The Rosary Comic Book. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. A short story from The Eternal Smile, his 2009 collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim, won an Eisner Award as well. His books Prime Baby and Level Up (with illustrator Thien Pham) were also nominated for Eisner Awards. Gene currently writes the graphic novel continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children and teaches at a Roman Catholic high school.

"I began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, I got the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. (If you’re interested in creating comics yourself, check out the Xeric Foundation. They’re a great organization!) Since then I’ve written and drawn a number of stories in comics. American Born Chinese, released by First Second Books in 2006, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New. The Eternal Smile, a collaborative project I did with Derek Kirk Kim in 2009, won an Eisner as well. My 2010 graphic novella Prime Baby was also nominated for an Eisner. In June of 2011, First Second Books released //Level Up//, a graphic novel written by me and illustrated by Thien Pham. In 2012, Dark Horse Comics will release //Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise//, with art by Gurihiru and story by me, Mike DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko. In addition to cartooning, I teach computer science at a Catholic high school in California. Beginning in 2012, I will also teach at Hamline University as part of their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults."

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