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Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang

National Book Awards Finalist

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal CrackersAmerican Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Recently, he has been working on the comics series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • The Making of THE ETERNAL SMILE

    Derek's assistant talks about the creation process of making a graphic novel.

  • Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

    Watch the trailer for Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.

  • Gene Luen Yang Interview

    Publishers Weekly interviews Gene Luen Yang about his new books, Boxers and Saints.

  • The Shadow Hero - Book Trailer

    In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity . . . The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero. The original Green Turtle comic only had a short run, but now Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew revived the character, creating an origin story for a forgotten hero.

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EIGHT QUESTIONS from GENE LUEN YANG
 
What’s your favorite book that wasn’t written or drawn by you?
I have to pick only one?  I’m gonna say Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. If it weren’t for that book, I wouldn’t be a cartoonist.
 
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what one piece of media would you take with you?  If it isn’t your favorite book, explain how you came to this peculiar decision.
A picture of my wife.  Or maybe the Bible.  No, a picture of my wife.  Because she’s so pretty.
 
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I love all flavors of ice cream, but I’m lactose intolerant so I’ll have to say Rainbow Sherbet.  Not as yummy as Mocha Almond Fudge, but so much better for my stomach.  And for the folks sitting next to me.
 
How are you planning to survive the zombie apocalypse?
I’m gonna develop a taste for zombie flesh.  Then I’m gonna go buy a large carving knife and lots of hot sauce.
 
What’s your favorite word?
“Moded.”  Remember when junior high kids used to use that word to diss on their friends?  So fun.  We gotta bring that back.  A whole generation is missing out on getting “moded.”
 
If you suddenly fell into a dimensional vortex and ended up in 1529, what profession would you adopt?
Ninja assassin!
 
Black or white?  Cats or dogs?  Apples or oranges?  Robots or vampires?
Black vampire apple-dogs
 
What’s the worst fortune cookie advice you ever got?  Did you take it?
You take advice from fortune cookies?  Seriously?  We invented those things as a gimmick to sell you more moo shu pork.  You’re not actually supposed to run your life by them.
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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

The Shadow Hero 6

written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero is based on the adventures of the Green Turtle, who solved crimes and fought injustice just like any other comics hero of the 1940s. But this mysterious masked crusader...

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The Shadow Hero 5

written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero is based on the adventures of the Green Turtle, who solved crimes and fought injustice just like any other comics hero of the 1940s. But this mysterious masked crusader...

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The Shadow Hero 4

written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero is based on the adventures of the Green Turtle, who solved crimes and fought injustice just like any other comics hero of the 1940s. But this mysterious masked crusader...

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The Shadow Hero 3

written by Gene Luen Yang; illustrated by Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero is based on the adventures of the Green Turtle, who solved crimes and fought injustice just like any other comics hero of the 1940s. But this mysterious masked crusader...

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