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The Eternal Smile

Three Stories

by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim

First Second

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ISBN10: 1596431563
ISBN13: 9781596431560

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176 Pages



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A Texas Library Association Young Adult Round Table Recommended Graphic Novel

From two masters of the graphic novel, Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, come fantastical adventures through the worlds we live in and the worlds we create: the story of a prince who defeats his greatest enemy only to discover that maybe his world is not what it had seemed; the story of a frog who finds that just being a frog might be the way to go; and the story of a woman who receives an email from Prince Henry of Nigeria asking for a loan to help save his family. With vivid artwork and moving writing, Kim and Yang test the boundaries between fantasy and reality, exploring the ways that the world of the imagination can affect real life.


Praise for The Eternal Smile

"This collaboration between multiple-award winners Yang and Kim is an eagerly awaited event that actually pays off. Yang writes and Kim illustrates in a medley of different styles united by meticulous detail, almost throwaway beauty and riveting storytelling. All three stories deal with levels of fantasy and how humans use it to escape or transcend everyday tedium and suffering. In 'Duncan's Kingdom,' a fairy tale about a brave youth, beautiful princess and dastardly frog king is played out; the fantasy is so note perfect that the truth of the situation comes as a shock. In 'The Eternal Smile,' Gran'pa Greenbax is an avaricious frog whose moneymaking schemes are first boosted then dashed by the appearance of a mysterious, peaceful smile in the sky. Riffing off classic Disney comic books and evangelical clichés, it's a sharp satire far more complex than it first appears. In 'Urgent Request,' Janet, a schlumpy drone at a tech company, answers a Nigerian scam e-mail to liven up her drab life. However, her motives are not as they originally appear. Shattering the borders between our real and fantasy lives, these bold, masterfully crafted fables have real staying power."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the author

by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim

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 Crackers. American 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. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school. He got his Master's in Education at Cal State Hayward, where he wrote his thesis on using comics in education.

Derek Kirk Kim is the author of Same Difference and Other Stories, the winner of the trifecta of comics awards – the Eisner, the Ignatz, and the Harvey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

art by Jesse Hamm

Derek Kirk Kim

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