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Gene Yang

Gene Yang

Graduate Adjunct - CLA

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Gene Yang


Gene Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he was awarded a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. Since then, he's written and drawn a number of stories in comics. His book, American Born Chinese, became 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 for excellence in young adult literature. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. The Eternal Smile, a collection of short stories illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim, also won an Eisner Award and was selected as a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.

His graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, was a 2013 National Book Award finalist, the 2013 winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in YA literature, and was named to the School Library Journal's "Best Book of the Year 2013." Yang recently joined the group of writers working on Superman for DC Comics. In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was named the Ambassador for Young People's Literature, by the Library of Congress. In addition to cartooning, Gene teaches computer science at a Catholic high school in California.


Secret Coders
First Second Books, 2015

Boxers & Saints
First Second Books, 2013

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift
Dark Horse Comics, 2014

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search
Dark Horse comics, 2013

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise
Dark Horse Comics, 2012

The Shadow Hero
Humble Comics, 2014

Level Up
First Second Books, 2011

Prime Baby
First Second Books, 2010

The Eternal Smile
First Second Books, 2009

American Born Chinese
Humble Comics, 2006

The Rosary Comic Book
Pauline Books & Media, 2003

Animal Crackers
SLG Publishing, 2006


Nursery Rhyme Comics
First Second Books, 2011

Strange Tales II
Marvel Comics, 2011

Open Mic
Candlewick, 2013

The New Press, 2012

Secret Identities
The New Press, 2009

Up all Night
Harper Teen, 2009

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