Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, forGordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, includingDuncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim), The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and AnimalCrackers. 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 forThe Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school.