Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. 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. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including "Duncan's Kingdom" (with art by Derek Kirk Kim), "The Rosary Comic Book," 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," a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school.