Gene Yang has been teaching since 1998 and cartooning professionally
since 1996. Gene has taught Computer Science, Computer Applications,
Technology for Business, Computer Art, Algebra, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
at a Catholic high school in Northern California. He is currently serving
as his school's Director of Information Services.
In 1997, Gene's first comic book, Gordon Yamamoto and the King
of the Geeks, garnered a Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry
award. Since then he has been published by First Second Books, Marvel Comics, Pauline Books and Media,
and SLG Publishing. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic
novel to receive a National Book
Award nomination and the first to win the American
Library Association's Printz
Award. It also won an
Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New in 2007. His 2009 book, The Eternal Smile, a collaborative project with Derek Kirk Kim, won an Eisner for Best Short Story. His newest book, Level Up, is illustrated by Thien Pham and will be released in June 2011.
Gene earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor
in Creative Writing from the University
of California, Berkeley and Master's degree in Education at California
State University, East Bay. This site and Factoring
with Mr. Yang were his final project for his Master's.