National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang joined the comic industry when it appeared on the verge of collapse. He could never have predicted the recent boom in comics or his own meteoric success.Yang found success through his own determination and through the support of his peers, including fellow graphic novelist Derek Kirk Kim and other Bay Area artists that came together to form a writing group. He’s excited to see the art form — traditionally “a refuge for the outsider” — crossover into mainstream culture.
Comics have always been at the fringes of American society until pretty recently. When I was a kid, I never would have been able to imagine a summer blockbuster starring the Avengers…One of the ways in which I dealt with feeling like an outsider was by getting into comics and finding a way to tell stories in this outsider’s medium. (Huffington Post)