The Eternal Smile: Three Stories

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Macmillan, Apr 27, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 170 pages

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of what's popularly known as the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

A fantastical adventure through the worlds we live in and the worlds we create.

From two masters of the graphic novel--Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference and Other Stories)--come three magical tales.

The story of a prince who defeats his greatest enemy only to discover that maybe his world is not what it had seemed.

The story of a frog who finds that just being a frog might be the way to go.

The story of a women who receives an e-mail from Prince Henry of Nigeria asking for a loan to help save his family – and gives it to him.

With vivid artwork and moving writing, Derek Kirk Kim and Gene Luen Yang test the boundaries between fantasy and reality, exploring the ways that the world of the imagination can affect real life.
The Eternal Smile is the winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Short Story.

 

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

Really nice art hobbled by writing that tries so hard to be rich and deep and surprising, but ends up reading as flat as a day-old elderberry soda. Odd. Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

I'd enjoyed ABC by Yang and never read anything by Kim. The short stories seem all to be themed around loss and disconnect. Not loss in the sense of losing something or someone, but loss of purpose or ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
68
Section 2
69
Section 3
74
Section 4
75
Section 5
123
Section 6
137
Section 7
140
Section 8
166
Section 9
167
Section 10
169
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About the author (2009)

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric 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, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby 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. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he teaches high school. He got his Master's in Education at Cal State Hayward, where he wrote his thesis on using comics in education.Derek Kirk Kim is the author of Same Difference and Other Stories, the winner of the trifecta of comics awards – the Eisner, the Ignatz, and the Harvey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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