The Eternal Smile: Three Stories

The Eternal Smile: Three Stories

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By (author) Derek Kirk Kim, By (author) Gene Luen Yang

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  • Publisher: FIRST SECOND
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 213mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New Milford
  • ISBN 10: 1596431563
  • ISBN 13: 9781596431560
  • Illustrations note: chiefly Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 219,316

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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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Author information

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received a Xeric 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, 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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The three tales are dark in tone, but they are leavened by hope. They never go exactly where the reader expects and the results are compelling. "Duncan's Kingdom" is fully of tiny details that charm, such as a frog eating from a Chinese take-out container. The second story begins in a very gloomy manner but offers wonderful redemption. The third story uses color in a lovely way, enabling the main character's drab world to become golden and warn with soft washes of color. The art is distinct to each story, whether old-fashioned comic book, manga, kiddie-comic, or a limited palette indy comic. The title is fitting - these dark stories end with a smile and some hope. All is not totally well, but you get the feeling things will be okay. - Geri Diorio

Editorial reviews

A rousing and thought-provoking exploration of fantasy versus reality from the much-lauded comics veterans Yang and Kim. Three tales evince very different realities and viewpoints, though all are tied together by this common thread. Duncan, the hero of the first, is desperately seeking the approval of the Princess, though something in his kingdom doesn't seem quite right. In the next, an anthropomorphized, avaricious amphibian named Gran'pa Greenbax seeks to be the richest frog in the land, only to discover that his domain isn't quite what he thought it was. In the last, a painfully shy office worker distorts her own perception - and judgment - to create a reality more pleasing. Readers looking for another American Born Chinese (by Yang, 2006) may be pleasantly surprised: While a very different format both visually and thematically, this book offers similarly plotted ingenious twists. Begging for multiple readings, this exceptionally clever examination of fantasy and perception is one to be pored over and ruminated upon. (Graphic fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)