Author and Illustrator Gene Luen Yang felt like an outsider at school. He was a nerd, not good at sports, and few others shared his cultural heritage. But at a summer computer camp, he was the king of coding, and derived a sense of power from that place of comfort and confidence. He ended up picking on a kid who was not a good coder, and to this day, he regrets his ugly behavior. Reading and writing books, he believes, is a great way for him to step outside his comfort zone, push himself to discover new places, and to meet people he wouldn’t have expected to connect with.