Gia-Bao TranUSAWriting2016

Gia-Bao is the child of war refugees, born after his parents fled Vietnam and landed in the United State’s deep south. Through the following decades of migration--South Carolina to Arizona to New York to California--comics were a constant in his life.  He works to explore their unique language of images and words and endless narrative potential.


His cartooning career began with the aid of a Xeric Grant for comic self-publishers and includes the graphic memoir Vietnamerica that reveals the story of his family’s trauma, tragedy, and triumph during the Vietnam War and reinvention in its aftermath as refugees.  He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and kids, creating comics the former considers too personal and--when they're grown up enough to realize it--the latter will consider too embarrassing.