Laura Gao on Superpeer
Comic artist and writer, ex-product manager and design whiz
Laura Gao is a queer artist, author, bread lover, and nomadic traveler. Originally from Wuhan, China, Laura immigrated to Dallas, Texas, and began their art career by doodling on Pokémon cards, and later featured in NPR, the MOCA in New York City, and most notably, their parents' fridge. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Gao worked as a Product Manager in San Francisco before April 2020, when in response to anti-Asian racism and rampant misinformation about Wuhan, Laura published a webcomic, "The Wuhan I Know", on Twitter where it went viral and attracted attention from several book publishers. The comic inspired their bestselling debut graphic memoir, MESSY ROOTS, which was published in March 2022 with HarperCollins. Laura is also an avid builder, with experience in Product Management, Design, and Data having worked at Twitter, Amazon, and startups.