An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

When I learned that Gene Luen Yang would be making a stop in my neck of the woods, you best believe I jumped on getting tickets early on. He is my hero and Brookline Booksmith hosted the event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with a book signing after the talk back at the shop.

The weather sucked. It was super gloomy, dark and torrential downpours filled the entire day, but I didn’t care. Nothing was going to rain on this parade.

So, with the Mister, we listened to the famed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature talked about how comics influenced him as a kid growing up and discussed Reading Without Walls – a new challenge for young readers designed to test their limits and expand their horizons…which we may take up as well.

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by Lillian Lee

Let us all embrace our nerd. It was truly an inspirational talk – one that I needed to hear.

 

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by Lillian Lee

Me being super creepy as the excitement built as I got closer and closer to my comic creator hero. FYI I tried stalking him at San Diego Comic Con many years ago, but failed.

 

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by Lillian Lee

I was so nervous that I just became a super, awkward loser in front of him. Words started tripping out of my mouth about how he’s inspired my work…that I work on my own comic too. Ahhhh! But, no matter. This meeting meant the world to me. So thank you Gene Luen Yang for your work and inspiring words.

The Asian Flush in Full Effect. “Fresh Off the Boat” Tackles This…Issue

Bwahahaha 😂

I posted an EBG comic strip about this tragic phenomenon a few years back. Am I plagued by this? Most certainly. Do I care? No.

 

The Asian Flush | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by LILLIAN LEE

Meeting Bill Amend of Fox Trot at PAX East 2017

Bill Amend of Fox Trot and me at PAX East 2017 | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by Lillian Lee

I met my cartoonist / comic strip / comic art hero Bill Amend of Fox Trot last Sunday at PAX East. I knew I had a mission when I saw his tweet in my feed the day before the show:

It was the only thing I was looking forward to at PAX East to be honest. And there he was, sitting at his table as I made it past the metal detectors and security.

Bill Amend of Fox Trot and me at PAX East 2017 | EMPTYBAMBOOGIRL by Lillian Lee

I picked up one of the two pins he was selling – Quincy for the win! Of course, I asked him to sign it for me.

I told him how much I loved his work and how much he’s inspired my comic work. Right afterward, I ran away ‘cuz that’s how I do.

To read more about my day at PAX East, check out: Video games, video games and…my hero, Bill Amend! PAX East 2017!

Don’t Be a Wiener: The Jason Smith Edition

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Don't Be a Wiener: The Jason Smith Edition by LILLIAN LEE | EMPTY BAMBOO GIRL

Ahhhh…these representatives are really doing a great job of repping their district and states…meaning that there’s no way in hell, I’ll be visiting those areas and spending my hard earned, non-racist dollars into their economy.

But, here is Representative Jason Smith (@RepJasonSmith) of Missouri, who asked why we don’t levy a tax on the sun for causing skin cancer during the debate on healthcare. Hey, Missouri 8th District, ya’ll voted for him…I question you:

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It’s amazing that these goons are voted in and get paid for tomfoolery.

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Don’t Be a Wiener: The Steve King Edition

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Don't Be a Wiener: The Steve King Edition by LILLIAN LEE | EMPTY BAMBOO GIRL

Congressman Steve King (@SteveKingIA), who represents the 4th district of Iowa, is the focus of today’s wiener series. He represents a very conservative section of Iowa so I guess these fine people voted for their perfect racist candidate. Keep it up.

His beautiful tweet among many others:

At least he stands by his racism:

On Monday, confronted about his tweet, he told CNN, “I meant exactly what I said,” adding that he would “like to see an America that’s just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same, from that.”

If only more members of the GOP would come up against him and slam him – cuz you are the racist company that you keep. Until then, thank you Ana Navarro (@ananavarro):

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Don’t Be a Wiener: The Jason Chaffetz Edition

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by LILLIAN LEE | EMPTY BAMBOO GIRL

 

Jason Chaffetz, Utah Representative, keeps proving time and time again what a wiener he is. Who are the people who keep voting for you? Seriously?! In the state of Utah there is no one else? Just you?

Utah, you people got work to do.

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Don’t Be a Wiener: The Rick Perry Edition

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I thought I had already added Rick Perry to the wiener series, but I guess not. The former governor or Texas/failed Republican nominee for President/ex-Dancing with the Stars contestant is now Energy Secretary…a position he once tried to eliminate. Good stuff, good stuff…

Don’t Be a Wiener: The Make America Great Again Edition

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That’s right, America. Make America Great Again…(53/365)

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