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

It’s Almost New Year Time…

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I have been lion dancing for more than 10 years now and I always seem to block out how crazy stressful it is as the lunar new year arrives – weekend-to-weekend of performances not even including the Chinatown parade, which is basically a marathon of lion dance.

Anyhow, only 10 more days to go before the first of the performances kick off. Gigs at Peabody Essex Museum on 1/28; Museum of Fine Arts on 2/4; and Chinatown on 2/12.

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A Toisanese Bowl of Joy

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It was some sort of Chinese winter holiday yesterday and there’s a special dish that’s usually served to celebrate it according to my folks. My mum didn’t make it, but she is making it today and it hales from my dad’s village of Toison/Taishan.

The star of this soup bowl of joy are the handmade rice noodles/dumplings. They’re referred to as noodles, but they’re heartier – gnocchi-esque.

It’s a dish my mum learned to make when she came over to the states. Our neighborhood had a few families from my dad’s village and so they taught her.

The soup is made with pork, dried shrimp and winter melon with some napa cabbage.

Dinner can’t come soon enough tonite.

Ms. Marvel Issue No. 2 (2014)

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The latest comic that I’m super into is Ms. Marvel.

Published: March 19, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Cover Artist: Jamie Mckelvie

As seen in the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets the world-over, the all-new Ms. Marvel has made her thunderous debut! Kamala Khan’s very ordinary life has suddenly become extraordinary. Is she ready to wield these strange and immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Critically acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and fan-beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) bring you the groundbreaking Marvel series that has set the world abuzz. Don’t miss history in the making. SEE MORE

As an immigrant kid I can totally relate to what Kamala is going through — overprotective parents and the desire to just be like everyone else.

Everyone Wants to Date an Asian Woman, Interview with Kristina Wong


ahaha! Kristina Wong cracks me up! And I do agree — let’s file this under:

  • best interview ever
  • that’s how you do an interview

New data shows that of all races, everyone prefers dating Asian Women the most. Funny lady Kristina Wong breaks down how hot an Asian woman is in this AMAZING interview with “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and Josh Fischer of Facebook’s “Are you Interested?” app. On the Fusion Network.

[via Hyphen]

Gene Luen Yang brings The Green Turtle back in “The Shadow Hero”

I finally ordered my copy of Boxers and Saints the other day and now I’m learning that come July 2014 there will be new work by Gene Luen Yang!

He and artist Sonny Lieu are teaming up to resurrect the first Asian American super hero — The Green Turtle.

In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The Green Turtle comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for this forgotten character. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother has other ideas for him… she wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood!

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

I’m looking forward to some great story-telling and art 🙂

[via Boing Boing]

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