An Evening with Gene Luen Yang at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

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

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.

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!

MICE: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2013

MICE: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo 2013

Phew! Thought I had missed this as I lamented last weekend. But nothing to fear because it’s taking place THIS weekend at the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge, MA.

There’s a great schedule of events!

September 28-29
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

University Hall at Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Sq.)

Visit www.micexpo.org for more info.

Fun Times at Boston Comic Con 2013

Fun Times at Boston Comic Con 2013

Mr. Lee and I made our way to the Seaport Hotel Saturday afternoon. The plan was to meet up with the Lee crew.

First Thing First
signed comics by Mike Choi; indie comic called “Tuna Time”; and 10 issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain for $6
I needed to get to Mike Choi‘s booth so that he could sign my copy of X-23: Target X. What was the rush? I don’t quite know, but I just wanted to get to him and get to him Mr. Lee and I did. While waiting in line, the guy in front of me brought along a book to be signed, which was great and all except…
it wasn’t Mike Choi’s work.
#FAIL
Mike Choi signing my copy of X-23: Target X
When my turn came up to meet him, I asked if he could sign the book. He was super nice and I also purchased a copy of Lookbook 2013-2014. I’m shit when it comes to small talk or anything of the sort so the only thing I could say to him was, “I really love your work!”
Jeeze. I’m lame. I know.
Anyhow, onwards to the cosplay which was most impressive this year. Here are a few of my faves:
Michelangelo. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Why, hello there, Michelangelo!
Voltron
Voltron, the cardboard edition
random booth prop
some booth decor
R2-D2, Star Wars
A working, motorized R2-D2 making his exit
Bumbleebee, Transformers
It’s a Bumblebee Crossing! This costume was ginormous.
Batgirl / Cassandra Cain Back Issues
Batgirl / Cassandra Cain back issues
It was a great Con — way bigger and more people than what I expected.
Fortunately, I found some Batgirl back issues missing from my collection. Picked up six issues — even found the final and last one #73. Yay.
The Lee crew and I hung around until the close of the show. By then, the crowds had petered out considerably and we finally were able to check out stuff we’d missed/didn’t have a chance to see.
Smells Like…Tuna Time by Christopher Clayton Holt
Like, this one comic — Smells Like…Tuna Time by Christopher Clayton Holt. The cover art was graphic and funny. And then, when I was told that it was a compilation of food service clerk experiences, I was sold.
It’s seriously a great and super funny read.
All in all, it was a great time spent with friends, bumping into old ones, getting some back issues, meeting an artist I admire, and discovering a new fellow indie comic artist.
Me as Paul Bunyan with Big Toe Uglydoll and Babe the Blue Ox during the 2012 Superhero 5K race
I should’ve brought out my Paul Bunyan costume to cosplay in.
🙂

Boston Comic Con, Aug 3-4 at Seaport World Trade Center

Boston Comic Con, Aug 3-4 at Seaport World Trade Center

It’s happening this weekend so make sure to check it out!

I’ll be noodling around the convention on Saturday and most likely devoting most of my time learning more about the indie comic artists.

Some of my friends have a list of all the artists they want to see. Errr…maybe I should follow suit? I was even asked if I’d dress up in cosplay. Errr…I gots no time nor patience for that — I leave that to the experts 😛

Anyhow, it’s going to be a fun convention.

Check out the Boston Comic Con website for a listing of events and special guests!

Comic Book Shop Hopping Weekend

Comic Book Shop Hopping Weekend
Bedrock Comics and The Million Year Picnic = Batgirl success!

My weekend was pretty much spent comic book shop hopping — searching for back issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain. Here was the itinerary:

Bedrock Comics, 371 Worcester Road,  Framingham, MA
Mr. Lee and I first checked out Bedrock Comics out in Framingham. We’d driven by it before many times, but never stopped to visit. Why hadn’t we before?!

The owner (I think he was anyway), Jim was super nice and helpful — he found the only two back issues hidden amongst the Catwoman section!

Other than not being able to find Batgirl issues — for some reason there was no Batgirl section. Maybe someone bought them all out? If so, do I have an adversary in my quest? — everything else was crazy well organized. Issues were grouped together with a note if any were missing. AND, back issues were only $0.50!

This will definitely be a stop anytime I’m in Framingham for sure.

New England Comics, 14A Eliot St, Cambridge MA
Ok. So usually, when Mr. Lee and I hit up comic book shops there are sometimes signs saying ‘no beverages.’ We walk in anyway with our cups of coffee and usually don’t get hassled. But this time, immediately upon entering the shop, Mr. Lee was told to leave his coffee at the register.

There was no ‘hello’ or anything to acknowledge us first. It was ‘please leave your coffee at the register.’

I’ve actually never been to this particular location — usually Mr. Lee and I visit the Quincy or Coolidge Corner spots. Needless to say, we were a bit put off. We didn’t really noodle around. I did find a few issues, but we decided to leave instead and go to one of our fave shops which was just around the corner…

The Million Year Picnic, 99 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA
It’s our tried and true stomping grounds and it proved to be most successful.

First off, the staff was super nice AND I found dozens of back issues — score! It was a substantial pile to carry and when I got to the register, I asked if I could possibly get a price break. It was a great suggestion by Mr. Lee because I received 10% off!

Currently, I have a lot of reading to do, but I’m also compiling a list of what I now have so that I can cross check in the future to avoid doubling up on issues.

This weekend was quite the haul and there are many more shops to visit (i.e., JP Comics & Games is a must on my list considering it’s in my neighborhood).

 

New Fave Band: The Floating Heads

New Fave Band: The Floating Heads
electro // pop // rock // by jessica sun lee + leo white

It was cold. I was hunkered down for a night of figure sketching when I got the call:

“Let’s check out some bands over at the Radio!” Mr. Lee said.
“Uhhh…but I’m all settled and warm right now…” I whined.
“Come on — it’ll be fun!” Mr. Lee continued.
“Ughhh…ok, ok. Fine, fine. Let’s do this,” I relented.

It was freaking ass cold outside, but I’m so glad that I decided not to succumb to lame-ness by staying in. I did get several good sketches in so all was not lost on that front.

Three bands played that night and The Floating Heads were my fave by far.

The lead singer/guitarist Jessica Sun Lee was cute, funny, and I loved her voice. Definitely reminded me a bit of Sneaker Pimps and Ladyhawke.

Note: Not counting Jessica, Mr. Lee and I were the only other Asians in the house….as usual 😛

ASPIRE Conference

ASPIRE Conference

Guess where I’ll be this Saturday afternoon?

I’ll be speaking on a panel called “Fearless” For ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence).

Me? Fearless? There is no bravery involved whatsoever when it comes to the things I do be it with art, lion + dragon dancing, or my 30 blind dates project (which ended up being 4 because #4 ended up being the one).

I don’t think about the consequences or rationalize why I should do something versus not do it. Am I scared of failing? Humiliating myself? Hey, those are a given. I just do it and deal with whatever may come my way.

Seriously, what’s the use in worrying? Life doesn’t last forever so I might as well make the best of what time I have…for the most part. I mean, I do have moments of absolute couch-potato-ness, don’t get me wrong.

🙂

So if you’re interested in going, there’s still time to get tickets here.