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.

Chris Rock: ‘I’m doing OK, but some days I’m sad outta my mind’

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Chris Rock: ‘I’m doing OK, but some days I’m sad outta my mind’
“Chris Rock is one of the world’s funniest, most gifted standups but he’s never made a decent movie – until now. He talks about his new film Top Five, divorce, Kanye – and America’s race problem”

This piece was some inspirational reading. The creative process can be difficult especially when you’re searching for your true voice. Sometimes the amazingness that you see others doing clouds your path and instead of being confident in it, you start to maybe start chasing other paths that you think are better — when really, they’re just different…no better, no worse.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

“You get to a point where you say, OK, I’m not going to be Iron Man. So maybe I should be hanging with [Richard] Linklater and [Alexander]Payne. Maybe this is my crew instead of Sandler and Apatow and Stiller. They’re all still my boys, but maybe, artistically, my crew is over here,” he says. READ MORE

Now let’s get down to work and just do it!

A Woman’s Place Is Running the Kitchen [via Digg]

Barbara Lynch, left, and Kristen Kish in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times
Barbara Lynch, left, and Kristen Kish in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Credit Gillian Laub for The New York Times

Lynch has taken a personal stance by providing mentorship to rising women. But what is needed, Lynch says, is a broader cultural shift. “It’s important for women to get on television,” she said at an industry panel this month. “Because that is the largest audience we have.” It is a means to a necessary end, and she’s all for it — just so long as she doesn’t have to do it herself. READ MORE

Grit, determination and fire.

[via NY Times by way of Digg]

Never Give Up: Jim Lee co-publisher of DC Comics

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We all started from somewhere but we rarely get to see the very beginnings.

Jim Lee, artist, writer,  editor, and co-publisher of DC Comics gives us a peek into how it started — and just how persistent he was.

Now I feel like an absolute lazy bum with only two rejection letters under my belt. Only two because I stopped hounding publishers…not that two even constitutes any hounding whatsoever — more like a ‘hello and ‘bye.’

Anyhow, check out the rest of the letters Jim Lee dug up on his Instagram as well as his first finished piece for Marvel.

Quite inspiring.

[via AngryAsianMan]

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]

Friday Fabulousness: Marcello Barenghi Draws a Potato Chip Bag Like a Bawss

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I’m gonna file this under “holy shit that’s F*n amazing.”

Really love seeing the artist work with combining different mediums — watercolor, colored pencils, and markers. I wish that my art professors could’ve shown us the possibilities. There was one in particular who even poopoo’d on the notion of using markers.

Now, I’m gonna experiment 🙂

Thanks Marcello Barenghi for the inspiration and for sharing your techniques!

[via Boing Boing]

From Up On Poppy Hill (Trailer)

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Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi and Shun and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. 

(Director by Goro Miyazaki; scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa; and produced by Studio Ghibli.)

Noodling around Central Square over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I spotted a movie poster for “From Up On Poppy Hill.” A quick search and it was playing at the Kendall Square Cinema close by. We decided to go for it.

I’m glad that the version that was playing at the theatre was the un-dubbed version. That was a relief.

It was a quiet kind of flick. Although, everyone in the audience cringed and got squeamish over the Luke and Leia moment — we did too. Maybe that’s why it didn’t get a wider release or more promotion?

I liked it, but Mr. Lee wasn’t as happy with it because he was expecting some magic — a Studio Ghibli trademark. Ahhh…so much to live up to when connected with the Studio Ghibli name.

Anyhow, great for adults…not so much for the kids. But, I’m glad for that 🙂

The Cut Interview with Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina

The Asian stereotype is real. The whole guilt trip, like we came on a dinghy from Hong Kong to give you a better life, we work at a friggin’ sock store, and we want you to become a doctor so you can take care of us for the rest of your life.Read More

You may not like Awkwafina‘s music or whatever else, but I’m excited to see someone like her break a mold and be fearless about defining her own future on her own terms.

She rocks.

Paperman – Full Animated Short Film by Disney

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This just made 2013 worth it.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction. 

Dear Disney, please make a full-length animation like this vs yet another princess-with-a-sidekick-musical-who-meets-her-prince production. Thank you.