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!

What’s Happening to Chinatown? via Universalhub

EMPTY BAMBOO GIRL by LILLIAN CHANI sent a tweet to Universalhub with my comic “Chinatown Changes” a few weeks back. Writer sent me a tweet back and wanted to chat some more about it for a piece she was writing about what’s been happening with Chinatown.

It’s been nearly a month since Maxim’s Coffee House served its last drop of hot coffee, its famous bun pastries flying off the shelves before the local bakery lost its lease and was forced to close its doors after 33 years in Chinatown. Yet artist Lillian Chan still finds sadness as she walks past the shuttered windows of the “iconic landmark” on the corner of Beach Street and Harrison Avenue. And neither she, nor the bakery, are alone.

As Chinatown’s development spikes with high-rise luxury apartments and new commercial chains surrounding the ethnic neighborhood, many residents, visitors and small business owners are wondering one thing: what’s happening to Chinatown?

“Just visually it’s kind of jarring to see all of these high-rise building structures popping up around Chinatown,” said Chan, a Boston resident who visits the neighborhood weekly. “It feels like it’s just closing in on it.”

Read the full article.


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.
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, 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

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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!

Hello and Goodbye Nemo, aka Snowmageddon 2013

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From left to right, top to bottom: I should’ve written ‘HELP’ instead; we ran out of spots to dump the snow; MaMa Chan is way too meticulous with her shoveling; my little Fit and all the other cars were buried.
The weather people weren’t lying this time when they forecasted this blizzard.
But that’s to be expected living in New England. What has been surprising were the driving bans and public transportation system being shut down.
Needless to say, my arms are killing me from all the shoveling. It was pretty epic.
Let’s hope that the city will be dug out by Monday. And know that when I leave for work, my shoveled-out parking spot on the street will be claimed by me with a bucket.


Snowmageddon 2013

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Papermate pen doodly-doo.

It looks like this #Nemo weather situation is going to be a doozy of a blizzard.

The city is pretty much going to be shut down at noon — public transportation will be coming to a halt at 3:30PM. I was wiser this time around and did my essentials shopping yesterday — i.e., milk and a 6-pack of hard cider. I am good to go 😛

Anyhow, apologies for the digital dust bunnies accruing here — work has zonked me out as well as prepping for the Lunar New Year. And by the way, I’m always tempted to refer to it as Chinese New Year like most but Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and others celebrate it as well. With that being said, please be on the look-out for new comics every Wednesday and Friday.

A night with Louis C.K. in Boston

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From top to bottom, left to right: view of the stage from our seats, me and Mr. Lee pre-show, Louis C.K. thanks to the zoom on the Canon S95 digicam.

The highlight this past weekend has to be the Louis C.K. show on Saturday night at Symphony Hall.

I’d been hearing about him for quite some time, but never thought to check out what he was about until I caught his stand-up show Chewed Up on Netflix. And I kicked myself for not finding out about him sooner because the man is hilarious!

His humor is self-deprecating and he finds those small, innocuos moments and horrible thoughts we’ve all experienced/had to get you hee-hawing away.

This particular show was no different — I was rolling as much as I could given that I was still getting over my flu (nothing was going to stop me from seeing him ^_O). Mr. Lee and our New Yorker amigo were absolutely dying.

He ended the show on such a strong note — even slipped in a joke about slavery and how the Chinese built the railroad. His total disgust for Boston / his hometown of Newton and how we all turn into horrible human beings when we’re behind the wheel were my faves — but from beginning, middle, to end it was a solid show.

And now, I’m downloading his other shows and trolling Youtube for anything and everything I can find like this Howard Stern interview he did back in 2006:

Louis C.K. rules.