For our August Jugs & Capes meeting, we decided to read something light & summery: Printz & Eisner award-winning graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. A majority of the group felt that they “almost loved the book” (<—thanks to Oriana for coining the phrase!) but perhaps Yang’s character of Chin-Kee’s was a bit of a drawback. We wondered whether this over-the-top sitcom stereotype was necessary, much like Long Duck Dong of Sixteen Candles or Mr. Yunioshi of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and didn’t find his scenes as interesting as the others (ie. first love & monkey kings). Could Chin-Kee have been played more subtly? Realizing this overstated character was created for a purpose, we still wondered if the Young Adult target audience played a part. Most of us also agreed that the ending was a little abrupt, though we did love the art and humor.
And speaking of overstated, ever since our book club moved from weekday nights to Sunday brunch, we have been enjoying some seriously delicious & well-themed food spreads. Special thanks to Amanda Bullock for picking up those yummy dumplings & den den mein at M. Noodle in Williamburg.
One of my favorite pages (below); Jin’s expression is priceless!
Last but not least, this is how we artists drink: Exquisite Corpse games + free shots! Thanks to Sam (of Lady Jay’s) for contributing with me & Miss Laura Lee. The rest are hanging up in the bar. xo, artsparrow
book images © Gene Luen Yang & First Second; food photography © Oriana Leckert & Amanda Bullock
Here are some of us Jugs & Capers at this year’s MoCCA Fest:
(below) Writer & Designer Colleen AF Venable (Nominated for an Eisner Award! Best Publication for Kids!) & Marianne Ways.
(below) Artist & Graphic Novelist Laura Lee Gulledge (Nominated for an Eisner Award! Best Lettering) at her MoCCA table.
(below) New J&C member + Photographer extraordinaire Jasmina Tomic (w/ Andrea Sparacio).
photography © 2012 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); MoCCA poster © 2012 moccafest.org
Last night I attended a very inspiring New York Chapter of the Graphic Artist Guild:
“GRAPHIC NOVELS, CARTOONS & THE COMIC BOOK”
Also getting excited for MoCCA! And trying to get back to drawing my own comics (doodled this thumbnail on the subway ride home):