Lela Lee created the short video "angry little asian girl, the first day of school" her second year (1994) while studying rhetoric at UC Berkeley. After several years, she revisited the project with additional episodes, and it was shown at animation festivals. Inspired, Lela Lee decided to transform her character into a comic and years later, Deborah, Wanda, Maria, Xyla, Pat, Patsy Pup, Percy Cat, and Chuy the Travelin' Chicken grace her weekly online comic for a dedicated following. Though these characters, Lela takes a hilarious, angry and heartfelt look at "What kind of angry are you?" touching on all types of modern angst.
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Lela Lee is an actress who has appeared on such shows as Will & Grace, Friends, and Scrubs. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat.From Publishers Weekly:
Lee created Kim, the angry little Asian girl, for a brief cartoon that was a response to insulting Asian characters in other cartoons. In this collection of her weekly strip, she expands the idea to include a bunch of girls of different races. The book aims for wry humor and occasionally achieves it, as when Xyla, the gloomy girl, says, "The thought of suicide is what keeps me alive." But actual laughs are rare. Lee's minimal drawing style recalls Peanuts, Life in Hell and South Park, and she tries to emulate their tone. Like Peanuts, she gives her child characters adult neuroses, cynical worldviews and a touch of sadness. But her plain approach never reaches that strip's subtlety. Nor does her satire come close to Life in Hell, which at its best was relentless about the state of love, work and childhood in the modern world. Instead, we have a trifle that seems too timid to say much about anything, ironically packaged with a hard cover and heavy, full-color glossy pages. (Apr.)
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