A vector trace of an image in the preface to the Ami-chan’s First Love manga special, a part of the “Exam Battle” series. I would often look at that picture for inspiration when I was having a tough time getting work done, and now here’s a nice crisp and coloured version to (hopefully) help other people too. (She originally said “stop reading manga!” but I thought this would be more applicable to Tumblr. Feel free to change whatever she’s saying to whatever would suit you better.)
Born in Seoul, I was adopted and raised by a Caucasian family in suburban Minnesota during the ’70s and ’80s. My daughter is a hapa growing up in present-day Los Angeles. Needless to say, my daughter and I have very different Asian American experiences. One significant difference is that growing up, I rarely saw Asian faces featured in media or entertainment, aside from Connie Chung, Mr. Miyagi and Long Duck Dong.
When I was around Aubrey’s age, the musical Annie was a huge Broadway hit, and every little girl in America wanted to don that red dress, myself included. I was cute, the right age and I was a terrific singer. I was convinced that all I needed was a wig to audition for the role. Boy, was I wrong. I also had a rude awakening when I realized I would probably never get to play one of the Von Trapp children or Jane from Mary Poppins.
Still, I became a comedian and actor. While I’m proud to say that my generation and the one before it planted seeds and opened several doors for Asian Americans in the entertainment industry, I believe it’s Aubrey’s generation that is actually changing the perception of what it is to be an American.
“At the Dance” and “After the Dance” - Drew these after working on the episode Shake your Noobie.
Fun factoid: while there is indeed a design for Kevin’s dad, and he appears in one of the bumpers and briefly in some eps, there is no design for Kevin’s mother. I gladly decided to fill that role as Kevin pretty much became my precious baby after the first couple eps. Which is a bit funny as when I heard him in my first couple scenes I thought I was gonna loathe this character. XD