In 1994, Lela scribbled this drawing while she was taking an Asian American studies class. Learning about the lack of Asian images in popular culture made her think, "Maybe there could be an Asian doll one day…"
Angry Little Asian Girl still from video 1997
This is a still from the Angry Little Asian Girl episode, "Saturday at the Park."
Angry Little Asian Girl 1994
Early drawing of the Angry Little Asian Girl. She gave the Angry Little Asian Girl some angry eyes. Markers on butcher paper.
Fuck Off! Angry Little Asian Girl 1998
This art was made specifically to be silk-screened onto a batch of 300 baseball shirts which Lela paid for with a credit card and sold out of the trunk of her toyota corolla station wagon.
Get it yourself asshole.
Drawn in 1998, Lela's first strips were one panel strips.
Mother's prayer 1998
The mother of ALAG looked a lot like the mother of the video, with a severely parted hair and low bun in the back. It wouldn't be until a few years later that Lela remodeled the mother on her own mother who had short curly hair.
My brother's car 1998
Lela was still experimenting with formats, and tried the one-panel comic.
My first birthday 1998
An early comic with the Angry Little Asian Girl as a baby.
Angry Little Asian Girl rides a bike
This comic was drawn on typing paper. In the beginning, Lela experimented with formats. In this comic, Lela folded the paper into 4's in order to get the multi-panel effect. She did not like the way the paper looked.
My room is clean, you fuck! 1998
Early comic with the Angry Little Asian Girl in her room. Drawn on typing paper, using pencil and markers.
ALAG and a soldier 1998
A comic based on the typical opening lines that white men gave to "oriental" females.
ALAG & friends 1999
This comic was done in the page format inspired by her cartoonist idol's "Life Is Hell" comics.
ALAG & Friends 2000
Here the page format is now becoming the more familiar 3 panels on a page that Lela preferred and still draws today. In the beginning, Lela was not sure what to name the strip. Here it is titled "ALAG & Friends."
ALAG & Friends 2000
Another comic strip titled "ALAG & Friends."
Thank you Matt Groening 2000
When Charles Schulz passed in February of 2000, Matt Groening drew a tribute comic to honor Charles Schulz. Since Lela's two idols were Charles Schulz and Matt Groening, she decided to draw a tribute comic to the idol that was still living, Matt Groening.
Motherly Love 11-26-2000
In this early page format strip, Kim the Angry Little Asian Girl begins looking more like how she appears today; with a skirt, jagged bangs and two pigtails. The mother character also begins to look more like how she appears today; with a polka-dotted muumuu and short curly hair.
Pencil and black marker on bristol paper.
This is a page format comic featuring Kim, the Angry Little Asian Girl when the comic was called "ALAG & Friends!" Pencil, black marker on bristol paper.
New kid in the neighborhood 1-21-2001
Experimenting further, Lela tried the strip format. From 2001-2003, Lela would draw strips in a daily strip format hoping to get the strip into newspapers.
The truth can be disappointing
Comic strip drawn with pencil and marker on bristol paper. 2001
Nobody featuring ALAG 2001
An early Angry Little Girls comic featuring the Angry Little Asian Girl.
Happy Thanksgiving 2003
Going back to the page format, here is a comic with Kim, Mother Lee and Father Lee hiding behind a newspaper.
Angry Little Girls presents the Angry Little Asian Girl
Here in this comic from 2001, Angry Little Asian Girl is part of the Angry Little Girls umbrella name. The strip is now in its' page format. The comics are drawn with HB pencil on bristol paper, traced with different sized Rotring art pens. Then the original black and white artwork is scanned into the computer where color is added digitally.
You do noshing! 2001
An early Angry Little Girls comic with Mother Lee yelling at Kim.
2 wrongs make a right
Lela drew this some time in the 2000's. She did not write the date. She recommends that you date everything so you are not racking your brain years down the line...