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Actress, cartoonist to visit campus Monday 
Lela Lee, actress and creator of Angry Little Girls

Actress, cartoonist to visit campus Monday 

Students will have the opportunity to hear from Lela Lee, actress and cartoonist of Angry Little Girls, on Monday, during a visit to campus that includes classroom discussions and an evening public program as the featured speaker in Pittsburg State's annual Women's Studies Lecture Series. 

Lee is sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Council, the Pittsburg State Art Department, and the Student Fee Council. 

"I've been a personal fan of her work for 20 years," said Laura Washburn, interim director of Women's and Gender Studies. "I'm bought her products because I'm intrigued by her use of anger for strength and humor, and because they're relatable." 

The series has featured such past speakers as Holocaust survivor Hetty Epstein, Native American activist Pam Kingfisher, and fiction writer Pam Houston. 

Lee will visit students in the Department of Art in the morning, followed by students in Women's Studies in the afternoon. 

Born in Los Angeles, California, Lee has acted in films, TV shows such as "Tremors" and "Scrubs," and been featured in numerous national commercials. She's also a published author of books and TV scripts. But she's perhaps best known as the writer and creator of the animated cartoons, "Angry Little Asian Girl," and the comic strip, "Angry Little Girls." 

It had its origins in an animated video she did on the floor of her college apartment at Berkley in 1994; after she finished it, she hid it in a drawer because she was ashamed of the anger she expressed. A few years later, she dusted it off to try to make something of it and created t-shirts to accompany it. 

She sold them out of the trunk of her car. Met with rejection and naysayers who told her, "there's no market for Asians," she persisted and in 2003, she started her own corporation, Angry Little Girls, Inc., so she could license her art to merchandise companies. Her merchandise line was sold in malls all over America and her first book was published in 2005.  

Just two months later, her first book went into its fourth printing. The Angry Little Girls books have been translated into Korean, French, and German. In 2012, she was nominated for a Harvey Award for the book "Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls." 

Her evening program is open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. 

Learn more about the Women's and Gender Studies program at http://www.pittstate.edu/department/women/

 

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