// About the talk //
Everything is beautiful, and I’m not afraid. The title of Yao Xiao's recently published comic book has taken on added meaning since the start of the pandemic. While in shelter-in-place, Yao has been reflecting on the shifts in her life - and confronting fear, uncertainty, depression, and feelings of alienation in a time of rising racism and xenophobia - by creatively chronicling her day-to-day life. She’ll walk us through the process of making a comic, how to build and iterate on ideas, and share what it’s like to create bi-lingual and bi-cultural art. Then Yao will discuss a fun, flexible framework she's using to journal her time in quarantine. She’ll close by demonstrating how to leverage frameworks like this to explore and expand on your own approach to documenting quarantine life.
For the group activity, you will need:
✍️ Writing utensils (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencils, etc!)
So grab that notebook you bought and swore you would use one day, and join us for an evening of learning and making comics together!
// About the speaker //
Yao Xiao (she/her/hers) is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. She was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 2006. After graduation with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Yao sought a way to document her experiences as a queer immigrant in and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. Yao Xiao continues to seek opportunities as an artist, writer and illustrator and to connect to others through her work.
Her debut graphic novel, “Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid” was published by Andrews McMeel in 2020 and has received praise by Publishers Weekly and Ms. Magazine. Her debut children’s book "How To Solve A Problem," written by Ashima Shiraishi and published by Penguin Random House received a starred review on Kirkus. For more information on her recent book, “Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid”, visit: http://www.yao.nyc/everything-is-beautiful.
To view more of her work, check out her website www.yao.nyc or follow her on Instagram at @yaoxiaoart [https://www.instagram.com/yaoxiaoart/].
// Event notes //
✔ Talk will start at 7:50, so we have a 20 minute buffer for everyone to come online and answer the Salontroduction question 🎉
✔ Fo sho grab a drink - whether it's tea, juice, or something spiked - and dial in ☕🍹🍷🍺
✔ We're going to use Zoom: the link will be posted in the event discussion and on Eventbrite (click "View Links" on the ticket)! 🇿
// Supporting our community //
We're living through an unusual, tumultuous time as the pandemic impacts the economy and our usual ways of life. Though NYC Salon will always be free, we want to support our speakers and the great work they'll do over the next few months. Time spent on lifting our spirits and guiding us through new experiences is time they set aside from taking care of family, friends, and their own well being during this difficult time. Let's lift them as much as they lift us. 💗
If you are in a position to contribute, we encourage you to donate $1, $5, or more to our speaker of the week. And if you can't contribute financially, support the speaker's cause by following their Instagrams, purchasing their books, sending thank you notes, or simply sharing their work with friends. Every bit will be genuinely appreciated.
✨Yao Xiao's Venmo ✨: @Yao-Xiao-Art