Lela Lee’s ‘Angry Little Girls’ Are Going to Be Very Real, Hard-Hitting, and Relatable
There has been an unprecedented race to adapt comics and books into television projects nowadays.
And now it's Lela Lee's famous comic Angry Little Girls' turn.
On August 17, 2021, Deadline reported Gamechanger Films had partnered with the webcomic creator with plans to adapt Lee's comic strip into a television series and multiple holiday movies.
The report featured Gamechanger Films' CEO Effie T. Brown's statement. She shared that Lee's honesty, humor, and grit perfectly aligned with the company's mission to elevate diverse and singular voices.
She also added the union offered them the privilege of providing fans a platform to experience the comic. Praising the artwork, Brown asserted that Angry Little Girls was a brand that would speak to and captivate viewers from diverse backgrounds.
Lee also gushed about the new deal and expressed how Gamechanger Films was the perfect partner to bring the comics to life. She elaborated that the company understood women's anger worldwide and recognized their right to speak their mind.
The Origin of 'Angry Little Girls’ Comics
Lee grew up in Los Angeles. She was the youngest of her parent's children. As a young girl, she spent most of her childhood being ignored or walked all over for people assumed she had nothing much of value. As a result, the 47-year-old was taunted in her school days and suffered bullying.
Being the strong woman she has always been, Lee wrapped all her experience of pain and disdain into a box and used it as the raw material for her comic strip.
In 1994, during her sophomore year at the University of California, Berkeley, Lee used her Crayola markers and video-editing equipment to create the first animated version of 'The Angry Little Asian Girl.'
But she feared the genuine hate and anger in the comic would not be appreciated. As a result, the video remained hidden in her drawer for four years.
Finally, in 1998, Lee submitted the tape to the American Cinematheque, and the non-profit organization screened the collected shorts. To her surprise, her art earned critical acclaim.
In the light of the success, the California native launched a website to publish weekly comics and even comic-based merchandise. After it garnered consistent followers, the author introduced Angry Little Girls through six published comic books.
The books were translated into multiple languages and received positive reviews from all over the world.
'Angry Little Girls’ Core Message
Angry Little Girls projects, be it on TV or film, is likely to share the core message of the comics — rage over the contemporary opinion that girls should be well-behaved and not too outspoken.
In a nutshell, the upcoming projects will seemingly be hard-hitting and relatable to girls worldwide, making a loud and unambiguous stand against racism and chauvinism.
The bold take will probably reflect the unapologetic rage showcased by a lead character named Kim.
Kim is a grade-school Korean American who doesn't shy about battling injustices with anger. She is a representative of all the dominated women who hate conservative and sheltered upbringing.