We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Le and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Christine, what inspires you?
I am truly inspired by the community around me. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by a resilient family, supportive friends and allies, and an amazing partner. My community is made up of refugees, dreamers, immigrants, undocumented people, queer folx, and so much more. They inspire me to tell stories of intersectionality, stories of resilience, stories of love and friendship – to show how beautifully unique, yet interconnected and universal our stories are to each other.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have done an internship at Nickelodeon Studios, an Animation Jam at Cartoon Network Studios, and a Story Intensive with Pixar Studios. I have worked professionally as a Production Assistant, Trainee, Apprentice, Storyboard Revisionist, and Storyboard Artist. I have even written on two shows!

The most influential part of my artistic journey was participating in zine fests. I would table at most of the zine fests in the LA area with my partner, Priscila. We would write, illustrate, print, and bind our own self published zines. Some were silly little comics about our day to day, some were poems about our lives being Asian American and Latine, and some were just recipe books of our favorite cultural dishes. And we would sell and share our zines with the amazing community. The zine community is filled with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folx, activists, writers, and artists – all finding this way of expressing themselves and telling their stories by self publishing their own books using normal printers at home. Creating zines gave me confidence in my voice and my art to tell the stories that I feel are important.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend come to town for a day, here’s how it would go! We would start off with coffee and/or brunch, depending on how casual – Coffee Commissary (we could sit and sketch people), Porto’s (we’ll chill at my place), or dim sum in San Gabriel Valley (we can sit down and eat). Then we can drive to Orange County where we of course would grab spring rolls at Brodard. After we’ll go into Little Saigon and get some sugar cane juice, snacks, and chè from a local shop! We’ll take that down to the beach and and chill. Then we’ll head back over to the San Gabriel Valley for some much needed boba. And then find some street tacos from a truck for dinner! After that we’ll grab some Wanderlust to close off the night with some Asian inspired ice cream!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my girl, Priscila Santos! She is the definition of a life partner and I cannot imagine my life or career going anywhere without her unwavering love and support.

And shoutout to all the mentors in my life! I am so thankful to have people in my life that really truly believe in my voice and the stories that I have to tell and push me forward.

Please check out Christine‘s website to view full comics and illustrations!

Website: https://www.lechristineart.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_lechristine_/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-le-80611158/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_lechristine_

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