Baopu #119: Be Brave But Not Alone

First cartoon panel: person in purple in a bubble with the caption "Sometimes, I find myself in a bubble."
Panel Two: Person pawing at the bubble walls while people walk outside "How did it happen?"
Panel Three: Person speaking to a room, saying "see me as a human, respect my community." Narration caption - "I focused a lot of energy on people I unconsciously centered."
Panel Four: "But I also want to create, build and explore...."
Last panel: group of people sitting around a room, looking happy to be in community. "... aa future where we can all be free. Being brave isn't doing it alone."

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Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form. Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers. Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant. Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.

Yao has written 131 articles for us.

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