Saturday Morning Cartoons: Baopu #25

Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings! Our esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron GlavinAnna BongiovanniMegan Praz and Yao Xiao. Today’s cartoon is by Yao!


Before you go! Autostraddle runs on the reader support of our AF+ Members. If this article meant something to you today — if it informed you or made you smile or feel seen, will you consider joining AF and supporting the people who make this queer media site possible?

Join AF+!

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 128 articles for us.


  1. Hmm, I seem to only have one bingo despite being certain I have ticked at least 80% of the board. This is confusingly disappointing.

    • Check off five boxes in a row to get bingo. Can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal (but all 5 have to be in the same direction – no turning corners in bingo).

  2. I really appreciate this cartoon, because although if I’m honest with myself I could check off nearly every box, it allows me to see how far I’ve come in not letting my anxieties about everything control my life or destroy my happiness.

  3. Also, the “throwing up” image keeps alternating between looking like a toilet and a disapproving koala, which I’m also finding kind of scary…

  4. So many good ones on that bingo card. I also thought the bed bugs and failure ones were pretty funny illustrations.

Comments are closed.