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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Life Goals Plus Depression

Life is full of jokes that write themselves. 

Happy mid-week. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel comic of a short girl with a bun, shackled to a ball-and-chain weight around her ankle. Panel 1 caption reads: "So hard to chase life goals with depression..." In panel 2, she has a carrot dangling in front of her and is strenuously dragging the weight along. Text reads: "And yet -- life goals are also what keep me going."]

Two-panel comic of a short girl with a bun, shackled to a ball-and-chain weight around her ankle. Panel 1 caption reads: "So hard to chase life goals with depression..." In panel 2, she has a carrot dangling in front of her and is strenuously dragging the weight along. Text reads: "And yet -- life goals are also what keep me going." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, September 20, 2021

Mooncake Holiday Rituals

Wishing everyone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival, a season of plenty and gathering together. 

For the lonely and struggling, may you feel seen and loved. Have some mooncake. This is an unnecessarily long pandemic, but I hope there are clarifying moments of grace for everyone. 

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[5-panel comic about Mid-Autumn Festival and mooncake rituals]

Panel 1, full color, shows a lonely girl, wearing a mask, looking at a bright moon over a Central Park cityscape. Text reads: "It's almost Mid-Autumn Festival, a major lunar holiday, celebrated in parts of Asia to mark the harvest season, a time of plenty before the winter months."

Panel 2 is a flashback in grayscale, in which there are two figures comically fighting over gift-giving in the form of boxed mooncakes. Text: I used to think the competitive gift-giving rituals of mooncake exchange were over-the-top..."

Panel 3, text continued, "...but the older I get, the more I miss the shenanigans of having people to share mooncakes with." Shows a solitary figure, standing next to a tree, in an empty park, in full color. 

Panel 4 is another grayscale flashback of people eating wedges of mooncake and drinking tea at a holiday gathering. Text: "This has been harder to come by in pandemic times."

Panel 5 mirrors the first full-color panel of the lonely girl, present day, looking at the moon over a city backdrop. Final panel text reads: "At least there's still the moon."

5-panel comic about Mid-Autumn Festival and mooncake rituals by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 17, 2021

Single Introvert Energy

I wish I had more social energy to spend. Even when I feel lonely, there's a limited supply.

Hope everyone gets a chance to recharge over the weekend. 

Thanks for reading and supporting

[3-panel comic about recharging introvert energy. Panel 1 shows a zombie-eyed girl with a bun and a low battery icon hovering over her, thinking "uh-oh." Panel 2 has her hunched over, yet walking with purpose: "Must hurry." In panel 3, she is lying on her side, plugged awkwardly into an electrical outlet. Thought bubble: "You know...I bet this is why I'm single."]

3-panel comic about recharging introvert energy. Panel 1 shows a zombie-eyed girl with a bun and a low battery icon hovering over her, thinking "uh-oh." Panel 2 has her hunched over, yet walking with purpose: "Must hurry." In panel 3, she is lying on her side, plugged awkwardly into an electrical outlet. Thought bubble: "You know...I bet this is why I'm single." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Friend Therapy

I've been struggling with some lows lately and my good friend, Waj, a busy dad of three, gave me a single-text therapy session, which inspired today's comic.

Everybody I know is very, very tired. I think we can acknowledge that things are still not easy. 

Take extra care and thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[3-panel comic of a tired, sad girl with a bun, curled on a couch, phone in hand. Panel 1 text reads, "Me to friend: ugh...I don't know what's wrong with me :(" Panel 2 text shows an "immediate response." Girl sits up, looks at her phone: "pandemic + nyc + single = no joke". Girl sits upright in panel 3 and says, "That is SURPRISINGLY validating." Comic titled "Friend Therapy."]

3-panel comic of a tired, sad girl with a bun, curled on a couch, phone in hand. Panel 1 text reads, "Me to friend: ugh...I don't know what's wrong with me :(" Panel 2 text shows an "immediate response." Girl sits up, looks at her phone: "pandemic + nyc + single = no joke". Girl sits upright in panel 3 and says, "That is SURPRISINGLY validating." Comic titled "Friend Therapy." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Extremely Sensitive Person

I should make this my dating profile ;)

Loosely drawn idea, straight from my sketchbook. I've been playing around with how quickly I can express an idea, without being too fussy about details. 

Thanks for following the journey! Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a scribbly bun, reflecting on her personality type. In panel 1, she says, "Somehow I manage to be...extremely sensitive...and very clueless at the exact same time." Panel two, beat: "I don't know how I do it either."] 
Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a scribbly bun, reflecting on her personality type. In panel 1, she says, "Somehow I manage to be...extremely sensitive...and very clueless at the exact same time." Panel two, beat: "I don't know how I do it either." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 10, 2021

Crying Is A Natural Painkiller

This week, I learned that the tears we cry have a different chemical make-up. (For example, onion tears are different from sad tears.) They also look different under a microscope, depending on why we cried them (i.e., tears of laughter are distinct from tears of grief). 

The biggest news to me is that tears can be natural painkillers. I used to not cry much; now, I cry more and I think this is better. Our bodies are kind of amazing. 


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid looking at her phone, saying that she "just learned that...when we cry emotional tears, they contain a neurotransmitter that can act as a natural painkiller." In panel 2, she walks off with some pep in her step, turning to tell a lounging elephant, "Well, then! I'd say that's reason enough for me to keep watching k-dramas!" Elephant thought bubble reads: "Oh dear..."]
Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid looking at her phone, saying that she "just learned that...when we cry emotional tears, they contain a neurotransmitter that can act as a natural painkiller." In panel 2, she walks off with some pep in her step, turning to tell a lounging elephant, "Well, then! I'd say that's reason enough for me to keep watching k-dramas!" Elephant thought bubble reads: "Oh dear..." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 09, 2021

Sketchbook: Pandemic Lonely Days

Slice of life diary comic from my sketchbook. 

Bless all the dogs in New York City that notice I exist :)


[Single-panel illustration of a girl with a bun walking passed a dog on a leash in Central Park, who acknowledges her with a "woof." She responds with a "hullo." Caption reads, "These days, nobody notices I exist, except for the occasional, extroverted dog, in passing." Titled: "Pandemic Lonely Days"]
Single-panel illustration of a girl with a bun walking passed a dog on a leash in Central Park, who acknowledges her with a "woof." She responds with a "hullo." Caption reads, "These days, nobody notices I exist, except for the occasional, extroverted dog, in passing." Titled: "Pandemic Lonely Days" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie




Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Mental Mordor

This is what it's like in my head, but don't worry, I'm working it out in therapy :)

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[3-panel comic in which a girl with a bun explains, "If you knew me in real life...I might not appear depressed you." In panel 2, she goes on to say, "I smile often and try to be cheerful around other people...and I can get a lot done." She is smiling but tired expression on her face. In panel 3, she is super upbeat and more animated, against a dramatically rendered background, depicting an uninhabitable, high fantasy hellscape, with a volcano erupting and dark stormy clouds swirling. Speech bubble: "- but inside my brain, it's like 'Mordor' from Lord of the Rings." Comic titled "Mental Mordor."]

3-panel comic in which a girl with a bun explains, "If you knew me in real life...I might not appear depressed you." In panel 2, she goes on to say, "I smile often and try to be cheerful around other people...and I can get a lot done." She is smiling but tired expression on her face. In panel 3, she is super upbeat and more animated, against a dramatically rendered background, depicting an uninhabitable, high fantasy hellscape, with a volcano erupting and dark stormy clouds swirling. Speech bubble: "- but inside my brain, it's like 'Mordor' from Lord of the Rings." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 03, 2021

Dateable Universe

For my fellow singles, happy Friday. Thanks for reading :)


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing wide-eyed, "I wonder...if there's one corner of the known universe...where I would be considered dateable??" Panel two shows girl walking off the comic with a deadpan expression: "-- because it sure isn't New York." Girl is followed by Elephant who asks conversationally, "So what k-drama are we watching tonight?"]
Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing wide-eyed, "I wonder...if there's one corner of the known universe...where I would be considered dateable??" Panel two shows girl walking off the comic with a deadpan expression: "-- because it sure isn't New York." Girl is followed by Elephant who asks conversationally, "So what k-drama are we watching tonight?" Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 02, 2021

Hello, Climate Change...

No jokes today. I'm just noting what's happening around me -- it's bigger than we are. Bigger storms, longer fire seasons, and shrinking human rights.

Thanks for reading along.

[3-panel comic of a girl with a bun reading the news on her phone. Panel 1 shows her slightly stunned expression at being swept away in a deluge of torrential rain. Panel shows her dismayed at the news with an image of justice scales that are off-balance. Text reads: "Hello, climate change...goodbye, reproductive rights." An elephant appears in the final panel with a question mark. The girl turns her head, explains that it's "just today's headlines."] 

3-panel comic of a girl with a bun reading the news on her phone. Panel 1 shows her slightly stunned expression at being swept away in a deluge of torrential rain. Panel shows her dismayed at the news with an image of justice scales that are off-balance. Text reads: "Hello, climate change...goodbye, reproductive rights." An elephant appears in the final panel with a question mark. The girl turns her head, explains that it's "just today's headlines." Slice of life webcomic by Connie Sun


Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Relatable Penguin

What's more relatable than a lonely arctic penguin on a small raft of melting ice? Penguins pair-bond for life, unless you're me. 

Just-for-fun comic for the middle of the week. 

Thanks for reading

[Two-panel comic showing a solitary emperor penguin standing on melting ice. Panel 1 caption says, "Lonely penguin just wants to pair-bond." Panel 2 shows a girl with a braid in the same posture as the penguin, also standing forlorn on a piece of ice. Thought bubble reads: "Ugh, too relatable."]

Two-panel comic showing a solitary emperor penguin standing on melting ice. Panel 1 caption says, "Lonely penguin just wants to pair-bond." Panel 2 shows a girl with a braid in the same posture as the penguin, also standing forlorn on a piece of ice. Thought bubble reads: "Ugh, too relatable." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

My Body Doesn't Lie, But Sometimes It's A Jerk

Every now and then, my body reminds me that I need to deal with emotional aches and pains. 

I did some yoga stretch-ies and journaling. Thankfully, feeling some relief today.

Take good care and thanks for reading

[3-panel comic of a girl with a bun, drawing at a desk. Text reads: "When I feel anxious and I don't know what to do about it, I tend to just keep working." In panel 2, she arches her back in pain and says "owie." Text reads: "But then, my body will remind me that I'm not dealing with my emotions." Panel 3, she walks off, holding her aching back, scowling: "As usual, my body is a real jerk." Titled "My body doesn't life, but sometimes it's a jerk."]

3-panel comic of a girl with a bun, drawing at a desk. Text reads: "When I feel anxious and I don't know what to do about it, I tend to just keep working." In panel 2, she arches her back in pain and says "owie." Text reads: "But then, my body will remind me that I'm not dealing with my emotions." Panel 3, she walks off, holding her aching back, scowling: "As usual, my body is a real jerk." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Musical Pick-Me-Up

How it's going, late summer edition:

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid and pink headphones on, dancing awkwardly to music. Panel 1 text: "Me, listening to peppy pop music to cheer myself up and keep from sinking into depresh mode." Panel 2 shows her still dancing with a determined look on her face, between a work desk and chair. Text reads, "Also me: getting in daily steps without ever leaving my desk."]

Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid and pink headphones on, dancing awkwardly to music. Panel 1 text: "Me, listening to peppy pop music to cheer myself up and keep from sinking into depresh mode." Panel 2 shows her still dancing with a determined look on her face, between a work desk and chair. Text reads, "Also me: getting in daily steps without ever leaving my desk." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Potential Wisdom

If only we had more wisdom...

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[3-panel of a girl with a messy bun, lamenting about the state of humanity: "We had sooo much potential..." Panel 2: "Oopsie! Not enough wisdom." Panel 3 shows the same girl, smaller, panned out, with an arrow pointed at her head: "Specimen of idiot."]

3-panel of a girl with a messy bun, lamenting about the state of humanity: "We had sooo much potential..." Panel 2: "Oopsie! Not enough wisdom." Panel 3 shows the same girl, smaller, panned out, with an arrow pointed at her head: "Specimen of idiot." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, August 23, 2021

Nobody's Looking

Weekend recap: My floors are clean. 

Drew this for fun over a rainy Sunday, though posting late. 

Might as well dance to k-drama OSTs, as long as nobody's watching :)

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[Two-panel slice-of-life comic of an introverted girl with a braid, at home, staring out the window overlooking a cityscape and heavy rain clouds, captioned "Rainy day, what to do?" Panel 2, girl dancing to music in underwear with a Swiffer mop and with Elephant also getting down. Captioned, "Well, as long as nobody's looking."]

Two-panel slice-of-life comic of an introverted girl with a braid, at home, staring out the window overlooking a cityscape and heavy rain clouds, captioned "Rainy day, what to do?" Panel 2, girl dancing to music in underwear with a Swiffer mop and with Elephant also getting down. Captioned, "Well, as long as nobody's looking." Comic drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, August 20, 2021

K-dramas Love Me

My mood every Friday ;)

Take care of yourselves this weekend.

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[Two-panel comic of a girl with a bun, sobbing dramatically in panel one: "Nobody loves me!!" Cut-to girl, sitting in front of a laptop, a bit frayed but sedate. She thinks to herself, "K-dramas love me."]

Two-panel comic of a girl with a bun, sobbing dramatically in panel one: "Nobody loves me!!" Cut-to girl, sitting in front of a laptop, a bit frayed but sedate. She thinks to herself, "K-dramas love me." Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Forgot How My Face Works

This is not a joke, it's straight up reality.

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[Two-panel comic with panel 1 showing a simple drawing of a girl with a braid, holding a face mask in one hand with a flat, neutral expression on her face, with the instructions to "smile" in quotes. Panel two, labeled "me," is an identical image with no change, except that her mouth is in a painful grimace. Comic is titled, "Forgot how my face works."]

Two-panel comic with panel 1 showing a simple drawing of a girl with a braid, holding a face mask in one hand with a flat, neutral expression on her face, with the instructions to "smile" in quotes. Panel two, labeled "me," is an identical image with no change, except that her mouth is in a painful grimace. Comic is titled, "Forgot how my face works." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hugs For Introverts

We should not skimp on hugs in difficult, lonely times. (But of course, be safe and all.) 

Connie on Ko-fi

[4-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing that she has a hard time with dating apps, but if there were such a thing as "hugging apps," she'd...consider it.]

4-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing that she has a hard time with dating apps, but if there were such a thing as "hugging apps," she'd consider it. Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, August 16, 2021

Sketchbook: "This Is Not Saigon"

Maybe not the same, but it's too familiar. (See @pivotorg's statement, h/t Tea Buoy: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSm9ffGBHth/)

"This is not Saigon." The words kept playing in my head, spoken by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the long war in Afghanistan, amidst the Taliban's blazingly swift takeover of the country over the weekend.

[Loose sketchbook drawing of U.S. forces urgently evacuating refugees from Afghanistan, referencing an AP photo by Rahmat Gul with Secretary Blinken's recent statement "This is not Saigon." Panel two: a cartoon depiction of surrealist René Magritte's iconic 1929 painting of a realistic pipe, captioned "This is not a pipe."]

Loose sketchbook drawing of U.S. forces urgently evacuating refugees from Afghanistan, referencing an AP photo by Rahmat Gul with Secretary Blinken's recent statement "This is not Saigon." Panel two: a cartoon depiction of surrealist René Magritte's iconic 1929 painting of a realistic pipe, captioned "This is not a pipe." Drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Hold Me

Slowly processing what's happening on a global scale. 

Take extra care of yourselves in turbulent times. It's bigger than we are.

As always, thanks for reading.

[Two-panel comic containing a simple drawing of a girl with a bun with an image of the world in the background, in some turbulence. She says, "I want to be comforted and reassured." In panel two, the world is smoking and burning. With increased urgency, but no change in girl's expression: "Quick, somebody hold me."]
Two-panel comic containing a simple drawing of a girl with a bun with an image of the world in the background, in some turbulence. She says, "I want to be comforted and reassured." In panel 2, the world is smoking and burning. With increased urgency, but no change in girl's expression: "Quick, somebody hold me." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie