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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Elephant Reserves Judgment

I've been leaning pretty hard into my coping mechanisms lately, like stress-eating and pining for love for all the wrong reasons. I think it's crisis fatigue. Who else?

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elephant, illustration, comics, humor, coping mechanisms, sketchbook drawing, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Update: In Between the Panels

In comics, the space between panels is called a "gutter."

At the moment, I'm in that difficult, transitional, in-between space of trying to decide, "what next?"

A lot of good things can happen here, too, but still, it's not easy.

You may have noticed that I'm posting less one-off sketchbook comics, as I work to develop material for new projects and works in progress.

Thanks for bearing with me as I try to get to a place where I can continue to create comics.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Creative Fine Line

There's a fine line between creative inspiration and comparison!

Creativity and the ego have a weirdly codependent relationship.

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comic about creativity, ego, creative inspiration and comparison, by connie sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook, drawing, slice of life cartoon

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Masks Or Die

This is out of my usual wheelhouse, but I'm concerned by how much politics has drowned out science in the U.S.

I'm afraid to think what will happen if we fail to come together on the most basic shared values.

*Note: This sketch is referencing a political cartoon from 1754, by Benjamin Franklin. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Join,_or_Die)
sketchbook drawing referencing benjamin franklin's 1754 cartoon "join, or die", connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Love and Pizza in a Pandemic

I saw a guy walking and talking to his pizza yesterday and thought, "This is the most romantic New York thing I've seen during this pandemic."

New diary comic. I wear a mask in public, even when I go running. Stay safe and stay well, wherever you are.

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

The Best I Can Do Today

These have been heavy weeks. The best I can do varies from day to day, but I'm trying. I'd like to think most of us are.

Side note: I wear a mask when in public and around other people because it helps keep the virus from spreading further. It's a small thing, but I do it simply out of respect for everyone around me.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Things You Can Hug If You're Single In A Pandemic

I drew this cartoon back in March, but never got around to sharing it.

This was a hard and scary time. We were at the beginning of several months of pandemic shutdown. Covid-19 cases were surging and we quickly became the epicenter of the health crisis in the country.

Suddenly, there were toilet paper and baking supply shortages and we had no idea when we would next see our friends and family or what the following months would bring.

Now, as New York's cases drop, we're now witnessing the virus spread like wild fires across the country and around the world. It is still a hard and scary time.

If you're struggling right now, this cartoon may not be very comforting. But it does remind me that I did my best on the hard days.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sketchbook: Father's Day Drawing

I texted this drawing to my dad today and he texted back in Chinese:

"Thank you. But my eyebrows have not gone completely white."
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pandemic Diary: Maybe It's An Opportunity

The Chinese term for "crisis" is a combination of the characters risk + opportunity.

Even so, it doesn't mean that I'm ready for it!

I speak only for myself ;)

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mentally Pacing Myself

I've been running on emotional extremes  lately and, yesterday, I hit a wall.

It's funny how small things can break us when we are stretched thin and tired. I have to keep reminding myself to pay attention to when I reach the end of my energy.

Self-care can be as simple as going for a walk, doing chores, and checking in with friends. They can make a big difference.

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sketchbook cartoon about dealing with extreme emotions, emotional exhaustion, knowing your limits, and self-care, diary comic, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, June 04, 2020

'Black Lives Matter' To Me Because

The U.S. is in a painful reckoning right now. The truth about ourselves is messy, painful, and necessary.

My own reckoning has led me to examine where I fit into the historical context of this country as an Asian American daughter of first generation immigrants.

I found this childhood memory in my brain that I remembered because I didn't understand it at the time. I'm pulling it out now because I think it is a small piece of a larger puzzle.

This is not an easy conversation in the Asian American community, but let's have them anyway.

View as separate panels on Instagram

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Sketchbook Repost: Maya Angelou On Using Your Anger

Whenever I feel at a loss, I go back to this advice that Maya Angelou gave comedian Dave Chappelle in a 2006 "Iconoclasts" interview. I'm reposting for myself and the exquisite pain of this moment in the story of this country.

"If you're not angry, then you're either a stone or you're too sick to be angry. You should be angry. But you must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer; it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything. So use that anger, yes. You write it, you paint it, you dance it, you march it, you talk it. You never stop talking it." - Maya Angelou 

Let us use it, focus it, and vote it.

quote, maya angelou advice to dave chappelle, sketchbook drawing of maya angelou on using anger over racism in creative ways, repost, connie sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"Yes, And" Mental Health

This has been a particularly tense week in the U.S., if you follow our news. On top of the global health crisis, all the ways that we are fractured as a society feels like it is ripping us apart socially too.

I had a hard time cartooning this week. Seeking relief and clarity, but that will take longer. I was only able to sketch this comic when I forgave myself for all of my own contradictions. 

Take care of yourselves; the road ahead is long.

In the last panel, I refer to American poet Walt Whitman's line from "Song of Myself": "Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Sketchbook: Earth As A Snow Globe

It feels like we are inside an upside down snow globe, being shaken up.

If we could watch ourselves from the moon, maybe this is what it would look like.

We can't know how the pieces settle again, but it won't be the same. Like a definitive heartbreak, there is only a before and then after.

Let us not forget what we learn about ourselves.
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Friday, May 22, 2020

The Year Of Bread

I've been learning how to make breads I grew up with, like mantou (steamed buns), huajuan (twisted rolls), and congyou bing (stovetop scallion bread). It has been comforting and stress-relieving, if also fattening :p

Still, I'm enjoying being a total beginner at something in these days of upheaval and uncertainty.

View on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CAguswSg_4k
comics, illustration, humor, baking bread, pandemic diary, bread making, stress relief, sketchbook, drawing, connie sun, cartoonconnie
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Pandemic Diary: Upside Down Face Masks

Slice-of-life diary comic about wearing face masks in NYC. Plus, first shopping trip to Trader Joe's since the city locked down 2 months ago! It was about a 40-minute wait to get inside, but the staff are as nice as ever.

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