Happy new year and safe passage. Let us step lightly through.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
The barred owl of Riverside Park. I've recently taken up casual birdwatching.
Safe passage into the new year.
Sunset and full moon, Hudson River. Taking it a day at a time and taking the time I need.
May we be granted safe passage.
Snow, rain, and frozen-over puddles. Taking it a day at a time and taking the time I need.
May we be granted safe passage.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Me and my weird heart are currently working out our problems in therapy :)
New comic about working through difficult emotions in therapy, blaming behaviors, and learning the social skills to be "dateable."
Friday, December 11, 2020
I think my therapist is heckling me ;)
New cartoon about self-improvement in a pandemic.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Friday, December 04, 2020
New cartoon about learning to deal with difficult emotions in therapy, which I recently started. Life would be less messy without 'em, but also less interesting.
Thanks for everyone's patience as I attempt to grow as a person.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Quick update: This fall, I finally decided to get help and am now working with a therapist.
I’ve been struggling with depression for years, trying all manner of coping and cartooning through it. It was getting too difficult and starting to affect my creativity.
For those who have been following my comics, I want to share that I’m prioritizing my mental health. I’ll continue to post updates, in case you can relate.
It has been such a challenging year for so many of us. If you’re also dealing with something hard, you’re not alone. Wishing you solace and strength this season.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
In clear hindsight, this was not one of my more successful mantras.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
I can't believe it took me so long to get a drawing glove.
A cartoon about minor life adjustments that make a big difference.
(Note: If you've never used a touchscreen tablet, the cut-out glove simply prevents your bare hand from touching the screen and making accidental marks on the drawing.)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
What a time of high emotions. With the results of the 2020 US elections declared over the weekend, a big shoe dropped and we all felt the impact.
There's have a lot of work ahead, but I still believe in the wisdom of diverse voices and the possibility that we can make things better.
(Respecting) Diversity + (Rebuilding) Trust = (Path to) Unity
Knowing this doesn't mean we'll do it, but this is what I hope for.
Friday, November 06, 2020
Anxiously awaiting the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Caption: "I wish I ate less this week and did more to get out the vote this year."
Grateful for heroes like Stacey Abrams of Georgia for her vision of a better democracy and all those working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of our voices and our votes, locally.
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
One enduring impression of 2020 is how much time we all stood in socially distant lines for everything.
Thanks to everyone who waited in crazy-long lines to vote this year. NYC had early voting for the first time in history and many waited 4 to 5 hours just to cast their ballots this year.
It's an unprecedented Election Day in the U.S. today. I saw musicians performing in front of polling sites to keep spirits up.
In uncertain times: may there be equal parts hope.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Everybody panics differently.
My style of panic is somewhere in between paralysis and the impulse to save the world. Voting is better than paralysis, hope is better than despair, and whatever you can do to keep yourself healthy and sane during this crazy pandemic-election year is worth it.
Stay strong, friends.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
I believe strong leaders should be better examples to their followers and those who trust them.
We can disagree politically, but airborne disease is straightforward. It doesn't care about our politics.
Friday, October 23, 2020
I cast by vote by mail this week and was touched by the kindness of neighbors.
When I walked into my local post office for stamps, I learned that people in the neighborhood have been buying postage for absentee ballots.
For all the ways this has been an ugly election year, this was a reminder that we are a part of a larger community and something bigger than ourselves. Just wanted to share that.
Thanks to the United States Postal Service for holding it down in 2020 and to my neighbors for reminding me that community is everything.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The fall season is beautiful, but lonely. We all have things we are struggling with during this epic pandemic election year. This is one of mine. If you understand the feeling, I hope it provides some relief.
Thanks for continuing to read along in these days of uncertainty and limbo.
Illustration text: (1) pandemic fatigue; (2) pandemic lonely; (3) pandemic must-stay-strong.
Friday, October 16, 2020
New sketchbook comic about self-checkout stations and the ghost of social anxiety past.
Cartoon text: When I was younger, even basic social interactions would make me nervous. I've gotten better with practice, but I would've loved self-checkout stations back then, especially if it meant I could avoid any added social stress.
I don't know if self-checkout is good for humanity or my social skills, but it is a tiny bit fun to "beep" my groceries.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
This is what my anxiety aura looks like today. Just getting through the week will be enough.
Early voting in NY starts next week, so I'll do that too.
Thanks for continuing to read along. I'm hard at work writing, so I'm posting less, but might share more process content in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Not as whiny, but no less feisty.
I feel like I've been holding my breath this entire pandemic-election year. This cartoon scene sort of feels like it's in limbo too.
I'm still drawing everyday, which keeps me going when so many things in life are uncertain.
Friday, October 02, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Mid-Autumn festival is a holiday associated with family reunions, seeing old friends, and pretending to like mooncake.
Since many of us are physically distant from loved ones this year, let us be extra kind to ourselves and our neighbors.
Yes, there’s a lot to be angry about and we need to vote, but also let’s be kind. I am also trying my best.
Friday, September 25, 2020
I'm ending my GoComics series, Connie to the Wonnie, after 8 years.
Thanks so much to GoComics for letting me share my creative process and sketchbook cartoons with its readers.
You can see what's next at cartoonconnie.com, which is newly relaunched. I'm trying something new, but don't worry, I'm not quitting cartooning.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Changing oneself is painful and, for me, the absolute last resort. I won't do it unless my feet are held up the fire and, even then, I'd rather let them char for a while.
Thanks for reading and sticking with me through the messy parts of the process.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Whenever I'm facing a difficult challenge, I think how great it would be if I could just skip over this part.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Lately, I've been learning about how trauma functions in our brains and what tends to happen when it is ignored and has nowhere else to go.
I sort of imagine it as a "ghost" floating around in limbo. Of course, there's nothing cute about trauma in real life, but it would feel more manageable if we could see it for what it is.
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Experimenting with a new digital brush to get though some sadness. I've heard that suffering is less when you can "see" or name where you feel pain and that emotional hurts need as much tending to as physical wounds.
Hope you are taking care of the parts of your spirit that need the most love this season.
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
I drew this over the weekend to help me process some emotions. Thought I'd share it.
Let us waste no time on petty things, Elephant. We are here so briefly.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Proud to have contributed a comic to PEN America's "We Will Emerge" project, with thanks to Wajahat Ali & Dave Eggers for creating this space.
View full project here https://pen.org/we-will-emerge/
For this project, writers, activists, and academics came together to imagine a blueprint for a post-COVID America.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Doesn't anybody want to come to my pity party?? Just kidding, I don't do parties ^_^
Second comic today, trying for some elephant levity.
I dislike mayonnaise, among many other things, but this made me laugh in my head.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
This was fun to draw. No exaggeration whatsoever ;)
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
I posted a couple of throwback comics for a rainy day on my Instagram.
This sketch is from a year ago, when I first started drawing on an iPad with Procreate and was getting used to a digital workflow. The other two throwback comics were drawn on paper in my old style.
Friday, August 07, 2020
Ugh, brain won't work today. Pandemic anxiety fatigue. Weekend to revive.
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Friday, July 24, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
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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