Friday, December 31, 2021
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
If my heart could talk, it would complain of a brutal dictatorship.
[3-panel sketchbook comic without panel borders. Shows sullen girl with a braid, arms crossed, her back to a forlorn-looking red heart that is locked in a birdcage. In panel 2, she turns to the caged heart and scolds, "Don't even think of coming out until you're ready to behave." Text reads: "My creativity is closely tied to my emotions...When I can't express myself openly, it blocks my ability to draw and write." In panel 3, Elephant comments, "That's not very nice to your heart," to which Heart echoes, "Yeah." Girl says dramatically, "HEY! This is really cutting into my productivity!" There's a flashing arrow pointed right at her that says "TYRANT."]
Friday, November 05, 2021
May all your needs be acknowledged :)
[4-panel comic strip of a girl with a braid, ordering coffee. Panel 1 text reads "Current level of single desperation." In panel 2, she orders coffee from a bearded barista, with the caption "Imagining a future with anyone who acknowledges my needs in any way..." In panel 3, the barista asks, "Would you like room for milk?" In panel 4, there's a beat, as he waits, right before she responds with "marry me."]
Thursday, November 04, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
You can be as creepy as you want to be. Who's sheet masking with me?
[Single-panel illustration of a girl with a bun, wearing a sheet mask and gripping a paring knife and apple, looking creepy as all hell. Text reads "Happy Homebody Halloween."]
Friday, October 29, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Double rainbows really ARE amazing to see.
I was running in the park yesterday when I looked up and saw it, just as I was passing the fountain. It only lasted a few more minutes before it faded into the clouds. I didn't have my phone on me, so I had to try to draw it.
Blessings abound. Thanks for reading.
[4-panel full-color wordless comic of a girl with a braid jogging in Central Park, as it's starting to rain. Next panel in sequence, she is shown hunched with a scowl as the rain falls. Another beat and she looks upward again with surprise. Final panel splash, she has come to a halt in front of the Bethesda Fountain, at sundown, sky lit up in golden hues and the arc of a double rainbow brushed across the last sunlight coming through the clouds.]
Update: This is a new version of the comic! I learned from my friend, cartoonist and author Brian Fies, that I got the rainbows backwards on my first try. (I drew them as identical rainbows.) The colors of the outer rainbow are a mirror of the inner rainbow because sunlight makes one more reflection inside the drop of rain, which is also why the outer rainbow is lighter, since light loses intensity with every reflection. Grateful to Brian for the correction! Here is the updated drawing:
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Wednesday, October 06, 2021
Trying to be kinder and gentler to myself, as a cartoonist who wants to keep making comics.
This is episode 20 of my weekly webcomic series about the creative process!
Check out → tinyview.com/connie for new comics every Wednesday on the Tinyview app.
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Thursday, September 30, 2021
If you haven't heard of it, "Squid Game" is a new Korean survival drama that has become a mega hit on Netflix worldwide.
It looks so good that I had an elaborate nightmare just from seeing the previews.
I can usually lucid dream my way out of intense nightmares, but I couldn't escape this one! Anybody else??
Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi
[4-panel comic of a girl recounting a nightmare she had after watching a preview of a survival k-drama. Panel 1 shows her sprawled on a bed. Caption reads: "I had a nightmare I couldn't wake up from this morning." Panels 2 and 3 show a character crouched tightly in fear and then running from imminent danger. Text: "It felt like being trapped in a psycho-thriller movie. Danger everywhere and every escape attempt foiled by an unseen force." Last panel cuts to present with a caption that reads: "This is why I can't watch 'Squid Game.'" Elephant appears and says sternly, "Don't...do it" while girl coos at a laptop screen, "Oooh, but it looks so good."]
Okay, okay, I'm up :)
Also, work is now my YOLO, so it's all good :)
Thanks for the support on Ko-fi, it means a lot.
[Single-panel comic of a girl with a brain and a hot cup of tea, in a sweater, fluffy slippers, looking not quite woken up. Text caption pointing at mug: "Morning cup of YOLO." Thought bubbles: "Wake up" and "Get to work." Heading: "ADULTHOOD."]
Friday, September 24, 2021
I don't half-ass anything (though results may vary).
Have a good weekend and thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi
[2-panel comic of a girl with a braid, pondering: "What if I tried to be a peppier person??" In panel 2, she holds up a small mirror and shouts at it emphatically. "Hey!" "DON'T BE SAD!!" "YOLO, amirite?!!" Comic titled: "Very Natural Pep"]
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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."]
Monday, September 20, 2021
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."
Friday, September 17, 2021
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.
[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."]
Thursday, September 16, 2021
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."]
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
This is what it's like in my head, but don't worry, I'm working it out in therapy :)
[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."]
Friday, September 03, 2021
Thursday, September 02, 2021
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.
[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."]
Wednesday, September 01, 2021
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.
[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."]
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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."]
Thursday, August 26, 2021
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."]
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
If only we had more wisdom...
[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."]
Monday, August 23, 2021
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 :)
[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."]
Friday, August 20, 2021
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."]
Thursday, August 19, 2021
This is not a joke, it's straight up reality.
[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."]
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
We should not skimp on hugs in difficult, lonely times. (But of course, be safe and all.)
[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.]
Monday, August 16, 2021
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."]
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
I don't have any zoom meetings today ;)
Have a restful weekend and stay cool if you are in the heatwave too.
[Two-panel comic about when you live alone and work from home in a heatwave. Girl with a bun sweating over a desk complains that "It's too hot to focus" and that she's melting like an ice cube. Cuts to: Girl stands akimbo, arms out, in only underwear. She institutes a new dress code and declares: "I am the boss of me."]
Thursday, August 12, 2021
It has been a year since I started therapy. It was the hardest, best thing I've ever done for myself.
If you think you might benefit from talking to somebody, I used Betterhelp and, after a couple tries, I found a therapist who I work well with and I recommend it. Talking to someone once a week has helped me more than I imagined it would.
Stay well and thanks for following the journey.
[Two-panel comic showing a cartoon girl with a braid, holding a ball-sized heart in her arms, talking about starting therapy a year ago. Heart tells her to "put me down." In the second panel, Elephant pats girl on the head and says, "I'm proud of you." Girl and Heart stand side by side and Heart responds, "Thx."]
Sunday, August 08, 2021
Not generally a fan of bugs in my apartment, but this one stuck around for a few weeks and kept me company. It stuck around, sometimes outside the window and sometimes inside. Life on earth is such a random, fleeting thing.
[4-panel, monochrome diary comic of a girl in an apartment, coexisting with a red ladybug. She is working at her desk, while the ladybug crawls along the walls and ceiling. She comments that it's been her only company for several weeks, besides a decorative fern. In the final panel, she says that the ladybug died today and that she laid it to rest in the fern pot.]
Friday, August 06, 2021
Quick mood comic. Long week. Need endorphins.
Take care this weekend. Thanks for reading.
[4-panel comic depicting a simple drawing of a girl with bun. She says, "I feel a bit sad, but nothing's wrong. So I have nothing to say. Nobody would understand if I tried to explain anyway." (Beat.) She walks off in search of endorphins.]
Judge me not...
Everybody, take good care of your sanity this weekend.
[Two-panel comic about being in year two of the pandemic and several k-dramas in. Girl with crazed expression busts through a door and calls out, loudly, with emphasis: "WHERE ARE ALL THE LOVE TRIANGLES AT?!?"]
Thursday, August 05, 2021
I don't know how all this will unfold either, but I imagine we will need to evolve.
[Two-panel comic with a girl with a braid reacting to news of virus mutations and new variants spreading: "Wow. The virus is evolving faster than we are..." (Beat.) "Well, maybe humans are due for an upgrade."]
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
There's no going back ;)
[Three-panel comic of a girl with a bun standing at the edge of a high dive board, leaving "sensible reality" behind, in lieu of diving straight into "k-drama obsession." Dripping pool water, she writes, "Dear Diary, I have gone off the k-drama deep end." With blood-shot eyes, she adds: "There's no turning back now."]
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
There are a lot of reasons why we find ourselves in this messy and unending situation with the global pandemic, but no valid reason for prolonging the unease, uncertainty, and suffering of many, as far as I can see.
If you're tired and it feels like you haven't had a hug in years, I feel you. Stay safe and hang in there.
[One-panel cartoon of an elephant asking a girl with a bun if the pandemic is getting to her again. Girl is curled up in a fetal position and avoids the question: "why do you ask?" The title of the comic is "No Reason."]