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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

As Long As You're Not Shooting

A new elephant comic strip. Thinking about gun violence in America while working. 

We've had almost back-to-back mass shootings across the country just in the last week, alongside fresh reports of police brutality. It's like another ongoing viral contagion, on top of the covid-19 pandemic, an overwhelming backdrop to getting on with our daily lives. 

I'm also trying to remind myself that these are not isolated tragedies; there's something happening that is bigger than we are. At times, just getting through the day without doing too much damage is an evolutionary win. 

Stay well, stay present, and thanks for reading.

Elephant comic strip about gun violence in America, sketchbook drawing, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, April 16, 2021

A Society Where We Feel As Safe

In the U.S., this has been yet another week of waking up to news of domestic tragedy and violence against communities of color. It's difficult to see this about ourselves and it's critical that we do. 

I don't think there are any easy solutions, but I thought about what I wish for and wrote it down. That's where I begin. 

For anyone who is suffering this week, I hope there is momentary relief enough to replenish your strength and spirit. 

Thanks for reading.

4-panel comic text: I desperately want to live in a society where my black and brown friends feel as safe as my white friends and my Asian parents don't have to be afraid to leave home. That would be dope. (*By the way, it's weird how we still say skin is "black and white.")

A sketchbook comic about wanting to live in a society where communities of color feel as safe as white people, illustrated by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Socia Media Burnout

Social media has become exhausting. I'm still writing and drawing, but it's better for my creativity and mental health to manage how much time I spend on social platforms. I will be looking for new ways to share my artwork in the near future. Stay tuned and stay well. 

Thanks for continuing to read along.

New cartoon about social media burnout and the need to recharge creative batteries offline.

Cartoon about social media burnout and trying to recharge creative batteries, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Getting My First Vaccine Dose at the Javits Center

I was lucky enough to get a first-dose vaccine appointment yesterday at the Javits Center. After a year of living through a global pandemic and all that it brought, a lot of feelings raced through my mind as I made my way to get vaccinated.

When I got there, gratitude was the only emotion that mattered. May we all have this chance. 

Thanks to everyone helping in the race to vaccinate our communities faster than than people can continue to spread the virus.

Be safe, keep wearing masks, and thanks for reading.

Diary comic about getting vaccinated at Javits Center in NYC, sketchbook, pandemic year, comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Gut Survival Instinct

New sketchbook cartoon about survival instinct, trauma, coping, and wanting to feel safe. I think our instincts for survival are closely linked with how we experience trauma. 

It has been an intense year. I hope you all feel safe and that we'll all soon have access to one of the vaccines. At the same time, let's look out for each other too.

Thanks for reading.

Sketchbook cartoon about survival instinct, trauma, coping, and wanting to feel safe, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

New Wave Of Violence Against Asian Americans

I woke this morning to news of another violent hate crime against a 65-year-old Asian woman in midtown Manhattan, who was on her way to church at 11:30am on Sunday. Camera footage showed bystanders doing nothing to help.

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/30/982745950/attack-on-asian-woman-in-manhattan-as-bystanders-watched-to-be-probed-as-hate-cr

Sadly, we know from U.S. history that these attacks will continue, until enough people say that it is not okay to attack Asians or any group of people based on race, gender, faith, country of origin, etc.

There is a long history of hate crimes against Asians in America and we appear to be in a violent new wave. It is not slowing down and we need your help. If you see something, will you help us? 

Daniel Dae Kim's recent address to U.S. Congress https://youtu.be/fRhkZ5EZnJo

Thank you for reading. #StopAsianHate

Journal comic about recent violent hate crimes against Asians in America, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Journal comic about recent violent hate crimes against Asians in America, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Illustration: I (Still) Love New York

We've all been going through it, haven't we? I still love NY and appreciate everybody who's trying.

New sketchbook illustration of New Yorkers I saw walking, wearing masks, eating pizza, having coffee on-the-go. The city is always moving and most of us are just trying our best.

We all have the right to be here.

Stay safe, stay sane. 

We matter and we belong.

Thanks for reading


Sketchbook illustration of New Yorkers walking, wearing masks, eating pizza, having coffee on-the-go.  Original artwork by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Practicing Self-Hugs

It's important to practice self-hugs, especially in tense times. Every little bit counts.

New sketchbook drawing. Everyone, take care.

Connie on Ko-fi

Diary comic, sketchbook drawing about giving yourself a hug and practicing self-love in difficult times, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, March 22, 2021

On My Way

New diary comic about finding self-affirmation in less than ideal conditions. 

  • George Takei on the long history of anti-Asian hate in the US (link)
  • Daniel Dae Kim speaking to Congress (link)
  • Karen Chee on the Atlanta shootings (link)  

I have to learn the importance of loving myself no matter what external messages I get from my environment. 

Sandra Oh famously said, "It's an honor to be Asian." 

Yes, and now more than ever. Glad to know we are not alone. 

#StopAsianHate resources and organizations https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate


Journal comic about Asian American self-affirmation in the face of anti-Asian hate in America. Sketchbook illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, March 19, 2021

How It Feels To Be Asian In America Right Now

It is as my black, brown, and Muslim friends told me. Sadly, this is a familiar pattern in America. 

Thank you to friends who checked in with me this week. I am fine, but the Asian community in the U.S. is not. 

Words spoken with malice to dehumanize a group of people can have violent and deadly consequences, as we have seen this past year and throughout history. And I learned this week how loud apathy can feel, when the target is on your back. 

Let us be better and look out for each other. Thanks for reading

#StopAsianHate https://stopaapihate.org/together/

Sketchbook illustration about how it feels to be Asian in American when hate crimes are surging, diary comic, journal, drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

To Be A Person Of Color

New sketchbook journal comic about living in a place where hate crimes against people of color and vulnerable groups are almost "normal" and unremarkable. 

There was a shooting spree yesterday, targeting Asian women in Atlanta. I went to bed last night and woke this morning thinking about how unsafe it feels to be a person of color in the U.S. now -- and essentially, throughout history.

At the same time, I am proud to be Asian-American and grateful to the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter for creating the blueprint for finding strength in each other and the courage to not accept hate as our "normal."

Thanks for reading

Cartoon illustration about living in a country where hate crimes against people of color are "normal." Sketchbook journal comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, March 12, 2021

"Sane" With Hard Air Quotes

It has been over a year of pandemic living. However you managed to get through, it counts. Thanks for hanging in. (Plus, Weekend to self-care)

Connie on Ko-fi

Journal comic, sketchbook illustration, reflection after a year of pandemic living, comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Sketchbook: Depression Cleaning

"Nothing sparked joy."

I'm in a better place now than when I drew this gag cartoon, but that's also about as much furniture and tableware as I have after my recent move. ^_^ 

Thanks for reading

Gag cartoon, illustration, empty apartment, marie kondo method, cleaning, depression, mental health awareness, sketchbook drawing humor by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, March 08, 2021

Update: Moving Pains and New Beginnings

New sketchbook illustration about moving, transitions, and therapy.

I took a week off to move apartments for the first time in 10 years -- a significant change for me! Thankfully, I'm on the other side of moving pains and am settling in. Here's my first cartoon from my new set-up. 

Thanks for your patience! 

Connie's Ko-fi

Sketchbook drawing, personal update, cartoon about moving, packing, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Celebrate the Ice Cream Cones (Mini Milestones)

Reminder to myself that it is okay to be a work in progress, as long as I keep trying to move forward.

Cartoon text: "It can take time to figure yourself out. Change is hard for a lot of us. Don't forget to celebrate the mini milestones. If you got through the day, you did GREAT."

If anyone else wants to celebrate with ice cream, I am here for it.

Thanks for reading

Illustration about celebrating mini milestones and small wins in creative work, sketchbook drawing, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Illustration about celebrating mini milestones and small wins in creative work, sketchbook drawing, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Illustration about celebrating mini milestones and small wins in creative work, sketchbook drawing, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
Illustration about celebrating mini milestones and small wins in creative work, sketchbook drawing, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
Illustration about celebrating mini milestones and small wins in creative work, sketchbook drawing, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie








Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Basic Yogi

Elephant is right: I do spend too much time sitting on my butt these days. 

The older I get, the less cooperative my body wants to be. 

Every little bit counts though. When I remember to take the time, exercise and yoga help with mental health wellness too. Hope you are taking care of yourselves a little bit everyday. 

Thanks for reading

Sketchbook cartoon about trying to do yoga at home while out of shape, elephant comic strip, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, February 22, 2021

Sketchbook: Snowman Indignity

A peed-on, melting snowman tries to hold on to its dignity.

Just for fun sketchbook drawing for a wintry-mix Monday. If you are unfamiliar with this scenario, dogs love the snow. 

Connie on Ko-fi

sketchbook drawing, illustration of melting snowman that has been peed on, nyc scene, winter humor, cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, February 19, 2021

Long Stretch of Lonely

This continues to be a long stretch of lonely for a lot of people. If you've been alone for a long time like me, you know that, sometimes, it hits like a ton of bricks.

Be well, stay strong, hug a pillow, and have some chocolate.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes On Top Of Everything Else

Because of the recent spike in violence and discrimination against Asians, these are sad and difficult conversations that many of us in communities of color have had to have throughout the pandemic - about hate - on top of everything else. 

As a reference point, this is a 2016 diary comic I drew in a different time.) 

If you witness a hate crime, you can report it here https://stopaapihate.org

For additional ways to help, visit https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org

Thanks for reading

Slice of life cartoon, sketchbook journal, diary comic on anti-Asian hate crime in the pandemic, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, February 12, 2021

Humans Have The Weirdest Imaginations

Ox over the moon for Lunar new year. I wonder why elephants aren't a zodiac animal. 

This started as a series of 4 separate illustrations that I threaded together.

Hope you have a restful weekend. Happy lunar new year of the ox if you celebrate ^_^

My Ko-fi page

Illustrations of the moon, an elephant, and a cow jumping over the moon, ox over the moon, year of the ox, chinese new year, humor, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
"Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon..."


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sketchbook: Year of the Ox

I feel like ox, as a species, have a very measured approach to life. 

Happy lunar new year ^_^

Connie on Ko-fi

Year of the ox cartoon, illustration, chinese new year, happy lunar new year, sketchbook, drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Sunday, February 07, 2021

Sketchbook: Snow Day Elephant

Snow day elephant company. A sketchbook drawing of an elephant made of snow. I didn't make one with snow, but anything can happen in comics.

Thanks for following

Sketchbook illustration of an elephant made of snow and a lonely character, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, February 05, 2021

Weeks That Feel Like A Hundred Paper Cuts

For days and weeks that feel like this, I need to stop, breathe, and take a moment. 

Hope you do something nice for yourself this weekend. I will also try. 

Thanks for reading. 

Sketchbook illustration about how emotional ups and downs can feel like a hundred paper cuts, comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, February 04, 2021

Sketchbook: Managing Depression

Managing mental health is a continuous, ongoing practice, I am learning. 

New sketchbook comic about the cyclical nature of managing ups and downs. 

If you too, hope you can find relief in small acts of self-care, like going for a walk, cooking a nice meal, or reaching out to someone you trust. I need a serotonin boost myself!

Kofi-page

Sketchbook comic about the cyclical nature of managing mental health, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Well, I Think I'm A Fun Person

However, "fun" is a strong word. ;)

I did end up going outside to stomp in snow on Monday, but no snowball fights.

I've been focused on writing stories, but still trying to draw a little everyday. 

Thanks for reading along and for your patience

Comic illustration of an introvert in cozy clothes staying at home in the winter with an elephant, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook drawing, elephant comic strip


Monday, February 01, 2021

Cozy Is Boring

Just for fun introvert cartoon about cozy days indoors and how sometimes cozy is boring for some. 

Heavy snow fall on the East Coast today. If you too, hope you are able to stay bundled and warm. Thanks to those who are braving the storm to keep things safe and running. 

Thanks for reading. 

Cartoon about staying cozy in a snowstorm and how cozy is boring to some. Introvert humor, sketchbook drawing, elephant comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, January 29, 2021

Sketchbook: The Cutest First Responder

I saw an actual Dalmatian in an FDNY fire truck today and just about lost my mind :)

Big thank you to first responders in NYC and everywhere.

Have a good weekend. Stay safe, stay well.

Connie on Ko-fi

Cartoon illustration of seeing a Dalmatian in a fire truck, slice of life, NYC, journal comics, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Illustration of a jealous elephant, elephant comic, sketchbook drawing humor by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Therapy, Sometimes

I'm finding therapy helpful and necessary, even on days when it feels like there's not much progress happening. The mental health gains seem to be incremental and gradual over a long-term.

May you stay well, despite the surface ups and downs

Connie on Ko-fi

Cartoon illustration about getting therapy in a pandemic, slice of life comic, sketchbook drawing, journal comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Fashion Cue Cardigan

The cardigan tells me I'm working, just like in "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Thanks for your patience as I juggle a few personal matters. I'm still trying to share new drawings; I've just been off a set schedule.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and in good spirits. Thanks for reading.

Morning routine cartoon, slice of life comic strip humor, cardigan fashion, sketchbook, pandemic life journal comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

May We Live In Boring Times

May we live in very chill, very boring times...and may everybody in the country take a mild tranquilizer this week.

Temporary meditation mantra and just for fun sketchbook drawing. Stay safe and sane.

Connie on Ko-fi

Sketchbook drawing of person meditating with the mantra "may we live in very chill, very boring times," cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie




Be Afraid Internet

New sketchbook cartoon about how the internet keeps feeding us endless reasons to be afraid. I should probably start watching my internet diet. 

Take care, everyone; stay safe and sane.

sketchbook cartoon about media diet and how the internet keeps feeding us endless reasons to be afraid, comic strip, illustration, humor, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, January 15, 2021

The Joy Of Lint

Our world is topsy-turvy right now (and maybe it always has been). 

This week, I listened to a panel of writers and editors give their best advice to new writers. Nicole Chung, panelist and author of All You Can Ever Know, offered this reminder, which I am paraphrasing: you have a right to whatever joy you can find in these difficult times. It's okay to find the fun in your work and play, especially now.

I needed to hear it and so I'm sharing it, in case you need the reminder too.

Take care and thanks for reading

Cartoon illustration about finding joy wherever ever we can, journal comic, writers, quotes, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Reaching Out In A Pandemic

I think we need each other more than ever right now. 

A new sketchbook illustration about reaching out to each other in times of need, in a pandemic, in all the craziness that is unfolding.

Stay safe, stay in touch, and take care of each other. 

Thanks for following

Elephant cartoon illustration about reaching out to each other digitally in times of need, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, January 07, 2021

My Week In A Nutshell

What a start! Here we go...

A new journal comic about a week of rollercoaster emotions. New pandemic strains, political process, and the violent mob at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, all on my mind. Everyone, stay safe, stay sane.

Connie on Ko-fi


Journal comic about a week of rollercoaster emotions by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie. Large glass of kombucha wine.