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!
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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."]
Friday, July 30, 2021
Two-panel comic about life in an endless pandemic and the temporary diversion of the Tokyo Olympics. Watching world-class athletes reach Olympic heights is definitely a dopamine boost. Sunisa Lee's gold medal performance in women's gymnastics was a highlight this week :)
Enjoy the weekend, everyone. Thanks for reading and supporting.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
NOBODY messes with my mental health in a pandemic. Good on anybody who's taking care of theirs.
[Three-panel comic containing a simple drawing of girl with a bun, observing that "If we've learned anything in this pandemic, it's that we are all just one...stupid a--hole and lockdown away from completely losing our minds." Mental health is everything.]
Monday, July 26, 2021
I draw what I see -- sometimes happy, sometimes sad.
[Two-panel comic of a girl with a bun being asked, "Why can't you draw happier comics?" Response: she wordlessly points at a graphic of the world in flames. "Exhibit A."]
Friday, July 23, 2021
It is nice to see all the happy, free-range couples roaming the city. And it is also a pestilence if you are not one of them.
Life is full of contradictions :)
[Two-panel comic illustration of a girl declaring that "Romance is stupid." In panel 2, a thought bubble appears over her head containing the text "And I want some," as she walks by lovey-dovey couples in a park backdrop.]
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Blueberries are a joy of summer and I LOVE that jade elephant necklace.
A just-for-fun sketchbook drawing, while I work on new material. Hope you are staying cool.
Thanks for your support and for reading along.
[Illustration of a girl buying summer blueberries to freeze, a cashier wearing a jade elephant necklace, and an interior scene of a girl talking to an elephant with a bowl of blueberries.]
Friday, July 02, 2021
I need a vacation from worrying about it :)
Happy weekend and thanks for reading.
[Illustration of a woman worrying about nothing. Panel one text: "I wonder...do I need to saved from myself??" Panel two: "Only time will tell."]
Thursday, July 01, 2021
I'm just now learning about the addictive, dopamine-inducing nature of watching K-dramas.
It's very stress-relieving and my grip on reality is also fading :)
Comic text: "If I feel worried, stressed, or depressed, the only thing that seems to calm me these days is having celebrity crushes on K-drama stars. It's like injecting dopamine directly into my veins."
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Learning to be kind to yourself is a very hard lesson to learn, especially for BIPOC and anyone in this world, socialized to feel that they are somehow inferior or not good enough. I'm trying though, like my life depends on it.
Other updates: I have a new comic up on Tinyview this week. Best viewed on your phone. https://tinyview.com/connie/2021/06/23/ep6-make-obstinate-art
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Working through a lot this month. Hope to come out the other side a stronger person.
This is an old gag cartoon I drew in my sketchbook that I'm sharing for the first time.
I also published a new vertical scroll comic for Tinyview, which is free and best read on your phone. "Creative Notes" is a new comic series that I'm publishing weekly, with aspiring artists and creatives in mind.
First episode on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CQMaC4EjaGZ/
Download the free app here https://tinyview.com/connie
Friday, June 11, 2021
The oh-so-seductive appeal of the Korean drama fantasy boyfriend when you have no love life of your own.
Happy Friday - we made it.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
New comic strip about everyday mental health and how therapy is helping me right now.
I also published a new episode of "Creative Notes," my new weekly comic for Tinyview Comics. If you need some creative motivation, these comics are designed to be read on your phone. Check out https://tinyview.com/connie or download the free app on the app store!
I'm also participating in a Columbia panel discussion with Asian-American artists on June 10 from 12-1pm EST. You can listen to a recording of Part 1 here and register for the June 10 event here https://sps.columbia.edu/events/nuances-racial-bias-america-making-art-response-anti-asian-hate-part-two
Friday, June 04, 2021
Sometimes I'm too tired to have fun, but then, I can always pretend I'm more fun than I am.
Have a great weekend :)
In case you missed it, I'm drawing a new comic series on the Tinyview app in a vertical scroll format. You can check it out on the app for free: https://tinyview.com/connie
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Hug me, I'm vaxxed! Too desperate? Maybe.
Does this shirt exist yet?
Hope you do something fun for yourself this weekend...
Thursday, May 20, 2021
New comic about writing and how often it involves tears! It's my creative process :D
I'm writing through all the pent-up emotions and this is the healthiest I've been in a long time, maybe ever. May we all be granted safe passage.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
With great privilege comes great responsibility.
Reminder to self to not look away as events around us unfold.
Everything is connected and so are we, to each other. I wish everyone safe.
Friday, May 14, 2021
NYC is reopening and the CDC can't decide if we should wear masks or not.
It is spring. New Yorkers are horny and we are all doomed, lol.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
It's too bad I can't un-know everything I was forced to learn about myself this year.
A comic about the silent scream of self-awareness. (See The Scream by Edvard Munch)
Note on flyer below: Looking forward to participating in a webinar event tomorrow about making art in response to anti-Asian hate with three New York artist-activists I admire a lot.
Thursday, May 13, 12-1pm EST. RSVP link
Sunday, May 09, 2021
Happy (immigrant) mother's day <3
I drew this from a grainy photo taken with one of those ubiquitous 35mm film cameras from the 1990s.
Nobody believes in the "American dream" more than immigrant parents, who leave everything behind to start over, often with very little, so that their kids have a chance at a better life.
We all did the best we could with what we had. This is the only life I know, the only place I call home. Asian-American is the closest thing to an identity that I can claim and, for all of its history, it's an honor.
- In the photo, I'm sporting a classic, homestyle Asian kid bowl cut and a cotton tracksuit.
- For years, my mom would get her hair done in the style of news anchor "Connie Chung," who I was named after.
- In his youth, my dad's nickname was Bruce Lee's Chinese moniker, "Li Xiaolong."
- My little brother grew up to be taller than me and have an amazing head of hair.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
As Asian-Americans, we are still waking up everyday to more news headlines and stories about violent attacks and harassment, targeting people who look like us, our family, our elders.
It is taking a toll on us, our families, and our community.
I encourage you to speak up on our behalf, if you hear hateful anti-Asian speech around you, blaming Asians for the pandemic.
It's also a good time to reach out to your Asian friends and colleagues to ask if they are doing okay.
I hope we can take better care of each other and get through this together. One love.
Friday, April 30, 2021
I feel very fortunate to have gotten my second vaccine dose in New York City this past week. (I drew a diary comic about the first dose too.) I had a pretty mild reaction, but felt dull and groggy for about a day and a half.
It's worth it to me help minimize the spread of the virus that is still wreaking havoc and devastating entire communities worldwide.
I got the vaccine for the same reason I wear I mask; it's to keep the people around me safer.
With everything we've learned since the beginning of the pandemic, let us do better when we know better and look out for each other the best we know how.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
New sketchbook comic about times when you need to dig deep to find beauty and strength.
We've come a long way, but we're still in it, no matter how "done" we all are. This is for anyone who needs a boost. (I did last week.)
Thanks for reading. More updates to come.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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.
Friday, April 16, 2021
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.
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.")
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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.
New cartoon about social media burnout and the need to recharge creative batteries offline.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
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.