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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Mental Health Is Everything

NOBODY messes with my mental health in a pandemic. Good on anybody who's taking care of theirs.

Connie on Ko-fi

[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.]

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. Sketchbook comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, July 26, 2021

Happier Comics

I draw what I see -- sometimes happy, sometimes sad.

Thanks for reading and supporting <3

[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."]

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." Sketchbook comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, July 23, 2021

Romance Is Stupid

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 :)

Thanks for humoring me.

[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.]

Two-panel comic illustration of a girl declaring that "Romance is stupid" and thinking "and I want some," walking passed lovey-dovey couples in the background. Sketchbook comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Unconditional Self-Love

Sorry for posting less recently. I'm working hard to be able to continue writing and cartooning. Hopefully, the effort will pay off. 


Comic text, girl: "One day, I will learn to love myself unconditionally -- since nobody else will do it." [glares at elephant]
Elephant: "You're asking a lot out of life is all I'm sayin'."
Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie. 3-panel comic with a girl in a bun talking to an elephant. Comic text, girl: "One day, I will learn to love myself unconditionally -- since nobody else will do it." [glares at elephant] Elephant: "You're asking a lot out of life is all I'm sayin'."



Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Sketchbook: Jade Elephant Necklace

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.]

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, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, July 02, 2021

Time Will Tell

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."]

Illustration of a woman worrying about nothing. Comic Text: "I wonder...do I need to saved from myself??" Panel two: "Only time will tell." Sketchbook comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, July 01, 2021

Dopamine Rush, K-drama Crush

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 :)

Thanks for reading <3

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." 

4-panel comic of a woman feeling anxious and stressed out, who discovers the stress relief of watching K-dramas. Just for fun sketchbook cartoon, diary comic, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Heart Hug

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

Thanks for reading and supporting.

4-panel webcomic strip about giving your heart a hug, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie. Text: Sometimes your heart needs a hug. There doesn't have to be a reason. Heart, word bubble: "Well, it took you long enough."


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Serenity Gag and New "Creative Notes" Comic

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

Thanks for all your support.

Single-panel cartoon of a women on a mountain top, exerting great effort to be zen. Caption reads: "Please grant me the serenity to not need external validation or social media likes to be happy." Comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
Comic series "Creative Notes" new episode preview, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, for Tinyview Comics




Friday, June 11, 2021

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Even When You're Doing Fine

New comic strip about everyday mental health and how therapy is helping me right now. 

Other announcements:

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

Comic strip about everyday mental health and the role of therapy, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, sketchbook cartoon



Friday, June 04, 2021

My Only Plan After A Long Week

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 

Sketchbook comic about being too tired to have fun after a long week, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Update: New Comic Series on Tinyview

Something new! I'm starting a comic series on Tinyview Comics

Creative Notes is a weekly comic series about the funny highs and lows of the creative process. 

Tinyview allows me to draw comics in a vertical scroll format, which I am very excited about! I've been looking for ways to expand my storytelling.

Download the mobile app on the App Store to read the first 3 episodes!

"Creative Notes" is a new weekly comic series by Connie Sun about the highs and lows of the creative process for Tinyview app, cartoonconnie, https://tinyview.com/connie
"Creative Notes" is a new weekly comic series by Connie Sun for Tinyview app, cartoonconnie, https://tinyview.com/connie




Friday, May 28, 2021

Sketchbook: Proud Sister

Pause break to share that my little brother is engaged to his sweetheart and I'm a proud sister :D

Thanks for following

Illustration of younger brother, his sweetheart, cat and dog, engagement, drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie




Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

Hug Me

Hug me, I'm vaxxed! Too desperate? Maybe.

Does this shirt exist yet?

Hope you do something fun for yourself this weekend...

Thanks for reading.

Comic strip about hugging, social contact, and desperation after a pandemic, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Writing Is Crying

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.

Thanks for reading

Comic strip about writing and the creative process which often involves tears, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie sketchbook drawing


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Bearing Witness

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.

Thanks for reading.

Comic about not confronting hard truths and not looking away from genocide, occupation, or oppression, sketchbook drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie






Friday, May 14, 2021

Current Vibe: Lust, Caution

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.

Current vibe in the city: "Lust, Caution." "This is fine."

Have a great weekend ^_^

Sketchbook comic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, about the first spring after a pandemic, referencing the Ang Lee film "Lust, Caution"


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Can't Un-Know

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)

Thanks for reading 

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

A comic about self-awareness, drawn by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
flyer for webinar event on racial bias and making art in response to hate






Sunday, May 09, 2021

Sun Family Portrait

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.

Thanks for reading

Mother's Day Illustration, Asian-American family portrait drawn from a 1990s photo taken with a 35mm camera, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie







Thursday, May 06, 2021

Unsafe Spring

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. 

Thanks for reading and supporting.


Sketchbook comic diary about the ongoing rise of anti-asian hate crimes in America, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie
Screenshot of headlines about attacks against Asians across America




Friday, April 30, 2021

Second Vaccine Dose

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.

Thanks for reading.

Page 1 of a journal comic about getting my second vaccine dose in NYC, comic page, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie

Page 2 of a journal comic about getting my second vaccine dose in NYC, side effects, and why I wear a mask during a pandemic, comic page, illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Never Stop Looking

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.

Sketchbook comic about times when it is harder to stay upbeat and positive, mental health awareness cartoon, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


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