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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