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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Life Goals Plus Depression

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."]

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." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Monday, September 20, 2021

Mooncake Holiday Rituals

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."

5-panel comic about Mid-Autumn Festival and mooncake rituals by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 17, 2021

Single Introvert Energy

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. 

Thanks for reading and supporting

[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."]

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." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Friend Therapy

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."]

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." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Extremely Sensitive Person

I should make this my dating profile ;)

Loosely drawn idea, straight from my sketchbook. I've been playing around with how quickly I can express an idea, without being too fussy about details. 

Thanks for following the journey! Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a scribbly bun, reflecting on her personality type. In panel 1, she says, "Somehow I manage to be...extremely sensitive...and very clueless at the exact same time." Panel two, beat: "I don't know how I do it either."] 
Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a scribbly bun, reflecting on her personality type. In panel 1, she says, "Somehow I manage to be...extremely sensitive...and very clueless at the exact same time." Panel two, beat: "I don't know how I do it either." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 10, 2021

Crying Is A Natural Painkiller

This week, I learned that the tears we cry have a different chemical make-up. (For example, onion tears are different from sad tears.) They also look different under a microscope, depending on why we cried them (i.e., tears of laughter are distinct from tears of grief). 

The biggest news to me is that tears can be natural painkillers. I used to not cry much; now, I cry more and I think this is better. Our bodies are kind of amazing. 


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid looking at her phone, saying that she "just learned that...when we cry emotional tears, they contain a neurotransmitter that can act as a natural painkiller." In panel 2, she walks off with some pep in her step, turning to tell a lounging elephant, "Well, then! I'd say that's reason enough for me to keep watching k-dramas!" Elephant thought bubble reads: "Oh dear..."]
Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid looking at her phone, saying that she "just learned that...when we cry emotional tears, they contain a neurotransmitter that can act as a natural painkiller." In panel 2, she walks off with some pep in her step, turning to tell a lounging elephant, "Well, then! I'd say that's reason enough for me to keep watching k-dramas!" Elephant thought bubble reads: "Oh dear..." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 09, 2021

Sketchbook: Pandemic Lonely Days

Slice of life diary comic from my sketchbook. 

Bless all the dogs in New York City that notice I exist :)


[Single-panel illustration of a girl with a bun walking passed a dog on a leash in Central Park, who acknowledges her with a "woof." She responds with a "hullo." Caption reads, "These days, nobody notices I exist, except for the occasional, extroverted dog, in passing." Titled: "Pandemic Lonely Days"]
Single-panel illustration of a girl with a bun walking passed a dog on a leash in Central Park, who acknowledges her with a "woof." She responds with a "hullo." Caption reads, "These days, nobody notices I exist, except for the occasional, extroverted dog, in passing." Titled: "Pandemic Lonely Days" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie




Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Mental Mordor

This is what it's like in my head, but don't worry, I'm working it out in therapy :)

Thanks for reading and supporting.

[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."]

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." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Friday, September 03, 2021

Dateable Universe

For my fellow singles, happy Friday. Thanks for reading :)


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing wide-eyed, "I wonder...if there's one corner of the known universe...where I would be considered dateable??" Panel two shows girl walking off the comic with a deadpan expression: "-- because it sure isn't New York." Girl is followed by Elephant who asks conversationally, "So what k-drama are we watching tonight?"]
Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, musing wide-eyed, "I wonder...if there's one corner of the known universe...where I would be considered dateable??" Panel two shows girl walking off the comic with a deadpan expression: "-- because it sure isn't New York." Girl is followed by Elephant who asks conversationally, "So what k-drama are we watching tonight?" Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie


Thursday, September 02, 2021

Hello, Climate Change...

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.

Thanks for reading along.

[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."] 

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." Slice of life webcomic by Connie Sun


Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Relatable Penguin

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. 

Thanks for reading

[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."]

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." Webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie