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Friday, June 24, 2022

Unprecedented Times

My mood all day. Stay angry, stay focused. 

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[3-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid, scribbling in her diary, reflecting on recent events. In panel 1, the girl sits at her desk, looking agitated and writes: "Dear Diary, Yet again, we are living in unprecedented times..." In panel 2, she pauses writing and thinks for a moment. A beat. In panel 3, she crosses out the word "unprecedented" with a red pen and inserts "highly disappointing" before the word "times." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid, scribbling in her diary, reflecting on recent events. In panel 1, the girl sits at her desk, looking agitated and writes: "Dear Diary, Yet again, we are living in unprecedented times..." In panel 2, she pauses writing and thinks for a moment. A beat. In panel 3, she crosses out the word "unprecedented" with a red pen and inserts "highly disappointing" before the word "times." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.

Future Self to Present Self

You're not alone and it's okay to be angry. Note to self. 

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Single-page, two-panel comic about once-protected human rights being taken away. Heading: "Future Self to Present Self." A cartoon girl with short hair sheds a few tears, with her head down and back turned. Inset image of two hands holding a red heart with a deep gash in it. Panel 1 text: "In the absence of empathy and compassion from those you put your trust in, remember that you have untapped power inside you..." Text continues in panel 2: "-- and you're not alone, even if you haven't met all your people yet." In panel 2, the girl is comically comforted by an older girl with a braid, who says, "There, there...Buck up, kiddo...'cause you're gonna need all your strength." Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Single-page, two-panel comic about once-protected human rights being taken away. Heading: "Future Self to Present Self." A cartoon girl with short hair sheds a few tears, with her head down and back turned. Inset image of two hands holding a red heart with a deep gash in it. Panel 1 text: "In the absence of empathy and compassion from those you put your trust in, remember that you have untapped power inside you..." Text continues in panel 2: "-- and you're not alone, even if you haven't met all your people yet." In panel 2, the girl is comically comforted by an older girl with a braid, who says, "There, there...Buck up, kiddo...'cause you're gonna need all your strength." Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Pace Is Arbitrary

I don't know if this is really true or not, but the joke is in the irony. 

Thanks for reading and supporting. Busy writing these days, apologies for lower output.  


[4-panel borderless comic strip of a cartoon girl with a braid, hugging her knees. The heading reads, "It's totally okay to be still figuring it out at any point in your life." Panel 1, the girl has her head down and says, "I keep making mistakes and getting it all wrong..." Panel 2, she flips her head back and exclaims, "Why am I such a slow learner!?!" In panel 3, a tortoise ambling by says wisely, "Don't worry. Pace is arbitrary." In panel 4, there's a beat, then the tortoise starts walking off and adds, "Come on, I'll race ya." Cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
4-panel borderless comic strip of a cartoon girl with a braid, hugging her knees. The heading reads, "It's totally okay to be still figuring it out at any point in your life." Panel 1, the girl has her head down and says, "I keep making mistakes and getting it all wrong..." Panel 2, she flips her head back and exclaims, "Why am I such a slow learner!?!" In panel 3, a tortoise ambling by says wisely, "Don't worry. Pace is arbitrary." In panel 4, there's a beat, then the tortoise starts walking off and adds, "Come on, I'll race ya." Cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, June 17, 2022

Heart Speak (Creative Notes #69)

When your heart speaks, don't ever take it for granted!

Update: Find new Creative Notes episodes every Wednesday on the app https://tinyview.com/connie

[5-panel webcomic strip of a cartoon girl with a bun, busy with household chores, when her heart decides to open up and talk. Panel 1: illustration of a girl in an apron, doing dishes. Panel 2: a thought bubble of a creativity as a lightbulb is taking a nap. a cartoon heart walks over and announces, "I have something to say." Panel 3: girl throws a wet sponge up in the air and exclaims, "ACK! OMG!" startling the lightbulb awake. Panel 4: girl is running, with the heart under her arm like a football, yanking the lightbulb along, and leaving the apron and dishwashing gloves behind. Panel 5: girl looks down at the heart sternly and says, "You'd better not chicken out on me." Cartoon caption reads: Whenever there's a chance that your heart is willing to talk to your creativity, drop everything and run with it." Episode 69 of Creative Notes, a webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, for Tinyview https://tinyview.com/connie]

5-panel webcomic strip of a cartoon girl with a bun, busy with household chores, when her heart decides to open up and talk. Panel 1: illustration of a girl in an apron, doing dishes. Panel 2: a thought bubble of a creativity as a lightbulb is taking a nap. a cartoon heart walks over and announces, "I have something to say." Panel 3: girl throws a wet sponge up in the air and exclaims, "ACK! OMG!" startling the lightbulb awake. Panel 4: girl is running, with the heart under her arm like a football, yanking the lightbulb along, and leaving the apron and dishwashing gloves behind. Panel 5: girl looks down at the heart sternly and says, "You'd better not chicken out on me." Cartoon caption reads: Whenever there's a chance that your heart is willing to talk to your creativity, drop everything and run with it." Episode 69 of Creative Notes, a webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, for Tinyview https://tinyview.com/connie


Sketchbook: Return to the Gunks

Sharing a messy drawing from my sketchbook. After a lot of self-work and therapy, it was great to relearn how to climb outdoors again. 

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Color sketch of a cartoon girl with an orange helmet on, standing at the edge of a high cliff ledge, towards the rock face, belaying a climber with a rope, while raptors soar at eye level over the summer green of the Hudson Valley. The drawing is titled "Return to the Gunks.*" The caption below the drawing reads: "June 2022: I got to climb outside again for the first time in several years. I had to relearn everything all over. The biggest difference between now and then is that I don't hate myself anymore. I mean, I'm still no picnic, but it's forgivable." Sketchbook illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. *Note: Gunks is short for Shawangunk Mountains, a popular climbing area in Upstate New York.]
Color sketch of a cartoon girl with an orange helmet on, standing at the edge of a high cliff ledge, towards the rock face, belaying a climber with a rope, while raptors soar at eye level over the summer green of the Hudson Valley. The drawing is titled "Return to the Gunks.*" The caption below the drawing reads: "June 2022: I got to climb outside again for the first time in several years. I had to relearn everything all over. The biggest difference between now and then is that I don't hate myself anymore. I mean, I'm still no picnic, but it's forgivable." Sketchbook illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. *Note: Gunks is short for Shawangunk Mountains, a popular climbing area in Upstate New York.




Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Introvert-Libra Brain in Action

My fellow Libras will understand.

With apologies to long-suffering friends -- thanks for being patient ':)


[Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid, being characteristically indecisive, titled "Introvert-Libra Brain in Action." Panel 1: Friends say, "Do you want to grab dinner with us?" Girl freezes, with ellipses indicating both thought and speech. Panel 2 heading: "A little later." There's an awkward pause before friends add, "Um, yes-no question?" Girl gestures to wait a moment, ellipses still over her head, and says, "Hold on, my brain is still typing." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid, being characteristically indecisive, titled "Introvert-Libra Brain in Action." Panel 1: Friends say, "Do you want to grab dinner with us?" Girl freezes, with ellipses indicating both thought and speech. Panel 2 heading: "A little later." There's an awkward pause before friends add, "Um, yes-no question?" Girl gestures to wait a moment, ellipses still over her head, and says, "Hold on, my brain is still typing." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Monday, June 13, 2022

What the Heart Wants (Creative Notes #66)

It's a long day whenever these two aren't getting along ':)

Update: Look for new episodes of Creative Notes every Wednesday on the Tinyview app! https://tinyview.com/connie

[4-panel comic of a girl with a bun at her desk, trying to get her heart and creativity to work together. Panel 1: the girl says in frustration to a heart and lightbulb, not speaking together, "Seriously, what's it going to take for you to work together?" Panel 2: the heart whispers something inaudible in her ear. Panel 3: the girl paraphrases the heart: "You need to feel loved and validated?" Panel 4: the light bulb rolls its eyes and thinks "Oh puh-leaze," while the heart angrily stews and the girl walks away wearily and says, "Gonna be a long day." From episode 66 of Creative Notes, an original webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics https://tinyview.com/connie]

4-panel comic of a girl with a bun at her desk, trying to get her heart and creativity to work together. In panel 1, the girl says in frustration to a heart and lightbulb, not speaking together, "Seriously, what's it going to take for you to work together?" In panel 2, the heart whispers something inaudible in her ear. In panel 3, the girl paraphrases the heart: "You need to feel loved and validated?" In panel 4, the light bulb rolls its eyes and thinks "Oh puh-leaze," while the heart angrily stews and the girl walks away wearily and says, "Gonna be a long day." From episode 66 of Creative Notes, an original webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics https://tinyview.com/connie


Friday, June 10, 2022

All I Really Want

When you don't get what you want in life, sometimes there are alternatives ;)

Have a blessed weekend. Thanks, as always, for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[3-panel comic of a girl with a braid describing what she wants in life. Panel 1 text reads, "All I really want is to be understood and accepted and a little bit loved from time to time..." In panel 2, she looks down, hands on her hip, and says, "But that is asking a lot these days." After a beat, she says, "Maybe there's a dog around I can play with." Panel 3 pans out and the girl walks off the frame, followed by an excited-looking elephant, who chimes in, "Oo-ooh me too! Dogs are sooo agreeable." Original webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic of a girl with a braid describing what she wants in life. Panel 1 text reads, "All I really want is to be understood and accepted and a little bit loved from time to time..." In panel 2, she looks down, hands on her hip, and says, "But that is asking a lot these days." After a beat, she says, "Maybe there's a dog around I can play with." Panel 3 pans out and the girl walks off the frame, followed by an excited-looking elephant, who chimes in, "Oo-ooh me too! Dogs are sooo agreeable." Original webcomic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Next Fashion Cycle

I have never looked good in crop tops, but fashion trends cycle, so who knows? Maybe next time :')

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel comic strip of a short female with a braid, wearing a brightly-colored but unflattering crop top and skirt, looking dismayed at her belly fat. Panel 1 text reads, "Me, every time crop tops are back in style." In panel 2, text reads, "Oh well. Maybe I'll have abs the next time around." Girl walks off, hunched over an ice cream with a neutral expression of resignation. Comic is titled "Next Fashion Cycle," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel comic strip of a short female with a braid, wearing a brightly-colored but unflattering crop top and skirt, looking dismayed at her belly fat. Panel 1 text reads, "Me, every time crop tops are back in style." In panel 2, text reads, "Oh well. Maybe I'll have abs the next time around." Girl walks off, hunched over an ice cream with a neutral expression of resignation. Comic is titled "Next Fashion Cycle," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Little By Little

Some things do get better over time, little by little.

Trying to find courage to write, day by day. Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Single-page diary comic titled "Little by Little. Heading reads, "On Shame." Main character drawn as a younger girl in warm monochrome tinted frame, sad, hunched, anxious and wringing her hands. Text reads, When I was younger, I could not imagine my life without paralyzing shame and super secret anxieties. The girl thinks, "It would be better to die than tell anybody." In panel 2, the palette is bright and the main character is drawn with a braid, standing upright in full color. Text reads, "Now that I'm older and after a lot of self-work..." The girl says, "Weirdly, I've learned to live with myself." Diary comic page by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Single-page diary comic titled "Little by Little. Heading reads, "On Shame." Main character drawn as a younger girl in warm monochrome tinted frame, sad, hunched, anxious and wringing her hands. Text reads, When I was younger, I could not imagine my life without paralyzing shame and super secret anxieties. The girl thinks, "It would be better to die than tell anybody." In panel 2, the palette is bright and the main character is drawn with a braid, standing upright in full color. Text reads, "Now that I'm older and after a lot of self-work..." The girl says, "Weirdly, I've learned to live with myself." Diary comic page by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, June 03, 2022

Moment of Okay

Here's to chasing those moments of okay <3

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[3-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid fretting. In panel 1, caption reads, "Maybe things are not okay..." In panel 2 , the girl startles, looks at her hands and thinks, "Am I??" while the caption says, "But if you can find a moment of okay in your day..." Panel 3 text continues, "-- it's something." Girl says, "Whelp! Still here!" while an elephant ambles by unfazed and thinks "so dramatic." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic of a cartoon girl with a braid fretting. In panel 1, caption reads, "Maybe things are not okay..." In panel 2 , the girl startles, looks at her hands and thinks, "Am I??" while the caption says, "But if you can find a moment of okay in your day..." Panel 3 text continues, "-- it's something." Girl says, "Whelp! Still here!" while an elephant ambles by unfazed and thinks "so dramatic." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Thursday, June 02, 2022

The Zen Of Regret

Regret is its own punchline :')

Thanks for reading. Hope all is safe and cozy in your world. Connie on Ko-fi

[4-panel comic strip of a cartoon girl with a braid, speaking directly to the viewer about lessons she has learned in life. Panel 1 and 2 text reads, "With everything that is going on in the world, I've come to the conclusion that all that matters is love." In panel 3, an elephant appears next to the girl and, after a beat, says, "You live a solitary, loveless life though." In panel 4, the girl responds with an almost patronizing expression, "Yes, I know, and I regret it." Comic is titled "The Zen of Regret" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

4-panel comic strip of a cartoon girl with a braid, speaking directly to the viewer about lessons she has learned in life. Panel 1 and 2 text reads, "With everything that is going on in the world, I've come to the conclusion that all that matters is love." In panel 3, an elephant appears next to the girl and, after a beat, says, "You live a solitary, loveless life though." In panel 4, the girl responds with an almost patronizing expression, "Yes, I know, and I regret it." Comic is titled "The Zen of Regret" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Society To Artists (Creative Notes #65)

There's always a rub! Ay, but we go on :')

Episode 65 from Creative Notes. New comics every week on tinyview.com/connie

As always, thanks for reading. 

[In panel 1, Connie's cartoon character is dressed in Shakespearean costume, theatrically holding up a skull. She proclaims, "Life is short! Just do what you love!" "Nothing else matters!!" she continues, in panel 2. In panel 3, text reads "Society to Artist," followed by a disembodied voice that reminds the artist, "You'll also need money to live." In panel 4, the artist walks off the panel, holding the skull under her arm, with a familiar look of resignation: "Rats. I knew I forgot something." Episode 65 of Creative Notes, an original webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.]

In panel 1, Connie's cartoon character is dressed in Shakespearean costume, theatrically holding up a skull. She proclaims, "Life is short! Just do what you love!" "Nothing else matters!!" she continues, in panel 2. In panel 3, text reads "Society to Artist," followed by a disembodied voice that reminds the artist, "You'll also need money to live." In panel 4, the artist walks off the panel, holding the skull under her arm, with a familiar look of resignation: "Rats. I knew I forgot something." Episode 65 of Creative Notes, an original webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.


Friday, May 27, 2022

Every Moment Loved

Sharing a new sketchbook drawing. It has been a difficult week to draw comics. I only managed this one for Tinyview: https://tinyview.com/connie/2022/05/26/episode-67-okay-to-cry

Wherever you are, whatever is happening in your life, I hope you feel loved in the universe.  


[Single-panel cartoon illustration of a girl with a braid hugging a seated baby elephant. Handwritten caption reads, "No matter what. May you feel loved. Every moment you are here." Image references recent tragedies and a wish for comfort in turbulent times. Original drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Single-panel cartoon illustration of a girl with a braid hugging a seated baby elephant. Handwritten caption reads, "No matter what. May you feel loved. Every moment you are here." Image references recent tragedies and a wish for comfort in turbulent times. Original drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.
Cartoon illustration of a girl with a bun, grieving with gray-blue clouds above her, crying rain tears from sad faces. Text reads: It's okay to cry. Sometimes we need to." Excerpt from episode 67 of webcomic strip series Creative Notes by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview Comics. This cartoon references recent school shootings in America.





Friday, May 20, 2022

My Closest Coworkers (Creative Notes #63)

My creative process is learning to work with what I got, insecurities and all.  

Batch of new comics up on my Tinyview page tinyview.com/connie  

You can read an excerpt on IG today if you're not on the app https://www.instagram.com/p/CdwOo6HOjAn/

Girl with a beret and brush, painting at an easel, surrounded by the serpents. Cartoon illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. Excerpt from webcomic series Creative Notes #62 titled “My Closest Coworkers” for tinyview.com/connie


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Tears of Pollen

My allergy season has come! Grass and weed are what get me :')


[Two-panel borderless comic strip of a girl with a braid, sitting in a park, flowers blooming. In large caps, the heading reads "Spring has come." In panel 1, the girl sniffs and an elephant asks, "Tears of joy?" Panel 2 zooms in on her face and red, watery eyes, as the girl responds, "No, mixed feelings of spring -- tears of pollen." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Two-panel borderless comic strip of a girl with a braid, sitting in a park, flowers blooming. In large caps, the heading reads "Spring has come." In panel 1, the girl sniffs and an elephant asks, "Tears of joy?" Panel 2 zooms in on her face and red, watery eyes, as the girl responds, "No, mixed feelings of spring -- tears of pollen." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.



Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A Social Contract

Our social lives are so weird now. 


[Single panel comic about "Adding someone you sort of know on social media." Cartoon illustration of a girl with a braid typing into her phone. Messaging word bubble text reads "hellooo! I would like to stalk you a little, " while the reply reads "yes that's fine". She taps an icon, indicating "add friend." This is, in bold text, "A Social Contract!" Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Single panel comic about "Adding someone you sort of know on social media." Cartoon illustration of a girl with a braid typing into her phone. Messaging word bubble text reads "hellooo! I would like to stalk you a little, " while the reply reads "yes that's fine". She taps an icon, indicating "add friend." This is, in bold text, "A Social Contract!" Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Single Girl, Honest Friends

I love my life and my friends, and this is also a true story.

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[3-panel comic strip about being a forever-single woman with honest friends. In panel 1, a girl with a braid says directly to the reader, "We can't always have what we want in life, but I still hold on to the hope that - somebody, somewhere will love me someday." In panel 2, the girl looks off-frame and the background color changes from a muted purple to a warm coral, while a speech bubble indicates that friends are speaking to her: "Yes, but have you frozen your eggs?" They continue in panel 3, saying "Knowing you, it might take a while." The background color changes back to a muted color, while the girl shares a comical look of pained resignation with the viewer. Comic is titled, "Single Girl, Honest Friends," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic strip about being a forever-single woman with honest friends. In panel 1, a girl with a braid says directly to the reader, "We can't always have what we want in life, but I still hold on to the hope that - somebody, somewhere will love me someday." In panel 2, the girl looks off-frame and the background color changes from a muted purple to a warm coral, while a speech bubble indicates that friends are speaking to her: "Yes, but have you frozen your eggs?" They continue in panel 3, saying "Knowing you, it might take a while." The background color changes back to a muted color, while the girl shares a comical look of pained resignation with the viewer. Comic is titled, "Single Girl, Honest Friends," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, May 13, 2022

Life Suggestion Box

Does life EVER get any easier?? I have suggestions :)

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel borderless comic of a girl with a braid, pen in hand, about to write something. Looking at the reader, she asks "Is it just me - or does everything feel unreasonably hard these days?" Panel 2 zooms out and we see her scribbling something down at a standing table with a sign that reads "LIFE SUGGESTION BOX." The text of what she is writing is magnified in panel 2 as a torn piece of paper and reads, "Share your feedback!" In handwriting, it says "Could you ease up a bit? I think you've made your point." Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Two-panel borderless comic of a girl with a braid, pen in hand, about to write something. Looking at the reader, she asks "Is it just me - or does everything feel unreasonably hard these days?" Panel 2 zooms out and we see her scribbling something down at a standing table with a sign that reads "LIFE SUGGESTION BOX." The text of what she is writing is magnified in panel 2 as a torn piece of paper and reads, "Share your feedback!" In handwriting, it says "Could you ease up a bit? I think you've made your point." Sketchbook comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Brain Disagrees

My brain can be very loud and disagreeable just when I need it to be quiet and still. Is this the crux of all our attempts to live in peace? :)

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel borderless cartoon of a girl with a braid sitting on a yoga mat, trying to meditate. Heading text reads: "A lot of my day is spent convincing my brain that -" and in a thought bubble, "Everything will be okay, I think." In panel 2, a large pink brain imposes on the peaceful scene and declares in all caps, "WELL, I DISAGREE!" Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel borderless cartoon of a girl with a braid sitting on a yoga mat, trying to meditate. Heading text reads: "A lot of my day is spent convincing my brain that -" and in a thought bubble, "Everything will be okay, I think." In panel 2, a large pink brain imposes on the peaceful scene and declares in all caps, "WELL, I DISAGREE!" Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Sunday, May 08, 2022

The Love We Need

May we all find what we need eventually, even if it's in pieces.

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[1-page borderless comic of a sad red heart that is broken apart into pieces, each with its own sad face. In the second to the last image, the heart is drawn stitched together with visible scars. In the final image, a girl with a braid is hugging the now bandaged heart. Text reads: "The love we get is not always the love we need, but hopefully, we all get enough of what we need - eventually - in whatever shape it comes. Cartoon illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
1-page borderless comic of a sad red heart that is broken apart into pieces, each with its own sad face. In the second to the last image, the heart is drawn stitched together with visible scars. In the final image, a girl with a braid is hugging the now bandaged heart. Text reads: "The love we get is not always the love we need, but hopefully, we all get enough of what we need - eventually - in whatever shape it comes. Cartoon illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, May 06, 2022

Low Bar Pep Talks

It was a hard week. Hope the weekend is better and that your brain gives better pep talks!

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel borderless comic of a girl with a bun, looking into a mirror, giving herself a pep talk. In colorful speech bubbles, she says, "You're not a total basket case. Society doesn't hate you. Your friends aren't all secretly mad at you. You're probably not the worst person in the world." In panel 2, an elephant enters the frame and, after a beat, observes, "That's a pretty low bar for pep talks." The girl and her reflection turn toward the elephant and says in explanation, "It was a hard week." Comic strip titled "Low Bar Pep Talks," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.] 
Two-panel borderless comic of a girl with a bun, looking into a mirror, giving herself a pep talk. In colorful speech bubbles, she says, "You're not a total basket case. Society doesn't hate you. Your friends aren't all secretly mad at you. You're probably not the worst person in the world." In panel 2, an elephant enters the frame and, after a beat, observes, "That's a pretty low bar for pep talks." The girl and her reflection turn toward the elephant and says in explanation, "It was a hard week." Comic strip titled "Low Bar Pep Talks," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Deep Focus (Creative Notes #58)

This is episode 58 from my biweekly comic strip, "Creative Notes."


Thanks for checking it out! https://tinyview.com/connie

[5-panel comic strip of an artist at work. In panel 1, daytime, girl with a bun gets up from her desk and announces, "I need some music to focus." In panel 2, she has large headphones on, with musical notes playing, and says "Ooh I love this song!" In panel 3, she takes a "dance break." In panel 4, she does a "karaoke sing-along." In panel 5, she looks out the window at a nighttime cityscape with a crescent moon overhead and says "oosie." Caption reads, "Moment of Reckoning." Cartoon titled "Deep Focus" which is episode 58 from "Creative Notes," a webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.]
5-panel comic strip of an artist at work. In panel 1, daytime, girl with a bun gets up from her desk and announces, "I need some music to focus." In panel 2, she has large headphones on, with musical notes playing, and says "Ooh I love this song!" In panel 3, she takes a "dance break." In panel 4, she does a "karaoke sing-along." In panel 5, she looks out the window at a nighttime cityscape with a crescent moon overhead and says "oosie." Caption reads, "Moment of Reckoning." Cartoon titled "Deep Focus" which is episode 58 from "Creative Notes," a webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Nature's Pain Reliever

Dark chocolate and exercise are supposed to help too. Pulling out all the stops. Still recovering. 

Take good care of yourselves. Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Illustrated sketchbook page about how crying has pain relieving properties. Image 1 is a cartoon of a girl with a braid, holding a child-like heart in her arms. Caption reads, "I got into a bad argument the other day that was very painful and unresolvable. It caught me off guard." Image 2, she holds the heart tighter and has a look of comical concentration. Caption reads, "I heard that crying can have pain relieving properties though." Arrow indicates that she is "trying to cry." Image 3 is a close up of a large cartoon eye, welling up. An arrow indicates, "a single tear." Cartoon titled "Nature's Pain Reliever," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Illustrated sketchbook page about how crying has pain relieving properties. Image 1 is a cartoon of a girl with a braid, holding a child-like heart in her arms. Caption reads, "I got into a bad argument the other day that was very painful and unresolvable. It caught me off guard." Image 2, she holds the heart tighter and has a look of comical concentration. Caption reads, "I heard that crying can have pain relieving properties though." Arrow indicates that she is "trying to cry." Image 3 is a close up of a large cartoon eye, welling up. An arrow indicates, "a single tear." Cartoon titled "Nature's Pain Reliever," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, April 29, 2022

A Daily Check-in

I'm not very good at meditation yet. Some days, therapy would still come in handy! And yet, the show goes on. 

Hope you have a relaxing weekend. Thanks for reading. 


[4-panel borderless comic of a cartoon girl with a brain holding her brain in her hands, the top of her head, open like a lid (but comically, not in a gruesome way). The cartoon is in grayscale monochrome, except for the brain, rendered in pink. Panel 1 text caption reads, "Therapy would've come in handy today." In panel 2, a beat, then the girl asks brain, "You good?" In panel 3, she says "okay then" and nonchalantly plops the brain back in her head. In panel 4, the girl walks off, head intact, with a flat expression. Caption reads, "And the show goes on." Cartoon illustration titled "A Daily Check-in" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
4-panel borderless comic of a cartoon girl with a brain holding her brain in her hands, the top of her head, open like a lid (but comically, not in a gruesome way). The cartoon is in grayscale monochrome, except for the brain, rendered in pink. Panel 1 text caption reads, "Therapy would've come in handy today." In panel 2, a beat, then the girl asks brain, "You good?" In panel 3, she says "okay then" and nonchalantly plops the brain back in her head. In panel 4, the girl walks off, head intact, with a flat expression. Caption reads, "And the show goes on." Cartoon illustration titled "A Daily Check-in" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Light Versus Dark Mode

People, like smart phones, have light and dark modes ^_^


[3-panel vertical comic of a sullen-faced, tired-looking girl with a braid and an elephant in the background. Panel one is in color with a bright white background. Elephant asks, "What's with you today?" Panel 2 is pitch-black, with only the eyes and tusks of the characters visible. Girl responds, "I'm in dark mode." In panel 3, elephant says "Ooh scary" and girl deadpans, "It'll pass." This is meant to be a play on how our devices have a light and dark mode and so do people. Webcomic titled "Light versus dark mode" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel vertical comic of a sullen-faced, tired-looking girl with a braid and an elephant in the background. Panel one is in color with a bright white background. Elephant asks, "What's with you today?" Panel 2 is pitch-black, with only the eyes and tusks of the characters visible. Girl responds, "I'm in dark mode." In panel 3, elephant says "Ooh scary" and girl deadpans, "It'll pass." This is meant to be a play on how our devices have a light and dark mode and so do people. Webcomic titled "Light versus dark mode" by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Valiant Attempt, Meditation

There's loud construction happening in my building ;)

Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi

[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, sitting on a yoga mat, trying to meditate amidst the din of honking, drilling, clanking, crashing, buzzing, and beeping. In panel 1, she has a look of steely determination and is "blasting the sound of ocean waves from speakers plugged into an outlet, as the noise of society (read as a metaphor for news of the day) blares around her. In panel 2, the noise of honking, drilling, crashing, and beeping persists and she visibly grimaces. The comic is titled "A Valiant Attempt at Inner Peace." Cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, sitting on a yoga mat, trying to meditate amidst the din of honking, drilling, clanking, crashing, buzzing, and beeping. In panel 1, she has a look of steely determination and is "blasting the sound of ocean waves from speakers plugged into an outlet, as the noise of society (read as a metaphor for news of the day) blares around her. In panel 2, the noise of honking, drilling, crashing, and beeping persists and she visibly grimaces. The comic is titled "A Valiant Attempt at Inner Peace." Cartoon by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Third Googly Eye

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" is a wild ride of a movie about the multiverse, worth seeing in theaters if you can! The acting, story, and effects are fun, poignant, raucous, and superb. 

Here's the trailer. I didn't know what to expect going in and it blew me away. 

[Cartoon of a girl with a braid, putting a googly eye on the center of her forehead, based on a film still of iconic actor Michelle Yeoh in "Everything Everywhere All at Once," a 2022 movie by the Daniels. Cartoon caption reads, "Trying to channel my third googly eye." Fan art by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Unsung Heroes (Creative Notes #57)

In anything creative that ever gets done, there are unsung heroes. 

Full comic on Tinyview https://tinyview.com/connie/2022/04/21/episode-57-unsung-hero

Thanks for reading!

[Image 1 is a simple cartoon drawing of a stopwatch with tiny legs, preaching that "Deadlines are the great unsung heroes of everything that has ever been accomplished." Image 2 is a simple cartoon illustration of a girl with a tired look of exasperation, hunched over her work desk, glaring at the stopwatch without saying a word. Excerpt from "Creative Notes" #57, a biweekly webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.]

Image 1 is a simple cartoon drawing of a stopwatch with tiny legs, preaching that "Deadlines are the great unsung heroes of everything that has ever been accomplished." Image 2 is a simple cartoon illustration of a girl with a tired look of exasperation, hunched over her work desk, glaring at the stopwatch without saying a word. Excerpt from "Creative Notes" #57, a biweekly webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Mental Distractions (Tinyview #56)

If you're interested in seeing more comics, I've been publishing a webcomic series for Tinyview. It's basically a biweekly illustrated status update on how my book project is going!

Thanks for checking it out! https://tinyview.com/connie

[Image 1 is a cartoon illustration of a girl, sitting against a tree, feeling a little sad, but cheered by spring tulips and a butterfly. Text reads, "Sometimes a little distraction is your friend." Image 2 is a cartoon illustration of with a sword and shield, fending off the distraction of a giant, maniacal, larger-than-life smart phone. The phone taunts, "Come on, I know you want to check me!" Text reads, "And other times, it's your mortal enemy." Excerpt from "Creative Notes #56," a biweekly webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.]

Image 1 is a cartoon illustration of a girl, sitting against a tree, feeling a little sad, but cheered by spring tulips and a butterfly. Text reads, "Sometimes a little distraction is your friend." Image 2 is a cartoon illustration of with a sword and shield, fending off the distraction of a giant, maniacal, larger-than-life smart phone. The phone taunts, "Come on, I know you want to check me!" Text reads, "And other times, it's your mortal enemy." Excerpt from "Creative Notes #56," a biweekly webcomic series by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, for Tinyview comics.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Sketchbook: Remembering to Breathe

I'm trying to find ways to ground myself more in uncertain and sometimes stressful times. These are just some personal sketch notes of a breathing exercise that I tried for the first time yesterday. 

What do you do to calm down and center yourself when frazzled?

Thanks for reading. 

[Sketch notes about feeling frazzled and remembering to breathe. First image is a girl with a braid, frantically running around and holding her own detached head in her hands, high above her body. Arrow text indicates, "My mental state lately." Caption reads, "I've been having trouble focusing and my thoughts are all over the place." Second image: girl kneels on a yoga mat, looking harried, but head is reattached. Thought bubble reads, "Maybe I should try breathing. That might calm me down." Third image shows the girl sitting cross-legged on the yoga mat, with a thought bubble that contains a cute cartoon drawing of a star. There's also a color diagram of a 5-point star, with arrows indicating instructions for breathing in and out. The girl is trying to meditate by visualizing a 5-point star. She is visibly calmer and, in parentheses, the text reads, "This is not awful." Autobio comic sketch notes, titled "Remembering to Breathe," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Sketch notes about feeling frazzled and remembering to breathe. First image is a girl with a braid, frantically running around and holding her own detached head in her hands, high above her body. Arrow text indicates, "My mental state lately." Caption reads, "I've been having trouble focusing and my thoughts are all over the place." Second image: girl kneels on a yoga mat, looking harried, but head is reattached. Thought bubble reads, "Maybe I should try breathing. That might calm me down." Third image shows the girl sitting cross-legged on the yoga mat, with a thought bubble that contains a cute cartoon drawing of a star. There's also a color diagram of a 5-point star, with arrows indicating instructions for breathing in and out. The girl is trying to meditate by visualizing a 5-point star. She is visibly calmer and, in parentheses, the text reads, "This is not awful." Autobio comic sketch notes, titled "Remembering to Breathe," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sketchbook: Dogs I Saw in Brooklyn Yesterday

I'm sharing a sketchbook page of cute dogs I saw yesterday, drawn from memory. 

Hope you are enjoying a light, sunny, breezy day. Happy holiday weekend, if you are celebrating anything. 


[A page of simple-line, sketchbook illustrations of different breeds of dogs in bright colors, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. Caption reads, "Dogs I saw in Brooklyn yesterday, drawn from memory."]

A page of simple-line, sketchbook illustrations of different breeds of dogs in bright colors, by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. Caption reads, "Dogs I saw in Brooklyn yesterday, drawn from memory."


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Lunch and Cat Memes

Cat memes to get through the week!


[3-panel comic of a girl slurping noodles. In panel 1, a cute cartoon cat slurps noodles from a red bowl. In panel 2, a girl with a bun also slurps a bowl of noodles without utensils, like the cat. She's also looking at her phone. Text reads: "Life is hard...but there's also lunch...and cat memes." In panel 3, an elephant appears behind her and observes, "You get weirder everyday." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic of a girl slurping noodles. In panel 1, a cute cartoon cat slurps noodles from a red bowl. In panel 2, a girl with a bun also slurps a bowl of noodles without utensils, like the cat. She's also looking at her phone. Text reads: "Life is hard...but there's also lunch...and cat memes." In panel 3, an elephant appears behind her and observes, "You get weirder everyday." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022."


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Everybody In Therapy

I'm taking a break from therapy right now. Next time around, I'll have a better idea of what to look for in a therapist and what I need out of it. Still the best, hardest thing I've ever done for myself. It's a process, but I would recommend it as a resource to anyone who's open to it. 


[Single-panel cartoon of a girl with a braid in a zoom therapy session, sitting in front of a laptop screen. The heading reads, "Why everybody needs to be in therapy." With a mildly bemused expression, the girl says to the screen, "Literally, nobody else seems to care about my problems...[a beat] It's weird." Comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.] 

Single-panel cartoon of a girl with a braid in a zoom therapy session, sitting in front of a laptop screen. The heading reads, "Why everybody needs to be in therapy." With a mildly bemused expression, the girl says to the screen, "Literally, nobody else seems to care about my problems...[a beat] It's weird." Comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, April 08, 2022

Sun Is Out (Haiku #2)

I drew a comic haiku about spring rain yesterday. Here is another weather update! 

Wishing you moments of peace and calm over the weekend...

Connie on Ko-fi

[Single-panel cartoon of a girl with a braid, napping barefoot on a grassy lawn, under blue skies on a sunny spring day. Yellow galoshes are off and umbrella is folded. Cartoon text is a haiku: "The sun is out now; / I am at peace with being / Alone forever." Haiku # 2 in a series. Comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.] 

Single-panel cartoon of a girl with a braid, napping barefoot on a grassy lawn, under blue skies on a sunny spring day. Yellow galoshes are off and umbrella is folded. Cartoon text is a haiku: "The sun is out now; / I am at peace with being / Alone forever." Haiku # 2 in a series. Comic illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Thursday, April 07, 2022

Rainy Days in Spring

I wrote a poem for the occasion :)


[Two-panel comic of a figure standing in rain with a comically resigned expression. She's wearing a bear hoodie with yellow galoshes and is holding a folded umbrella. She's standing in a puddle; there are some background daffodils. In panel 2, she starts walking off-frame, umbrella open over her head. Caption reads: "Rainy days in spring / Make me wish I had someone / Hot to make out with." In parentheses, "a haiku." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel comic of a figure standing in rain with a comically resigned expression. She's wearing a bear hoodie with yellow galoshes and is holding a folded umbrella. She's standing in a puddle; there are some background daffodils. In panel 2, she starts walking off-frame, umbrella open over her head. Caption reads: "Rainy days in spring / Make me wish I had someone / Hot to make out with." In parentheses, "a haiku." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Heart Is Okay

New comic about how it's going. Bit tender, but okay. Sometimes it's good to be cracked open. 


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, sitting pensively with a throw-pillow-sized heart. The heart has a small bandaged wound, just a small gash. Panel 1 text reads, "My heart is feeling a little cracked open today." In panel 2, the heart, evidently not suffering too much, says, "I'm fine. Just feed me chocolate." Webcomic titled "Heart is okay," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel comic of a girl with a braid, sitting pensively with a throw-pillow-sized heart. The heart has a small bandaged wound, just a small gash. Panel 1 text reads, "My heart is feeling a little cracked open today." In panel 2, the heart, evidently not suffering too much, says, "I'm fine. Just feed me chocolate." Webcomic titled "Heart is okay," by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.




Monday, April 04, 2022

Seasonal Motivation

Motivation to get work done is seasonal. In other words, there are excuses for every season. 


[Two-panel comic strip about seasons and motivation to get work done. Panel 1, a short, huddled figure in a heavy coat, stomping through snow and wind. Text reads: "WINTER: It's too S.A.D. to work." Panel 2, a girl with a beach bag, barefoot in a bathing suit, wearing a floppy sun hat and sunglasses, does not look like she's going to get any work done. A beat. Text reads: "NOW: It's too spring to work." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel comic strip about seasons and motivation to get work done. Panel 1, a short, huddled figure in a heavy coat, stomping through snow and wind. Text reads: "WINTER: It's too S.A.D. to work." Panel 2, a girl with a beach bag, barefoot in a bathing suit, wearing a floppy sun hat and sunglasses, does not look like she's going to get any work done. A beat. Text reads: "NOW: It's too spring to work." Webcomic by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Thursday, March 31, 2022

To Care In Secret

A comic for all the sensitive souls out there. 


[Two-panel comic of a girl with a bun holding a melon-sized cartoon heart in one arm. Panel 1 text reads, "In theory, I know we shouldn't care so much what others think of us." In panel 2, the girl and the heart both stare into the distance: "But I think we still do -- in secret." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022, titled "To Care In Secret."]

Two-panel comic of a girl with a bun holding a melon-sized cartoon heart in one arm. Panel 1 text reads, "In theory, I know we shouldn't care so much what others think of us." In panel 2, the girl and the heart both stare into the distance: "But I think we still do -- in secret." Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.



Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Force of Internet Memes

Wow, that was intense. If you were anywhere near the American internet for the last 36 hours, you probably felt it too. 

If only, as a species, we could mobilize so efficiently around literally anything else.


[3-panel comic, loosely drawn and colored, illustrating the visual analogy of an internet algorithm as a force of nature, liken to a big, unstoppable wave. In panel 1, a wide shot of a big wave approaching land. Speech text reads, "Get out of the way! Hurry, run!" A small figure is trying to escape the path of the wave, yells, "Nooooo!" Panel 2 is a close up shot of a girl with a bun, eyes bulging and frantic, with the wave looming directly above her. In panel 3, the girl has face-planted on the beach, immobilized, as the first wave temporarily retreats. A beat, then she says, "I'll just wait it out." Title of cartoon reads, "The Crushing, Inescapable Force of Useless Internet Memes." Web comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
3-panel comic, loosely drawn and colored, illustrating the visual analogy of an internet algorithm as a force of nature, liken to a big, unstoppable wave. In panel 1, a wide shot of a big wave approaching land. Speech text reads, "Get out of the way! Hurry, run!" A small figure is trying to escape the path of the wave, yells, "Nooooo!" Panel 2 is a close up shot of a girl with a bun, eyes bulging and frantic, with the wave looming directly above her. In panel 3, the girl has face-planted on the beach, immobilized, as the first wave temporarily retreats. A beat, then she says, "I'll just wait it out." Title of cartoon reads, "The Crushing, Inescapable Force of Useless Internet Memes." Web comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Seal Core

Trying to get in shape after the winter months is always humbling.


[Two-panel simple illustration of a seal, sunbathing on a rock in a boat pose, juxtaposed with a girl on a yoga mat, straining to hold the same position in the same shape as the seal. Panel 1 text: "Seal core." Panel 2 text: "Me, trying to do core after winter." Comic strip drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]
Two-panel simple illustration of a seal, sunbathing on a rock in a boat pose, juxtaposed with a girl on a yoga mat, straining to hold the same position in the same shape as the seal. Panel 1 text: "Seal core." Panel 2 text: "Me, trying to do core after winter." Comic strip drawing by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Friday, March 25, 2022

Sketchbook: Almost-Spring NYC Subway Fashion

I drew a lot of new comics this week, exclusively on https://tinyview.com/connie Check them out and follow the series, if you can. It helps keep the series going. 

I'm feeling a little burned out and am trying to find some balance again by going back to basics of a creative practice. Sharing a recent sketchbook page today. 


[Sketchbook illustration of two women on an NYC subway in fashionable streetwear. Scribbled text reads, "Almost-Spring NYC Subway Fashion (seen on the uptown 1 train)." Slice-of-life sketch, drawn from memory by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.]

Sketchbook illustration of two women on an NYC subway in fashionable streetwear. Scribbled text reads, "Almost-Spring NYC Subway Fashion (seen on the uptown 1 train)." Slice-of-life sketch, drawn from memory by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022.


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Hello Diary My Old Friend

Daily journaling has been the cornerstone of my sanity for the last 12 years ;)

Thanks for reading and supporting

[Two-panel comic of a girl with braided hair and a cup of tea at a writing desk, journaling her feelings. A medium-sized elephant looks over her shoulder. Panel 1 text reads, "Hello [Diary], my old friend. I've come to talk with you again..." (the opening lines to the song "Sound of Silence").  In panel 2, a beat, then Elephant says indignantly, "Are you writing about me??" Girl does not acknowledge the elephant and continues scribbling. Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, titled "Hello Diary My Old Friend," 2022.]
Two-panel comic of a girl with braided hair and a cup of tea at a writing desk, journaling her feelings. A medium-sized elephant looks over her shoulder. Panel 1 text reads, "Hello [Diary], my old friend. I've come to talk with you again..." (the opening lines to the song "Sound of Silence").  In panel 2, a beat, then Elephant says indignantly, "Are you writing about me??" Girl does not acknowledge the elephant and continues scribbling. Comic strip by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, titled "Hello Diary My Old Friend," 2022.