music makers + action

I wanted to finish this before Father’s Day but I didn’t have the time. I couldn’t celebrate with my family because I was in Denver for their Comic-con. While I was there the news of the administration taking a zero tolerance stance on immigration filled my news feed. Photos of children kept in cages and separate from their parents. I wanted to tune out, numb myself and disengage.

In the the last 10 years I built my art career and generally feel proud of my accomplishments. As the news of this horrific practice released I began to regret my life choices. Why didn’t I become a lawyer, doctor, advocate? I have no skills to help in these situations. I asked myself, what can I do to combat these atrocities?

I can draw. I can create and I can use that skill to raise money and awareness. My voice is small but I will not remain silent. I will not sit idly by as babies are ripped from their mothers. Mothers whose only crime is to seek asylum from trauma in their home countries.

Today I will run an auction on twitter of rare pieces of art (Disney art, variant cover comics and art collections) I will begin posting at 1pm and close each auction at the end of the hour. All money will be donated here. Next week I will create ink drawings and sell them to raise money. I will continue to find ways to help.

Please consider donating. Or signing up to provide support here. Or calling your reps. We have to fight for justice. Together.

 

love in the leaves

I had the privilege of creating this custom illustration for a lovely couple who will marry this fall. I’ve been buried under deadlines and at times unsatisfying work. Drawing this reminded me why I love my job.

Next week I will be at Denver Comicon as their special guest, I will participate on a slew of panels as well as have an artist alley table and I’m excited to share that my office manager, Nickole, will have her original art there as well! I will kick of the weekend with a presentation at the Denver public library on Thursday. If you’re around the area, I’d love to see you!

I hope you have a great week!

schulz museum tomorrow

Seven years ago I made this drawing for my mother-in-law. She loves Peanuts and Snoopy.

So I’m extra excited that tomorrow I will be featured at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. If you’re in the area, please come by. I will be signing books and talking about my comics process.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

for your hair

kiss my… !

Another comic I created based on true events on the ipad with procreate. I’ve uploaded some process videos on youtube.

I hope you have a good day!

 

the sun is also a star

One of my favorite books from the few books I read for my book club last year was The Sun is Also a Star. I drew this quick drawing of the main characters, Natasha and Daniel.

I hope you have a lovely week!

where’s the pasta?

 

A quick comic I drew last night based on our current reality. We’re attempting to be healthy and it’s hard! 

nihara + new items

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to Anaheim for Wondercon. We released some new products there that are now in the shop – a limited edition cupcake warrior tote bag and snuggling sea turtle notepads. Every purchase over $15 will received a free calendar (while supplies last).

  

I hope you have a great week!

cat basket

 

As I travel and am away from my drawing equipment more and more, I decided to invest in an ipad and apple pencil. I started to play with an app that tons of my artist friends have been raving about – procreate. Last night I discovered that it records the creation process! I’m sharing it here:

Tomorrow I will be speaking at St. Victors in San Jose with Gene Yang, if you’re around please join us.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

we meditate

Another commission that I love – it’s all I have time for between my book projects and preparing for Emerald City Comicon. I will be exhibiting at booth 409 with the supremely talented Lyla Warren who will have a slew of seedlings for sale.

I will also speak on a few panels about Pashmina. I hope to see you in Seattle.

Stay strong & hopeful.