The cover for our forthcoming picture book, I WILL BE FIERCE, written by Bea Birdsong and illustrated by me is out! The book will be available May 2019.
Meanwhile my schedule for New York Comicon is shaping up, I will be speaking on a few panels as well as participating in a stellar group signing at Books of Wonder on Friday October 5th. I will be with Luke Pearson, Kazu Kibuishi, Molly Ostertag and many more. Find all the details here.
I hope you have a great week!
The San Francisco Zine Fest is this Sunday. As the guest of honor (!!) I was invited to create the poster and the limited edition tee. I’m super happy with the tee and can’t wait to grab one!
I will also be doing a live reading at the San Francisco Public Library tonight in partnership with the zinefest.
I hope to see you either tonight or Sunday in the city!
Have a lovely week.
I was thrilled to be asked to be the guest of honor for this year’s SF Zinefest. I designed the poster and tee and will have a table there along with amazing zine, comic and art makers. I hope to see you on September 2nd!
And my statement about the poster:
“In this design I wanted to capture my love for San Francisco and its inspirational qualities. The city is home, it’s where I’ve dreamt, written and created. I love the way a piece of art can convey two extremes. The cool outside and warm inside. For me the city is one of contrasts – alive yet steady, foggy and bright, vivid and subdued. From the first time I came to San Francisco, which was for a zine fest, until now, it never ceases to amaze me.”
When I did the art for good challenge, many people sent ideas. My friend Briana, who owned Urban Bazaar in San Francisco (which was the first shop to carry my prints) asked me to draw a protester. She’s one of my favorite people, dedicated to good and a model for how to be intentional with your choices. When I got her request I decided to surprise her and drew her and her daughters protesting.
In turn, she surprised me by sharing her newest tattoo (!!!)
It’s my honor to do what I do and be surrounded by people like Briana. She lives far away now, but I’m so happy the distance hasn’t reduced our closeness – and this makes me feel even closer to her.
I hope you have a lovely day!
Two new illustrations were released this weekend with Disney. Both were inspired by my daughter – her first ride and her love of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I think of the Small World ride as my family’s first experience with representation. We immigrated in the 80s to Southern California and inside Disneyland we found ourselves reflected in these adorable dolls from India. Each time we went on the ride I would watch my mom point and happily sing along, feeling in that moment that we were welcome. I can only hope that the message and beauty of that idea will prevail. Small world will always have a special place in my heart because of that experience with my mom. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create this piece. Drawing the dolls in front of the clock was my absolute favorite part!
If you are in Downtown Disney, you can find this piece in the Wonderground Gallery. I will be there signing on July 21, 28 and 29 from 11-1pm. I will also be performing live wood burnings the last weekend at Rushin’ River Outfitters inside California Adventure. This past weekend I created owls and a lynx, both original, one of a kind and available there for $125.
If you can’t make it to Disney can take orders via email at: merchandise.guest.services@
I hope you have a good week!
Thank you for your ideas, messages and support. There are still drawings available here. For awhile I thought I was bananas for committing to 100 drawings as my hands began to ache and I fought a headache all day. Your love pushed me through.
We’ve raised $3,600 thus far. Thank you for committing your support to help immigrant families.
Art matters, it’s light in the darkness.
Keep fighting, keep resisting.
I’m drawing all day to raise money and fight the inhumane treatment of immigrants.
This will be my only update because I have A LOT of drawing to do in order to hit 100. I’ll probably draw all night – if you want to follow along on twitter or instagram stories, that’s where I update regularly. Folks have already supported and I thank you. You can find all the available drawings as they’re made here.
Keep fighting, keep resisting.