I’m very excited to share the cover reveal of Jukebox along with a short interview and excerpt (!!) over on Comics Beat.
Out June 2021 – much to look forward to!
Lighting + shading + magic ^_^
I’ve been making very slow progress on Jukebox over the past few weeks. I’ve lived with this story for over 2 years. I cannot wait to release it next year! While sharing some of my work with my graduate students at CCA, I realized it’s helpful to show the process of comics work. It’s very labor intensive but ultimately incredibly rewarding. Each panel is a chance to learn how to convey story with composition, expression, body language and pacing.
I wrote the story in a detailed outline, roughly 4 pages, in mid 2018. Then I worked on a thumbnail manuscript. I finished that in 5 months, in December 2018. Using that manuscript, I drew clean inked lines for the finished book. I completed inks in February of this year. Now along with Elizabeth Kramer and a team of flatters, we’re working on colors. I aim to finish the book by summer but with current events it may be longer.
For most of my life I was conflicted about my choice to pursue a path in the arts. Growing up I valued non-art careers far more. As our current mess unfolds, I realize that the arts are equally important and necessary. Books, movies, music are not only a lovely way to escape – they allow us to feel connected, and they’re important to our shared mental health. That’s one of my takeaways from this time – to value my own work.
I appreciate the opportunity to continue to make stories for that reason. Plus, work is where I find comfort and joy. I hope you are finding places of comfort and joy, as well.
Be safe and healthy, all.
It’s a little wild around here!
I am excited to share some good news – my picture book deal with Viking Children’s books has been announced. WHAT WILL MY STORY BE? will be my debut as a picture book author AND illustrator. I cannot wait to share this story about fostering creativity and storytelling in a young brown girl’s world and the importances of chosen families. 2021 cannot come soon enough (for multiple reasons!)
Also, I wanted to share my podcast conversation with my former art teacher and amazing artist, John Wentz. If you want to hear about my early career pursuing a stubborn dream with zero skills and connections, have a listen.
Stay safe and well, everyone!
I’m working away on things I can’t share yet – but here’s a sneak peek!
I will be presenting about my path to art and comics at the San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley branch this Thursday from 4-5pm as part of their women’s history month events. I hope to see you there!
Have a great week!
I’m embracing quick comics! I created this direct from life comic in 30 minutes and didn’t edit or change it from its original. I love the liberation in sharing work that hasn’t been redrawn.
Also I’m heading to Houston this weekend for the National Conference for Teachers of English (and honored to be part of the South Asian Book Award, eee!) AND I have my only public signing of PASHMINA at Space Montrose Saturday night. It’s my last work trip of the year! I hope to see you there!
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
My new comic about bicultural parenting is up on the Nib!
I hope you have a great weekend.
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.”