The Travelling Museum of Dubious Beasts Presents: Symbiosis is going to feature a motley crew of beasts and bugs and lots of slimy, cute things from Leslie Levings and me, and it’s going to be a great show!
I’ve been remiss at updating this blog! As usual, I’m a lot better at Instagram and Tumblr.
1. Patreon! If you’d like a way to support the work that I publish(for free!), Patreon is pretty awesome. I’m using it to provide a $20 monthly art subscription for my work, but I am also doing some in depth blogging on my art and business in patron-only blog posts, which you can access for just $1 a month. That includes sources, techniques, actual numbers($), etc…so if you think that sort of thing could be helpful to your own work, I’d be grateful for the support.
2. I released chapter 3 of the Center for Otherworld Science. There is a giant blue bug, and someone finally takes off a helmet.
4. Upcoming conventions! I’ll be at Wondercon in Anaheim in April! Small Press table #59, and I’ll have issue 1 of The Center for Otherworld Science, an assortment of adorable pins, and postcards and prints and things I haven’t quite decided on yet…
So, I have a lot of updates on the comics front!
First, I’ve been writing cranky memoir stuff, and they’ve been recently published/syndicated on The Toast and Bitch Magazine, so that’s great because I love writing for awesome publications that pay me.
Just Eat It: a comic about food (on Bitch). This one makes people angry, so be forewarned.
But, the one I am the MOST excited to tell you about is that I’ve just finished Issue One of the Center for Otherworld Science comic. It collects Passage and Aftermath, so if you follow my work, you’ll have read them before, but there are end papers! And chapter headers! And the high res .pdf just looks better than Tumblr. It is available as a free, or pay-what-you-can downloadable .pdf from Gumroad. It’s about monsters and death, pretty much.
Alright, that’s it from the comics half of my world. I’m headed back into my studio for a few weeks to get some sculpting done. If you want regular updates on my life and work in progress images and the like, you should follow me on Twitter and/or Tumblr.
Hey, I’ve got three group shows coming up! They are below, in chronological opening-night order.
1. Curious Beasts, at Clutter Gallery.(Beacon, NY) – Feb 8th to 28th.
I have five paintings in this one! They’re small and affordable! Also, there’s a bunch of artists I adore in it, like Leslie and Emma and Yosiell.
2. Travelling Circus, at Rotofugi Gallery (Chicago, IL) – February 15 – March 9th
I have four sculptures in this one! It’s a Circus Posterus group show.
I made these doofy bugs in sweaters for this show.
3. Supahcute Science Fair at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland (Los Angeles, CA) – March 8th – April 27th
I’m not done with my work for this show, but it’ll probably be a mix of paintings and small sculptures!
I’ll be present at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in March, but will not be travelling for the others. I’ll start talking about The Travelling Museum of Dubious Beasts presents: Symbiosis(yes, it’s a long title) soon too – that’s my 2 person show with Leslie Levings in May and it’s gonna be AWESOME.
I finished Chapter 2 of my Center for Otherworld Science comics(Passage is Chapter 1, and can be found on Gumroad)! This one’s called Aftermath, and is set immediately after the events in Passage.
It’s an absurd story about grieving for someone you barely liked.
You can read it in its entirety right now on Tumblr(9 pages), although it will exist in free .pdf format sometime this year as well.
I wrote a comic for The Toast last November, which was just published today, and it’s gaining a really unexpected amount of traction…so if you’re looking at my blog today, you’re probably looking to see if I have any insightful thoughts about race.
I usually don’t. Other than being a Chinese-Malaysian person, so all my thoughts are about being a person of colour since I’m thinking them. I wrote a blog about writing that comic too, though – if you are so inclined to read it, it’s on Tumblr.
I’m mostly an illustrator and sculptor and I paint bugs, but some recent comics I’ve done in the watercolour vein include…
- this 12 hr comic about a monster and some people in hazmat suits (Passage)
- this comic about being bad at phone sex
- and this very concise one about my first year of marriage.
I’m currently working on my Center for Otherworld Science comics which tie into my sculpture and illustration work. They’re mostly absurdist sci fi and sort of odd. There is a three page preview of the next chapter here on Tumblr(Passage, listed above, was the first chapter).
Some stylistically different comics that are still mine(either as an artist, writer or publisher – I also run Sawdust Press) can be found on Gumroad, and all my books are always pay-what-you-can.
Thanks for visiting!
Today is the last day for shipping in my store, if you are absolutely devoted to receiving your items before Xmas!
Original paintings, postcards, some sculptures, books …yep, blah blah, you know the drill.
I’m participating in Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon this year, opening this Friday!
Works I’ll have include two fattybug diorama boxes, and collaborations with my mother(four bronze casts) and the very awesome Tim Lee.
Below are images of the Bantayan Reef Fattybug! If you can’t make it to the opening and are wondering how to purchase work from Stranger Factory, I wrote an easy guide to the online preview purchase process here.
I’ve been experimenting with some super traditional mediums lately due to a complicated relationship between Magic Sculpt, resin dust, and severe skin allergies. It’s true, I’m a delicate flower.
My mother bought me a small electric kiln a few years ago at a garage sale, and I haven’t done much but melt glass in it. I figured I should actually try and have it serve its intended purpose.
My first experiment was to make these little ceramic bug cocoons that would hang on walls.
Here’s the first batch, about to go in for a bisque test fire. I metaphorically held my breath for twelve hours, hoping they wouldn’t explode.
Ain’t no party like a bisque test fire party, and the bisque test fire party don’t stop until the kiln sitter tells it to, which I really hope it does.
After that, they got glazed, and refired, but only the one in front turned out in a colour I actually liked! The others are going in for another firing. They’ve been touched up with acrylic paint, but the sandstoney colour on the little big cocoon in front is all ceramic glaze. I like the unpredictability of it.
Here’s the second firing… a much bigger one now that I’m fairly confident that I won’t be exploding my pieces.
(note, you really should have three witness cones, but…eh.)
I’m excited about these new pieces…gonna do another glaze firing this weekend, fingers crossed that they turn out pretty rad!