Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Mini-Comic!

My new mini-comic is now available for sale at the Yam Books web shop.

It's called When the Dust Settles and it's 60 pages of comics collected from my various blog and tumblr posts from 2011 to 2014. Buy it at the link below!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Push You Out

Push You Out

Yesterday. and drawn on the bus.
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Monday, September 1, 2014


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I found a new sketchbook that doesn't weigh my bag down because it's about the size of a slab of Spam which is the perfect size for my "art".

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Throwback for Thursday: A New Place of Worship

Hey remember this comic of yore? No? Oh good, well let's pretend it's new work and that I just regressed in my drawing style! Also this is back in the day when I made my own font. Check it out.
(Thanks to Rob Clough for publishing it for me back in the day.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NEW (yes, New!) Comic on Mutha Magazine

I'm really excited to write that I have finally finished a NEW COMIC which is now posted on Mutha Magazine. It's called Beginning's End and explored my journey of becoming a mother. It took forever to finish, mainly because it was hard putting the emotions aside and I found myself going through old photos, old emails and blog posts to really grasp the feeling of insanity in those first couple of years of my son's life.  I want to thank Mutha magazine editor, Meg Lemke for her patience. I hope it was worth the wait, and boy does time go soooo fast! Hope you enjoy it.

Here's the link:  

Beginning's End http://muthamagazine.com/2014/06/beginnings-end-a-comic-by-rina-ayuyang/

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ask me how I'm feeling in 2 months.

Ask me how I'm feeling in 2 months. I'll probably have a better answer by then.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pittsburgh Indie Comics Expo and stuff I'm working on

This weekend I'll be making my way back to my hometown, Pittsburgh, PA to exhibit at the Pittsburgh Indie Comics Expo (PIX) on Saturday, March 22 from 10am-5pm. Stop by and buy some Yam Books titles and comics from yours truly. The show will be followed by a slate of panels from 7pm-11pm as a part of the programming portion of the show. I'm excited about being in the Burgh again, eating all my favorite comfort food, hanging out with friends, and seeing old haunts. Hopefully the snow doesn't get the best of me!

Also, I know I haven't posted some doodles in a while, but here is something I've just finished which will be a part of the Pinoy Komiks anthology, a collection of comics by Filipino cartoonists edited by Adam Pasion. Proceeds will go to the continued effort to rebuild the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. So I'm really happy to be a part of this book and this cause. There are so many talented Filipino cartoonists that are showcased in this anthology! On another note, I'm personally (extremely) relieved that I finally was able to finish at least one comic this year!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I Always Come Back to You

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

I got a haircut too

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

House of Horrors, Page 1

Recently I took out my box of original art to pick a page for an exhibit that I was invited to be in. I was pretty scared of what I'd find because my originals are horrible. That's the good thing about having low expectations about things, you usually discover something that in your mind is so terrifically awesome. Anyway, I found my originals from my first mini-comic that I did about 13 years ago. It felt both like yesterday and a thousand years since the first time I made it. When I released it, I wasn't very happy with it, mainly because of how it reproduced. Back in the day (I can't believe I said that) it was expensive to do any offset printing, you had to go to the copy shop to make your own comic (again, I can't believe I'm saying this, I sound like I made my first comic in the stone age when it was just 13 years ago).. anyway, you had to go to the copy shop. You would paste up your art and make a master, and the only options I had for tweaking how your art looked was with the brightness button on the photocopy machine. I remember that day in the copy shop -- it was frustrating, and maybe that showed in the final product. Anyway, I'm posting one of the stories that gave me photocopy hell which I can now present on the web in way better quality, I think, for you to read. (At least you can see the title panel better.) Here goes. Enjoy.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Till now

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013, let's get outta here!

Yeah yeah, you're saying, "Oh sure! Wait till the end of the year to finally update your blog!" Though, then again, seriously who is even keeping score when everyone is having a party over at Tumblr. Anyway, 2013 was pretty exhausting in every aspect of my life and a tad bit stressful, and let's face it, a lot of shitty stuff happened in the world. However there were some brighter moments and accomplishments in 2013 that I am proud of such as seeing my kid go to Pre-K and having fun with his new friends. He'll be starting "real" school next year so I know that these times are precious. He's the best dude ever, and when life gets me really down, I just have to look at his face and remember what's really important.

One of my huge accomplishments this year for sure was raising over $6,000 for the American Red Cross's typhoon relief effort in the Philippines. I was blown away by the outpouring of cartoonists and fan support. Cartoonists like Jaime Hernandez, Carol Tyler, Dan Clowes, Souther Salazar, Kevin Huizenga, Eleanor Davis, Dan Zettwoch, and SO MANY others took time out of their busy schedules to send art and books. I was speechless. And I have to thank all of the comics fans who bidded and were patient with shipping their winning items during the holidays when sending stuff through the post is the craziest. Most of all, I am hopeful that the money raised will help those in Tacloban and other cities affected by the typhoon. I hope that 2014 is an easier time for everyone.

In Yam Books news, I got to publish work by two of my favorite cartoonists doing exciting things in comics these today -- Sacha Mardou's "Sky in Stereo #2" and Renee French's "Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat". Both are available to purchase at the Yam Books web shop. Sacha was able to debut Sky in Stereo at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) this past Spring and Renee was able to debut Hagelbarger at this year's Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco. Working with these two phenomenal women was unforgettable and I hope a fun experience for them too. Both of these works made it to some Best of 2013 lists which I'm very happy about. I want to thank both of them for placing their trust in Yam Books. I hope to be collaborating with them down the road!

I got to travel to Brooklyn to promote these two new books at the Comics Arts Brooklyn show, which was very successful for Yam and where I finally got to see another inspiring woman who I have looked up to, Miriam Katin. She is such a warm, funny, talented and smart person. It was such an honor to be talking to her about her life experiences and her creative passions. It was one of the most unforgettable moments in my life.

And there were many other great comics that came out in 2013 that I have to list here, but before I do, let's talk about the fun times of 2013 for me. I got to see with my pal Vanessa Davis, a cabaret performance by the one and only Sutton Foster (the Broadway musical powerhouse also aka Michelle from "Bunheads," the best show on ABC Family since re-runs of Gilmore Girls which inexplicably was canceled). When she sang "Nice n' Easy", I almost passed out. And we totally would have had a drink with her except we are very respectful of celebrities' privacy (No, we are not. NO, yes we are!!)

Okay, so before I end with my Best of 2013 comics list, I must share my all-time favorite-FAVORITE moment of 2013, albeit maybe ridiculous and pathetic to some, but after 20 years of dismal season after season, you will understand. Please just watch:

Have a great new year everyone! We can definitely use a good one!

My favorite 2013 comics (not published by Yam Books, heh)

I was going to write why I liked each one but I am too busy playing that video clip on loop.

  • When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael
  • LOVF New York by Jesse Reklaw
  • Men's Feelings by Ted May
  • Island of Memory, Vol 1 by T Edward Bak
  • The Trading Tortoise zine #1 by Souther Salazar and Monica Choy
  • Susceptible by Genevieve Castree
  • Sunday Night Movies by Leanne Shapton
  • Lose #5 by Michael DeForge
  • Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull
  • World Map Room by Yuichi Yokoyama
  • Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream (Autoptic edition) by Laura Park
  • New School by Dash Shaw
  • Redbird #2 by Dan Zettwoch
  • The Half Men by Kevin Huizenga
  • Optic Nerve by Adrian Tomine

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! You are the best!

Less than 3 hours till the last two items of this eBay auction for Typhoon Relief. These amazing sketches and signed-books by the one and only Dan Clowes. Here's the link, go bid!

I can find no better day than today to express how thankful I am for everyone's outpouring of generosity and support on this project. I am very blessed with such giving friends and family. It really has blown my mind. We have raised over $5,000 for this effort and we are planning only one more set of items for auction to post next week, so be on the lookout. Again, thanks so much! Have a wonderful thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Raising Funds for the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Raising Funds for the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Relief Efforts in the Philippines

I have launched an online art auction and book sale to raise funds for the victims of the Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan disaster in the Philippines. Many have lost loved ones, their homes, and also need access to food, clean water or medicines.

Please take a look at the eBay listing linked below, and give what you can while getting some amazing work from talented cartoonists in the process. (The holiday season is just around the corner and there are many items listed that would make great presents.) More items will be listed as the week goes by. Please spread the word!

100% of the sales will go to the American Red Cross and their relief efforts in the Philippines.

Check back at this blog or at the eBay page linked below ( click on "items for sale" to see all the art and books included in this fundraiser) for updates and new items listed.


Many thank to all these great artists for donating their work to this cause! And thank you so much for bidding and donating to this cause.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9-8-3-2! BALLGAME!

9-8-1-2! BALLGAME!
Ticket, punched! Abso-BUCN-lutely!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I dunno.

I dunno 

I was going to erase the text, but just go with it.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

They sure grow up so fast!

They grow up so fast!  Drawn on the bus.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013