Thursday, May 23, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's the same old story. I'm sorry.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Angry Bird. Yahtzee. Bejeweled. I dunno.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Happy Spring to everyone! This just in! An interview with me is up on the Robot 6 - Comic Book Resources website. I talk about Yam Books, Ticket Stub and juggling between being a publisher and a cartoonist. Thanks to Chris Mautner for inviting me to chat!
Rina Ayuyang moves from cartoonist to publisher with Yam Books
Friday, March 22, 2013
Start all over again
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Seems so dumb
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Here's a nice review of my recent mini-comic "Outta This Comes the Crazy" at Rob Clough's High Low website. It's nice to be reviewed alongside two of my favorite artists, Lauren Weinstein and Tom Hart.
"Ayuyang, like Weinstein, is a witty and upbeat artist who chooses to draw in a style that's a series of quick, simple smudges and lines that retain the spontaneity and vitality of the moment."
Thanks, Rob! You can check out the entire review at the link below.
On Parenting: Weinstein, Ayuyang and Hart:
You can buy it at the link below:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Profiles in Great Courage #1: Vernon Davis
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Accentuate the Positive
Back to work now that the holidays are over. I am thankful for a great 2012 creatively with so many lifetime goals met and projects completed. Tom Spurgeon at the Comics Reporter wrote a nice piece about my debut as a publisher of Yam Books being a positive comics thing to happen in 2012. Really honored to be included! Here's the link:
50 Comics Positives In 2012: Rina Ayuyang, Publisher
I've just posted the catalog of upcoming 2013 releases at the Yam Books website. I'm very excited to be working with Sacha Mardou, Renee French, and Onsmith -- three artists whose work through the years has exhilarated and inspired me as an artist and as a comics fan. There will be more information to come as each book is released through the year.
And yes, I'm still going to be drawing comics this year. I hope! I mean, I plan! My book about all things corny and dancing, Blame it on the Boogie will debut this Spring. See, I have an actual deadline! So stay tuned!
In the meantime, I was in the Post It Show exhibited at Giant Robot in LA, curated by the talented duo Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd. I contributed 3 post-its drawings that I call my Cyd Charisse series because they depicted three of my favorite dance numbers of hers (not including solos). They are still available for sale at the Giant Robot website and shown below for your enjoyment!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
My Favorite 2012 Things
2013 is here! Whee! With that said, let us not forget the magic that was 2012. In the coming days or weeks, or someday, I'm going to post recaps of all the memorable events that I guess I was just too busy or dizzy to write about right after they happened, like my time at the CAKE show in Chicago, or being invited to talk comics with Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim at Stanford University. I will, however, spare you my recap about going to a live taping of "Dancing with the Stars" because I know you'd rather see that documented in a comic COMING OUT THIS SPRING (Yes, that was free advertising there). Oh, but my! Did the year go really fast! Seriously, each month seemed to start on the 15th day. Anyway, I've always tried to list my favorite comics for each year on this blog, and I'm now prompted especially to do so for 2012 because I got to attend more comics shows than I ever did before in my life. So the experience has made my heart grow 3 sizes bigger for all things comics. Really guys, New Years resolution-- go to some comics shows in 2013!
Okay, here is a list of some of my faves from 2012, Yam Books titles not included because we all know how I feel about those!
- Daddy Lightning - A brilliant screwball comedy and absolutely accurate, heart-felt portrait of being a parent. It's the one comic that reminds me of why comics NEED to exist. Tom Hart is a superhero.
- Barrel of Monkeys - Thank you, Bill K and your Rebus Books for translating two of my favorite French cartoonists' work into English. I can finally figure out all the twisted humor that Ruppert e Molot are writing about to go along with the lush linework that I've been oogling over for years now.
- The Sky in Stereo #1 by Sacha Mardou. A smart, perfectly-paced story of a girl seemingly stuck in a rut, her struggles with her peers and a fateful encounter with a troubled, soulful boy. It's one of those comics that rekindles the excitement you get from the pamphlet/floppy/issue format -- eagerly counting down the days the next issue is released, and then making a mad dash to the comics store on a Wednesday just HOPING it has arrived! Basically what I'm saying is I hope issue #2 comes out SOON.
- Barack Hussein Obama - I first enjoyed these strips on Steven Weissman's Flickr page and always wondered how the devil it would be printed into a book. Well, magnificently, apparently.
- Birdseye Bristoe - Oh Dan Zettwoch! So glad we finally got a big wonderful hardbound book from this dude. His comics are so endearing and personable, and every page in this book is like sneaking a peak into Zettwoch's personal schematic journals.
- The Voyeurs, July Diaries - Gabrielle Bell! 2 books in one year and yet that is still not enough! We always want more! July Diaries is not only a great lead-in to the beautifully colored and designed Voyeurs book that showcases Gabrielle's work as it should be, but also a strong work in its own right.
- Vanessa Davis' online strips - These vibrant strips on the Tablet magazine website always made me feel good inside, like listening to an oldies tune on the radio while driving down Highway 1 under the hot summer sun. Yes, that sounded corny, but it's SO GOOD.
- The Living Things Series from Little Otsu - I first discovered these when I visited Mission Arts and Comics (which is an awesome store that everyone in the Bay Area should go to). Every single issue is a feast for the eyes. Yes, I say that a lot about things, but I mean it everytime I say it. You cannot go wrong with any of them: Hannah Waldron, Lilli Carre, Jo Dery, and APAK?!? And the ones published in 2012 are Jessica Seamans, Liam Stevens, Becca Stadtlander.
- A Portrait Without a Face - by Esther Pearl Watson. A quiet, thoughtful mini-comic exploration on the Gaze through an artist's perspective and in context to relationships between people. A nice departure from her zany, hysterical Unlovable comics.
- Studygroup Comics - Zack Soto never ceases to amaze with editing/curating good comics, and his online comics site offer a wide array of strong storytellers. Some great discoveries this year were Tyler Landry's Society, Julia Gfrorer's Black is the Color, and Renee French's smart and hysterical Bjornstrand.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wanna get away?
Thursday, November 15, 2012
New York, New York! One Helluva Town!
As someone who is deathly afraid of flying, I will always begin my con reports with details of my flight experience because the amount of agony and stress over flying equals the same amount of time and energy trying to plan for a comics show in another city.
The San Francisco airport had an amusing exhibition on classic board games at my gate that did its best to calm my nerves before I had to board the plane. And, okay, the flight was fine, thanks to watching episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and a ridiculous reality show about the glamorous life of young people in the Silicon Valley which according to this show is based only in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco (Ai yi yi).
Here's the view over the majestic island of Manhattan. You can't help but overcome your fears and fall in love. Anyway, right after I got off the plane, I got a nice welcoming text from Annie Koyama. It made my heart melt because I was dreading the thought being all alone in Manhattan which is silly because, hello, 10 gazillion billion people live in Manhattan and it's definitely true what Ol' Blue Eyes says: New York is a "city that NEVER sleeps." Driving from the airport through Long Island, I could see a few signs of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Trees were knocked down, taking huge chunks of the sidewalk with them. Flags and signs were ripped apart. However people were still out and about which was comforting to see.
I met up with Lark Pien and her sister Jane who were hanging out near my hotel in the Garment District. They were looking for buttons. Jane had suggested going to the nearby Korean fast-food joint, Bon Chon. I enthusiastically accepted because it was one of the food suggestions that my friend Annie Yee told me about the day before, and, um, HOLY CRAP, the chicken there is amazing. Talk about CHICKEN JOY (Jollibee reference)! Anyway, it was nice seeing the Pien sisters together. They told me that they had volunteered the day before, giving away food and supplies to people in Red Hook. Really cool that they did that. Lark showed me the war wounds on her arm that she got from some National Guardsman trying to fling a bag of potatoes or something over her head, or wait, I think it was from a fist fight with one of the guards. Wow, Lark.
Later on, because we are pigs, the three of us met up with Annie Koyama, Robin and Dan Nishio for MORE chicken at Torishin, a yakatoriya that Robin suggested. Robin's food suggestions are always A++ and this was no different! My favorite was the pork belly and the crispy skin, and I did manage to eat one or two pieces of vegetable because I'm on a diet. What?
The next day, I ventured over to Williamsburg for the big show. I was there a little early and there was a funeral happening at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, next to the show venue so I strolled around the neighborhood a bit. I stumbled upon Desert Island Comics! Cool! I eventually high-tailed it back to the show, and met up with Tim Hensley upstairs in the gymnasium who was already setting up the Yam Books table. What a guy! If you meet Tim on the street somewhere, ask him to show you his watch which is a LCD screen that scrolls out the time and the words "Ticket Stub". Here's the pic of the venue during the calm before the storm:
The first official purchaser of Tim's book, "Ticket Stub" was Dan Nadel, Picturebox boss-man and co-organizer of BCGF. He managed to sneak over before the show opened and the crowds would be rolling in. And boy did they ever roll in! Hoards of people! Masses! Mobs! There was some talk before the show, that the aftermath from the hurricane and storm would keep people away, but that sentiment was quashed right from the start. I'm not sure if the show is always that crowded, but after such a crazy natural disaster, it was really uplifting to see. The BCGF Tumblr site's photo of the show demonstrates so accurately how crazy it was the ENTIRE day:
I kept looking around in amazement. The sea of people made me really happy! Lots of people compared the feeling of this show to this year's SPX which I did not go to. BCGF was just a great morale booster for the comics scene. I was physically hurting from the lack of ventilation due to the crowds (I'm really bad with hot weather, that's why I moved to the Bay Area), but the happiness of seeing so many people in one space, weaving through immense aisle traffic for comics made me forget how dehydrated and sweaty I was. (Also I really shouldn't have worn a sweater!). I do have one regret though which was not being able to venture out to see cartoonist heroes like Roz Chast and Richard MaGuire, or to get to purchase the awesome books from Bill Kartalopoulos' Rebus Books or Lilli Carre's debut book "Heads or Tails" -- or basically everyone's book because people who would visit our table would always be carrying something amazing. Luckily though, many were nice enough to come around to visit our table.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
All in all, APE 2012 was a special time for me. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and gave your support for Yam Books. A special thank you to Ken McCarty for helping me set up the table and figure out addition and subtraction -- You are the best!! Now onward to BCGF!