Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

morning routine revived

Morning routine revived

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I can't think of a better way to cap off the "Whirlwind" year than by answering some tough and thoughtful questions from the one and only Mr. Tom Spurgeon. It was indeed an honor, and made me really happy. You can read it on The Comics Reporter, the best comics blog -- I read it everyday like the Bible. Here's the link:

Also, in other recent Whirlwind news:
If you haven't already, go to Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press to find some good books to buy for your loved ones this holiday season. They will not disappoint!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

I crashed the group show

Hey guys! Tonight is the opening of the group show that I'm in at the Arlington Art Center. Actually, I don't know how I got in this show. I have some of my daily doodles and color sketch pages on display along side some wonderful cartoonists and painters and sculptors! Anyway if you are in the D.C/Virginia area this time of year, make sure to check it out.

NOV 19, 2010 – JAN 16, 2011

Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd.Arlington, VA

Rosaire Appel, Rina Ayuyang, Derik Badman, Gabrielle Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Joshua Cotter, Warren Craghead III, Anton Kannemeyer, Victor Kerlow, Blaise Larmee, Andrei Molotiu, Robert Pruitt, Jim Rugg, Dash Shaw, Deb Sokolow, Olav Westphalen

November 19, 7 – 9pm

THE SHOW: PARTY CRASHERS mashes up comic art and contemporary gallery culture, and features artists who pass back and forth between the two worlds. This massive two venue show results from a crosstown collaboration between AAC Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin and Artisphere Gallery Director Cynthia Connolly. The show’s two independent halves feature different types of work: Connolly’s show presents fine artists who mimic the appearance of comic art; Cudlin’s show at AAC contains:

• alternative comic artists who also show their original pages and drawings in art galleries
• fine and comic artists working side-by-side on a national curated project (Creative Time Comics)
• fine and comic artists creating avante-garde, purely abstract sequential art without words or recognizeable imagery

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ink blah blah

Book news!
I recently was interview by Robin McConnell on Inkstuds. We talked about the book, Pittsburgh, Catholicism, and my pal, Thien Pham, Comix Claptrap megastar! Thanks to Robin for dealing with my mumbles and stumbles. Give a listen here:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

This is a story about fog at 4:02pm.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Tahn

this tahn

If you don't really care about the World Series. I'll give you someone to root for: Freddy Sanchez, short stop 2nd baseman for the San Francisco Giants. Freddy spent the beginning of his major league career and lasted 6 years as a member of my hometown team, the sad sad Pittsburgh Pirates. If you know the plight of the Pittsburgh Pirates, you know that 6 years is like an eternity. However in those 6 depressing years, Freddy managed to win a batting title, become a 2-time All-Star, and above all else, receive the honor of being one of Pittsburgh's most 25 beautiful people by Pittsburgh Magazine. Cool, right?! Go Freddy!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Me, 2008

Me, 2008

haven't changed one bit.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

APE Is Upon Us!

Aw, APE! The Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco is happening this weekend! And I'm pretty darned excited. Lots of great special guests this year! I'm eagerly anticipating to see Lynda Barry's new book with D+Q, as well as Renee French's book from Picturebox. Also Dan Clowes, Tony Millionaire, Megan Kelso?!? Hello! Come on down!

And speaking of Megan Kelso, we got to interview her for the latest Comix Claptrap podcast! And comics pal, Lark Pien was the special guest host while Thien deals with his suspension. Link follows:

....Anyway I'll be at APE on Saturday with the family walking around and attending all the panels. Sunday, I'll be hanging out with thee Dylan Williams and the Sparkplug Comic Books crew at Table #118, signing Whirlwinds and presenting copies of my latest sketchbook zine anthology, Pet Project. In the expanded convention hall, Sparkplug will be right next to Pigeon Press who will have the latest stuff from Lisa Hanawalt and Matt Furie. Dang! What else am I missing?!? Zack Soto's anthology Studygroup12 #4! Oh man, a new mini from Dan Zettwoch!!! New prints by Ben Catmull! Oh snap, new Mr. Elephanter by Lark Pien!! Koyama Press all the way from Toronto! I feel like my wallet is going to be empty 5 minutes into the show, so many interesting books to get this time around!

So make sure to pay a visit, should be a good time!

And don't forget to go to these events:

Brian Ralph

Just recently my friend and colleague, Thien Pham and I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite cartoonists of all time, Brian Ralph for our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. It was really fun. Give it a listen!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Bobot Welcome

A Bobot Welcome

Maybe I need to rething some things about Bobot's personality.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Drawing doodles again instead of witnessing my child grow up. Great.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Good Things

This weekend while I will be taking the baby-toddler on a playdate with his future girlfriend, hoards --THRONGS of people will be flocking to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD also know as SPX. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the great stuff that's happening like the SPXplosion event at Atomic Books tonight or any of the awesome convention panels like Spotlight on Jaime Hernandez or the Fort Thunder reunion. If you're in the DC area, do go and have fun! Lots of inspiring cartoonists will have their books and their coy smiles. Also, what I forgot to share on this blog is that me and the book are up for the Ignatz Awards' Promising New Talent. If you liked the book and are attending the show, go ahead and vote for us! There are a lot of talented folks in the same category so I'm happy and honored to be even considered for sure! My only hope is that they pronounce my name right at the ceremony.

ALSO even better news, not just in Bethesda...and I don't know why I posted this second.. but Thien and I have just posted a new episode of our comics podcast, The Comix Claptrap. To kick off Season 3, we had the HUGE HUGEA honor of talking to Mr. Dan "Eightball/Wilson/Ghost World" Clowes. I think I can quit making comics now. Here is the link:

Dan Clowes by Dan Clowes

So no matter where you are, there are good things to do! And no matter what you do have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Review

There's a nice review round-up of recently released Sparkplug Comic Book titles including Eschew #2, Neptune, Department of Art #1 and Whirlwind Wonderland on the Bookgasm website. Book critic, Rod Lott calls my style a "cut-above Roz Chast!" Talk about a compliment, totally undeserving, but I will definitely put that in my pocket!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Like A Filipino John Garfield

a Filipino John Garfield

Bobot in the role of John 'Kit' McKittrick in "The Fallen Sparrow".

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see...

From Peanuts, by the irreplaceable Charles "Sparky" Schulz

I'm excited and scared to be the Cartoonist-In-Residence this Saturday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA! I will be drawing, talking, nervously laughing, awkwardly posing for you and a bunch of kids young and old from 1-3pm. I hope they are nicer to me than my favorite Peanuts bit players Thibault would be. Anyway, stop on by. I love this museum, so if you can't make it, you should go sometime soon!

Here are the details:

Second Saturday Cartoonist at Charles M. Schulz Museum
Rina Ayuyang
Saturday, August 14th, 2010
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Meet watch and talk to Rina Ayuyang, cartoonist and creator of 'Namby Pamby,' a mini-comic series that explores the humorous side of life's ordinary moments. Ayuyang's latest book, Whirlwind Wonderland, was recently published.

Cost: Free to members, adults:$10, youth/seniors:$5.00

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA USA 95403
Phone: 707-579-4452

For More Information:
Contact: Charles M. Schulz Museum

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

GR 66

There's a nice review of Whirlwind Wonderland in the new issue of Giant Robot magazine (Issue 66) with the mesmerizing Scott Pilgrim cover. This is one of my favorite magazines so I'm pretty excited, and this issue is pretty amazing with interviews with Bryan Lee O'Malley, Daniel Dae Kim, and Laura Ling. So make sure to check that and future issues out! It's always a fun, educational read!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pet Project - On Sale Now!

did you know that stab-binding is tedious?

These are available now for sale!

Pet Project
4"x5", b/w, 36 pp, gocco cover, crazy japanese stab binding $5.00 (USD) + postage.

A zine filled with drawings of cats, dog, hamsters, seamonkeys, and other monsters done by Trevor Alixopulos, Andrice Arp, Rina Ayuyang, Nate Beaty, Gabrielle Bell, Mark Burrier, Martin Cendreda, Warren Craghead, Vanessa Davis, Josh Frankel, Renee French, Mike Getsiv, John Hankiewicz, Tim Hensley, Jakob Klemencic, David Lasky, MariNaomi, Mats?!, Sacha Mardou, Ted May, Ken McCarty, Derek Miracle, Fred Noland, Misun Oh, Onsmith, Lark Pien, John Porcellino, Jesse Reklaw, Joey Sayers, Steve Weissman, Dalton Webb, Calvin Wong, Dan Zettwoch

bell and zettwoch

lp and rf

josh frankel and nate beaty

tim hensley

a arp and reklaw


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

News, Reviews, Venues!

News time at Doodle Bug Central!

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review has a nice article about "Whirlwind Wonderland". I'm pretty honored to be profiled by the paper. Also the article talks about Copacetic Comics. Make sure to check out their new space in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill whenever you're in the neighborhood. I'm always a mess during interviews. Thanks to Mike Machowsky for the great piece. You can read it here:

Comics art critic, Rob Clough, shared some really insightful points on the book for Poopsheet Foundation. Check it out:

Don't forget to stop by and say hello at my signing at Giant Robot SF. I look forward to sitting, standing, drawing, perusing GR's wealth of reading material and probably buying a t-shirt or vinyl toy or two.

Saturday, July 17, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Giant Robot San Francisco
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA

To read more about the event:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


GIANT ROBOT SF, one of my favorite stores of one of my favorite magazines has been nice enough to host a booksigning for Whirlwind Wonderland. If you are in the area, stop by the Haight!

Saturday, July 17, 2010
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Giant Robot San Francisco
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA

To RSVP and read more about the event:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lace from her collar

Lace from her collar

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bobot's Story

Bobot's story

Me and Bobot are still trying to figure this story out.