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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's the same old story. I'm sorry.

a rut 
Click on the image for a bigger glimpse.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Warming up

warming up Fun with dip pens

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 BooksTicket 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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Review

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

Profiles of Great Courage #1: Vernon Davis Just watching the coverage leading up to the Super Bowl on ESPN and I got an idea...

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!

Girl Hunt Ballet

The Broadway Melody

Dancing in the Dark

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!
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4.  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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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