Boogie About Town!


Join me at events and comic shows to celebrate the new book. I'm very excited to share it with you!

Bethesda, Maryland
2018 Small Press Expo
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Seattle, Washington
Short Run Festival
Saturday, November 4, 2018

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Public Library
Conversation with Mimi Pond
Sunday, November 5, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Berkeley, California
Pegasus Books, Shattuck Ave
Q&A with Thien Pham; book reading and signing
Thursday, November 8, 2018,  7:30 PM

Oakland, California
Boogie Bash!
End of the Year party and  book release celebration
Bar 355, 355 19th Street
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Oakland, California
Oakland Public Library - Temescal Branch
Presentation as a part of the library's centennial celebration
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:00 PM

South San Francisco, California
2019 Comic Arts Fest
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00 AM

Portland, Oregon
Association of Writers and …

Everyone's Groovin' to the Boogie!

Hear what they're saying about the book!

BLAME THIS ON THE BOOGIE is a freeform immersion via the Great American Songbook into memory, motherhood, Filipino culture, Pittsburgh, and Dancing With the Stars fan-fiction, told with delirious hand-made energy and big-hearted charm.

- Daniel Clowes, Patience, Wilson

Pajama party at Rina's house! Stay up late dancing in front of the TV, maybe miss your mom and dad. Rina twirls you through moments big and small. The pain and bliss of being yourself. These stories make me feel at home.-Vanessa  Davis, Spaniel Rage, Make Me a Woman

Blame This on the Boogie draws us in with effortless grace and weaves a sweetly compelling story of assimilation, ambition, and a 1980s childhood shaped by 'Solid Gold,' Duran Duran videos, and Fred Astaire.

Rina's gift for expressing her love of dance and her love for her family brings something new and refreshing to graphic memoirs that I want more of
-Mimi Pond , Over Easy, The Customer is Always Wron…

Summer in Oakland

I have a short comic about my beloved city of Oakland on the website, an online magazine empowering independent journalists and showcasing unique work in comics.

Click here to read the story

It's Official!

This weekend at Comic Con, Drawn and Quarterly announced that it will include my book Blame This on the Boogie, in its list of Spring 2018 releases. I am insanely thrilled to be published by one of the powerhouse publishers of comics, and honored to be included with a roster of artists who have inspired me through the years with their skills and storytelling. I'm truly thankful and still so amazed.

Here is more info at the D+Q website>