Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wrapping Paper

Here is a silly little post.

It was James's birthday not long ago, and for once I had it all figured out: the restaurant, my outfit, his present... I had everything but wrapping paper!
I found a pad of craft paper laying around at work and I had roughly 30 minutes to come up with something worthy of the occasion. Easy, right?
So I began drawing - a dinosaur, a car, a snake, an egg - and then I thought "what if I write down the names of these things?". That's when the game was born. I filled the page with whatever went through my mind, and wrote the descriptions. James would have to match every name to a corresponding picture before he could open his present.
And it really worked! It was so much fun to watch him do this (and to get totally bogged down at "bomb"), more fun than seeing him open the actual gift!

Anyway, this reminded me that often external limitations allow for true creative freedom, and that constraints should be embraced and trusted.

So, can you match every word to a picture?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Round Robin - Available Online

A small amount of our books are available through the Nucleus Gallery STORE. Visit their New Items section to find ROUND ROBIN and Collected Sketches, as well as Mr. R and Tiger Bee.

ROUND ROBIN is a book based on a word game played by Jennifer Chang, Katy Wu and myself.

COLLECTED SKETCHES is a compilations of my drawings from the last few years in San Francisco. The book explores getting to know and falling in love with a new city.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Birthday ghost

For a friend.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

APE Recap

The Alternative Press Expo was fantastic! We saw old friends, made new ones and had a great old time drawing together (see little bookplates in the middle photo)! Thanks to all who came to support us, and thanks to those who kept bringing us delicious treats!
Until next year!

Top photo by Elaine Wu, bottom by Anita Coulter. Thanks!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Only one day before APE!
I'll be sitting at table
#330 with Jennifer Chang and Katy Wu.
Come take a look at our new illustrated book ROUND ROBIN, along with limited runs of comics, postcard books, prints, tote bags, and my new Collected Sketches book.
Hope to see you there!

Some other cool folks we'll be sharing the space with: Bill Presing, Josh Cooley, Jeff Pidgeon, and Jim Capobianco. Special thanks to Scott Morse for being a generous host!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Here is a sneak peek into our illustrated book for APE 2010.
The book is called ROUND ROBIN - a joint effort between Jennifer Chang, Katy Wu and myself. There is no story in the traditional sense of the word but Jennifer came up with the idea of illustrating a word game, which in turn created its own playful narrative. I must say it has been a delightful collaboration!

Today we are happy to share three finished paintings from the book. Below is mine and here are links to Jennifer's and Katy's. Go look at their brilliant work!