Monday, January 20, 2020

'Almost American Girl' is coming out on January 28th!



My graphic novel memoir, Almost American Girl is coming out in less than two weeks, on January 28th! And I will be having book signings and attending book festivals. Here’s the list so far. More coming soon so stay tuned. Hope to see you guys there!

Winter Institute 15  
Tuesday to Friday, January 21-24, 2020
The Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, MD

​Almost American Girl, Book signing at East City Bookshop
​January 30th, 2020 6:30 pm
East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE #100, Washington, DC 20003
This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested but not required. Reserve your copy of the book today!
East City Bookshop welcomes Robin Ha with her graphic novel memoir Almost American Girl, a heartfelt coming-of-age tale and poignant depiction of immigration.
Almost American Girl, Book signing at Fantom Comics
​Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4 PM – 7 PM
Fantom Comics
2010 P St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington D.C. 20036
​We are so incredibly proud to present a long time Fantom Friend, Robin Ha, and her upcoming graphic memoir, Almost American Girl. The book is available for pre-order at Fantom Comics now!
Keith Chow, host of Southern Fried Asian, will be doing an interview with Robin and we’ll have a Q&A! Robin will be signing copies of her book after the Q&A.

Visually Represented: Redefining “Hero” in 21st Century Comics
​Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM
The Center for Fiction (The Center for Fiction HQ)
15 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
A $10 ticket includes a $10 bookstore voucher. Get a ticket online at http://bit.ly/2NaShP2
In an exciting panel moderated by seasoned editor Joseph Illidge, comic book creators, Vita Ayala (Livewire), Robin Ha (Almost American Girl), and Khary Randolph (Excellence, Black) discuss using the language and format of the graphic novel to tell diverse stories related to culture, sexuality, and race, and also feature protagonists who transform our ideas of the traditional comic book hero.
NoVaTeenBookFestival
March 14, 2020
George C. Marshall High School
7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
7th annual FREE YA book festival in the Northern VA/DC area at George C. Marshall HS!
Teen is the genre, not the age requirement!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

November 2019 Newsletter

Hello everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful fall and getting ready for the turkey day. I have many exciting events coming up in November and early December that I would like to share with you guys.


DC BRAU HOLIDAY MARKET
3178 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington DC 20018
1-5 PM

I will be part of DC Small Business Saturday as a vendor at DC Brau's Holiday market. If you are in DMV area for thanksgiving, please visit the market and support small local businesses and also enjoy DC Brau beer! This is a free event for all ages. Here's the detail of the event: http://dcbrau.com/holidaymarket19/


I have been honored to be part of the National Museum of Women in the Arts's 'DMV COLOR Book Art by Women of Color' exhibition. The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia—known locally as the DMV—is a fertile center of art-making for women of color of diverse heritages. Washington, D.C. and its surroundings have long been home to a rich community of artists of color, ranging from those born and raised here to others who built connections to the region as short-term residents. The exhibition DMV Color features an eclectic assortment of contemporary works by women of African American, Asian American, and Latina heritage. The artists’ books, graphic novels, photobooks, and zines depict intimacies of family life, legacies of enslavement, effects of rampant development, dislocation and newfound freedoms tied to immigration, and other topics.

This exhibition is up now till March 4th 2020. You will find my work along with works of 18 other female artists based in DMV area. Please visit this awesome museum!
For more info: https://nmwa.org/visit/visitor-information

November 4, 2019–March 4, 2020
Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center National Museum of Women in the Arts
Monday-Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-5:00pm
Closed on Weekends







Last month, I had an amazing opportunity to paint a mirror for the LINE HOTEL's restaurant, Rake's Progress in Adam's morgan, DC. Here's work in the process photo and the final image. If you haven't been to this hotel, I highly recommend checking it out for their excellent decor and fine dining experience. This painting will be up until the end of this month, then it'll be erased for me to paint a new winter-themed painting on December 2nd, which will be up till the end of this year. If you are in the DMV area, you are welcome to come by and see me in action!

THE LINE HOTEL
1770 EUCLID STREET NW
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20009

TEL: 202 588 0525



As some of you may know already, I have been part of DC women entrepreneur collective, Femme Fatale DC for two years now. I am so happy to announce that they have just opened a new winter pop up in Chinatown!

Location:
401 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

This pop up will be up until the end of March 2020. Not only this will be the home for many DMV female entrepreneur's products, but we'll also be hosting lots of events and workshops to empower creative women in all walks of our lives. At this store, you'll find all of my prints and signed copies of Cook Korean!, along with eclectic works made by several dozen female DMV artists, including jewelry, stained glass, self-care products, apparel, fine art, and other gift items.

Please join us for our opening party on December 5th 2019 to check out the new store and meet the makers!

For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/femme-fatale-dc-launch-party-a-cosmic-gathering-tickets-80372744041

Early-bird sale for the opening party ends on November 29th.
Here's the flyer for the opening party that I designed. Feel free to spread the word about this event and Femme Fatale DC! You can also follow their Instagram to get informed on all of their upcoming events.



I am thrilled to have some of the best gift shops in DMV area to carry my work. These stores feature mostly local artists' work and would be great places to shop for your holiday needs. Now you can find my prints at SHOP MADE IN DC at their brand new location in Dupont, GIFT AND GATHER in Occoquan, VA, and STEADFAST SUPPLY STORE at both Ballston Quarter and Navy yard locations. If you are in DMV area, I highly recommend checking out these stores. You'd be amazed at their selections of beautiful and unique products.

Some of you may be aware that I have been working on a memoir graphic novel about immigrating from Korea to America for a while now. The book is called 'Almost American Girl' and it's coming out in just two months, on January 28th, 2020! You can pre-order the book here.
It's been getting some starred reviews that I'd like to share it with you guys.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-ha/almost-american-girl/

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-268509-4

I am both very excited and nervous about my book coming out. I will be posting more news on this book as well as info on my upcoming book signing events and artist's talk soon so stay tuned!




Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

All the best,

Robin Ha

Monday, October 14, 2019

OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

Hello everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful fall and not too sad about the end of the summer. I have some very exciting events happening in October that I would like to share with you guys.



Some of you Washingtonians might be already familiar with this DC staple gift shop, SHOP MADE IN DC. I will be in both of their shops in Georgetown AND their brand new location in Dupont this Saturday OCT 19th doing art pop up and portrait drawing!

First, from noon to 3 pm, I will be in the Georgetown location doing a solo ART POP UP, selling my art prints. It will be Georgetown Family weekend so lots of fun events are happening in Georgetown. Hope to see y'all there!

Georgetown:
1242 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007


Then, I will hop over to their brand new location in Dupont, drawing portraits for the guests as part of their birthday/ reopening celebration from 4 to 7 pm. So check out their new store and get you and your loved ones/ pets drawn by me! You will also be to purchase my art prints there during the event.

DuPont:
1710 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009


For more information, please check out the Eventbrite here.








I will be participating in Brookland Exchange DC Makers Market this Sunday, October 20th from 11 am to 5 pm on the Arts Walk, located next to the Brookland Metro Stop, 716 Monroe Street NE. The event will include 27 guest vendors with live music area along with the Arts Walk studio tenants. I will be debuting a whole bunch of new prints as well as selling Cook Korean!, mini-comics and food zine and tarot coloring book. For more information, please check out the Brookland Exchange website here.


If you have not checked out THE LINE HOTEL DC, a gorgeous boutique hotel in Adams Morgan, DC yet, here's a good reason to visit them this fall. I will be doing a one of a kind, art installation on the giant mirror on the staircase of their restaurant. This is my first time doing a public 'mural' style artwork and I am super excited about it! I'll be painting the fall installation tomorrow, and it'll be ready for viewing by mid-week this week, and the winter installation will be up by the week of Thanksgiving. So please visit this beautiful hotel and check out my original art installation before they are gone! The fall installation will be up from this week till the third week of November, the winter artwork will be up from thanksgiving till early January 2020.

I will be posting my work in progress on my Instagram, so please follow me and don't miss behind the scene footage of my art-making process!



I've been taking commissions for portrait drawings. Here is some sneak peek at my work in progress.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2o1I8KBhJ5/
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2mR8S6BkZW/
I have also been doing portrait drawing for private events. If you are interested in commissioning me to draw your, your loved ones or pets or hire me to draw portraits at your special events, feel free to contact me at robinha81@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a wonderful October!

All the best,
-Robin Ha

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer 2019 Events

SUMMER 2019 EVENTS
Here are my summer events in DC and Hanover, PA.
LOVE BAZAAR at FLASH  
June 2nd and June 9th Sundays 6 to 9 pm
Address
645 Florida Avenue NW 
Washington DC 20001 

Metro 
Shaw / Howard University station - 2 minute walk 
U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station- 5 minute walk
Come dance with me at FLASH CLUB DC! As part of their summer DJ series ‘SUNDAY LOVE’, Flash Club DC has opened up their second floor to local artists and food vendors.
This is a ticketed event which includes the entrance to their rooftop bar and dance floor (third floor) where the SUNDAY LOVE is happening and the LOVE BAZAAR on the second floor (That’s where I’ll be!). The ticket at the door is $20, but it gets cheaper if you buy it online in advance.
To purchase the ticket, visit: https://www.flashdc.com/sundaylove
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Capital Artist Collective SHOWCASE
June 20th, July 18th, August 20th, and September 19th Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm
Moynihan Plaza at Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 

This is a free event with dozens of arts and craft vendors and food vendors.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ReaganITCDC/
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American Library Association
Annual Conference Artist Alley

June 21st Friday to 24th Monday

Pavillion at Walter E Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
Friday, June 21  5:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 22  9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 23  9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, June 24  9:00am – 2:00pm

THE ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, through its 58,000+ members, serves as the nation’s top resource for public, academic, private, and school libraries. The Annual Conference is the industry leader, the oldest, largest, best-attended tradeshow for the library marketplace. 

Artist Alley is located on the exhibit floor, it includes the best from all genres. Past exhibitors have included many of today’s leading artists, illustrators, and creators of comics, games, and graphic novels showcasing original artwork.
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DC Art Book Fair
July 7th Saturday 12 to 5 pm
National Museum of Women In The Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-783-5000
Join us for the third annual DC Art Book Fair!
This curated, kid-friendly event in NMWA’s Great Hall brings together small presses, artists, and more to sell their independently published (largely paper-based) works. More than forty artists will be selling creations from zines to books, from comics to prints, and plenty in between.
This event is organized by the DC Art Book Collective, and the participants are chosen by a panel of judges: Nguyên Khôi Nguyễn, an artist and educator based in Baltimore; Christopher Kardambikis, assistant professor in printmaking at George Mason University; Malaka Gharib, an artist and writer based in Washington; Alison Michael Baitz, a graduate student in library science and children’s literature at Simmons University; LA Johnson, artist, illustrator and creative director at NPR; and Elizabeth Graeber, an illustrator based in Washington.
For more info: https://nmwa.org/events/dc-art-book-fair-2019
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ARTIST TALK
at Guthrie Memorial Libray

June 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Guthrie Memorial Library | John & Joan Bare Center,
2 Library Pl Hanover, PA 17331 United States + Google Map

Robin Ha is the author of “Cook Korean! A Comic Book with Recipes”. She will be giving a book talk presentation and cooking demonstration. All ages are invited. 
For more info: https://www.yorklibraries.org/event/author-robin-ha/

Hope to see you there!

-Robin Ha

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spring 2019 Events and News

Hello everyone!
Hope you are having a wonderful spring. I have a whole bunch of events coming up that I would like to share with you.



From this Sunday April 24th and onward, I will be participating at a night market and music event called SUNDAY LOVE at FLASH located at 645 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

I will be bringing my mini-comics and Cook Korean! along with many new art prints, postcards and original art for sale. There will be many other local artists and entrepreneurs at this market and also DJ's and happy hour specials.

The market opens from 6 pm till 9 pm and it'll be on every Sunday till October 6th. Please follow my Instagram and Twitter to find out which of the Sundays I will be participating.
I will be there this Sunday the 27th.
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I am doing another Musical Chair Workshop on May 8th at Femme Fatale DC's new location in Columbia Heights!

Date And Time

Wed, May 8, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Location

Femme Fatale DC
3224 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010
Musical Chairs Art Workshop is a collaborative workshop where you start with a canvas and when the music stops, you move on to your neighbors'. Have a drink, paint some canvases, and take a unique piece of art home.
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase now. Everyone over 21 is welcome! No Experience needed and all supplies (& HAPPY HOUR) included. This is a one of a kind, a collaborative workshop where you start a canvas and when the music stops, you move on to your neighbors', like a game of musical chairs!

Have a drink, sing along to the tune, dance and paint some canvases, and take a unique piece of art home. This would be a great chance to check out the awesome new venue of Femme Fatale DC in Columbia Heights.

You must be 21 or over to participate in this event. Workshop lead by Violet Red's Studio and Robin Ha. 
During this event, all Violet Red's Studio and Robin Ha's merchandises at Femme Fatale DC will be 15% off!

To purchase the ticket, please click here.

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Now you can find my illustration art prints and Cook Korean! at several DC gift shops and restaurants. Please check out these awesome venues and support local business and local artists!

TEAISM PENN QUARTER
Address: 400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone(202) 638-6010

SPACEY CLOUD
Address: 2309 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone(703) 403-4134
Store hours: Mon-Thur 5 am to 10 pm, Fri-Sat 1pm to 2 am, Sun 1 to 9 pm

FEMME FATALE DC
Address: 3224 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Store hours: Wed-Fri 3 to 9 pm, Sat-Sun noon to 9 pm

TOLI MOLI
Address: 1309 5th Street NE Washington, DC 20002 (inside Union Market)
Store hours:  Mon: 10am-7pm, Tues-Wed: 10am-8pm, Thu-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 10am-7pm
Hope y'all are enjoying the beautiful weather and hope to see you at these events soon!

All the best,

Robin Ha