Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"Cook Korean!" is now available for pre-order!






You can now pre-order my cookbook-graphic novel “Cook Korean!” on various websites including Amazon, iTune, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound. 
This book includes the recipes 64 easy Korean recipes and comics about in- depth information and my personal experiences with Korean food and culture. I’ve been working on this book for the better part of last year and I’m thrilled that it’s finally coming out this july!
Here’s a detailed description of my book:
ABOUT COOK KOREAN!
A charming introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics.

Picture It: You Can Master Korean Cooking

Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one- to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.

In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting, Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike who want to try their hand at this wildly popular cuisine.
PRAISE
“Simple, straightforward, and totally charming, Robin Ha’s Cook Korean! is yet another example of why every cookbook should actually be a comic book.”
—Amanda Cohen, chef/owner Dirt Candy

“Do you feel left out when all your cool friends mention their latest Korean food adventure talking about things like galbi, doenjang and different types of kimchi? Well, fear not, as Robin Ha made it her personal mission in her graphic novel cookbook filled with colorful illustrations, incredible stories, and insightful Korean recipes to not only educate but to instill confidence. So go pick up your copy ofCook Korean! and confidently engage in your next conversation about the hottest cuisine in America.”
—Deuki Hong, chef and author of Koreatown: A Cookbook


Cook Korean! is not just a wonderful collection of easy-to-follow recipes in comic form, it’s also a delightful introduction to Korean culture.  I can’t decide what’s more mouthwatering–the food or Robin Ha’s art!”
—Michael Cho, cartoonist and illustrator
PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Published by Ten Speed Press
Jul 05, 2016 | 176 Pages | 7 x 10 | ISBN 9781607748878

Pre-Order it now at AMAZON!

Stay tuned for updates and events regarding the release of my book!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SPX 2015 THIS WEEKEND SEPT 19th-20th













Small Press Expo is upon us this weekend! Come join me and hundreds of comics creators from all over the country to celebrate independent comics.
It’s gonna be an extra exciting convention for me this year because I’m participating in a panel about food comics! In this panel with me are other delicious food comics creators, Jade F. Lee, Eric Colossal, Lauren Jordan, and Jessi Zabarsky.

Tasty Comics

Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm, White Flint Auditorium
For more info, check out SPX tumblr http://tmblr.co/ZbaGVy1uEEc6E
I’m also bringing a fresh off the press copies of a BANCHAN IN TWO PAGES issue #2, with 7 brand new recipes in full color. These recipes aren’t even on my tumblr, they are that new! You can get your hands on it for the first time at SPX this weekend.
Big Planet comics is also debuting a comics anthology, “Blue” at SPX. I’m in it along with 14 other cartoonists. Check it out at Big Planet’s table D8. You can also get a sneak peek at Bleeding cool’s website. http://goo.gl/KMQVbd
I’m bringing tons of art prints, mini comics, tarot ForTUNEs and some original art for sale. And I will be sharing my table with the lovely folks of So What? Press, Dave Kelly and Lara Antal. Check out their comics at http://www.sowhatpress.com/
SPX will be held at their usual location at Marriott, Bethesda.
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel &
Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-822-9200

COME SEE US!

September 19th – 20th 2015
Saturday: 11AM-7PM
Sunday: Noon to 6PM

ADMISSION:

$15 Saturday
$10 Sunday
$20 Weekend Pass
Tickets available at the door.
For more info on SPX, visit http://www.spxpo.com/



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CAKE 2015 Report

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE was held last weekend June 6th and 7th at Center on Halsted, Chicago. This is my first time attending CAKE and also my first time driving from east coast through mid west. That Ohio state seemed to never end. I got to eat the fried steak with sausage gravy for the first time, next to a group of bikers taking about sailor moon, thundercats and mothra! 





Check out the jacket on the guy behind me. He's in the Smart Ass White Boy Biker club!

After a day later, we were able to arrive in Chicago before losing our sanity. Thanks to the great music of Queen and safe driving by Jared Smith of Retrofit!


Foggy introduction of the big city.


I was very excited to discover the comic scene in Chicago and was blown away by the quality of work exhibited at the convention and the enthusiasm of their comics fans.
CAKE has grown rapidly in the past 4 years, and this year they had the record number of attendance to the point of drying up the water supply in the bathrooms in the building, yikes!
The venue, Center on Halsted was awesome. Not only it looked good, it was dedicated to LGBT community and also above whole food where we could conveniently run to get delicious snacks and lunches during the festival.
http://www.centeronhalsted.org/
I had to pry myself out of my booth to walk around on Sunday to see what other artists were out there and was pleasantly surprised by all the new faces that I wasn't familiar with the festivals in the East coast and how amazing their work were. I saw the riso and offset printing were very popular with the exhibitors and enchanted by the high quality silk screen hand made books that artist from far away as Toronto brought on to their table. It made me want to be more experimental with my comics. Nothing beats beautifully printed, handmade mini comics!




It was great to sit next to my good ol' brooklyn pals Dave Kelly and Jess Ruliffson.
Nice job with the seat arrangement, CAKE!


I also got to meet my tweeter follower Chicago Agashi. Her blog http://www.chicagoagashi.com/ featuring yummy Korean food in Chicago is mouth watering. It's too bad that my trip was too short for me to try them! She also took some of the awesome photos of CAKE which I wasn't able to take, due to being stuck behind my table all day. She was very thoughtful to bring yummy candies and a hand fan to keep me energized throughout the convention. Thank you Joyce, aka Chicago Agashi!





I got a kick out of watching people pick their ForTUNE Orgami, my fun tarot reading based on some of my favorite music. Some people opened their origami right away, some would walk away and secretly open it, some got a bunch of them to give to their friends. I am going to make more of them and put them as a mini for my next convention. so stay TUNED!




After the convention, I stayed for a day to explore the city's comic shops including Chicago Comics and the amazingly curated and organised mini comics/ printed media heaven called Quimby's bookstore. http://www.quimbys.com/
Both stores had awesome airy space and was very well organized. But the amount of mini comics and zines that Quimby's carried just blew me away. I would spend the eternity in that store and it wouldn't be enough to check out all their beautiful minis from all over the world! And I'm very excited to have couple of my comics displayed on their book shelf among them!



If you missed the chance to check out my minis at CAKE this time, now they are available at Quimby's and Chicago comics.

My comics hull after CAKE, Chicago Comics and Quimby's


Throughout my stay in Chicago, I've had way too much doughnuts, coffee and really good Asian food. Belly Q and Rickshaw Republic are highly recommended. It was overall very successful and fun weekend in Chicago and I can't wait to go back to CAKE for years to come. Gotta get back to making some new comics!





Thanks Dave and Jared for showing me such a great time in Chicago. And Thanks CAKE organizers, volunteers, exhibitors and comics fans for the wonderful convention!



-Robin

Friday, March 13, 2015

SMUDGE COMICS ART EXPO Saturday, March 14th, at Artisphere, Arlington, VA

I'm going to be exhibiting my comics and illustrations at the SMUDGE COMIS ART EXPO.
This event is free from 12 noon to 6 pm.

At ARTISPHERE
1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22209



I'll be bringing a new mini comic "Hello, stranger" about traveling, along with many more comics, art prints and a free Korean recipe give away from my Banchan comic.











So come on by and say hello and check out many other local cartoonists work!
For more information on the SMUDGE ART EXPO, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1565553436993101/

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Banchan comic: Soybean Paste Soup with Clams






If you have a king oyster mushroom left over from my last recipe, this will be the way to put it to good use. Deun-Jang-Gook or Deun-Jang-Jji-Gye means ‘soybean paste soup’ in Korean and it’s probably the second most missed food for Koreans in oversea after Kim-Chi-Jji-Gye. Japanese MISO paste would be probably easier to find than Korean soybean paste in American grocery shops and it’s fine to use them in this recipe instead of the Korean soybean paste. Traditionally, you basically need soybean paste (Deun-Jang) and zucchini and potatoes to make a very simple Deun-Jang-Gook, but adding the oyster mushroom and clam makes the broth so much deeper and flavorful. I made this recipe a few days ago and my mom told me it was the best Deung-Jang-Gook she’s ever had. Coming from her who has highly trained taste buds in Korean food, it must have really tasted good. So try it and see for yourself! This is korean comfort food at its best: Warm, savory and full of nutritions. Once you have this version of Soybean paste/ miso soup, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Follow Banchan in 2 pages for a new recipe every week!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Seafood Mushroom Porridge Recipe






Jeon-Bok-Jook is the korean word for the abalone porridge and it is a special treat in korean cuisine. Abalone is very tasty but it can get super pricy and hard to find in a regular grocery shop. So I’ve replaced it with the king oyster mushroom which tastes so much like scallop, sometimes even better than abalone or scallop when cooked right! In the seafood mix, there are mussels, shrimps and squids in it which gives out enough seafood flavor in the porridge. This is a super simple recipe and the only thing to be careful about is to pay attention when you’re simmering the porridge. Do not leave the pot unattended! You should watch it bubble up and stir it so the rice and the glutenous liquid get mixed well and it’ll get thickened evenly. A bit of sesame oil and the york of the soft boiled egg add more rich and creamy flavor,  and the seasoned seaweed adds more seafoody saltiness and a bit a of crunch which goes so well with this porridge. This is one of my favorite savory treats. 
If you are a vegetarian or allergic to seafood, you can still make this by taking out the seafood and the fish sauce and replacing them with more mushrooms and the soy sauce. 
Follow Banchan in 2 pages for a new recipe every week!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do you wanna be drawn?

I'm taking portrait commissions!
For more detailed overview of my work, Check out:

                                                   http://yourprettyportrait.tumblr.com/

Portraits are great gifts for everyone, including yourself. If you or your loved ones want to be drawn, just shoot me an e-mail to robinha81@gmail.com and I will see what I can do!
I have several styles and methods to draw with, and they are posted on this tumblr. The categories are:
- Digital flat color fashion portraits
- Pencil portraits on paper. 
- Water color 11” x 14” Fashion Portraits
- Water color croquis 9” x 12”
Please review your options carefully and write to me which style, size and how many people you want to get drawn.
If the number of the people to draw exceeds two people, or if what you are looking for aren’t specified on this tumblr, we can negotiate via e-mail.
You can send me a photo of the person you want me to draw, along with the detailed request and the shipping address. Please make sure the face on the photo is clearly shown and it is the angle you want to be drawn. In other words, send me your best angle! And it should be taken in day time, or indoor with the sufficient lighting.  
Once I’ve received good reference photos and the request is understood between us, I’ll e-mail you a confirmation of your order and the invoice. For the payment, credit card, paypal and chase quick pay are accepted. Once I receive the payment, I’ll start drawing. The final product will be mailed to you within 5-7 days in Priority USPS certified mail. 
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.
Happy drawing!