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.

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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. 
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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!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Beauty and the beast






My favorite greek mythology is about Cupid and Psyche. I love their mysterious courtship. Psyche can’t see how Cupid looks like, but still falls in love with him and goes on to claim her love despite numerous obstacle his jealous mother, Venus throws on her ways. Psyche starts as naive girl and ends up a woman who takes charge and fights for what she wants. I was watching a stunning film by Jean Cocteau,”La belle et la bĂȘte” several years ago and I realized this fable is actually a variation on the story of Cupid and Psyche. And I dreamed about telling this story again in my own way someday. I wanted to make this story into a graphic novel, add more romance and adventure in the middle, sort of like all those fantasy comics I read when I was little. Oh, I love me a good fantasy romance comics!
In this drawing, I added the pomegranate, which is from another greek mythology of Hades and Persephone. In order to bound her to hell, Hades fed his unwilling wife pomegranate seed.
Here are a few snapshots of the work in progress. This time I made a sketch with a blue pencil, so it’s easier to distinguish ink line from the sketch when I do the line work. I imported this scan and started outlining on photoshop. Then I did a sepia monotone light and dark layer on top. I added very little color touches for the red of the pomegranate since the drawing is pretty complicated. Then I layered it with some painterly texture on top to give it more vintage feel. 

New recipe on Banchan in 2 pages: Chili Chicken Stew!






When the weather is getting chilly like now, there’s nothing better than this dish with a shot of soju for dinner. It warms you right up! This dish is full of everything tasty, big chunky juicy dark meat chicken, soft potatoes and deep, rich and spicy sauce that taste so yummy when eaten with rice. Soju is a korean liquor made with mainly potatos. It tastes somewhere between japanese sake and vodka. It’s used in Korean cooking a lot, especially in cooking meat. When heated with meat, the alcohol evaporates and takes away the gamey smell of the meat with it. So even if you are not into drinking this liquor, it’s good to keep a bottle for cooking purposes. And they are super cheap at Korean grocery shops, usually less then $7 a bottle.  It is the most popular drink in Korea and there are many different brands but most of them come in green bottles. You can use any brand for cooking. If you can’t find soju near you, no worries. You can substitute soju with sake or vodka. You can use many different types of chicken as long as it’s dark meat: bone-in chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks…etc. Just make sure they are not too big, and you might need to cook them a bit longer in order for the chicken to cook through. I like to use boneless chicken thighs the best because they take less time to cook and also less messy to eat. 

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