Friday, December 27, 2013

Comic Fiesta 2013 Pictures!!

Photos are all by Shirley SYS. The first three are all comissioned/requested artwork by con attendees. The third picture is a cosplay from my current favourite manga, Gin no Saji and the last is a Taiwanese beef noodle.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Another Card!!

This time for my friend, comic artist extraordinaire, Xiao Yan. :)

Buy her books you guys, it's quite good :D

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Another Next Five

I decided to do another Next Five because I could. I was browsing through my Tumblr likes and found a picture of an unagi meal set. The starting point picture is below left, and you can see my thumbnails in the middle and in the right —my other research pic. I decided against eating at the kotatsu because it’s already so ubiquitous as a “Japanese” image.
And then I found out about Shirakawa-Go during my research which looks totally cool, pre-Commodore Perry Japan . The house and the area…is actually based in Hokkaido. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Also a comic WiP

Nooot exactly for a new project but a revised, unpublished project from last year

Next Five

Friday studio downtime so I decided to do the Next Five storyboarding exercise —introduced by Lissa Treiman and Emma Coats. You basically pick a photo and thing “what’s gonna happen next in 6 panels or so.” Included below are my thumbnails. 
I sort of failed because i only did 5 because my angkot was coming towards the studio

Saturday, October 05, 2013

24 Hour Comic Day

t has come to my attention that apparently a few artists is using my 24h Comic as an “example” or template of doing good in Singapore. I’m flattered and embarassed, but hey thank you:) I’m not doing it this year because I have to take care of some “real life” business but I have a few tips in doing 24 Hour Comic—and I’m sorry it’s late.
Do you guys honestly want to know how “Nanny” got done? Cheng Tju said LETS DO A COMIC ABOUT INDONESIAN MAIDS. And he sent me a VERY SHORT outline—and told me GO! And the dialogue running in my head was AAAAHH AAAHHH I GOTTA GET THIS DOOOOONE. The next year, when I did my solo effort, “Flowers Through a Fog” (can be read here ), I didn’t really overthink it either, I just thought of what I wanted to do and went for it.

2. It’s NEVER Going to Look Perfect
I love both Nanny and Flowers Through a Fog but my main disappointment was THE ART IS NOT AS POLISHED AS I WOULD LIKE IT TO BE. And that’s okay. Just do your best! 
The caveat is this: because Nanny was to be published nationwide in Indonesia, I was afforded extra 3 days to finish my inking. I only finished the penciling in the original timeline. Also, Nanny is inked digitally
As for Flowers, the art was ACTUALLY done in 24h because I did it in pencils and chinese ink. It’s less polished than Nanny but the designs are a lot more complicated. 
You lose some, you gain some. 
3.Stop Looking at Others’ Comic
I experienced it on both ends. I was the jealous,  party and later on someone else was the jealous other party. You know what, forget it. What you’re trying to do and the other party is radically DIFFERENT. You want to achieve X and the person beside you want to achieve Y. So just…do your own thing. 
To that end, I saw some of the Singaporeans bringing other comics as reference, come on guys—your circumstances are different from those guys, so stop using other artists as a measuring stick for your comic/art.
4. Have Fun
The purpose of 24 h comic day isn’t this weird competition of HAY HAY I CAN DO BETTER COMICS THAN YOU. I know this is hard to shake off especially if you were raised in a strict, overcompetitive East Asian family —but TRY. You will find that you’ll have more fun and less stress of OHSHITOHSHITOHSHIT  IF I DONT DO THIS I’M AN AWFUL ARTIST. LOTS of people didn’t get theirs done. NEIL GAIMAN didn’t get HIS done on time. I sure as hell didn’t finish inking Nanny in 24 hours. 
5. Drink Lots of Fluid and Don’t Forget to Eat. 
Caffeine is a shitty way to keep “fresh” and up. You will end up having a caffeine crash. Eat more fruits and veg and drink water to keep your stamina. 
6. When You are Done your 24 H don’t try to go to a wedding reception after. Just try to sleep
My mistake in 2012. Because after, the next 3 weeks I got bronchitis after a particularly nasty cold thanks to fatigue.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

All that Jazz

OH MY GOSH I havent updated in September! I actually did a bit more than this but since most of the work is either confidential (ie: studio NDA forbids me to post anything until our show airs) or a work-in-progress (ie: Heist in Wajan Street #3 and an upcoming sketchbook collection). Yea, you heard me, I'm compiling a sketchbook :D --have some other art.

I adore Liz Lemon (aka Judgey Mcbadgerface) and I'm a late comer to 30 Rock, but whatevs, at least 2013 is the last year. I also watched Pacific Rim and LOVED it. And lastly, I was missing Canada and trying a BG style practice.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Wedding Kris and Pauline!

My former boss and his fiance are tying the knot this coming weekend :) I made this for them.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


What I have been up to for the last couple of months aside from work and birthdays :) I have started watching 30 Rock and it is great!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mid-Year Compiled Portfolio

I am compiling selected pieces from my comics/character design work for researcher, Fusami Ogi who is coming to Bandung for the Alternate Comics Conference in ITB June 14-16. I will be there along with Lala (Sheila Rooswitha), Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and my partner from 2011 24 Hour Comic Day, Cheng Tju Lim :)

I know it's sudden, but I hope I can see you there :) 

Friday, June 07, 2013

Heist issue#2

Heist at Wajan Street is my collaboration with friend and partner, Lia Hartati

The story is about these four kids, Peddie, Tomas, Yunus and Aisyah (Icha for short) facing a problem that their public high school might just get cut from government funding and how they choose to solve their problems.

The second issue is about the consequences of the action they took in the first issue

Second issue is 44 PAGES and will be available for International Alternate Comics Conference in Bandung June 14-16, STGCC in September, Popcon in Jakarta through Akademi Samali, Comic Fiesta in Malaysia December 20-21. OR YOU CAN ORDER THROUGH ME. Just message me on the comment section or look on my profile to e-mail me.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Coming to SE Asian comic conventions, this site and three weeks :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Hello internet, I'm actually alive :)Have a drawing ofa grandma

Monday, April 15, 2013

Started this blog with a Susan drawing :)

Let's get back to it!! FYI, this is the main character of one of my favourite books, Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Phoenix Wrong?

I will never apologize for the pun-tastic title (makes more sense if you've ever played Phoenix Wright) . Originally this started as an exercise in design  but then suddenly I have a back story for this dude. He is born during World War 2, his dad is a Jamaican guy, his mom is an Irish nurse, both died during the Blitz, he moved back to Dublin with is grandma, then at some point in his twenties he moves to the US and confuses Irish people in Boston.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Cliche of Indonesia

The Indonesian cliche, ya gotta have a Balinese dancer in your sketch repertoire. Specifically, legong keraton dancers. And you know what? I'm not gonna rock the boat :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

All of My Hate

This guy is one of the public transport driver in my area. He's never on time and he smokes like a f*****n chimney. -___________________-

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Singapore Exhibition: updated

My artwork is used for one of the displays. If this was tumblr I would have spammed with a crapton of happy jumping people gifs below. :P

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

More people from my life

This is actually modeled after the Bapak who owned the warung I usually buy ice creams from on Sundays. He has a grumpy face, but a really nice person

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Exhbition in Singapore Coming Up

Guess who’s getting exhibited in Singapore this month? :D C’est moiiiii.
The comic exhibited is my first foray into 24 Hour Comic, a collaboration between me and my friend Lim Cheng Tju about the plight of domestic Indonesian worker abroad.  Cheng Tju is also one of the most active academics and comic aficionado in Singapore. He edited the second volume of Liquid City and participates on various comic related events in South East Asia. You can check out his essays and observance on his blog here.
The exhibition will be opened on the 18th of March but there will be a small welcoming party on the 30th of March. Unfortunately I’m unable to come because I couldn’t get plane tickets for that weekend (that and my family is celebrating Easter). Anyhow if you’re interested here are the exhibition dates:
18 March – 2 May, Jurong Regional Library (GoLibrary start date is printed as 25 March in case of delay)
3 May – 18 June, Sengkang Public Library
19 June – 31 July, Serangoon Public Library

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Name Card

My friend comissioned me to do a name card. She's a pediatric dentist who gets called in for the difficult cases :)

Saturday, March 09, 2013

It's Comiiiing

Guys, I know it’s been awhile since we notified things about Heist. Issue 2 will be FORTY FOUR pages long, comes BILINGUAL in Indonesian and English and it’s 80% penciled. Sory to make you guys wait, both me and Lia have full-time jobs, but we both enjoy doing this :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Public Transport people

Typical Bandung high school kid I always see on the bus. Second observational drawing woo!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

People I See in PublicTransport

Moms and their toddlers going to a check up in a gov't clinic nearby. I'm actually thinking of doing a series of this

Friday, February 22, 2013


It's our animation supervisor's birthday :D This is my gift to him. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Old Duuudes

I'm currently doing some design work with the boards in the studio.The sucky thing is...I can't show anyone until it's approved. -_- However, these old dudes came was inspired by the talk the guys and I had about grumpy ole dudes hanging out in kopi tiams (coffee shop). In their tanktops and boxers :P

Thursday, February 07, 2013




Happy Fevruary! Because of influx of work and finishing Heist issue 2 I haven't really had any time to draw other things! Have some fanart!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Character Design Update

Have some ugly looking schoolchildren. We were talking about various TV show about schoolchildren and despite very few exceptions, the girls in these show are usually drawn cute or pretty. At anypoint, I never went to school with a bajillion SHINY PRETTY GIRLS nor have I ever been one :P.It would really be nice to have a show about schoolgirls. 

Happy new year, whoever's following this blog :) 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Flood

To my Canadian (and international friends in general), yes my family are alright. Our house is not flooded and we are thankful. However, The following is a list of telephone numbers that can be reached if you are in a flooded region and require evacuation.

1. Call Center SAR Jakarta 021-5501512 and 021-55051111, 021-5507976

2. 021-6344215 (Central Jakarta or Jakarta Pusat)

3. 021-43931063 (North Jakarta or Jakarta Utara)

4. 021-5682284 (West Jakarta or Jakarta Barat)

5. 021-7515054 (South Jakarta or Jakarta Selatan)

6. 021-85904904 (East Jakarta or Jakarta Timur)

If you are in need of a inflatable boat to evacuate, you can contact 021-3901575.