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Lifted: No. 1 by john cheng

Click the image to read the comic.

Click the image to read the comic.

I haven't posted in a very long time, but I felt like sharing what I had worked on towards the end of last year. It had been a long time coming, but I really wanted to try writing a comic where I could pour in all of my random interests and create a world where I could vicariously have fantastical adventures through. 

The process of writing and illustrating it myself was quite a learning experience and I'd like to do more of it in the future and hope that I get better at it too. I was originally going to keep it to myself, but I figured ... why not? You can click the image above to read the comic. I hope you enjoy it!

If you happen to really like the comic and want a physical copy, you can purchase one through blurb.com by clicking the thumbnail of the cover.

Seconds by john cheng

I've been on a comic binge. But out of all the comics I've read so far, Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley, stands out the most. I still haven't read Scott Pilgrim by O'Malley, but after reading Seconds, I plan on binge reading through those as well.

If you are a comic fan, O'Malley fan, love illustration or just plain love layout design, you really need to pick up a copy of Seconds. The flow of it is just AMAZING! I borrowed this book from a friend to read, but I need, NEED to own a copy of it.

 

BIBLIOTHECA by john cheng

Adam Lewis Greene's kickstarter project Bibliotheca, in my opinion, has hit the nail on the head. I love my Bible, that's for sure, but when I look at it from a design perspective it is actually quite painful. The letters are super tiny, the superscripts are even tinier, I never understood why there were two columns, and the paper is just far too thin. It does feel like a chore to read.

I share similar views on design with Green, but the difference is that he has turned a complaint into a fruitful project. The thought that he put into redesigning the Bible is just mind blowing to me and I immediately backed this project with no hesitation. I would have loved to get the entire set inside the walnut slipcase, but that was a bit out of reach for me.

Whether you believe the Bible to be true or not, this project is definitely worth supporting just from the design perspective alone. I can't wait to get my copy of this set!

Artist: Adrian Kay Wong by john cheng

The world is such a small place! Yesterday I had errands to run after work, mostly to buy some acrylic and a couple pens for my artwork, so I dropped by the art store that I normally go to when I need supplies. After browsing a few items and picking out what I needed, I proceeded to the cashier to pay for my items.

It started off pretty normally with small talk with the clerk asking "Are you an artist?"

"Yeah I paint and do some other stuff," I said.

"Oh cool, did you go to art school?"

"Yeah I went to USC."

"Really? I actually had a friend who went there a while back."

"That's cool. Are you in art school now/go to art school?"

So this is where the conversation starts to get interesting...

The clerk proceeded to tell me, "I went to art school out at the Chicago Art Institute and moved here after graduating."

"Oh, Chicago Art Institute, I had a friend that went there."

"What was his name?"

"Austin..." the clerk give me a funny look, the kind where it was like, you've got to be kidding I need to confirm this name, so I proceeded to say, "Austin Yamada..."

"No way, I know Austin, I was his roommate out in Chicago."

"What the hell! I was his roommate back when we went to USC!"

This wasn't a word for word account, but all in all it was a really entertaining experience and once again made me realize how small the world is and the stranger you meet may somehow be connected to you in some form or another.


Adrian Kay Wong is an artist that is now based in Los Angeles and has some beautiful work. Check out a few of his paintings below and be sure to visit his site. Us artists need to stick together!