Monday, November 14, 2011

NDPC record release show

My band, Near Death Photography Club, have just finished our first EP and will be having a record release show this Friday, 11/18 at The Good Hurt in Venice. Admission is $10 at the door. Here are the details:

Friday, 11/18, 8:30pm
The Good Hurt
12249 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90066

We will have our EP, Guillotine Games, available at the show. You can also sample individual tracks on iTunes and Amazon:


Flyer and album cover artwork provided by our good friend Tim Peterson.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Roger the Scapegoat launched!

Roger the Scapegoat has officially been launched for the iPad by Appfluence LLC. It is available for 99 cents at the Apple's apps store. To purchase a copy, simply follow the link below:

For more information, visit Appfluence here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Roger The Scapegoat - an iPad children's book

I'm very excited that Roger The Scapegoat is close to completion. Currently it is in the final stages of coding. This is the first iPad children's book project that I've participated in. Due to the nature of the medium, we're able to turn it into a choose-your-adventure type story, so that the narrative is not straightly linear. I will update with more information when the book is available.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Physics: Why Matter Matters!

I picked up Dan Green and Simon Basher's Physics: Why Matter Matters! during my trip to the Bay area last week. I was leaving the San Jose Tech Museum, walking pass the display window of the store, when Basher's vibrant illustrations literally pulled me back inside. I was ecstatic when I realized they're covers for a series of science books for kids.

Turns out Green and Basher have created a whole bunch of intro science books, including Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, even one dedicated to the periodic table. What makes their books stand out is the way Basher creates these incredibly adorable characters to represent various elements in each topic. For example, for the "old school" chapter of physics, Speed, Force, and Inertia were all represented by different characters (how do you turn something as intangible as INERTIA into a character? it's mind-boggling!), while Green's kid-friendly explanation gives a great introduction of what all these elements do.

I chose Physics: Why Matter Matters! over the others because, as a sci-fi fan, I've always been intrigued by physics. Also there's a whole chapter dedicated to "Wave Gang," which might be useful reference for writing BAIT (as opposed to, say, an hour-long video lecture from a quantum physics professor at MIT O_o). You can pick up a copy of Physics: Why Matter Matters! at amazon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LA Times Festival of Books

I'll be attending the LA Times Festival of Books this Saturday. Come check out Snowball, LoPM, plus many other cool work at the Literacy Guild booth! There will be live acoustic performances as well.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

April 30 & May 1, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011 10am-6pm
Sunday, May 1, 2011 10am-5pm


The Literacy Guild @ Booth 566 McCarthy Quad (Near Target Booth )

Best to park in USC structures near Figueroa and Jefferson intersection.
Parking Structure X (PSX)
Parking Structure D (PSD)
Parking Structure 2 (PSD)

--> Authors & Artists
Jacky Zhang
Wing Kwok
Carissa Chen
Ida Shum
Calvin Ru
Diana Chen
Melanie Chen
Derek Taylor Kent
Tina Tsai



Gu Zheng - 12-2pm
Random Ninjas - 2pm

Sunday, April 17, 2011

new cover for LoPM

I just finished working on a new cover for tinabot's The Legend of Phoenix Mountain. I was very inspired by old Chinese sumi-e painting and the illustrations you often find in old editions of famous wuxia novels. At the same time, tinabot wanted the emphasis to be on the fusion of two cultures - Chinese and American, old and new, etc. So the result became something of a mix between sumi-e landscape paintings and classic fantasy imagery.

We will be promoting LoPM, along with Snowball and many other newly published work, at the Festival of the Books @ USC end of April. Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NDPC got tron-ed

Made this new show flyer for our upcoming gig at the Neon Venus gallery using Tim's awesome NDPC logo. I was trying to play off the word "neon" and somehow it became very "tron" instead. All the image treatment was done in Nuke, because I was lazy and felt that I could achieve this look way faster in Nuke than Photoshop, hehe. XD

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DEMO Volume 2

Just ordered my copy of DEMO Volume 2 today! I've read most of it already a few months ago, since my friend owned all the single issues. But for collection I tend to wait until the trade comes out.

Anyway, DEMO is a series of short stories, often told with a touch of sci-fi and mystery, written by Brian Wood with art done by Becky Cloonan. I've been following their work since Channel Zero: Jennie One...needless to say, I'm a huge fan. DEMO Volume 1 is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time, so I'm really looking forward to reading Volume 2 again.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snowball at Asian American Expo 2011

I will be at the Asian American Expo in Pomona this weekend to help promote Snowball. If you're in the area, come by the Literacy Guild booth! The book is also available on Amazon.

Other Ninja Pueblo books will also be available, including tinabot's very awesome The Legend of Phoenix Mountain!

January 15 - 16 2011

Random Ninjas will be performing live at the expo, so this is definitely one year that you can't miss!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

band flyers and logos

Over the past years, I've been tricking more and more people into playing music with me. And the more bands I joined, the more different flyers and logos I got to work on. Here're some of them:

Kay and Que

Kay and Que are a couple of characters I created for the Literacy Guild a couple years ago. Along with their friend, Poem, they hang out and read...a lot.