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Everyone’s Groovin’ to the Boogie!

Inspired by the visual richness and cinematic structure of the Hollywood Musical, Blame this on the Boogie chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through the genre’s feel good song and dance numbers. Ayuyang explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform one’s reality, shaping their approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.

Hear what they’re saying about the book:

Rina Ayuyang’s visuals are wonderfully musical, lilting across the pages with energy and movement. 
-Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

Pajama party at Rina’s house! Stay up late dancing in front of the TV, maybe miss your mom and dad. Rina twirls you through moments big and small. The pain and bliss of being yourself. These stories make me feel at home. 
-Vanessa  Davis, Spaniel Rage, Make Me a Woman  

Blame This on the Boogie draws us in with effortless grace and weaves a sweetly compelling story of assimilation, ambition, and a 1980s childhood shaped by ‘Solid Gold,’ Duran Duran videos, and Fred Astaire. Rina’s gift for expressing her love of dance and her love for her family brings something new and refreshing to graphic memoirs that I want more of.
-Mimi Pond , Over Easy, The Customer is Always Wrong  

A delightful book. Love how Rina takes on childhood, motherhood and of course, the Solid Gold Dancers. Yes, and those colors. Oh, those colors…”
– Jaime Hernandez , Love and Rockets  

BLAME THIS ON THE BOOGIE is a freeform immersion via the Great American Songbook into memory, motherhood, Filipino culture, Pittsburgh, and Dancing With the Stars fan-fiction, told with delirious hand-made energy and big-hearted charm.
Daniel Clowes, Patience, Wilson  

Reviews for Boogie:

Book Riot

Publisher’s Weekly Interview

Paste Magazine

London Free Press

Seattle Review of Books

Vulture

AV Club

Publisher’s Weekly – Starred Review

Comics Workbook

Drawing from Home

In April, I had the privilege of being a part of a virtual panel with cartoonist Ebony Flowers where we shared our works in progress and got to talk about the cartoonist craft with graphic prose creator, Marcel Walker. The panel entitled “Drawing from Home” was presented by the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh as a part of their week-long event, Black Study on Intimacy. Although I wished we could all be at the Cathedral of Learning together, I was very excited to be a part of this event hosted by a university I have always loved. Go Panthers! Here is video recording of the event.

Sneak Peek: The Man in the McIntosh Suit

Drawn and Quarterly has shared a glimpse of what I’ve been working on. It’s my upcoming book, The Man in the McIntosh Suit, which follows the exploits of Bobot Juañez, a Filipino immigrant whose search for his long-lost wife brings him to the Filipino community of San Francisco’s Manilatown. Set at the end of the roaring 20’s, the book is my homage to film noir and the Filipino experience in America.

View more and Stay tuned!

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Excited to share the news that I was invited to write the foreword for Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1, the latest issue from the exciting, ground-breaking series, showcasing the talents of Asian American and Pacific Islander writers and artists, and telling heartfelt stories of Asian Pacific Islander superheroes in the Marvel universe! I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Please get your copy of the issue at a comics shop today, and support the work of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists all year round!

View a preview and review of this game-changing issue here: https://aiptcomics.com/2021/08/23/marvels-voices-identity-1-review/.

Lapog

For Filipino American History Month, here is an old comic about a trip back to my parents’ hometown in the Philippines. We traveled for the funeral of my Lolo whose journey to the United States in the 1930s led to my family’s American experience and forged an eternal connection with a town a thousand miles away.

Originally published in Stripburger 43 and collected in Whirlwind Wonderland.