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


AV Club

Publisher’s Weekly – Starred Review

Comics Workbook

The Man in the McIntosh Gets Starred Publishers Weekly Review

I am very excited to find out that The Man in the McIntosh Suit received a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

Revelations come with the coincidences and cases of mistaken identity classic to pulp fiction, and Ayuyang’s Chagall-esque art gracefully captures both the antics of Bobot’s friends and family, which punctuate the narrative with levity like sunshine breaking through the San Francisco fog, and more quiet moments: the sinuous lines of a nightclub performance, the romantic swoon of a stolen kiss, a solitary walk in the city. Throughout, the undercurrents of loneliness and racial prejudice add depth. This melancholic yet glimmering story brings to life a generation of immigrants often overlooked by histories of the period.

– Publishers Weekly

Read the rest of the review at Publishers Weekly, and then buy the book at your favorite bookstore.

April 18 NYPL Virtual Panel: “Focus on the Philippines: Fabulous Komiks from Near and Far”

I will be speaking with comic book writers and artists Arnold Arre and Eliza Victoria on a virtual panel for the World Literature Festival, moderated by Mark Teodosio and hosted by The New York Public Library.

The panel, “Focus on the Philippines: Fabulous Komiks from Near and Far” will be on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 pm, and will be conducted in English with interpretation available in Tagalog. 

The New York Public Library’s World Literature Festival celebrates books and writers from around the world and reflects the languages spoken in our communities. Discover what our patrons are reading in different languages, resources the Library offers, free online events, book recommendations, and more.

Mutha Magazine 10th Anniversary Celebration

March 11th! Seattle! Mutha Magazine is celebrating a decade of publishing stories of “real-life motherhood, from every angle, at every stage.” Contributing to Mutha made a huge impact on my comics career. Almost 10 years ago, Beginning’s End, my story about being a new mother, was nominated for an Eisner, and it’s all thanks to Editor-in-Chief Meg Lemke! Join the party at AWP 2023 and the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle to toast this amazing milestone for an important publication! I won’t be able to be there in person, BUT a print from the first page of Beginning’s End will be on display and available for sale. Congrats to Team Mutha Magazine!

Mutha Decade Art Party
March 11, 2023, 6-8pm PT

Fantagraphics Bookstore
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle WA

Oh, Canada!

I will be a featured guest at this year’s Toronto Comic Art Festival (TCAF) on April 29-30. This will be the debut of my book The Man in the McIntosh Suit. I haven’t been to TCAF in over 10 years when I repped for Sparkplug Books and got to meet for the first time the one and only Annie Koyama, who runs Koyama Press, the groundbreaking comics publishing company based in Toronto. So it will be extra special to be there again. I’ll be participating in 2 panels at the festival. Hope to see you there too!

Saturday, April 29, 3 pm
Workshop/Presentation: The Man In the McIntosh Suit
Award-winning multidisciplinary visual storyteller & community artist-educator Althea Balmes in conversation with featured guest and celebrated cartoonist Rina Ayuyang (The Man In the McIntosh Suit) about her new book and the representation of the lives of Filipino migrant workers in California. They will discuss the importance of sharing histories and truths through storytelling, especially through the effectiveness of the accessible medium of comics. (seating available for approximately 25 people)

Sunday, April 30, 11 am
Binky Brown Meets The World-The Legacy of Autobiographic Cartoonists – Part Two
Moderator and cartoonist Shira Spector (Red Rock Baby Candy) discusses all things autobio with Maureen Burdock (Queen Of Snails), Natalie Norris (Dear Mini: A Graphic Memoir, Book One) and featured guests Rina Ayuyang (The Man In The McIntosh Suit), Natalie Norris (Dear Mini: A Graphic Memoir, Book One),and Nick Maandag (Harvey Knight’s Odyssey). The influence of autobiographic comic pioneers Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Diane Noomin and Justin Green is undeniable. What is the legacy they have left to cartoonists today, as well as other pioneers of the genre? How do these panelists approach this genre in their own comics and who were their inspirations?

24 Hour Comics Challenge

I participated in the 24 Hour Comics Challenge where cartoonists were prompted to draw a comic strip every hour for one day. Here’s the results of my part in the whole exercise. Enjoy! (Swipe through each set of images below to read the strips in their entirety.)

6:00 AM

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

3:00 PM

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

The End.

Drawing from Home

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!