Happy New Year

January 20th, 2023

Objects as memories! Asian stuff on Lunar New Year weekend eve.
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jab #2

April 11th, 2021

Some illustration reportage from the post-vaccination waiting area at the Moscone Center for shot #2. I picked someone with interesting hair to sit behind for my 15 minutes (ginger braids!). Then I went home, inhaled a plate of food, and slept for three and a half hours. Steve isn’t eligible for shots til next week and I imagine appointments will be scarce at first, so we’re just going to carry on in our hermity way for a while yet (which is fine cuz I have a huge project to finish). Feeling relieved as more people start getting vaccinated.
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The Moscone Center has done a great job at making getting jabbed a cheerful experience! The staff was super friendly and helpful and there were lots of encouraging signs. I appreciated the enormous cavernous space and plentiful keep-your-distance instruction as someone who hasn’t been inside a public building for more than a couple minutes in a year. As I left, a security guard dancing to Pharrell Williams’ Happy waved me out the door. SF D6 Supervisor Matt Haney’s twitter is a good one to follow to find available appointments and myturn.ca.gov navigating advice.

one year at home

March 16th, 2021

One year since San Francisco declared its shelter in place order. I didn’t know when I bought these slippers the last time I went to Japantown how many miles they’d rack up in my apartment!

New year, new slippers.

Keeping busy and waiting to qualify for the vaccine. My parents and my brother got their shots and it’s been such a relief. I miss everyone and hope you’re doing okay!

picture book in the works

August 17th, 2020

I’m delighted to share some exciting project news–I’ll be working with Dana Chidiac and her team at Dial BFYR on my first picture book, Nana, Nenek, and Nina!

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Thanks, ta, and terimah kasih to my agent, Kurestin Armada at Root Literary, for finding Nina a great home!

From Publishers Weekly:
“Dana Chidiac at Dial has acquired world rights to Nana, Nenek, and Nina, written and illustrated by debut author Liza Ferneyhough. Nina is off to visit her grandmothers, who live in Malaysia and England respectively; while their food, clothes, and neighborhoods look quite different, they both love her exactly the same. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Kurestin Armada at Root Literary represented the author-illustrator.”

immigrant parents, american lunch 1-4

August 11th, 2019

My malaysian mom and british dad moved us over the ocean to america in 1983. The next challenge: lunch. They did their best, bless their hearts.


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favorite things

May 2nd, 2019

on being ambiguously brown

March 6th, 2019

5 panel comic! Click thumbnails below:

(somewhat) hourly comics

February 2nd, 2019

For Hourly Comics Day 2019.

on being a 4th culture kid

January 31st, 2019

I grew up a biracial, tricultural kid in America, with one grandmother living across the Pacific in Malaysia and one across the Atlantic in England.

notes from france: orangina

October 24th, 2018


In first year French, Madame Gabet taught us how to order an Orangina. But what was an Orangina? Was it better than Fanta? It was so French and mysterious. On a layover in Calgary the summer after freshman year, my family stopped at the resort in Banff and had lunch on the expansive terrace overlooking the Canadian wilderness. And oh mon dieu, there it was on the menu, Orangina!! The moment I had been trained for arrived. With rapture, I said to the English-speaking Canadian waiter, “Un Orangina, s’il vous plaît.” It was delightful. Ever since then, even though I don’t like soda anymore, I can’t help but ask for an Orangina s.v.p. in Francophone countries. And it is still delightful.

san francisco, 2è

July 22nd, 2018

Collected scenes from around town, deuxième edition.

The annual Bay to Breakers run/drunken slog from downtown to Ocean Beach (with tortilla toss and requisite naked dude and Waldo), the Russian honey cake at 20th Century Café, Church of 8 Wheels roller disco Thursdays, Nightgarden Piano at the Botanical Garden in  Golden Gate Park, Kabuki Springs japanese baths, brunch:  the citywide weekend sport (waiting in line until you are nothing but desiccated, benedictless bones), Café Jacqueline for a romantic soufflé, frozen yogurt with olive oil at Souvla, gin at Whitechapel, Victorian arcade amusements at the Musée Mécanique.

san francisco

July 22nd, 2018

Collected scenes from around town.

The big rainbow flag at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro Theatre sign, Pirate Store at 826 Valencia, dahlias (the city flower), Inclines & wires, Boba Guys tea, Dia de los Muertos in Garfield Park, Karl the fog pummeling the neighborhood in Fogust, the Wiggle (the only way to get from Market Street to the Panhandle without dying), purple chandeliers at the Fillmore, Baker Beach (with nude area, setting for the first Burning Man), giant Mission burritos, steam buns, Trouble Coffee’s Build Your Own Damn House breakfast (a coffee, cinnamon toast, and a coconut).

the secret show

April 16th, 2018

A comic about a secret show we went to last year. It was so magical!

bigger panels:

in progress:

march for our lives

March 24th, 2018

Hitting the streets with the students today & thinking of two high school friends who died because of easy access to guns. It’s way past time for gun reform!

in my studio

March 9th, 2018

At my art table, on a sweaty and somewhat frantic day.

Fun fact: I still use the art table my dad bought me for christmas in high school.

enchanted forest birthdays

November 29th, 2017

Sketching out my friends’ Enchanted Forest birthdays party to remember it by.

The magical birthday girls…

…and me, their friend the nasturtium sprite.

darkroom

September 28th, 2017

From my sketchbook. When I was in high school, my family was numerous, loud, and chaotic. The darkroom was the only place in the house (besides the toilet!) I didn’t have to let the little kids into. I’d put on music and feel sly and enjoy being by myself.

sometimes all honey, and sometimes all turd

February 14th, 2017

A Valentine’s Day card for my Sweetie Poo. I think many of you in longterm relationships can relate, even if you’re not familiar with the Diary of Samuel Pepys.

plainsong

December 8th, 2016

A sketch about listening to the Cure’s Plainsong when I was 16. Sometimes you hear a song and it overcomes you and you have to hang on while the earth spins.

side by side in orbit

September 9th, 2016


We celebrated 20 years together with a wedding celebration in Stern Grove!