Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings! Our esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron Glavin, Anna Bongiovanni, Megan Praz and Yao Xiao. Today’s cartoon is by Yao!
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Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form.
Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers.
Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant.
Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state.
Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.
Yao has written 118 articles for us.
Oh wow, this is so wonderful and gorgeously drawn. I love it!
I’m not crying you’re crying
My eyeballs are sweaty
This is so beautiful!
Wow! <3 Feelings!!!
poetry and art together <3
I also wonder, what does baopu mean?
I actually just read that in the blurb about the artist.
Very beautiful. I read this about five times and I feel like I could probably read it again.
Awww :0) dats niiice. *Muah*
My favourite of yours yet. Wonderful. ;__;
Wow!I love this :D Now that I know Baopu exists, I’ll eagerly read the backlog!
I like the pointy cap the person is wearing in the cartoon.
Aw, so beautiful!
THE BACK WALL OF MY HEART! Feeling particularly touched by this today.