Chikungunya: a comic


Those who have been following me on Instagram or Facebook might have noticed that I’ve been awfully quiet these few days. Unfortunately the comic strip is all true 😦 Both Kiko and I were bitten by the Chikungunya carrying mosquito and have been resting up in Dabeiba, Colombia for the past few days. The pain is pretty much all gone for me (Kiko still has knee joint pain) but I have these itty bitty red spots still on my body and they’re itchy! AGH! Still Day 5 though so I have hope that it’ll heal within the average 10-15 days and not the possible 2.5 months.  Interestingly, I’ve been making lots of art during this time…hmm…blessing in disguise? I made a song about Chikungunya last night too that I might post! That’s it y’all. Hope you like this comic–the first I’ve ever tried drawing actually?!


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at

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