Chikungunya: a comic

chikungunya

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?!

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).

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