Life’s Disappointments

Last year, I began contributing towards a blog called UWDawgPound as a comic artist and creator of “Harry Husky and His 12-PAC.” I really enjoyed it as it gave me a way to connect with fellow sports fanatics and to feel normal about my obsession with sports. Creating a weekly comic also reinvigorated my love for drawing, which I discovered as a young’n.

Those of you who know me well know that one of my childhood dreams was to be an animator/drawer/something at Disney Animation Studios. I don’t think I’ll be pursuing that dream, but it’s been fun to revisit this passion and develop it. Not to toot my own horn, but I have been improving a lot over the past year or so…

From my first comic

Initial sketches of 2012 Harry

“SO what up with the blog title, Justin? Why you so sad guy?”

Sadly, I won’t be continuing Harry Husky into the 2012 football season for many reasons. One of which is that I simply don’t think I have the same zeal for sports in general. I’ve realized that I loved sports simply because it brought me closer to my friends. So this year, instead of using sports to get closer to people, I am actually going to just make more of an effort to meet with people; to “do life” with people as pastors always say.

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The One Inch Oneders

A few weeks ago, I found my old Computer and was able to access my files on it. Along the way, I found many lost treasures from my high school years; everything from awkward pictures to music from my band. Yes, I had lost most of the songs that I recorded as a high schooler. It was mostly intentional, since a lot of it was really, really bad.

Anyways, a good friend asked me the other day if he could have some of the old music from my band and so I thought I would post some songs that I recorded with the “One Inch Oneders,” who eventually evolved into “Oceans in Oblivion.” We recorded 4 CDs, here are songs from each one.

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Halmony

David, Ben, Grandma, Little Hyodong, Jessica

Halmony,

Since you’re in Heaven now, I know that either you can understand English or you have an angel translator who can translate this letter for you.

Everyone is sad that you are gone now.  I think most of us, including myself, had prepared for your passing.  We knew it would be sad and difficult to see you close your eyes for the last time. I know for me, I prepared for the day that you would pass away.

That being said, I don’t think any of us imagined life without you after your passing.  I know that sounds odd, but I still have trouble sleeping at night knowing that you are not downstairs staying up to watch Korean dramas. I am sad that our home will be empty much more often now that you are gone and that I won’t have anyone to hug after coming home.

But as Pastor Chung/Mukee’s Dad shared, there’s so many reasons to celebrate the life that you lived in your 91 years with us.  You endured the immense hardship of occupation, war, and immigration.  You raised 5 children, who have followed your example in raising their own families.  And above all, you were always a humble, God-fearing, God-loving servant. You followed Jesus by sharing love unconditionally and were always thankful to God for all of your blessings.

Grandma, I hope as you look down upon us at God and Grandpa’s sides, you see us doing our best to not only follow your example, but the perfect example set before us by Christ. I know that you can now talk to God directly on our behalf and that you are doing so every possible moment.

Thanks, Halmony.  I miss you and love you so much.

Justeen.

P.S. Sorry for locking you out of the car whenever you picked me up from school.  I was a bad kid.

Mang…

I really rushed this week’s comic; to the extent that I could have seriously made it better.

For example, this week’s comic involves Harry and his fellow Wildcat mascot, Wilbur, transforming into people.  WHY DIDN’T I FRAME THIS COMIC AS A HALLOWEEN COMIC? It would have made the story make a whole lot of sense.

I know it seems like I am selling myself short and downplaying my art before I even show it. But I really need to be more efficient with my time throughout the week.  The biggest game of the Husky’s season is this week, and I really hope to step it up this time.

This is actually a 2-part comic, but for the sake of your time, I’ll post up the conclusion.  View the entire blogpost here at the UWDAWGPOUND.

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“All You Need is Luck”

I was really looking forward to today because it was my first opportunity to post as a writer at uwdawgpound.com

Yay!

Here is my first post!

The comic this week took a while to develop as I was paranoid about confusing people about the strip concept. I got some great feedback from best friends Face, Zero, and Santos on what made sense and what didn’t.  Thanks guys!

A lot of my friends are not that into football and so this comic strip may not make any sense.  Let me explain:  The Washington Huskies are going to Palo Alto to face Stanford in a football game.  The biggest matchup in this game is between the UW quarterback Keith Price vs. SU quarterback Andrew Luck (Who is considered the best in college football).

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Music for your Ears

So for the past 4 months, I’ve been working with my friends Erin Kim, Beau Lim, Samuel and Nathan Cho on a song titled, “Time” or “Slow Down” (it keeps on changing!).  It’s the song that they, as a band, wrote and performed at Kollaboration 2010, winning the award for coolest group ever.

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A new hobby!

WWW.UWDAWGPOUND.COM is one of the blogs I enjoy following for UW football news.  The main writer for the blog suggested someone make a comic strip for the blog, and I volunteered.  You can see the article here.

The comic strip is called, “Harry Husky and his 12-Pac” (The writer got the title wrong, but I’ve gained writer’s access so that will be corrected.)

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A simple moment


Today, I enjoyed a simple, yet pleasant moment.

On the eve of my sister’s departure to Hiroshima, Japan, I asked my sister to watch a movie with me. “Tangled,” she suggested; always knowing what she wants.


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