Art Crush: Jenny Chen’s Satirical Comics In GIF

Portland-based illustrator / art director Mengyu Chen (a.k.a. Jenny) delights with these whimsical paper pop-up animated gifs. The illustrations are part of an ongoing comic book project called “The Encephalic Cinema.” Just in case you were wondering, “encephalic” means of or related to the brain. Mixed in with the gifs, we’ve also included a few of her satirical brain-teasing (slightly dark) comics for some Monday afternoon humor.


A Midweek Meditation on Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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