Yao Xiao

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Yao Xiao is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. Yao was born in China and moved to the United States in 2006. After graduation with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Yao documented  her experiences as a queer immigrant in and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. Her debut graphic novel, Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid was published by Andrews McMeel in 2020 and has received praise by Publishers Weekly and Ms. Magazine. Her work has been nominated for the Ignatz Award and recognized by the Society of Illustrators.


Cover Photo: An image of a woman in an river orange river. The background of the river is a cityscape. The header reads: "Drawing Grief" a comic by Yao Xiao
Drawing Grief

The creative release felt familiar. The soreness, the tenderness, making up new words for a new reality.

Jun 11, 2020