ALEX CHIU


 



Personal Statements

The world that I create is a world full of bubbly eyed creatures that dance and play. There isn’t supposed to be a deep meaning or purpose behind it. It is what it is.  My characters float around wielding daggers, they talk about poop, and they vomit a lot. I don’t want them to worry about life. I want them to play and dance and be happy.

I’ve chosen to become a cartoonist with my life. I have no real intentions of becoming rich or famous. I simply enjoy drawing fun, light-hearted pictures that make people smile. I don’t want to start an amusement park or have my characters printed on every lunch pail in America. The most I can dream of is to have a small apartment with my wife where we can have a nice garden and make artwork, comics, and music for people to enjoy. Maybe one day we’ll have children and they can enjoy the world we’ve created for them; a world of bubbly eyed creatures that dance and play.

The world I desire is simple, but the world we live in is not. Now a days, it seems that we’re not allowed to live simple lives. In order to live in society there’s paper work to be done, lines to wait behind, taxes to be paid; fines and penalties to those who mess up. We worry about brand names, titles, and degrees in order to compete. We forget that surviving only takes a little food, water, and heat.

I’ve stopped believing that I can live happily in this world around me, so I created my own. It’s a happier place for me. You’re welcome to experience the world that I’ve depicted. I only ask that you leave your worries behind and have fun. Not everything in life is supposed to be serious.

--Alex Chiu, September, 2010



I like to doodle. I’m not sure if I can call myself a professional anything at the moment, but I sure do draw a lot. I’m a fan of creation; the idea that seeds are planted everyday; the idea that things are constantly moving, growing, and changing. I like going where life leads and seeing where it takes me. Sometimes I hit a dead end, but the journey’s always worth my time. I figure that if I stay positive, care about others, stay healthy, and stay within my means; I can’t really get myself into too much trouble.

How I differ from others is that I don’t mind getting lost. I’m convinced that most people have a fear of it. People don’t like to get lost because it lands them in unfamiliar territory. They end up having to work to get themselves back on track. Getting lost is a waste of time; a misstep that diverts a person away from their intended path. For me, I’ve accepted getting lost as my intended path, the idea that I don’t know and don’t really care where I end up. I’ve lived by this philosophy for twenty four years and I’ve enjoyed where it’s taken me. Most of the time it takes me to coffee shops where I doodle. I start with two eyes and a smile. I see where it leads.

--Alex Chiu, August 2009