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At a glance:Author and Illustrator, Jonny Sun shares how telling stories about feeling like an outsider helped him tap into an unexpected community and find a tiny sliver of light in the darkness.
Jonny Sun (sometimes stylized as “jomny sun”) is the author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too (HarperPerennial, 2017) and the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Penguin Random House, 2018). He is currently a writer for the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman, and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox.
Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. He is the creator of @tinycarebot and the co-creator of the MIT Humor Series. He previously studied as an architect (M.Arch., Yale) and engineer (B.A.Sc., University of Toronto).
Jonathan’s plays have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, and Theater Lab in Toronto, and his artwork has been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, the Harvard Art Galleries, MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven ArtSpace, and the University of Toronto.
His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and TED in 2019.
His comedic work has appeared in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. He has been profiled on NPR and in the New York Times, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and is a 2019 TED Talks speaker.
In Conversation with Jonny Sun
Twitter, Bots, and the Beauty of Simplicity in Design
How My Experiences Influence My Work and My Direction
How Social Media Changes Language and Why We Should Let It
Social Media for Good: Finding and Creating Goodness, Empathy, Honesty, and Sincerity Online
How Twitter and Social Media Shaped My Own Creative Path: The Process of Creating everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and Adapting Social Media
How Twitter and Social Media is Changing Comedy, Media, and Creative Work
Jomny Sun’s incredible writing knocks you to the floor, breathless, then scoops you up and gives you a kiss where it hurts before it occurs to you to cry. Read this book only if you want to feel more alive.
Jomny Sun has created a frightened, hopeful view of Life As We Know It from the perspective of a weirdly relatable alien intelligence. Fantastic.
Working with Jonny Sun is not only rewarding, but thoroughly enjoyable. He's like cup of sunshine bubbling over, making you feel warm as you learn new things.
—Vassar College Asian Students' Alliance