Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. Her love for drawing and storytelling started at a young age from watching animated cartoon shows to reading comic books at the library and bookstore. As a child of Hmong immigrants, she struggled with the balance between being Hmong and American. These difficulties lead her to becoming fond of her culture and creating works about her experiences growing up.
In 2015, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. Around that time she launched a Kickstarter campaign and was able to successfully fund the first print run of her comic book, The Collection, a story about a 5th grader’s struggle accepting her Hmong-American identity. Later that year, she self-published her second graphic novel Then and Now.
Since then she has illustrated several self-published children’s picture books while working on more books and personal projects.
Duachaka draws inspiration from her everyday life and Hmong-American experiences. Some of her artistic influences are Hayao Miyazaki, Jillian Tamaki, and Yuko Shimizu. Duachaka creates work that focuses on the small and subtle moments in time. Themes of family and identity are prominent in her work. Most of her work is created using ink and brush and digital coloring.
She resides in Wisconsin and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time.
July 13–September 16, 2018
International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Poster Exhibition
Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, August 24th from 5–7pm
Center For the Visual Arts
427 N 4th St., Wausau, WI 54403
April 12, 2018
5 PM–7 PM
Mountain Bay Hmong Heritage Celebration Night
Mountain Bay Elementary
8602 Schofield Ave, Weston, WI 54476
October 10, 2017
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Fox Cities Book Festival
Appleton Public Library
225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911
July 29–July 30, 2017
Wausau Hmong Festival
Eastbay Sports Complex, 602 E. Kent Street, Wausau, WI 54401