about1.jpgHey, I’m Fred Chao. I am a Bay Area-based freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I also write and draw the comic book Johnny Hiro {Half Asian, All Hero}.

I try and update about the various projects I’m working on via this blog, as well as posting about random snippets of my life. I hope, whatever this blog is, it’s a bit entertaining.

My regular website is still up and running at www.fredchao.com.

Please feel free to contact me about possible projects or whatever else. And thanks so much for stopping by!

15 Responses to “About Me”

  1. love your stuff man. just read “lobster run” in Best American Comics 2010. very cool.

    1. robotchao Says:

      Tom, dude; thanks so much! So glad you like the story, man.

  2. malikcaines Says:

    Yo your book is cool i never read a book without puting it down. Lobster run is so exciting.i love when you put them in court with judge Judy I also like when you put the monster in the story and it went to sleep. that was cravy. Ilike when you you make Hiro run in his girlfriend sleepers just so he can save her. I like when you put the team togther to defeat the monster

    1. robotchao Says:

      Ha! That’s awesome, dude. So glad you were lovin’ it! I really appreciate you taking the time out to email. Thanks, dogg!

  3. tantrawave Says:

    Hi I was just introduced to Johnny Hiro today. It was synchronistic, and wonderful. Thank you for your work!

    1. robotchao Says:

      Dude, thanks so much for taking the time out to let me know! I really appreciate it. Rock.

  4. Jerry Dear Says:

    Cool, playful graphic novel that blends elements of anime, a dose of magical realism, and pure fantasy fun. Wish you were still here on the west coast as I’m currently doing some research on Asian American graphic novelists. Johnny Hiro rocks!

    1. robotchao Says:

      Much much appreciated, dude.

  5. Just wanted to let you know how I liked your Johnny Hiro book. Caught it from my local library here in Helsinki (funny how things travel) and now feeling I want to go and buy it. Visual style and story telling were really appealing (hope this is a right word!) and Hiro plus other characters, how they reflected life, felt strangely close already from the start.

    Hope we see more of them one day!


    Helsinki, Finland

    1. robotchao Says:

      Hey Teemu! Thanks for taking the time out to write and say you liked the book. I really appreciate that. Rock.

  6. thekuntawman Says:


    I lived in Taiwan as a kid too. And my favorite cartoons was kung xie xiao fei xia / battle of the planets. I was looking for something on it, on the internet but can’t find anything! But I saw your drawing…

    1. robotchao Says:

      Hey! Heh, glad you found the blog through Xiao Fei Xia. You said you couldn’t find anything else? Well, here’s something for ya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr56GMwAsAs

      You can thank my older sister for that one.

  7. Had a chance to meet you at Rose City and got Alison for a friends son. Thanks for signing it…and thanks for everyone looking at me as I laughed out loud saying “Gazpacho,” while waiting for a panel. Gonna have to spread the word on this book. Good stuff.

    1. robotchao Says:

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate you taking the time out to let me know you enjoyed the book! Hope you got a bunch of good finds at Rose City!

  8. Jerry Read Says:

    Any more whimsical adventures for the lovable Johnny Hiro in the works? Not sure if I ever shared with you the review I cooked up for Vol. 2 a few years back:


    Was also curious about your ethnic background — are you Chinese American?

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