In 1974, Andy Lee was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States, where he’s lived and worked in Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Honolulu. He currently teaches at Henry J. Kaiser High School, The Children’s Discover Center, and Honolulu Museum of Art.
Initially instructed in the arts by uncles and aunties who taught Sumi-e painting techniques at Ming Lun School in Oahu’s Chinatown, while in high school and college the Buntin Family educated Lee in the specifics of Zen brush painting. The meditative style consists of a Pʻo mo stage (“breaking clouds”) where a splash is created, and my image can be drawn from that splash.
Lee’s style demands a kind of mental awareness dependent on one’s ability to refocus to the immediate moment using painting as his gauge. All other passions can eventually direct individuals to a meditative, enlightening path. One can be a Zen plumber, a Zen pilot… as long as their experience with their craft allows them to experience a greater wisdom.
With this awareness Lee literally surrenders himself to fate as drawings come out on paper in seconds before the appropriate audience, with desired images popping out of smudges as if artist and viewer were meant to be together, right there, experiencing the drawing that emerges at the perfect moment. Ultimately, Lee wants everyone to find comfort in their trade and their place in life. It was meant to be (or meant not to be) based on your inner drive towards your individual passion.
Andy Lee has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including contract work from Marvel, DC Comics, LeBron James (Nike), THQ, Wizard, and Nike. Some of his credits include illustrations in Dragonball Z, Inuyasha Magazine, DC Comics Versus Trading Cards B (Bronze Tiger, Sensei), Kindred of the East’s Vampire, the Masquerade, Ultimate Marvel Team-Ups (Spider Man vs the Master of Kung Fu), and much more.”
Derick Fabian, [founder of 7Sketches], is a Hawai’i-based artist known for his original sticker art, or “slaps”. Blending the spheres of cartoons, anime, comic books and manga, along with hip-hop and local culture, 7Sketches has created a world of mashup characters that are infiltrating the Honolulu city scene” – Camille Wong, Digital Media Coordinator for 7-11
Since the last Maui Comic Con, Derick’s been busy with amazing opportunities including being invited to do his first mural for Pow Wow Hawaii, first live canvas painting for Bloomingdales x Nintendo, first magazine cover art & interview with Wasabi Magazine, solo exhibition for Pow Wow Hawaii’s Local Colors Gallery at Hawaiian Airlines, solo exhibition at Dada Salon, and group art shows at Galerie F in Chicago and Lightsleepers where he had his very first solo art show.
Francine Walraven is a freelance artist that has been creating commissioned artwork for her patrons on Maui and abroad for the last 10 years. With a diverse style and flexible art skills, her “Draw Everyday” mantra has allowed her to create a large body of work that includes fine art paintings, logos, and designs for galleries, business and private collectors.
Her most recently published work is Madame Walraven’s Erotic Coloring Book, an adult only coloring book that was fully funded by her Kickstarter patrons. She is currently working on a horror sequel coloring book, Madame Walraven’s Horror Erotica and a graphic novel The Way Back, an illustrated translation of the oral narratives of the Chumash people.
Other projects include the low- brow high-art movie club Maui Cringe Cinema, indie zine BabeBuster, its sister podcast Revel Girl and other hair-brained ideas like the guerilla art organization- The Ladies Society for Fine Arts and Mischief. Check out what she’s brewing or if she’s setting get the world on fire. On IG, FB and her patreon account
Kai was born and raised in Lahaina and graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 1996. Deciding that school and college was not for him he later moved to Oahu and eventually decided pursue a career in tattooing. After working for 11 years in the tattoo industry from banging out tattoos next to seedy motorcycle bars across from military bases to the sunshine beach and steamy busy nights of Waikiki, Kai later decided he wanted to fullfill his childhood dreams of creating comic books. Throughout the spring and into summer of 2018 Kai created KY publications and wrote, drew, and published his flagship title, Gammadise. A graphic novel series that follows a group of survivors in a post nuclear attacked Hawaii. A story of Hawaii if the ballistic missile threat of January 13th had actually happened with unexpected results. Kai still lives in Oahu where he currently still tattoos in Kalihi and is working on the next issue of Gammadise and other future titles.
Kanila is a freelance illustrator. His comics work, includes working as a coloring manager for D.C. Comics and as a senior colorist at Hi-Fi Design. Titles he has worked on include Superman, Wonder Woman, Tangent: Superman’s Reign and Teen Titans Go! for D.C.; X-Men Unlimited, Ultimate Adventures and Marvel Knights 2099 for Marvel; and Invincible and I Hate Gallant Girl for Image Comics.
Raised in Hawaii and being part of its cycles of life you recognize its oceans, rivers, forest, beaches, and people don’t always tell pleasant stories. Living in paradise you realize that landscapes aren’t permanently beautiful, and in some situations neither are the people and there way of life. Artist and art mentor Robert Henri says “there seem to be moments of revelation moments of when we see in transition of one part to another the unification of a whole.” It is these moments that I wish to capture, moments that visitors may never catch a glimpse of. Whether or not these images evoke warm or dark feelings, it’s the relationship with the viewer that is most important. I want my images to network thoughts; reminisce memories; and hopefully, in certain situations, manifest solutions. I illustrate this through paintings, drawings, clothing, tattoos, and murals that narrates an unseen local color of our Hawaii lifestyle. My art is meant to be intentional and sometimes ambiguous with a choice for the viewer to be inspired, offend, or enlightened.
Ron Sambrano is based out of Lahaina, Maui. He attended Lahainaluna High School, is a food blogger, and once produced a cooking show, called The Ron Sambrano Kitchen with Danny Agdeppa on AKAKU Community Television from 2005 to 2014. Currently working on various projects connecting food and heavy metal music. As well as writing books on the side dealing with social issues and food.
Spel Oner is a graphic designer and illustrator whose broad range of visual material (from traditional artistic forms to computer-based media) appears on print and digital display. As a young immigrant who was raised by his grandparents, Spel took to art as a diversion and sanctuary. His artistic talent emerged at a young age, excelling at various styles and media. Spel has worked with numerous artists and companies, including Lightsleepers, Shing02, Year of the Ox, and Super Cr3w and has been organizing and putting art shows together for years now, gathering local talented artists in one space and to express themselves through art. Some of his notable shows are the Stage, Geisha, Love Letters, Ordinary People and Robot Carnival Shows.
Now based in Kona, Hawaii, Wayne loves creating and being a catalyst for creativity.
Designing for film, vfx, animation, video games, comics, etc … he has birthed new characters and worlds in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars universe, Disney’s Pirates films, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series and more.
He currently focuses on art in global missions, mentoring his own kids as well as others, and continues to create for film, games, comics and children’s book projects being developed by Big Island creators!
Aaron is a fantasy illustrator and game designer born and raised on the island of Maui. He’s done concept illustration work for Warner Brothers Interactive, Collision Studios, Active Gaming Media, White Wolf Publishing, and is currently one of the main illustrators for Stone Blade Entertainment’s Ascension and Shards of Infinity deck building card games. In addition to dabbling with app and game design for various platforms, he’s recently released Fields of Eleria, a head-to-head MOBA-inspired card game.
James Ishizaki (also known as Jimmy Sparrow) is freelance digital artist and cosplayer, currently based in Honolulu. Initially known for his cosplay, James has recently broken out as an artist in the convention scene. Maui Comic Con will mark the end of his first exciting year as a convention artist. It will also be the first off-island convention he has attended as an artist.
His artwork is known to put either a personal, or a local culture twist on anime, comic and pop culture favorites. His commissioned work has gain a diverse clientele over the course of one year, reaching as far as New York and even the UK, for pieces ranging from business logos to music album covers.
Notable projects include cover illustrations for Kung Fu and Vegeta, singles by hip hop artist Tokyofyr. And Edit Undo, a rock album by Hawaii’s own Close the Distance (formerly known as EMKE).
He currently is working on artwork for several business, local and abroad, including Hawaii’s Snack Addicted, and a cover for Tokyofyr’s upcoming hip hop album, RxB.
Recently graduated from King Kekaulike (Class of 17), I am a local artist from Kula who specializes in illustration, but I have also dipped my toes into other ventures such as writing screenplays and video editing. I am currently making my portfolio and investing precious time and effort into it so I can give my potential clients the best representation of my capabilities. I aspire to eventually offer my work in the animation industry, preferably abroad in a more independent and experimentally encouraging setting.
Artist Bryan Makana Revell Big island born and raised Aka Comic guy lidat 2006 Time magazine Person of the Year Creator, Artist, previous store owner and publisher Squirrel just tryna get a nut Wookie lover and all around geek. Titles include The Unseen, We Kill The Dead, Amazing Tales from the Bible, current projects Blood world, Dark Hunters and more.
DJ was so consumed with drawing at an early age that he would get in trouble for it. In the 90’s he fell in love with comics and was inspired by Jim Lee, Joe Madureira, Marc Silvestri and many others.
At 18, he started playing music instead of drawing, giving up on ever becoming a comic book artist. But in 2002, he got into a car accident, breaking his spine in three places. During the year of recovery that followed, his mother brought him a sketch book and he created Exillion: Creed of the Knightenhawke.
DJ’s title is a swords and sorcery fantasy about a group of fugitives that escape from prison and wreak havoc. The Knightenhawke, an elite band of knights, and a colorful group of Storm Runners race to bring the criminals to justice during an all out Orc war.
DWAYNE A. ACOBA
Dwayne was a fan of cartoons from a young age, and established himself as a graffiti artist in the 80’s. After graduating from St. Louis High School with a scholarship in art, he attended The Art Institute of Seattle where he earned a degree in Illustration and Design.
Upon his return to Hawaii, Dwayne worked for graphic companies doing advertising and editorial work by hand as the industry was not yet digital. In collaboration with Garma Graphic Design, Paua Haus Comics and Mahaloha, M is his first comic creation.
M is a graffiti artist vigilante who spends time spreading the love of art on the streets. When a cry for help goes out, he’s usually close by to lend a hand, sometimes blasting in on a skateboard. His mission is to spread aloha the Mahaloha way, hence “M”.
JON J. MURAKAMI
Jon graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and is perhaps best known for his line of Local Kine Greeting Cards which depict humorous occasions and holidays in Hawaii.
His regular comic strips include Calabash with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper and Generation Gap with the Hawaii Herald. Additionally Jon has illustrated several Hawaiian children’s picture and board books and self-publishes the comic books, Gordon Rider and The Ara-Rangers.
Gordon Rider follows the misadventures of the worst superhero in Hawaii. The Ara-Rangers is a parody of Go-Rangers™, The Power Rangers™ & Voltron™. A group of costumed superheroes, arare themed, fighting crime in silly, wacky stories.
Kaci Horimoto grew up watching Teen Titans and reading comic books. Jason Todd is the character that sparked her interest in comics and as she read more, she was drawn to the villains.
She focused on her art in middle school, started publishing her work at 13, and began getting her name out more and more during high school. She graduated from Kailua High School in 2016 and published her long awaited title, Bandit.
Bandit is a rogue with special abilities, striving to bring together a group of misfits in a world gone bad. His plan is to turn things around, and though he knows it won’t happen overnight, he aims to get the ball rolling.
Kris was introduced to comics at an early age and developed a lifelong love for them. Drawing was always his way of coping and blending into the background since he was constantly on the move (nine schools through 9th grade).
Comics and art remained a hobby and passion for Kris, while he did the responsible thing – completing college and getting a job. He is a self-taught comic artist, eventually getting published doing the art for a short story and subsequently for “Billy Jump” which was published digitally.
Kris was recruited by Chris Caravalho to do the layouts or story art for ‘Aumakua: Guardians of Hawaii.” After working with Mana Comics, Kris realized that it was time to start creating his own worlds. Working together with another old friend, he has started publication of the DwarfStar Chronicles.
DwarfStar Chronicles follows the crew of the DwarfStar on their adventures and hijinks throughout the universe. It is meant to be a fun book appropriate for all ages, something sorely missing in today’s grim and gritty world of comics, and has mashed together elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and fairy tales.
‘Aumakua: Guardians of Hawaii, showcases a team of mixed nationality heroes including Royal Hawaiian Guard, GeckoMan, The Mighty Moke, Super Size Sole, Phantom Surfer, Sistah Shark, Portugese Man-O-War and Seoul Hot as they protect the people of Hawaii.
Nobu of TRINIGRAFX, creates comics, plushies, diorama playsets and clay figures. His title, Abject Comics, is a place for misfits and geeks. It’s a world for punk rock and hip hop. A world without saints and where halos are contraband. It’s where we can be ourselves. We can be nervous, anxious and socially awkward. It’s a world for the abject.
Rusty is a big kid, originally from Charlotte NC, he now enjoys taking his dog to the beaches and mountains of Hawaii. He loves to draw and also enjoys comics, swinging from vines, movies, snorkeling, eating Peanut Butter Capt’n Crunch and Yoo-Hoo, surfing and of course the Simpsons.
After Gabriel Peckham introduced the idea of Kipaku Kai, Rusty started drawing the concept art in 2014. Ransom Edison, an avid diver and comic book fan, joined the team as a writer and colorist. Dominic Kick signed on as web manager.
In Kapaku Kai, Jonah Kelly is an ambitious land developer with a chip on his shoulder. Growing up in Chicago, he knew little about Hawaii, the land of his birth, until a forced vacation banished Jonah from his corporate life. Reluctantly going with his wife to her family’s home on Oahu, he immersed himself in his father-in-law’s business. Then one morning, he woke up submerged in the ocean, transformed into a sea monster! Is he now banished to the sea?
Todd Bernardy studied fine art and literature at the University of New Mexico. Now living in Haiku, he creates comic books. Kukui Project describes a future where astronauts from the Kingdom of Hawaii’s private space industry are recruited to disarm the weaponized solar system once a global cease fire is called. In ancient Hawaii, kukui nuts were strung together to be lit on fire because they were very oily. The peacekeeping mission was nicknamed “Kukui Project”