We are 3, a collection of my sister Kapena, an artist extraordinaire specializing in fine and digital illustration. Her boyfriend Sam, a killer Graphic Designer, with an eye for digital design, and myself, Shasta, a creative mind, artist, researcher, and history loving nerd.
We all have our own distinct artistic styles, and work in different industries. Our work ranges from mural design, fish prints, digital illustration, and fine arts. Sharing insight into each other’s work, we realized that working together as a unit yielded some awesome results.
Then BOOM `Ekolu Collective was born.
HEAD SHOT HEROES
Head Shot Heroes is a Mix Media Artist that will take your picture and transform you into a Hero Or Villain. It’s a Work of Art, so Cosplaying isn’t necessary. Fan Art Prints, Fan Art Commissions, Stickers as well as Original Art will also be available for purchase.
Noble Richardson’s connection to Hawai’i comes through in his work with his choice of subjects, choice of medium and execution of those pieces. His art takes place through paintings in galleries, to murals throughout town, and among public school art programs, teaching students the fundamentals of fine art. “The essence of what makes Hawaii unique to this world, and the connection and strength we get from living here, has driven me my whole life.”
Jennifer is the creator of 귀요ME (GwiyoME) and is based in O’ahu. She is inspired by video games, anime, and other artists to create cute and nerdy resin keychain charms, hairpins, and brooches. She recently acquired a 3D printer to create her own silicone molds. She also creates custom macramé plant hangers, wall decorations, and dolls. This will be her second event as an artist and she is looking forward to meeting everyone!
Teo (teoisdrawing) is a watercolor and digital artist born and raised in West Oahu. Known for vivid use of colors and motion in both his fanart and original pieces, he is often found in the artist alleys of Honolulu’s comic and anime conventions.
Since the latest Kawaiikon, he has been focusing on original works and long term projects. At the forefront is a podcast series “After Work Artist”, featuring other local artists discussing the struggles, triumphs, and everything in between that comes with fitting creating art in our busy working lives.
Check out @teoisdrawing on Instagram for his work and updates on the After Work Artist podcast.
Pancho Abalos is an accomplished streetwear designer and illustrator with a strikingly impressive portfolio. The Hawaii-based Visual Artist, creates high precision 3-D characters, which anyone could mistake for something created in a 3D program without realizing it’s a 2D hand drawn illusion. Pancho’s actualized characters ignite the inner child and daredevil within.
Grounded in his Old School methods, Pancho still reaches for fine tipped ink pens or pencils before any other media. Disciplined in graffiti, spray paints and manipulating acrylics, staying not only relevant and remaining as a leading graphic artist, many final images are now finished as photoshop or vector files for his digitally serving clients and the modern technological world.
Most of his previous works decorated the underground and streetwear scene. He is leaving an impressive trail of Paintings and graphic designs for clothing companies such as iKandy, Freelance Clothing, and Prototype. He now shifts his focus to a broader audience, showcasing his art in both Comic and Anime conventions throughout the United States.
His impressive resume includes numerous murals, exhibitions, and poster publications. Pancho was part of the creative force that helped the After Dark Art Scene become what it is today. Touring with an Artist Collective, his work penetrated the New York, Japan, and San Diego graphic visual art scene.
Deriving inspiration mostly from the 80s – 90s Pop Culture, his work shows a representation of his passion from his idols, the legendary late Stan Lee, Andy Warhol and Adi Dassler. Owning his Addiction with sneakers, idolized as the primary street trend in Pancho’s artwork, sneakers are a symbol of status. When his characters finally get their shoes, it is at that point, that his characters indeed come to life.
Each Character is a depiction of real people, translated into character forms. The Red Panda is cute and fluffy, very playful, completely adorable female. An obvious representation of someone special in his personal life.
Kidzilla is a direct resemblance of a destructive child on a mission to destroy everything in his path, in the most childish way. His Star Wars characters are an outward expression of his obsession and fan art, honorably paying tribute to the legendary Ralph McQuarrie.
Pancho Abalos’ work brings a fresh take on Modern Street Art. His work engages his viewers and fancifully connects them to his fictional characters.
Adam Coles is a child psychiatrist by day, artist by night. He finally stopped trying to focus on one medium and recently named his artistic practice Short Attention Span Studio (SASS for short). He can be found building a take on the Iron Throne seen here, to digitally painting, then pyrography, whatever catches his enthusiasm next. He would like to thank Maui Comics & Collectibles for the chance to meet & talk art with the Maui community.
Carl Shinyama – A local artist from Maui, Carl is the founder of Pono Comics, an independent comic book publishing company which features Hawaiʻi-based superheroes.
Carl attended The Art Institute of Seattle, where he studied Fashion Design, and he studied at AnimSchool with a focus in 3D Character Design. Through both, Carl always came back to his his love for drawing superheroes.
Windsurfer, Maui’s first superheroine to get her own title will be the flagship character ushering in a line of titles from Pono Comics!
Hailing from sunny Honolulu, Jaymee graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, and is currently working as a colorist for the webcomic “Kakikomi Magical Girls”. She’s also created art assets and other colorist work as a freelance artist. Her art style is inspired by 90’s shoujo manga crafted by Hagio Moto and Keiko Nishi, the dark stylings of Yoshihiro Togashi, and Yusuke Murata- because who wouldn’t?? Final Fantasy IX is the best game of the series.
Reid (aka Hoʻomaka) is from Leeward Oʻahu born and raised. Drawing on paper is where he spent most of his days. He has always had a love for drawing since as far back as he can remember. His love for anything art related, lead him to graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a degree in Art (graphic design).
Reid’s heavy influence by both western comics and anime/manga is present in his art. He has done commissions for companies like EVO and individuals like Vampybitme
Reid also streams online on Twitch multiple times a week under the name Hoomaka. People on Twitch think he looks like Maui…go figure huh? Lol Itʻs probably because of the hair…who knows?
Swan Kahookele is an artist who grew up with a deep love for comics and cartoons. Swan is mostly known for his role as a member of the Maui Comics and Collectibles crew and former editor of the NERDWatch podcast. Swan is also a game master to the Maui Comics D&D community and has found a way to weave his art into his games, creating maps and other character art for his campaigns.Other than being a Game Master, Swan is also working on building up his own comic brand. Some of the titles he is working on are named Ecto Eliminators,The Nerd,Project A.R.C.A.D.E and many more. https://uhanecomics.blogspot.com
Ron Catiggay is a self-taught artist that wishes he was a self-made billionaire instead.
He works full time as a visual development/ concept artist in the animation industry freelancing once in a while to do toy designs or concept art for video games.
Here’s a few things he hopes to accomplish one day:
- To own a demolition company called Blockbuster.
- To write a comic book where a conservative hero has to battle the evils of liberalism, titled “The Right Justice”.
- Lastly, he’d like to start a fitness club called “Slim Gym”
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.”
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
Sam Campos was born and raised in Hawaii and is of Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino and Caucasian descent. He conceptualized Pineapple Man in 1984 and featured him in comic books ten years later. When Sam started self-publishing, he didn’t own a computer or have access to things like a graphics tablet or Photoshop. But despite a slipper strap budget and high printing costs, his series garnered attention and a loyal fanbase developed. Perhaps Pineapple Man’s extended hiatus can best be explained in this Honolulu Advertiser article from 2003.
Sam went on to teach graphic and sequential art for the University of Hawaii. He’s also worked in television and film, doing fight choreography, costume & weapons design and storyboards.
After picking up and going to work in Hollywood for a time, Sam returned home to develop Dragonfly, a supernatural martial arts series which takes place in Hawaii. The show combines the things he loved while growing up; action movies, Hawaiian legends and science fiction. In the process, he pioneered the use of 3D rapid prototyping technology in costume fabrication. Though the project needs investors to be fully realized, Dragonfly can be seen at events around town along with his friends and foes, and is part of the Hawaii Hero Alliance. Though still busy with Dragonfly, Sam is working on other film projects, directing and editing music videos.
Combining legend, history and multicultural traditions of Hawaii has always been a passion for Sam, and Pineapple Man is a project that he never meant to put aside for good. Now that self-publishing has become more convenient and affordable than ever, Sam is putting the pen to Pineapple Man again. He has recently added another title to his roster, entitled The Hawaiian Avenger Kanaka which tells the story of a homeless veteran who faces issues both mundane and supernatural, and is followed around by a cat and a rooster.
In his free time – what’s that?! – Sam crafts unique toys and Henshin helmets which he can sometimes be coerced into parting with for compensation when he gets hungry enough. He also gives and receives support from the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance.
Art Wong was born in Hong Kong and moved to Hawaii in 1989. From an early age he loved cartoons and comics, especially Doraemon and He-Man (if you don’t know, look them up.) Art graduated from Castle High School and went on to get two degrees from UH Manoa. Later, he returned to Manoa to earn a post baccalaureate in secondary education Art.
As a high school art teacher his students all call him Wong… as he will tell you, “You are at Wong place at the Wong time” when you enter his room. Art has done video editing for local companies and design work. His favorite mediums are pencil, paper and Sharpies,
After years of reading comics and teaching students to create comics; Art finally decided to create his own. With much motivation from his students, friends and family, he finished his first comic, The Keepers #⅓. The world of The Keepers is expansive and each story told in it intertwines with one another to create a larger world.
Demons, monsters and armies of Darkness have always existed, but have been kept at bay by a secret organization that dates back through 5,000 years of Chinese history known as “The Keepers”. The times have changed and the organization is now worldwide, but one thing stays the same; The Keepers will keep protecting us from the Darkness.
For the latest from The Wong Comics, follow him on Facebook.
Mark Gould was born and raised in the badlands known as Kalihi. Graduated and/or survived from Farrington High School (where he failed art class horribly) and proceeded to work in the family biz.
He attended the Kubert School until a single word, from a single little girl rendered him paralyzed. The word, “Daddy”.
Besides the short stint at Kubert’s, Mark is self-taught and has been drawing since, like, seriously, as long as he can remember. He has worked on T-shirt and tattoo designs, commissions, gallery work, construction design, several indie comic book covers including Model A for Slave Labor Graphics and most recently a cover for a future issue of ‘Aumākua Guardians of Hawaii and some recent interiors for issue 2 of the same title. After drawing and writing and redrawing and rewriting his own comic for quite some time, he finally finished Native Sons: Ring of Fire, a story about a group of Hawaii based heroes unknowingly trained for years to fight in a centuries old war between the forces of light and dark.
Michael McGarvey is a writer, filmmaker, and comic-book creator from Makakilo, Hawaii. He is an alumnus of The Art Institute of California Los Angeles, where he majored in film. His favorite comic book creators are Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, Todd McFarlane, Stan Sakai, Alan Moore, Grath Ennis, and Robert Kirkman.
McGarvey is the writer and creator of The Hexing. A Local horror comic-book set in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. It follows a group of teenagers, who discover a form of Filipino Magic (Kulam). Harnessing the magic’s dark power. The teens change their lives for the better. But the more the teens use the magic, the more things seem to go bump in the night.
Vincent is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and aspiring comic book creator. He’s been a lifelong comic book nerd, reading his first comic book at age 8, and started drawing his own comics around the same time. His biggest artistic influences are Todd McFarlane, Chris Bachalo, Joe Madureira, Kenichi Sonoda, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Moebius. He’s spent the last ten odd years working in the offices of Image Comics, Inc. in a small production team putting together all of your favorite comics like Rumble, Seven To Eternity, Descender, I Hate Fairyland, and others. Now he’s striking out on his own, hoping to put more monsters and robots into your hands soon!
DWAYNE A. ACOBA
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
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.
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.
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.
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?