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.”
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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?