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Thursday, January 04, 2024 

A comic to support victims of the Maui disaster

Fox 5 Vegas reports about a comics titled Maui Strong, written to support victims of last year's fire disaster in Hawaii at the township of Lahaina:
Hawaii’s comic book creators have teamed up to produce a series of comics called Maui Strong. The anthology will raise money for disaster relief on the Valley Isle.

“I believe in this project, and I believe we can do some incredible good with this,” said illustrator and editor Carl Shinyama.

He’s spearheading the project and is one of more than a dozen Hawaii illustrators and writers who are working on the anthology.

“Some of these stories are being adapted for the very first time. In a way, we’re making history,” he said.

The stories are illustrated versions of ancient Hawaiian Maui myths and legends passed down through generations.

“To bring those stories to life, we’re really excited to do that for the anthology,” writer Joshua Sky said. [...]

Many of the collaborators on Maui Strong are independent artists who create and publish their own comic books. This is the first time they have worked together on one project.

“The best way to tell people who we are and where we come from is through the mo’olelo and the chant of our ancestors,” Shinyama said. “We decided to reach out to Hawaiian artists and writers to help tell this mo’olelo.”

The independent comic website Zoop is coordinating donations to fund the anthology’s production. Many people have already ordered the first issue in advance.

All proceeds will go to Maui Rapid Response.
The disaster in Lahaina was one of the worst incidents started by a brush fire, with the most chilling part being that the officals in charge did not act responsibly. It could make for an interesting premise for a comics history story too, and seriously, the creators who've teamed up for this project could consider developing a comic focusing on such issues too. For now, their goal with this comic is a noble one.

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