By Jason S. Yadao
We've been looking this week at MangaBento's "Nakamaboko" exhibit, with its giant octopus, intricate artwork and a dorky anime/manga blogger playing with the interactive comic wall. You have until Saturday to look at it in person in the second-floor gallery of the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.)
There's one more section of the exhibit to cover here in Otaku Ohana, this one showcasing the work of another group: Comic Jam Hawaii, the cartoonist/artist collective that's been gathering monthly to fellowship and draw cartoons, illustrations and sketches together. As these pictures show, they have a lot of fun at these get-togethers.
Here's the gallery link for those of you who are Flashless or Flash-averse: www.flickr.com/photos/sumiyoshi/sets/72157630546908662/
As I note in the gallery intro on Flickr, Comic Jam Hawaii usually meets from 6 to 9 p.m. every last Wednesday of the month at Kahala Mall. This month, though, members are making a special appearance at two events, both of which are on Saturday. The first appearance, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be at Pearlridge Center in conjunction with the mall's "Hall of Heroes" superhero exhibit. Look for them in the space in Pearlridge Uptown where Borders used to be (*sniffle*).
Not only will they be sketching and inviting visitors to join in, they'll also be giving away packs of nine random "chibi-fied" superhero cards from a set of 93 images the artists have drawn over the past few weeks. (One free pack per person, please.) Spider-Man, Superman, Captain America, Wolverine ... they're all in there, and then some. There's even a chance of snagging some original artwork. But we're all about giving the Japanese properties a little extra push here in Otaku Ohana, so here are previews of MidWeek cartoonist Roy Chang's Astro Boy card ...
... and Star-Advertiser "Calabash" cartoonist Jon Murakami's take on Kikaida.
You know you want 'em. (I know I do.) Also, if you spend $50 at Pearlridge on Saturday, you can get a copy of Jon's book, "If You Were a Superhero in Hawaii." Not a bad way to spend a few hours, really.
After their stint at Pearlridge, the gang will be heading down Moanalua Road a bit and setting up shop at Aiea Library from 2 to 5 p.m., where they'll continue to sketch and offer various sketching activities for children of all ages.
Want to learn more about Comic Jam Hawaii? You'll have to be logged in to a Facebook account; if you are, visit www.facebook.com/groups/147779161986428/
Anime around town
The Dragonfly Kickstarter: There's just a few hours left to pledge support for the live-action "Kikaida meets X-Files" superhero show from the creator of Pineapple Man, Sam Campos. And truth be told, at only 12% of its $50,000 goal raised, the chances of it getting funded are remote at best. But you never know, I could be surprised by a flurry of contributors in the stretch run. The campaign ends at noon Friday; visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/195805089/dragonfly-0 for details.
Pen & Ink Works: This group of anime/manga-inspired artists is celebrating its first anniversary with a manga printmaking activity Saturday at ArtSpree, the annual family art festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (the former Contemporary Museum) in Makiki. Create your own manga characters with help from Pen & Ink Works members, and enjoy the food, activities and entertainment available across the entire Spalding House campus. ArtSpree runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free. (Be advised that parking will not be available at Spalding House; visitors are advised to park at Punahou School and catch the free shuttle.) For more on ArtSpree, visit honolulumuseum.org/12787-artspree; for more on Pen & Ink Works, visit peninkworks.wordpress.com.
HEXXP: The biggest recent news out of the pop culture convention home of Nobuo Uematsu, a World Cosplay Summit regional qualifying round, a Macross 25th anniversary exhibit and the Miku Hatsune DJ Dance Party is that it's expanding to three days of programming from two. Yes, HEXXP is now running from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. For those of you who have already preregistered, your passes now cover that extra day.
Those of you who missed out on the first round of VIP passes also now have a second chance; the second and final block of 150 passes recently went on sale. They aren't cheap -- $175, compared to the standard $55 for a regular all-days pass -- but they do grant access to a special VIP lounge where con guests will be making regular appearances and express, preferred seating at special events.
And finally, I've gotten word that two more guest announcements will be made, possibly as soon next week. Stay tuned.
For more information, visit www.hexxp.com.