Comic creator demonstrates art at Molokai Public Library today

Cartoonist Jon J. Murakami will present a lecture-demonstration today at the Molokai Public Library on the art of cartooning. The program is suitable for ages 10 or older and begins at 3 p.m.

Comic artist Jon Murakami will be at the Molokai Public Library today.

In celebration of Teen Read Week (Oct. 16-22), Audra Furuichi, co-creator of the webcomic “Nemu Nemu,” and Murakami, creator of the “Gordon Rider” comic book, will be featured artists at selected public libraries during the month of October.

Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative created by the American Library Association for teens, their parents, librarians, and others. It encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it.

An example of Murakami's artwork.

Murakami, a freelance cartoonist, will conduct a fascinating lecture-demonstration on the art of cartooning. Murakami is best known for his line of “Local Kine” greeting cards, but has also illustrated several children’s books including “Geckos Surf,” “Going to the Zoo in Hawaii,” and “The Original Poi Cats in Hawaii.” In addition, Murakami creates comic strips for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and other local publications.

Murakami will present “Cartooning” at seven public libraries on Oahu, Maui, and Molokai. Phone the Molokai Public Library at 553-1765 for more information.

These 45-minute programs are sponsored through a grant from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Ko Olina Hawaii, Marriott Resorts Hawaii, HMS Host, Meadow Gold Dairies, Hansen Distribution Group, Armstrong Produce, Roberts Hawaii, DFS Hawaii, and Toshiba Business Solutions. Program schedules are subject to change.

Furuichi will conduct a step-by-step hands-on demonstration of her comic-making process. She will also discuss the benefits of using technology and the Internet to reach an audience beyond the schoolyard. These demonstrations are only scheduled for libraries on Oahu and Kauai. This program is suitable for ages 14 and older.

In addition, libraries statewide will host free programs focusing on this year’s theme — “Picture It @ your library.” For a list of these programs, visit


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  1. I should have posted this story yesterday, kala mai!

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