Any time I go to a comic-book convention, I have to restrain myself from buying all the tiki things. Because there are always tiki things. At this year’s Alternative Press Expo, however, I knew in advance that I had only one goal. At last year’s APE, I got this print by animation artist Brittney Lee:
It’s part of a series of illustrations of Hawaiian deities. This is Laka, goddess of the forest and the hula. All year, I’ve been itching to set her up with a companion, and here he is!
Kane, the giver of life! Once Andrew uses his museum-curating powers to frame this print, they’ll be perfect together.
Of course, I’m already thinking about how much I want Maui and Hina, too, but I have a problem. And that problem is that Brittney Lee is too damn good at art. Seriously, check out her blog, especially her cut-paper pieces, and be amazed. Am I excited about the upcoming It’s a Small World tribute book that will feature one of her pieces? Yes, I am extremely excited.
As I said, the Kane print was going to be my one tiki purchase, but that was before I saw Kim Dwinell’s minicomic preview of her upcoming graphic novel Surfside Girls.
I’d never commissioned tiki art before (although Andrew got Kostas Kiriakakis to draw me a boss hula girl at Comic-Con), but when I saw Kim’s art I realized the time had come. I asked her for a watercolor illustration of a surfing girl, and here’s what I picked up at the end of the convention:
So very cute. I can’t wait for Andrew to use his framing powers on this one, too.