Bestselling Comics Artist to Present Stories of Kīlauea Eruption

June 22, 2019, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated June 20, 11:39 AM
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Kīlauea summit 2018 ash cloud comic. Courtesy of Andy Warner.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s June artist-in-residence Andy Warner will share a nonfiction comic he created about the 2018 Kīlauea eruption as part of the park’s After Dark in the Park program on June 25.

For nearly a month, Warner—a New York Times bestselling comic journalist and artist—met and talked with people impacted by the destruction, exploring how humans adapted to the crisis and weaving personal stories of culture, science and tradition.

Warner will present his long-form comic exploring the aftermath of the eruption on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The program is free to attend but park entrance fees apply.

“I want to tell the stories of real people and the real impact of the events last summer,” Warner said. “I’ve interviewed residents, talked with Hawaiians, park rangers and scientists, and their stories form the backbone of this project.”

Warner is the author of two books of nonfiction history in comic form. His work spans the genres of journalism, documentary and memoir. He is also a contributing editor for The Nib, an online publication for nonfiction comics. His newest book, This Land is My Land, is a collection of true stories about flawed utopias and artistic environments.

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