My name is Christopher Caravalho and I am the creator and founder of Mana Comics, a comic book company that celebrates ethnic diversity by showcasing superheroes from Hawai'i.
Growing up in Hawai'i you are surrounded by many ethnicities and cultures. I was the shy, quiet, awkward, chubby kid who would sketch in class. I discovered that my art was a great icebreaker to eventually make friends. One of things I enjoyed to do was to draw my multiethnic classmates into superheroes. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was laying down the foundation for what was to become MANA COMICS superheroes from Hawai'i.
When I first decided to make a comic book I could have decided to go with an imagined fantasyland based in the stars, but I wanted to write what I knew and that was life in Hawaii'.
I wanted the Mana Comic Universe to have a landscape that local people like me would relate to and find exciting, like, “OMG, are they fighting at Magic Island?", or "Isn’t that Kuhio Park Terrace in the background?", or "WTH, Rabbit Island is a penitentiary!?!" I like to blend fiction into fact for that added shock value for the reader.
When I introduced my superhero characters in my comic book Aumakua Guardians of Hawaii I also included information about where each member was from. I did this to help make the character relatable to readers, and to give an idea of what their personality may be like. In Hawai'i, there is a snap judgment based on what town you're from. However, I like to put a spin on this. My Kalihi boy is a Polynesian powerhouse named Supersize Sole. Instead of a rugged stereotype I made him educated, humble, and kind. For my Hawai'i Kai hero I made him a friendly pidgin-talking rugged braddah.
I love Hawai'i like I do comics.
I’m proud to be a local island boy. It’s my passion to share stories with not only Hawai'i,
but the world of what life would be like if we had present-day superheroes.