Comics journalist Andy Warner in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park



On this Big Blend Radio segment, hear about comics journalist Andy Warner’s month long National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) artist-in-residence experience at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Plus, NPAF founder Tanya Ortega shares some upcoming artist residency opportunities at Hawai’i Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks, as well as in Death Valley National Park.

During his residency, Warner explored the human accommodation to life around volcanoes, and began to parlay personal stories of culture, science and tradition into a long-form nonfiction comic that explores the aftermath and recovery from the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. 

“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,” he said.

Warner is a New York Times bestselling comics journalist and artist, whose comics range between journalism, documentary and memoir. He has published two books of nonfiction history in comic form, and is a contributing editor of 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. Keep up with Andy at and see his story “The Kīlauea Eruption is Still Being Felt” at

The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation. The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks of the U.S. through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors ranging from corporate sponsors, small business, art patrons and citizen supporters of the parks. Learn more at

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