Kenneth Maxwell Nama (born June 9, 1979) is an American web producer, visual artist, animator, actor, and voice actor. He is known for drawing the webcomic Keith, creating Blue Kai, and animating the first four seasons of Sketchworld. He owns the company Nama Arts, and resides in Tallahassee, Florida.

Nama is the son of Tokoshi and Ellen Nama (née Kamagana), a Japanese-American couple, and he is the brother of cartoonist George Nama.

In 2016, Nama won the Foundation for Media by Asian Americans's (FMAA) "Success in Production — Animation" award.

Early life

Kenny Nama was born on June 9, 1979 in Albany, New York, United States to Tokoshi and Ellen Nama.

Career

Nama began his career in 2008, when he began making a webcomic called Keith. From 2011–2014, Nama animated the first four seasons of Sketchworld. He also starred as James Ung on the web series No More Halos from seasons 4 to 9, which were released from 2013 to 2019. He would also appear as Donald Izuiba on noSilent in 2014. In 2015, he created Blue Kai, producing the show through his company, Nama Arts. It was his first original web series.

On May 14, 2020, he announced that his biographical graphic novel, The Great Nisei Son, would come out in September.[1] It is also his first graphic novel.

Personal life

Kenny Nama lives in an apartment in Albany, New York. He runs the website NamaArts.com, which was originally made for personal use, but it is now used for personal use and company work.

Filmography

As cast member

Year Title Role(s) Notes
2013–2019 No More Halos James Ung
2014 noSilent Donald Izuiba 6 episodes
2015–2017 Blind Eye Lucifer Magma 24 episodes
2016 Animated in a Garage Himself (voice) 2 episodes
End of the Earl Eddie Fitzpatrick (voice)
2017 just1nation Furry #4 (voice) Episode: "Runaway Ranaway"
2017–2018 Plugged In with Greg Havel Himself 4 episodes
2018 Thomas Katsuma Presents Jonathan Kokame Episode: "Don't Tell Me"
2020 Dead Hub Clark Huang

As crew member

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 Sketchworld Animator 80 episodes
2015–present Blue Kai Creator, writer, executive producer
2016–2018 LockOut Developer, writer, executive producer
2020–2021 From Which We Came Creator, executive producer

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Foundation for Media by Asian Americans Success in Production – Animation Kenny Nama Won
2018 Videofreak Awards Voice Actor of the Year Won
MediaMega Awards Best Animator Nominated
2019 PokeyPoke Awards Best Anime-Styled Western Animation Blue Kai Won

Bibliography

Year Title
2020[1] The Great Nisei Son

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nama, Kenny [@KennyNama] (May 14, 2020). "My brand new biographical graphic novel, #TheGreatNiseiSon, comes out this September." (Tweet)
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