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.
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.
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 He runs the website NamaArts.com, which was originally made for personal use, but it is now used for personal use and company work.
As cast member
|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
|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
|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|
|2020||The Great Nisei Son|
- Nama, Kenny [@KennyNama] (May 14, 2020). "My brand new biographical graphic novel, #TheGreatNiseiSon, comes out this September." (Tweet)