DEB AOKI was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, thriving on a steady diet of Japanese manga (comic books), MTV and Spam (R) musubis (rice balls).  Since 1996, Deb Aoki's Bento Box comic strip has been featured weekly in Sunday Island Life section of The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii's largest daily newspaper. She has also illustrated the best-selling Hawaii children's books "Best Hawaiian Style Mother Goose Ever" and "Auntie Lulu's Zoo" with Hawaii author, Kevin Sullivan. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where they have halfway decent Hawaiian food.

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