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Caleb Hartsfield

Caleb Hartsfield is a smile on a foggy mirror, a sand castle on the shoreline, a lit wick in the wind. He’s seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, and watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. Something something, tears in rain.

In reality, Caleb Hartsfield is an intern and cartoonist at Honolulu Civil Beat. He makes cartoons, otherwise known as comics, and sometimes known as graphic novels…honestly, he doesn’t know what to call them. As a cartoonist, he’s not concerned with presenting reality at face value as much as he’s interested in abstracting and poking fun at it. In need of a more substantive opener, he wrote a litany in the vein of Billy Collins along with a couple of throwaway lines from Bladerunner.

He could tell you his credentials. That he was born and raised in Hawaii, wanted to draw comics ever since the 1st grade, and graduated from the University of Hawaii Manoa with a bachelor’s in art. During his time in college he was the comic editor for Ka Leo and was an award finalist for the Associated College Press.

He could also tell you about his hobbies. That he enjoys playing guitar, reading, recreational snorkeling, and any form of artmaking (although he’s quite bad at crafts.)

But what’s the point of all this? It’s not much better than saying he likes long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

So if you want to know Caleb, don’t take this bio at face value; try to abstract from it a sense of his character instead and feel free to poke fun at him.

The Long Vacation: Mainland Poke

The Long Vacation: Mainland Poke

It’s possible to make yourself a proper bowl if you can overcome the poke language barrier, avoid the giant rolls and resist most of the toppings.

The Long Vacation: Was It Worth It To Leave Hawaii?

The Long Vacation: Was It Worth It To Leave Hawaii?

Roads that never seem to end. Masses of unfamiliar faces. The opportunity to experience Southern California comes at a cost.

The Long Vacation: This Reality Was Not What I Expected

The Long Vacation: This Reality Was Not What I Expected

Our transplanted cartoonist suffers sticker shock, California style, as he settles into his new home.

The Long Vacation: Being Smart About Hawaii’s Simple Pleasures

The Long Vacation: Being Smart About Hawaii’s Simple Pleasures

It took moving to California to realize the islands need to be more like the showroom of an Ikea furniture store.

The Long Vacation: Life On The Clean Streets Of LA

The Long Vacation: Life On The Clean Streets Of LA

Other than a parking ticket, our transplanted intern reports smooth sailing on fresh-washed roadways in his latest dispatch from Southern California.

The Long Vacation: Leaving On A Jet Plane

The Long Vacation: Leaving On A Jet Plane

Our intrepid cartoonist finds his footing on the mainland in (yikes) Los Angeles.

More Alternative Uses for the Honolulu Rail Line

More Alternative Uses for the Honolulu Rail Line

Readers offer their own visions for how we might best use the 20-mile line.

When The Sit-Lie Ban Isn’t Enough

When The Sit-Lie Ban Isn’t Enough

The law already prevents homeless people from getting too comfortable on Waikiki’s sidewalks. But what about those inviting grassy areas?

So Da Kine

So Da Kine

In Hawaii, “da kine” is  an all-purpose phrase that can be a noun, verb or adjective. Ask any pidgin-speaker: “Da kine is da kine!”

TheBus Noir: Mystery Of Circle Island

TheBus Noir: Mystery Of Circle Island

It was seemingly a route to nowhere, but Civil Beat’s cartoonist was determined to solve the riddle.

Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Alternative Uses For Honolulu Rail Line

Say city and state leaders never do figure out how to finish the project. That doesn’t mean what’s already built goes to waste.

Scariest Ride In Honolulu

Scariest Ride In Honolulu

The 50th State Fair has begun at Aloha Stadium near the route of the wildly over-budget Honolulu rail project.