About Us: The Origin Story
Welcome one and all to the world of creative madness – welcome to Handmadecardboardinnovations.com! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to view the array of products made available by Zelpha Ltd. and its founder Luanga Lue Nuwame.
In essence, Zelpha Ltd. and Luanga Nuwame are one-in-the-same! Everything on this website was individually made by hand, or created/written by, Nuwame and published via his corporation Zelpha Comics Ltd. (named after his loving maternal grandmother Zelpha Watson).
Zelpha Comics Ltd. started in 2012 as a way for Nuwame to publish his array of indie comic book titles like Paper Rock Scissors N’ Stuff Wars, The Adventures of Little Petalianne and Enter the World of Mephistopheles. Since its inception, Zelpha Comics has branched out into publishing trading cards, board game concepts, cardboard novelties and offering custom design services for individuals and businesses.
Nuwame is a geeky nerd-boy inventor who has always been inspired by great creative minds like Thomas Edison, Granville Woods, George S. Parker, Todd McFarlane, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. In 2008, Nuwame created the Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel to share his love of cardboard DIY crafting with viewers worldwide. Over 6.6 million people have watched his craft videos ranging from cardboard swimming pools to cardboard furniture and comic book crafts. Nuwame has also published multiple books including the DIY manual The Cardboard Bible.
For decades, Nuwame has been a non-stop creation machine pumping out with well over 200 intellectual property inventions, stories, and designs. Frustrated over the years with trying hopelessly to find manufacturers/publishers/distributors/retailers to give his unique designs/inventions commercial opportunities, Nuwame decided to instead combine Zelpha Ltd. with Shopify’s e-commerce platform and expertise to launch his concepts directly to consumers. No need for a middleman or brick-and-mortar locations – anything Nuwame imagines will be showcased here for YOU to decide on. If you want something different, practical and unique, you have found the right place! New products will be added continuously throughout the year.
Zelpha Ltd. is strictly about handmade, small print batches that are unique to the buyer! No mass-production overseas low-wages paid commodities here – every cardboard-based product on this website is made by hand in Canada using materials sourced from Canada and the United States. Everything sold is signed by Nuwame personally and many products are hand numbered as well. We want you to have that special something that has meaning.
Please note, due to the handmade-per-order nature of most of the items available on this website, each product has specified production turnaround times listed in the description area. Many of the comic books are pre-orders with specified release dates. There are copious amounts of personal time and passion that goes into making each item, so we ask for your patience while an order is being made. E-mail updates will be provided as orders/releases become finalized.
If you want something 100% unique made for you out of cardboard – a one-of-a-kind gift – let’s talk and make magic happen!
Thank you to Marsha (wife) and Azura (daughter) for always supporting and dealing with the inventive messes Nuwame makes when he creates these products in the living room and basement. You are the best family a man could ever wish for!
Also extending a ‘thank you’ to Mississauga-based Marwood Printing for their excellent work in producing the comic books offered on this site.
Thank you to Zelpha Watson (Nuwame’s Grandmother) and Carol Gordon (Nuwame’s mom) for being such amazing, strong and inspirational women. Nuwame and Zelpha Ltd. would be nothing without the decades of love and support you provided.
And a very special 'thank you' has to be given to the amazing artists who were instrumental in helping bring Nuwame's concepts to life. Zelpha Comics is truly blessed to have such amazing talent involved with the creation of its comics. Please, check out their individual pages to experience just how immersive and beautiful their portfolios are:
George Leon: https://www.instagram.com/customcomicshop/
Hugh Rookwood: http://chozenstudios.com/
Daniel Wong: http://oshouki.com/
Michael T. Gilbert: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_T._Gilbert
Mike Rooth: http://www.mikerooth.com/
Greg Merritt: https://gjmerritt.wixsite.com/merrittillustrations
Marie Jane Works: https://www.mariejaneworks.com/
Ralph del Mundo: https://www.ralphdelmundo.com/
Cheers everyone and shop away. Contact us directly if you have a question, comment or custom request.