I would no longer update this blog. But please check my new portfolio, which also contains comics-related content:
Here is my coverage of the recent Komikon 2012 for GMA News Online:
Beyond Komikon: Young creators bring komiks to life
With the help of technology, the new generation of komiks creators combine their youthful creativity with online platforms that may make Mars Ravelo and other komiks legends green with envy.
Aspiring to be a successful comic book writer? Heed these tips from local comics rock stars Manix Abrera, Budjette Tan, and Paolo Fabregas as they reveal the secrets to their success.
for Funny Komiks at age 16, and now looks forward to more opportunities illustrating for Marvel Comics. He regards working on “X-treme X-men” a dream come true."
My feature on Ambush and MegaWoman is now up on GMA News Online.I hope you'd enjoy reading it!
"Celebrities Heart Evangelista and Sharon Cuneta have become superheroines in komiks created by Andrew Villar and Ernest Caritativo, a decade after Carlo Vergara created gay komiks heroine Zsazsa Zaturnnah. But do local komiks really need movie stars?"
It is quite embarrassing to admit that it was only last night that I picked up Gerry Alanguilan's award-winning comic book Elmer. Thanks perhaps to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, which closed before 7 pm due to the inclement weather, I found myself browsing books at the nearby Powerbooks store. I then flipped a coin to determine my purchase between Elmer and Skyworld. The comic book with a chicken on the cover won.
Weirdly enough, my subconscious mind drove me to Max's for dinner in Market Market. I ordered a budget meal—a fried chicken and two cups of rice—and was told that food would be served after 15 minutes. To kill time, I opened the book and started reading.
I saw boobs. I could live with that. The first pages hinted that the book is not for all-ages. Then I read about the protagonist—a talking chicken—ranting about racism and calling humans bastards who used to eat them. I skipped some pages and saw images of chickens being beheaded.
And then my meal came. (Insert Twilight Zone music.)
I did not think the comic book wanted to make me a vegetarian but with a bit of guilt, I devoured the chicken. This is what I get for not reading reviews with spoilers. I still don't regret doing it but being served a fried chicken after seeing images of fowl massacre is really weird.
I read the book in one-sitting. Elmer is both melancholic and funny—the best Filipino-made graphic novel I've read so far. I think what moved me most is not the racism shown in the book, but the relationship of the titular character, Elmer, with his son, Jake.We are presented to a kind of father who admitted to his wife that he might have failed his son.
Experiencing the greatness of Elmer was like someone pouring me a bucket of ice-cold water. I am not worthy to be asked by the author to send a copy of our indie comics last year.
The only complaint I have? The book is riddled with typographical errors. The blurb by Neil Gaiman should be inspected by a grammar cop. For a second printing, I wish proofreaders, if there were, should have done their job.
Nonetheless, it is great comic book Filipinos should read and be proud of! Just don't read it while having your Chickenjoy.
I was invited to talk about Segovia Solutions at "GLOCAL Tales - Global Markets for Local Creations" on Saturday, 2-4pm at the CMC Auditorium." I am a bit excited and scared to meet experts on film, animation, comics and gaming from the US. This includes one of the founders of Pixar and the man behind the marketing of Tintin.
I hope you could drop by this Saturday! :)
From UP College of Mass Communication page:
Everyone is invited to attend GLOCAL Tales - Global Markets for Local Creations on Saturday, 2-4pm at the CMC Auditorium.
Creative industry experts on film, animation, and gaming from the US will interact and exchange ideas with young Filipino artists on global perspectives on expanding the market of local creations. A selection of creative works will be presented before the open forum.