Sunday, June 19, 2016

C.B. Cebulski talks about the possibility of Pinoy Marvel superhero


A real Filipino hero in the Marvel Universe is possible


Marvel’s man in Asia C.B. Cebulski says, ‘It’s just a matter of finding the right one, and the right people to do it’

Ruel de Vera, May 13, 2016

“The Marvel Universe is the universe outside your window,” the Marvel exec adds. “We want young kids in Manila to be able to look outside their window and see a Filipino hero who is not just stereotypical. So that there are local creators who really feel these heroes were created by someone like them, who understands their culture so their backgrounds feel authentic and their powers are based on Filipino history or mythology. And that the hero is in Manila but can have adventures with Spider-Man or the Avengers or the Fantastic Four, bringing that level of authenticity to the Marvel universe.”

Additionally, that hero’s backstory needs to be a Marvel story. “It’s not just taking a piece of history or mythology. It’s taking the idea and giving it a Marvel origin. Every Marvel hero has a unique origin usually based on tragedy. They’re flawed. That’s why people can relate to them, to the human side behind the mask. We have to make it more Marvel, so that the Filipino Peter Parker or Bruce Banner is someone who’s also believable, has a background in the culture and has problems with their family, like all the other Marvel heroes.”

Cebulski says the Philippines would be perfect for this. “Marvel has such a long history with the Philippines, going back to the 1970s—beginning with Alcala, Steve Gan, Rudy Nebres—and those artists now, with Leinil Yu and Carlo Pagulayan. The Philippines is the perfect place for passion and growth with Marvel.”

Cebulski adds that the Philippines is not only an English-speaking country that got into comics early, that the Filipino creators passed down their knowledge to the next generation.

“There’s a feeling of mentorship in the Philippines that I don’t see in other places,” he points out, adding that there is “an enormous amount of Filipino talent working with Marvel” including Yu, Pagulayan, Gerry Alanguilan and Stephen Segovia.

He also praises “Trese” creator Budjette Tan: “He does a great job of doing his own books and his own comics that really embrace the Filipino storytelling side of things, but also sharing the passion for the Marvel brand because that’s the basis of superhero storytelling.”


Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/228603/a-real-filipino-hero-in-the-marvel-universe-is-possible#ixzz494YsDYpL 

Friday, December 04, 2015

2015 KOMIKON REPORT by Ruel de Vera


The Komikon Report: A bigger, busier Komikon

The Philippines’ most important comics event is now twice its original size, and as influential as ever (Ruel de Vera)


 

Monday, March 16, 2015

the aborted PENUMBRA project

Back in 2011, we hatched a plan to compile the first three novellas of David Hontiveros into one hardback, with new artwork from Bow Guerrero. Bow went as far as designing the look of the book. The plan didn't push through and David ended up focusing on SEROKS and Bow worked on DEMON DUNGEON.

I found these pages while digging up some old files.

Maybe, someday, Penumbra will see the light of day (or maybe it'll only be seen by moonlight).

PENUMBRA novellas by David Hontiveros
Art and book design by Bow Guerrero 
 











 

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