Monday, July 22, 2002

Edgar Tadeo, The Net, And Unrushed Art
The Philippine Star / Monday, July 15, 2002
Business As Usual / IT Monthly - Let's talk about technology
Headwriter: CORNELIUS S. MONDOY / Project Manager: BONG MONFORTE

The Internet has indeed provided a new frontier for everything: business, literature, pornography, music, art and animation, among others. Many of us have surely found delight with the creations of Joe Cartoon ( and his revolting gerfils and grainbusting soupahflies. But for real cartoon fanatics, especially those die-hard anime fans, the Internet provides more-than-the-usual dose of hardcore action - and of course, a few laughs.

On one lazy afternoon, I stumbled upon a website by accident. I was searching for some free hentai sites but then - I don't how it happened - CyAnime ( popped up on screen. Here was some serious anime, drawn and animated by Filipino. Checking out the site's anime archive of short flash cartoons and teasers, I soon found several gems. The Cyanime Presentation teaser, for example, is one heck of a smash, though it would have been better if it had some sound or dialogue. Then there was Round One, a short clip featuring a character patterned after the Street Fighter game versus one small fly*. Guess who wins? Funny.

The guy responsible for all this is Edgar Tadeo, comic book artist by profession, web animator on the side (if he has some free time in his hands). He belongs to the elite few Filipino artists who have cracked the comic book industry in he U. S. Dignitaries of this clique include Leinil Yu, Whilce Portacio, and Gerry Alanguilan. His portfolio of works include inks work for Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men; and colors for Iron Man, and Cable, among others.

The Internet as venue for animation holds much potential for Filipino artist like Tadeo. Dino Ignacio of the Bert is Evil fame also has his own cartoon site at This writer was recently granted a phone interview by the Rizal-based artist. Tadeo disclosed ti was only few years ago when he start to draw anime.

"I usually draw in the Western style, yung exaggerated lahat: muscles, hair, etc. It was my friends who inticed me to dabble in anime drawing. At first, I was a bit challenged because it did not know how to draw characters with big eyes and flowing hair. " Tadeo shares.
He is an undergrad of the Central Colleges of the Philippines and was introduced to the world of comic books at an early age. At age five, he drew his first comic book character, Spider-man. Currently, Tadeo accepts local freelance work but in the U. S., he is still under contract with Marvel Comics.

Tadeo shares the creating short Flash animation takes him a week or so to complete, which why he doesn't plan to make it a full-time preoccupation. It all started, he says, when he wanted to do something creative with his e-mails. One day, instead of sending ordinary e-mails, he sent flash cartoons to all his friends on the Net.

"The process was tedious the first time I did it. First, I had to draw on paper, then scan it, then polish it to Photoshop, then to Shockwave Flash. But now I draw directly to my computer," Tadeo explains.
He started his site, Cyanime, in 1999 but he maintains a personal website at Tadeo reveals that some of the animations in the archive were originally planned as a series but somehow they never got to push it through because of time constraints and commitments.

For someone who has tried to draw and put up a personal site using Shockwave Flash, the achievements of Edgar Tadeo is quite an envy. This writer can only hope to expect more anime and action from the Ed Clone.

Monday, July 08, 2002

Remembering Larry Alcala
Posted: 8:58 PM (Manila Time) | Jul. 07, 2002
By Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz
Inquirer News Service

JUNE 24 was an extraordinarily bleak day for the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) because it lost two special friends. First, there was the news from New York that Doreen G. Fernandez had passed away. Then, within an hour, there came the word from Bacolod that "Mang" Larry Alcala had died, too. The double-blow was more than anyone could handle.

Doreen would have been a special guest at this year's National Children's Book Day (NCBD) opening ceremonies at Museo Pambata on July 16 not only because she was a known consummate lover of the written word, but in her characteristic giving manner, she had donated to Museo Pambata her late husband Wili's collection of all the original artwork for Nick Joaquin's "Pop Stories for Groovy Kids," a 10-book series published by Mr. & Ms. Publishing in the '70s. The exhibit of the original artwork is one of the special offerings of the museum for NCBD.

During Doreen's prolonged hospitalization at the Makati Medical Center last year, Museo Pambata head and PBBY member Nina Lim-Yuson called to follow up on John Silva's lead that Doreen was thinking of making the donation. Doreen was not yet ready to take calls and since I was keeping watch that day, I took the message (Doreen and I were first cousins and dear friends). Even with many tubes attached to her body, she never complained or showed displeasure that we should be talking about the donation at a time like that. She quietly said that yes, she would attend to that sometime later.

She did attend to the donation. Before she died, there had been concern that Doreen might still be away on her New York vacation and thus fail to attend NCBD. Now definitely, her absence will be especially felt on that day.

Dean of illustrators

Mang Larry was the original sectoral representative of illustrators in the PBBY board. He organized workshops for illustrators at the Film Center in 1989 and the children's illustration workshop at the Goethe Institute in 1991 with German illustrator Reinhard Michl. He inspired many students at UP Fine Arts, where he taught and was department head of visual communication before he retired. He became the acknowledged godfather of Ang Ilustrador ng mga Kabataan (InK), according to founding member and former president Bernie Solina Wolf. In those days, artists specializing in children's book illustrations were unheard of.

PBBY chair Beaulah Taguiwalo succeeded Mang Larry as sectoral representative when he left for the kinder and healthier pace of Bacolod living in 1996. Taguiwalo vividly and gratefully recalls the incredibly humble manner in which this icon of Philippine cartooning conducted the PBBY-Goethe Institute workshop. A workshop requirement was an exhibit of illustrations for stories to be given to the illustrators on the spot. There was Mang Larry "humbly presenting typewritten stories he brought as possible choices." Taguiwalo says those were the early winners of the PBBY writing contest.

Taguiwalo chose "Sampaguita" by Ma. Elena Paterno, and her stunning artwork for the story, reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats' illustrations, won in the workshop and became her first published children's book. "I only realize now that Mang Larry was there to carry his responsibilities as sectoral representative for illustrators, to help in the creation and promotion of children's books."

Young illustrator Enrico Chua never met the cartoonist personally, but he was inspired by Mang Larry's cartoon strips "Bing Bang Bum" in Funny Komiks and "Siopawman" in the dailies. This was when Chua was four. "He taught me that anything is possible with his crazy characters and their unbelievable inventions (a lotion that creates prickly heat, a hat that makes you smarter, etc.) and that there's always something funny somewhere somehow in our "slices" of life. We just have to look for it. I miss him already."

It is a tribute to Mang Larry that the InK members have become the most sought-after illustrators in book publishing and graphic design today. Mang Larry, look at where they are now.

Never selfish

Mang Larry was never selfish with his art. He effortlessly dashed off our family Christmas card one year, humoring me with his hidden profile. But there was one artwork of his where he could not quite hide himself. This was PBBY-commissioned caricature he had to prepare for a Sunday magazine cover for the 1991 NCBD. He portrayed the board members as school children who loved to read. And since he was one of us, there he was reading not a book, but "komiks." He was well out of the range of vision of National Artist and PBBY honorary chair Lucrecia Kasilag who was depicted as a librarian. Other characters in the cartoon were Nic Tiongson and Virgilio Almario fighting over a book on "Girls", Dr. Serafin Quiason, Narcissa Munasque, Karina Bolasco, the late Carol Afan, Gloria Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peralejo, Nina Lim Yuson, Rene O. Villanueva, Angelina Cabanero and this writer.

RayVi Sunico, sectoral rep for publishers, visited Mang Larry during the wake. "Mang Larry in death looked happier, cooler, and better than some of the live people I see walking around," he remarked. "Says something about his quality of life."
Thank you, Mang Larry, for the laughter and the many years of friendship and working together to bring books and children together. We are fortunate to have known you better than just your now-famous profile.

The author is a member of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, tel. +63 2 372-3548 to 49. E-mail comments to nenisrc@

(PULP No.25, July 2002)

Most people drown their sorrow in beer and other nihilistic activities, but not this guy. Gerry Alanguilan whips up his pen and paper and starts drawing a mini comic series chronicling, among other things, a parallel story of how a girl broke his heart and the subsequent downfall of his main character, Eric. WASTED, of course, has since been released as a comic book by Alamat and later serialized in PULP magazines (PULP #8-16 / Sept 2000 to June-July 2001).

A recent development in the WASTED saga turns this Dark story into an independent film for the first time, directed by award-winning indie filmmaker Noel Lim (Wolfgang’s “Weightless” video and Magkakahoy, grand prize winner in 1st Southeast Asian Competition in Japan). “He has always been talking about doing a WASTED movie for years but nothing has really come out of it,” comments the WASTED creator. “IT wasn’t until middle of last year when everything became serious. There was really no question about Noel doing a good job. I know his work and I know he will do something good and rather unique. I agreed to the project with the stipulation that I will have final say on the script, if only to ensure that the spirit and intent of WASTED are not lost.”

Gerry has been tasked to write the script, which consisted pretty much of translating the comic book into Tagalog. With meager resources—Noel mostly funding the project with his personal money, with a pledge from Gerry to chip in later on—they have enlisted friends to play characters in the movie. “We’ve already got Uber-artist Dino Ignacio (Bert is Evil/website) to play a part in it. He’s already finish all his scenes and they’re terrific,” Gerry shares. So far, they are still looking for someone to play the pivotal role of Jenny, the girl whose infidelity drove the main character into despair.

Noel had also insisted that Gerry play the lead character himself. “I was absolutely against it. We did a screen test and people seemed to like it so I guess I’m stuck with it… I’m ugly and overweight, but I guess Noel knows what he’s doing,” Gerry dismisses.

Now, a year since it’s appearance in the pages of PULP magazine, WASTED will once again be reprinted in book format as a collector’s item featuring new artwork (Contributors include X-Men’s Whilce Portactio and Leinil Yu, among others), a new intro by Karen Kunawicz and recent WASTED convert Barbie Almalbis, and an afterword by it creator. Retail price is yet to be determined but advanced orders for the WASTED Limited Edition comic book may be phone in at 687-1709 (look for Michelle).


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