Friday, December 26, 2008

J.Torres & Elbert Or at Comic Odyssey

COMIC ODYSSEY invites you to our first creator signing event of the New Year!

Meet DC Comics writer J. TORRES and Oni Press artist ELBERT OR.

January 3, 2009 (Saturday), 2 – 4 pm
Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galleria branch

The first 100 people in attendance will receive a FREE DC COMIC written by J. Torres and a Wonder Woman Promo Pin.

J.TORRES is the writer of Wonder Girl, Ninja Scroll, Teen Titans Go, Family Dynamic, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, The Batman Strikes, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Blue Beetles, Alison Dare, X-Men:Ronin, and more!

ELBERT OR will be previewing pages of his upcoming project with J.Torres, LOLA: A GHOST STORY to be published by Oni Press in 2009.

Here's the first look at my next project for Oni Press, the graphic novel Lola: A Ghost Story. "Lola" is the Tagalog (Filipino) word for grandmother and this story is loosely based on some tall tales about my own maternal grandmother's childhood, some other family "history," as well as some folklore and mythology from the Philippines.

The artist of Lola is the multi-talented Elbert Or, whose blog can be found here. While you're there, make sure to check out his webcomics, which can be accessed from the right hand sidebar. The effectively minimalist and iconic Love and Heartbreak is probably my favourite one, but Camy and Me is also very charming and fun.

Pinoy Dark Horse


Eric has worked on the following animation projects : Aeon Flux, Masters of the Universe, Pitch Black: dark fury, The Batman, Justice League, Legion of Superheroes, Ben10: Alien Force.

His comic book work includes: Superman, Deathlok, Mr. Majestic, Ladytron, Cybernary 2.0., Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, The End League

Monday, December 22, 2008


This January, the full moon rises again for Marvel's most famous werewolf as writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Mico Suayan reintroduce Jack Russell to a new generation of readers in the four-issue “Dead of Night Featuring Werewolf by Night” miniseries, from Marvel's mature readers MAX imprint. CBR News spoke with Swierczynski about the project.

“And a lot of that is thanks to Mico Suayan, who knows how to get down and get gory. I love his work on this series, just like I loved his ‘Moon Knight art’. What Mico can do with human bodies--I’m just in awe. He’s Ed Gein with a fine arts degree.” --Duane Swierczynski

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Philip Tan on the Orange Lanterns

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Philip Tan Shows Off More Orange Lanterns

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pinoy DC Artists (March 2009)

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Mike Johnson
Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning return for a special 3-part story! The Prankster succeeds in creating his ultimate revenge when he makes The Man of Steel disappear forever! It's up to the World's Greatest Detective to find his friend, but to do that, he’ll have to embark on a quest to a place that could mean the end of The Worlds Finest Duo! Robin and John Henry Irons guest-star in part 1 of "Nanopolis"!
On sale March 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion
Variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari
“Agent Orange” part 2! The prelude to “The Blackest Night” continues as the war of light explodes across the Vega System. It's the Green Lantern Corps vs. the bizarre Orange Lantern Corps led by the most disgusting, filthiest, vilest being in the universe. But now that Agent Orange has been disturbed, what does that mean to the rest of the universe? Plus, John Stewart battles alongside his newest ally...Fatality?
Retailers please note: This issue

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pinoy Marvel Artists

Carlo Pagulayan (AGENTS OF ATLAS)

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Writer JEFF PARKER on Carlo's art: It's just incredible what Carlo has been turning in, and then when Jana Schirmer colors it- readers are going to be pleased. It really makes the scale of everything that happens in the book huge. It's especially fun for me because he was the first artist I worked with regularly when I started writing for Marvel on Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, and we knew he was going places then. Carlo is one of those guys you want to be able to lavish time on a story, so we're setting up the events to let him do that and bring in other artists we like to tell other bits in complementary styles.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Trese featured in GEEKS ARE EVIL

Now online! GEEKS ARE EVIL: THE TRESE EPISODE! Hosted by Anansi Girl. Co-hosted by Charles Tan.

Hear me and Kajo babble about Trese! Discover the secret origin of Kajo's name! Hear Kajo's voice (which disappeared when we were being interviewed on ANC... hehehe). Find out if we'll tell you the secret origin of the Kambal (we don't, actually). Listen if we'll tell you what happens in Trese: Book3! (Maybe, we will.)

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Whilce Portacio talks about TRESE

An AZ VIDEO BLOG : Whilce Portacio's message to pinoy komikeros

From the video:
The first topic is comments on Filipino Komiks … on what’s been happening in the local scene lately. I have to say I’ve been very proud of what been happening lately with books like Zsazsa Zaturnnah and the reaction its gotten from the Philippine society as a whole.

And I’m extremely proud of, for instance, Trese. … when I was in the Philippines and I was introduced to this ghost-hunter subculture in the Philippines, I was enthralled by that. And I always thought someone should take that world, those people, and show the world what’s that really like.

I believe Budj and Kajo have done an exquisite job of giving us that slice of life, of that world, of what that subculture in the Philippines is like, and I believe that once it gets known-- once the world gets to know that, they’re just going to go crazy.

Trese... is one of the best ongoing books in that market. It is the book I would love to write myself...about Filipinos in the Philippines and all doing purely Filipino things in Filipino ways. They capture the true atmosphere of the Manila I know and love.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

KOMIKON report in Philippine Star

The Kult of Komikon
By Ramon De Veyra

As I went up the steps of the UP Bahay ng Alumni last week, a man passed by holding up a puppet with an oversized bright pink head. Any doubt I was heading towards the right direction—that of the fourth annual Komikon — were erased.

This year’s Komikon may have been the best ever. It certainly seemed like it had the best attendance. People filled up the narrow aisles, jostling for space among the boxes and tables of cool swag.

Because the venue was not air-conditioned, trapped humidity from the rains that day made for muggy, sweaty conditions.

Various cooling fans were set up around the hall, where you’ll find (human) fans and professionals alike in a relaxed atmosphere, trying to beat the heat and engage in casual I’m-not-a-stalker type of conversation.

A number of panel discussions took place before the event proper, focusing on specific subjects ranging from trying to find work overseas to making your own comics, to teaching/learning comics in an academic environment.

Various creators took turns being interviewed onstage and by different camera crews.

The comics community is small enough that you can pretty much fit all the current luminaries under one roof — from comic strip royalty like Pol Medina, Jr. and relative newcomer Manix Abrera, to comic book creators Leinil Yu and Harvey Tolibao.

Rare appearances were made by Lan Medina, so far the only Filipino to win the coveted Eisner award; and Tony DeZuñiga, co-creator of Jonah Hex and Black Orchid, visiting from the US.

Featured guest Gerry Alanguilan debuted the fourth, concluding issue of his mini-series Elmer at Komikon, with the good news that a compilation would be arriving next year, as well as a new edition of his still-popular book Wasted.

Perhaps the book of the show was Arnold Arre’s long-awaited fourth graphic novel, Martial Law Babies. Arre was there, happily talking to fans, posing for photos and signing books as he was mobbed almost upon entering.

One of my favorite things about Komikon is discovering new talent. Though a lot of new comic books and mini-comics are debuted at the show, most continue to be tired retreads of the creator’s favorite properties or genre.

It’s rare to find a fresh perspective that is both singular and skilled (even if that skill is raw and in need of some honing). But when you do, it makes the wading through tables of dreck worth it.

Out of the dozens of books I saw and the six I thought worth buying, one book stands out among my purchases of that day: Mary Rañises’ The Girl Who Turned Into A Fish.

It’s a charming little tale pretty much summarized by its title.

If I remember correctly Rañises didn’t even have a booth, she was just hand-selling to people she met.

For this reason I was prepared to politely decline, but once I saw her artwork I realized waitaminute— this kid’s got chops! And she’s still a student! I hope to see a lot more from her in the future.

My other favorite thing about Komikon is scoring great deals on comics, of course. For this, I was not disappointed. I found many books priced lower than a new issue of your favorite local magazine.

I snagged some cheap issues of indie comics, rare out-of-print manga collections, and the biggest surprise of all: an old Howard Chaykin collection called Power & Glory. Truly, when I opened it the next morning, I discovered it was signed and numbered! It’s bonuses like these that have me already looking forward to next year’s Komikon.

QTV: Comic book lovers hold convention in UP

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