Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Filipino comic book artists unite for heroic cause
By John Geddes, USA TODAY



Whilce recently did an interview with USA TODAY about the Renaissance project / event :

Whilce said, "We're working on an event right now called Renaissance. It's a charity auction ... that will provide money to some of these artists who have fallen on tough times. I got the top Filipino artists together to create pieces for this auction. Their mission was to create a Filipino superhero. I told them, 'You're world-class artists, make a character that kids in the Philippines can look up to, can be inspired by.' I want these kids to see artists creating heroes that look like them and that live and interact in local places that they recognize. It's a key part of establishing that sense of history, pride and legacy. If we can do that while providing support for artists in need, then we're accomplishing two worthy goals at the same time."


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Manix Abrera interview in SUNDAY INQUIRER MAGAZINE

The Rise of Manix
By Ruel S. De Vera

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12/19/2009

IT appears to be just another graphic novel, its matte black cover peppered with what seem to be teardrops, each of them containing a falling humanoid figure – save one. The biggest drop carries the book’s title: “12.” There is no author’s name; there isn’t anything else except the darkness. And it gets weirder from that point on.

As the pages flip past, the reader is greeted by exactly 12 tales featuring these tiny figures, ranging from bizarre love to existentialism to metahumanity to cosmic awareness to, well, just plain oddness. All these unfold on colored, glossy pages but without a single word. It’s unlike any Filipino comic book ever made.

Welcome to the brave new world of Filipino comics, courtesy of Manuel Luis “Manix” Abrera, a world where the panels are constantly shifting and the universe is continually swirling.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

UNDERPASS interview in Manila Bulletin

A pedestrian walkway.
A SIM card.
A beauty clinic.

These and other ordinary things become more than what they seem in “Underpass”, a full-color graphic novel recently launched by Summit Media.

“Underpass” brings together such established names in the local comic book industry like Gerry Alanguilan, David Hontiveros, Oliver Pulumbarit, Ian Sta. Maria, Budjette Tan, and Kajo Baldisimo, who come up with urban legend for a new generation in stories like “The Sim”, “Katumbas”, “Judas Kiss”, and “The Clinic”.

“In a strange and twisted way, I hope it’ll bring back some wonder and sense of the fantastic in their lives,” Tan adds. “Technology has made the stuff of science fiction a reality. It’s not fantastic anymore. It’s just common place. We don’t see haunted-looking houses these days. We are surrounded by condos and high rises. Maybe we can take such things and make them mysterious.”


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

A review of "The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons"

Finally, a resource book on Pinoy komiks and cartoons
By Lynett Villariba
Philippine Daily Inquirer

American scholar and ‘komiks’ aficionado John Lent writes a book that is a loving paean to a dying art form
ENTHUSIASTS HAVE NOTED the lack of reference material on the history of Philippine komiks. Finally, a book that fills up that lack: “The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons,” by John A. Lent (10”x11,” 160 full-color pages).

The book seeks to trace the birth, blossoming, decline and rebirth of comics and cartoons in the country—and it accomplishes even more. It showcases the depth of komiks talents the country has produced—from visual artists Nestor Redondo, Francisco V. Coching, Alex NiƱo, Alfredo Alcala, Nonoy Marcelo, Larry Alcala, to comics novelists Mars Ravelo and Pablo S. Gomez.

Published by Boboy Yonzon, “The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons” is written by noted world-comics historian and journalism scholar John A. Lent, with contributing authors Beth Chionglo, Aileen Casis, Glady Gimena, Orvy Jundis, Joy Del Mundo and Boboy Yonzon.


US author’s book on ‘komiks’ launched at RP cartoon fest
By Oliver Pulumbarit
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Some of the most popular local feature films and teleseryes originally started out as komiks serials. The works of Pinoy comics luminaries were exhibited at the first Philippine International Cartoon, Comics, and Animation (Picca) Festival held recently at SM Megamall and other venues.

Various aspects of the art forms were discussed in talks, book launches, film showings and other activities. Picca founder Boboy Yonzon expounded on the importance of the event:

“We would like to give a forum for comics artists, a channel or watershed venue for them and the cartoonists. This is an advocacy intended to energize what is supposed to be a dying craft or industry. There are many talented Filipino creators; we just have to make people aware of what we can offer.”


Manix's "12" reviewed in Inquirer

Manix Abrera’s silent comic book
By Adjani Guerrero Arumpac
Philippine Daily Inquirer

TO FIND HER MOTHER, the lost girl places her eyes on a red balloon. She lets it fly. The balloon soars to the skies, and then the wide universe. On earth, the girl without eyes opens her mouth in awe at things she never should have seen.

Rude awakenings seem to be Manix Abrera’s preoccupation in his newest comic book, “12.” This collection of 12 stories is reminiscent of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s 1930s strips in their grounded absurdity and nagging, intense feeling of loneliness.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Secret Pinoy Warrior

Barbargsa - Blood of the Honorable

Comic books are presently very popular as PSYOP media. In the Philippines, U.S. Army PSYOP officers have distributed 600,000 copies of the 10-part series, “Barbargsa - Blood of the Honorable.” There are versions in English and in the local dialect. It features “Ameer,” a practitioner of Kuntao, a local form of martial arts. He dons a mask and vows to protect the downtrodden and innocent victims of terrorists. The Philippines military are also portrayed in a positive and heroic light while the villains are called terrorists or bandits. The creators accurately illustrate the Sulu region, and use character names, clothing and mannerisms that reflect the culture of the Tausug ethnic group. It took about 2,000 hours to create the 10 comic books.

The project was the brainchild of Maj. Edward Lopacienski, military information support team commander for the joint special operations task force Philippines mission, and the non-commissioned officer in charge, Master Sgt. Russell Snyder. The pair outlined the basic idea in January 2006. The plot follows the battle between good and evil. It depicts real events, specifically the Sulu Co-Op bombing in March 2006, which killed five and injured 40 and the Basilan hostage crisis when members of the Abu Sayyaf Group took school children and used them as human shields.

Army Enlists Comic Books, iPods in Insurgent Fight

Comic Book Hero Spreads Counterterrorism Message


Friday, November 27, 2009

USA Today interviews Whilce Portacio

Whilce Portacio chats about
'Image United' and Fortress

By John Geddes, USA TODAY

Comic series Image United debuts today in comic-book shops across the USA. The collaborative nature of the series marks an exciting experiment in the way comics can be made, while also serving as a reunion for the original founders of Image Comics.

In an ongoing series of creator interviews with USA TODAY, United partner Whilce Portacio took a few moments to discuss the new series and the genesis of his new character, Fortress.

Q. Can you speak a bit about how you developed the character of Fortress and explain a bit about the role he'll play in Image United?

A. Well, he's going to save everyone's butts! (laughs) Actually, that's not far from true. I'm a deliberate creator. I come from the sci-fi world and I devour sci-fi books.

With Fortress, I thought back to my days as a teenager when I would ask myself, "What if I was a superhero?" My answer to that question back in the day is something completely different than how today's teens would respond. For teens today, the sky's the limit. Teenagers are a part of everything in society. They have so much power today. I thought, let's take a kid from this generation and give them real power — power to right all wrongs in the world. Kids think they know everything, anyway. Well, what if they had the power to act on their perceived knowledge?

In United, Fortress goes through a "be careful what you wish for" revelation. My whole theme is about consequences. You're presented with a scenario and you have to make a decision. With Fortress, there are two parts to his powers. First, he's in this special suit and quickly comes to the understanding that there is no nap time; he now has a full-time hero job that he can't get out of. The second part of his powers … I can't reveal yet.


Friday, November 20, 2009

SPOT.PH interviews the Underpass crew

Underpass: They want to scare you
By Laurice Penamante, October 27, 2009


They want to scare you.

Creeping down into a world inhabited by murderers, demons, ghosts and other members of local lore, Underpass mixes the familiar with something new, says Budjette Tan.

“We have always heard about the haunted house at the end of the street…we’ve all heard of manananggals and kapres,” says Tan, “so it’s a question of how [to] tell these stories in a new way, in a different way, and place [them] in a familiar setting, not anymore in the province, not anymore in a house where a manananggal [would] come and break through the roof.”

Underpass brings together some of the most noted names in the Philippine comics scene: Gerry Alanguilan (Wasted, Elmer), Kajo Baldisimo (Trese), National Book awardee David Hontiveros (Dhampyr), Oliver Pulumbarit (Dhampyr), Ian Sta. Maria (Skyworld) and Budjette Tan (Trese). The anthology was launched Sunday at the 5th Philippine Annual Komiks Convention (KOMIKON).

SPOT.ph asked each of the writers to talk about their respective stories and talk about their worst fears:

Gerry Alanguilan, on his story, The Sim: “Let’s just say that one day I picked up a sim [card from] the floor of a tricycle and I [wondered] what I would see if I put that sim in a cellphone, and this is how the story came out. I don’t want to say that my story is based on true-to-life experience, but [just let me] say that I am here, alive, to tell you the story.”

David Hontiveros on Judas Kiss: “It was originally a short story which was written for an anthology that never got published, so when Budjette came up with the idea for Underpass we decided we’d adapt it into comic book form. And it incidentally got me to collaborate for the third time with Oliver [Pulumbarti]. So there’s a ghost, there are murders, and there is a twist.”

“It’s so scary that Oliver had to take a step back before finally drawing the pages,” says Budjette Tan.

David Hontiveros: “[It’s Ian Sta. Maria’s character, but] I wanted to lay down the foundations of the…idea of hell in this world, the idea of condemnation, of souls being punished.”

“It’s a departure from the usual Trese sory that Kajo [and I] have been doing…It’s all about an upcoming starlet who discovers she’s pregnant and her manager tells her you need to get an abortion. And they go to a very special clinic where they discover a different side of showbiz.”

Spot.ph: In a way, Underpass might make readers confront their worst fears. What is your worst fear?

Ian Sta. Maria: Takot ako sa babae. Alam mo yon, takot ako sa babae.

Oliver Pulumbarit: Worst fear would be, maybe the popularity of stupid politicians. And unflushed toilets.

Budjette Tan: Greatest fear would really be deadlines which we don’t get to beat. Thankfully I have not experienced a supernatural occurrence and I’m happy to just write about it and not experience it.

David Hontiveros: My greatest fear…having to answer questions like that. [Laughs] I’ve been into horror since I was a little kid so I don’t really think I have one, a lot but not a singular one.

Gerry Alanguilan: Yung aking personal fear is yung fear na, fear of the unknown really, di ko alam kasi minsan diba may tatawag sayo di mo alam kung ano yun, nakakatakot diba kung may tumatawag sayo ng hating-gabi, naku pano yun ano kaya kung may magbabalita sakin ng…siguro phones din, laking takot ko sa telepono.

Budjette Tan: What do you mean phones? Why are you afraid of phones?

Gerry Alanguilan: Kasi marami na akong experience na may tatawag sa phone tapos bad news eh. So t’wing magriring ang phone biglang, “Wheh!” lalo na pag gabing-gabi.

Kajo Baldisimo: Worst fear ko public speaking.

Underpass, P175, is available wherever Summit Media magazines are sold.

FHM interview : Budjette Tan

Q&A with comic writer Budjette Tan
October 18, 2009

How did you start as a comic book writer?
I started writing when I was a kid because I loved reading comics. I felt like I wanted to write my own, and write my own heroes. As a kid, I did a comic called Cosmic Man, who was like a Batman in space. He had a cosmic ship, a cosmic belt, and a cosmic ray gun.

As I got older, I realized I couldn’t draw, so I just ended up writing more. I started to meet better artists in college, and we decided to collaborate with each other. It was in college when finally we decided that we should do a real series, and seriously make a comic book.

I was graduating from college then, and for my grad gift what I asked was for my parents to send me to the San Diego Comicon. That was in '94. And I thought, if I'm going to go there, I wanted to be able to show stuff to editors. Because before the wonderful age of the Internet, I'd type up stories and mail it to them, and I would receive rejection letters. I’ve been rejected by Marvel and DC, and stuff like that. I was like “Wow, the editors recognize that I exist, but they rejected me.”

So reading about how people submit, it’s better if you submit a complete story. it’s easier for editors to look at finished comic book pages than a script. So I told my barkada, “let’s release our own book.” So we put together a book called Comics 101. It was an anthology as well, because it was the quickest thing we could put together. It was me, Bow Guerrero, Mark Gatela, JB "Taps" Tapia, my brother Brandie, Gerry Alanguilan, and Arnold Arre. I brought that book over to San Diego. And we got rejected more.

But that trip made me learn stuff about what editors are looking for, and how small you are when you’re standing in the middle of everyone else trying to pitch their stuff. When I got back, that was around the time when we formed our own group, Alamat comics, partly thanks to the prodding of Whilce Portacio, who at that time drew the X-Men comics.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
My first comic book stories were really picking up from an attempt to do my version of the works of my idols, I guess. I had a comic book before, which I did with Bow Guerrero, called the Flying Phantom. It was our attempt to do something like Indiana Jones mixed with something pulpy and pulp-type superheroes. Then I came up with a comic book called Batch 72 with Arnold Arre, which was kind of our attempt to relive college. When we were writing this, it was at the tail end of college. I was like “I don’t want college to end.” I felt like I was pouring that stuff into the page.

Writing horror, which is what I am doing now, has always been there but maybe I never really recognized it. Once, I wrote a story called “Payaso,” which was about a clown who had superpowers and went around running after child abusers.

It’s partly inspired by stuff we’ve seen from Stephen King and his works, and how something harmless or funny seems to have a dark side to it. I think that was brewing somewhere in the back. Me and my friends loved reading Stephen King. Likewise, Neil Gaiman is a major major influence as far as horror and fantasy is concerned.

As far as superpowered soap opera drama is concerned, I think I channeled that through Batch 72. They may have superpowers but the most important thing in their life was getting their band into a gig or making a girl fall in love with them.

Frank Miller is an influence too, in terms of crime noir. Warren Ellis is a big influence, as well as Alan Moore of Watchmen fame. These are guys that have taken what has been normal comic book staple, or even the whole medium itself, and have shown you what else can be done with it. As far as TV shows are concerned, X-Files comes into play. CSI played a big influence as far as Trese was concerned, because they were the ones who started this trend of the police procedural.

Like all artists, there must be times when you’re feeling drained. What do you do to get the creative juices flowing again?
One tip that I got from Neil Gaiman is that he likes to work on several things at the same time. So when he is stuck with something, there is something else for him to work on. I’ve tried that and it has worked sometimes.

One thing that’s certain is that waiting for inspiration to hit you is a myth. I mean, if inspiration does hit you, it’s a wonderful feeling to have, the story just gushes out. But if you keep waiting for that, sometimes it takes too long.

What worked a lot for me and Kajo was we gave ourselves deadlines, not that we respected the deadlines, but it was something that we kept in mind. So that when the deadline has passed, it gave you more sense of urgency to finish that stuff. Having a regular goal helps.

I also never stop thinking of the next stories I want to write. I have a notebook full of little plotlines, sometimes dialogue, which I don’t really know goes to what story, and it just sounded good. And it’s nice to go back to those notes if I’m stuck and pick up stuff from those.

Tell us something about Underpass.
Underpass is an anthology of four stories of dark fantasy set in an urban Filipino setting. Pinoys have always had a great love for horror, as you can see with the number of Shake, Rattle and Roll films we’ve had.

There always seems to be a Tagalog horror anthology show on TV, whether it be the Regal Shockers, the Magandang Gabi Bayan Halloween specials, or Kakabakaba. Pinoys can’t seem to get enough of getting scared. If you go to the bookstore, there’s already a whole section for ghost stories. It is the great unknown that Pinoys love to probe, and poke and see what it is in the dark.

In Underpass, we wanted to do a modern spin to Pinoy horror. It’s not anymore your typical White Lady standing in the corner; it’s really something else. We show horror found in a cellphone sim. We show horror in a pedestrian underpass. It’s not anymore the haunted house at the end of the street, which people really aren’t afraid of anymore because they’ve seen it a thousand times.

Underpass features the work of a great bunch of comic book creators. Gerry Alanguilan is the one telling the sim story. We’ve got David Hontiveros, and Oliver Pulumbarit. David is an award-winning prose writer. He won a Palanca for one of his sci-fi stories, and is also one of the founding members of Alamat. The last time David and Oliver collaborated, it was for a vampire story, and it’s very nice to put them together again, and this time they put up a very different type of ghost story.

Katumbas stars a character created by Ian Sta. Maria. Again, Ian was one of those guys that had been with Alamat for the longest time. Katumbas stars a character called Kadasig who became an immortal warrior because during Pre-Hispanic times, his village was going to be attacked by Aswang, so he made a deal with Ibu, the goddess of death to spare the village and in return, he becomes Ibu’s eternal servant. Lastly, there’s The Clinic, which is written by me and Kajo Baldisimo. In it, we show a starlet who gets pregnant, and is prodded by her manager to get an abortion to save her career. She is brought to a place called Venus Clinic, where she discovers again the darker flip side of the city.

We hope Underpass will excite people again. If you love horror and mysteries, you should come down with us to the underpass.

Have you ever experienced supernatural things first hand?
We have lived in haunted houses, but I’ve never experienced the horror personally. Once, my mom and dad saw a floating head in the garden. At the back of our house, we normally see bats, so it’s normal to see something whiz by.

But one particular Sunday, something flew past the garden, which was lit with spotlights, but then the thing suddenly stopped, and it started to hover. And they realized it was a head with wings.
Our dog started to growl and as the dog started to rush to the garden, my mom said it suddenly stopped, it bowed down, and it started to whimper. So my mom and dad just rushed to leave.

When my mom told the house help about it the next day, the kusinera said: “Ma’am may sasabihin po ako sa inyo may nakita po akong ulong gumugulong sa likod ng kusina.” So it turns out, my parents weren’t just seeing things.

So they called the mangtatawas. The ritual the mangtatawas did was he had a basin of water, a candle, and the candle wax was allowed to fall onto the water. The wax took shape into the face of somebody. The mangtatawas said, “May dwende kayo dito” and he instructed us to bring food to the foot of the tree where the dwende lived, at 3 or 4 PM everyday.

But the thing didn’t stop, so we called up Tony Perez, who then sent his spirit questors to our home. We did a spirit quest near the garden, and from there they were able to figure out that there were two clans, the white and the brown dwende. Supposedly, the flying head was actually a shape-shifting dwende. The two clans were trying to lay claim over the middle of the house. The questors asked: “Kumusta po ang business nyo?” We told them that sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. They said that when the business was doing good, the white dwende were winning, and when it’s doing bad, the brown ones were winning.

Personally, I’ve never really seen or heard those supernatural occurrences first hand. And I’m thankful for that.

So you like writing horror stories, but you don’t really want to be a part of those horror stories yourself.
Yeah. It’s there in the page, don’t come near me.

Ever had a comic book to movie adaptation offer?
Trese has had an offer or two, but we’ve been holding them off because we wanted to finish book three. So maybe now it’s a good time to start talking to those guys again.

We’ve told people we made Trese episodic, so it might be good to adapt it to TV. The thing I’m worried about though is the production quality of our TV shows. A producer asked me once: “Wala bang love interest si Trese? Baka pwede naman natin siya bigyan ng boyfriend.” I told them I’d think about it. (Laughs)

Would you really compromise?
As long as it doesn’t involve giving our characters a talking cat or dog just because it’s cute, sure.

After Underpass, what’s next for you?
We’re hoping Underpass does really really well that readers will ask for more. Definitely, there’s more to the dark side of Manila and the Philippines to explore. So more of Underpass, we hope. And definitely more of Trese.

I would love to do a superhero book, given the chance to try again because I’ve been a big fan of the Avengers and the Justice League since I was little. It’s something I never really got to do. I’ve never been able to write specifically about guys in tight outfits hitting each other. It would be great to do a superhero comic book in the future.

If you could be any comic book superhero, who would you be?
Bruce Wayne, for his money and his great looks. (Laughs) But my high school answer would have been Martian Manhunter from the Justice League because he can turn invisible, read minds, change shape, is invulnerable, has laser vision, and heat vision. So he’s like Superman and Professor X combined. From Marvel, Wolverine is another favorite character, because he gets to say the stuff you can’t. He can get into trouble, and it doesn’t really matter because he can heal quickly. From any other book, Sandman comes to mind, but I don’t exactly want to be him, or someone from the Dreaming.

You can be Desire.
No! (laughs) I look more like Despair. So yeah, no. (Laughs)

How about a supervillain?
Good question, I’ve never though of that. I’m not too sure if I want to be Magneto or Doctor Doom because they’re like full of themselves. They really think that “I know the answer to life, and I will rule you…” That sort of thing.

I’d choose The Kingpin I think, because he was so powerful he’d just order villains around, and he was fat too. So I said, hey I could be this guy, I don’t have to learn karate, and I can just sit around and just order people around. He’s shrewd. He’s cunning, and the last thing he would do is get his hands dirty. He has everything set up around him.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Adrian Alphona's SWEET BIZARRE

Adrian Alphona is a Fil-Canadian comic book artist best known for his work on Marvel Comics' Runaways, which he co-created with writer Brian K. Vaughan.

And it seems like he's finally setting up his own website / gallery


Adrian's photo from :

Sunday, November 08, 2009

TRESE in Karavan

KARAVAN is literary magazine published in Sweden. One of their writers thought of doing a shirt review about Trese and here it is:

Many thanks to Anna Gustafsson Chen, who originally reviewed TRESE in her blog:

KARAVAN http://www.karavan.se/
a literary magazine that travels between cultures

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Volume 1 of KOMIX 7107

Welcome to Volume 1 of KOMIX 7107!

This online comic book anthology features...

The complete first issue of SKYWORLD.


The complete story of THE LAST DATU, a project that me and Kajo worked on before Trese

We have a lot of stories to tell.

Give them a read.

Tell us what you think.

Come back for more!

KOMIX 7107 is a launch pad
We hope that the stories we tell in this site will take flight; that the creators of these stories be inspired to keep writing and drawing and that their works find new readers out there. We hope to tell, not just 1,001 stories, but to tell 7,107 tales. And just in case we do reach that seemingly impossible number, we’d like to tell 7,107 more.

KOMIX 7107 is a laboratory
This is also the placed where we’ll also try out new stories ideas and maybe even try out new ways and techniques of telling stories.

KOMIX 7101 is a library
And we’ll also archive comic book stories that we did in the past; stories that are now out of print, but still deserve to be found by a new audience. We’d also like to link up with other online comic book stories out there. So, if you are a comic book creator with works found online, please leave us a note below.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Roy Allan Martinez FVZA art

Filipino comic book artist ROY ALLAN MARTINEZ returns to the comic book scene as the artist of FVZA: the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency.

David Hine, writer of FVZA, talks about how it's like to work with Roy and his artwork:

DAVID HINE : Roy is a terrifically talented storyteller. I’ve worked with him before at Marvel, on the Son of M series. I discovered that he has a particular interest in horror and zombies above all. You could almost say he empathizes with them. Roy’s drawing skills are fantastic and once Kinsun Loh and Jerry Choo have added their digital paints the result is heightened realism that a lot of people assume is photo based. In fact it’s purely down to Roy’s knowledge of the human figure and observation. His pencils are an absolute delight and I couldn’t be more pleased with the finishes that Kinsun has done. A lot of digital artist rely on the software without having the genuine drawing skills, but Kinsun and his studio are terrific artists in their own right.

I don’t have a lot of first-hand contact with the artists. Roy is in the Philippines and Kinsun in Malaysia. My scripts are very detailed so Roy has most of the information he needs. I see layouts from him and give my feedback before he goes to full pencils. I also give notes on the colors, but really these guys know exactly what they’re doing and don’t need too much guidance.




Monday, November 02, 2009

Lan Medina reboots DEATHLOK

More preview art and interviews at:

Deathlok Returns
Marvel’s favorite cyborg reboots in an all-new Marvel Knights limited series from Charlie Huston and Lan Medina

War Finds Deathlok
A frequent source of convention questions, Marvel has finally found a creative team for its war-torn cyborg.

Harvey Tolibao draws PSYLOCKE

Psylocke has returned to the X-Men! Following the defeat of Madelyne Pryor and her Sisterhood, Psylocke travels to Japan to re-inter her former body in its proper resting place. But when a swarm of Hand ninjas attack Psylocke and do the unspeakable under orders from Matsu’o—the assassin originally responsible for transplanting Psylocke’s mind into the body of an Asian ninja—Psylocke determines that Matsu’o is one loose end that can no longer be left unresolved. It’s a tale of carnage and revenge, brought to you by superstars Chris Yost (X-FORCE) and Harvey Tolibao (AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE)!

Will be available on November 4

More preview art at:

See more of Harvey's art at:

Pinoy artist wins ZUDA contest

PLUCK by Gabe White and John Amor got the highest number of votes in the recent ZUDA COMICS contest. Congratulations!

Read the Pluck at: http://zudacomics.com/node/1488

See more of John's art at:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Manix Abrera interview in NEWSBREAK

Cartoonist Manuel "Manix" Abrera, of "Kiko Machine" fame, is taking his art to the next level with a new graphic novel called "12" or "Dose."

"12" is a collection of short stories told entirely with just pictures and no words. The graphic novel wowed audiences at the Komikon 2009 in SM Megamall last Sunday, where "12" was officially launched.

The full-color spread, published by Visprint Inc., costs P500.

"Astig siya. (It's awesome)," said Abrera in an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak prior to the Komikon. "It's weird. There's drama and history. Different stories. It's very different from [my regular comic strip] 'Kiko Machine.'"

Abrera said he decided that a graphic novel was the logical next step to his 9-year career as a comic strip artist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Eric Canete draws SPIDER-MAN

Preview art of AMAZING SPIDERMAN #611

Preview pages from NEWSARAMA

More preview pages at:

See more of ERIC CANETE'S art at:

Monday, October 26, 2009

KOMIKON 2009 in Manila Times

by Karen Kunawicz

ON Sunday, the 5th Philippine Comic Book Convention aka “Komikon” gathered geeks and fans of art, literature and local talent under the roof of the Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall.

After 15 years of being a fan, collaborator and creator—it is such an awesome feeling to see the comic industry get a lot of support and love. It was great to see my favorite creators there—Gerry Alanguilan and Budjette Tan. Gerry was selling his copies of Elmer and the released Where Bold Stars Go To Die, a project he had been talking about for the last 10 years. Working with him is Arlanzandro Esmena—who does a great job along with the artists who contributed well done pin-ups for the back of the book including Brice Beckham, Francisco Coching and Leinil Francis Yu.

Then there’s Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo who I’m proud to say sold all the copies of TRESE they brought—not to mention it’s up for a National Book Award! Budj, Kaj and Gerry are also part of Summit’s
“Underpass”—a graphic anthology of short horror stories, which also include another favorite, David Hontiveros. Ian Sta. Maria and Oliver Pulumbarit contribute as artists to David’s work.

My favorite surprise of the whole con was finding a book called Alamat ng Panget & Many Other by my favorite nut case, the very hilarious, wonderfully strange but normal looking Apol Sta. Maria. I met him two years ago in Vietnam and found out he and I shared a deep admiration for Tim Burton. I loved the art he’d regularly post on his Multiply site but I had no idea he was working on a comic. I opened up one page and I was in stitches. Apparently there are but a few copies left which you can find at Sputnik in Cubao X.

And where are the women of the comic book world? Mango Comics sold the second to the last issue of Mango Jam, #16. Jam of course is very dear to my heart—since I am editor in chief and I did write one of the stories there. Shameless plug thank you Ed.

I picked up a few independent titles done by young women creators—I wish I could meet them and get to talk to them all. Right now I’m about to look through something called Life as Viciously Impossible by Daphne Martinez and Joanna Sioson.

Kudos go out to the organizers who had some of the more senior artists do comic portraits in exchange for donations to help out other artists who were affected by Ondoy.

It’s amazing to see the comic scene alive and well. It’s inspiring and just gives a lot motivation for creators to come up with more new material. Oh and what else made it really great? Carlo was there—yes THE Carlo—Vergara. Creator of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Dingdong Dantes will star in the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel “Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat.”

“Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat” is a popular graphic novel by prize-winning author/illustrator Arnold Arre. Tony Gloria of Unitel Pictures has bought the rights to adapt the comic character into television or the big screen.

The movie adaptation of the action-fantasy graphic novel will be directed by Mark Reyes for Viva Films, Unitel Pictures and GMA Films.

The original choice of Tony Gloria for the title role was Robin Padilla but the former kapuso star signed a movie deal with Star Cinema. Dingdong Dantes took the role afterwards.

Marian Rivera was supposed to be Dingdong’s leading lady in “Andong Agimat” but she begged off due to her busy schedules in Darna. Rhian Ramos, Dingdong’s leading lady in Stairway to Heaven, took the role.

Andong Agimat has an estimated budget of P50 million and targeted to be screened at the American Film Market, running from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, 2010 in Santa Monica, California.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kajo goes to a galaxy far, far away


Star Wars: Legacy #41 -- Rogue's End

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Kajo Baldisimo
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Jesus Aburto
Cover Artist: Sean Cooke
Genre: Star Wars

The Galactic Alliance’s Rogue Squadron is on a mission to rescue a group of Mon Calamari refugees, but the Rogues may be forced to retreat when both the Sith and a Mandalorian bounty hunter create complications. One of the Rogues, Hondo Karr, takes center stage on this risky job -- from which at least one member of the squad will not return . . .

The Legacy-era Rogue Squadron in action!
Publication Date: October 28, 2009
Format: FC, 40 pages
Price: $2.99

babbling about media, Trese, and Batman's briefs

at Powerbooks-Philippine Star Supreme Ideas Alive Seminar...
i babbled about...
Trese, comic books, and the importance of a strong, unique idea

my babbling continues...

I shared the stage with Jomike Tejido, creator of the Foldabots and Robotars.
Jomike's talk was more organized and fun and he didn't babble.

Powerbooks-Philippine Star Supreme Ideas Alive:

Thanks to Jan Vincent Ong for organizing the IDEAS ALIVE seminar.

And many thanks to Supreme Philippine Star, Powerbooks, K-Zone, and Jack N Jill Pretzels.

And I would like to thanks Bruno's for my hair and nobody for my make-up.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Marvel & DC artists draw TRESE




Monday, October 05, 2009

A celebration of Pinoy komiks

A celebration of Pinoy komiks
KRIPOTKIN By Alfred A. Yuson
(The Philippine Star)
October 05, 2009

Hugo “Boboy” Yonzon III and his ever-equal partner Guia have based themselves in Tagaytay for over a decade now, but they remain in the forefront of preserving the wealth of Filipino comics and cartoons as well as animation, and expanding the international awareness of this treasure trove of delights.

This month of October, their efforts come to full fruition with the staging of The First Philippine International Cartoons, Comics, and Animation (PICCA) Festival, which formally opens on Oct. 15 and lasts till Oct. 18.

On Oct. 18, PICCA will co-present the “Komikon” or comics convention at the SM MegaTrade Hall — featuring comic book sellers, indie and veteran artists, game designers, publishers, and various other involved or interested parties.

PICCA was co-founded by Boboy Yonzon with artists Gerry Alanguilan, Gilbert Monsanto, Sherry Baet, animation producer Mimbi Eloriaga, and writer Orvy Jundis. More information is available at www.picafest.com.


Sunday, October 04, 2009


COVER BY: Whilce Portacio
WRITER: Jeph Loeb
PENCILS: Whilce Portacio
INKS: Dario Brizuela|Danny Miki
COLORED BY: Dean White
LETTERED BY: Comicraft

THE STORY: For years now Leonard Samson has been part of the Marvel Universe. Both ally and enemy with the Hulk, the shocking turn of events in HULK #600 has introduced a far more deadly SAMSON. What has happened to DOC SAMSON and whose side is he on? Join Jeph Loeb and superstar artist WHILCE PORTACIO returning to Marvel for this special prologue issue to FALL OF THE HULKS where more secrets will be revealed! Rated T …$3.99 IN STORES: December 16, 2009

info from : http://marvel.com/catalog/?id=13608

Tan & Didio on THE OUTSIDERS

FROM : http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/

Announced today at the Long Beach mic Con, DC’s Executive Editor Dan DiDio will be taking over the reigns of The Outsiders with star artist Philip Tan on pencils.

...what does Philip Tan have to say?

“I have orders from Dan to hunt down and skewer anyone who buys comics and doesn’t pick this up in January.

Seriously though, I can’t be more excited! Batman and the Outsiders is actually the first DC book I ever bought (and got stolen)! It will be a challenge to pick it up after Peter and Fernando’s run and continue to entertain, but Dan and I are extremely confident that we will be able to create some very exciting visual stories! There are tons of ideas that we want to play with! It is not only a huge honor for me to work on Dan’s first monthly book, but I’m also insanely giddy about being able to be creatively involved on a whole new level with this project, a level that I have never experienced!”

FROM : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/091003-DiDio-Outsiders.html

DAN DIDIO : ...it didn't really come together until the point when Philip said he was going to be the artist on it. And then it just seemed to take off because there's a level of excitement and enthusiasm that Phil brings to everything he works on that is infectious. And the more excited he got, the more I wanted to do it.

Phil and I have been talking about it for awhile. We were working through the characters that are part of the story. We're bringing some new characters into the mix. For me, it's a lot of fun. It's going to be interesting to be a part of things from this side of the bench.

FROM : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/091003-Tan-Outsiders.html

PHILIP TAN : He told me there were two possibilities: One was a high-profile "Bat"-book; the other was The Outsiders. But DiDio said he would write The Outsiders. And for me, I was like, "Really????" I asked Dan, if I take the Outsiders book, would it be OK to work on the plot script style, and that's what Dan wanted also. So it just kind of fell together.

It was what I wanted and needed at the right time. And we've been preparing ever since, which is nice to get a head start on things like that.

FROM : http://twitter.com/philipsytan

PHILIP TAN: Got TONS of stuff to play with on this book,and the freedom Dan allows me here is quite scary...Almost co-plotting/co-writing!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Batman vs batmananaggal?!

From LIAM SHARP's DeviantArt page:
These were pages I created a couple of years ago - after doing Lord Havok - for a Batman mini-series. I came up with the story at a convention in Spain, and was going to co-write it with Marc Andreyko. It was initially set in the Philippines (hence the Filipino bat/vampire demon), and had a KILLER twist.

Sadly, after months of waiting, it didn't go through. Even sadder, the high res copies of these pages were lost in a computer drive failure, leaving me with only these very low res. copies.

Marc still thinks we may be able to do it one day, but right now it's hard to see when there might be enough time...



See all the pages at:

Friday, October 02, 2009

Whilce Portacio's FORTRESS

Filipino comic book artist Whilce Portacio creates a brand new character that will debut in "Image United". Writer Robert Kirkman talks about the character...

Robert Kirkman: One of the cool things about "Image United" that I like a lot is that Image as a whole has always been about new creations and new characters, so one of the things we're doing with "Image United" is introducing new characters – and Fortress is actually going to be the primary focus of the series. He's a new character created by Whilce Portacio, and he's a regular guy that's found this mysterious power suit that he has become trapped in and has no idea what his powers are or how to get out of the suit. In the "Image United" prelude that's running in the back of "Savage Dragon" #153, "Witchblade" #131, "Invincible" #67 and "Spawn" #195, we get to know Fortress a little bit. We see him testing the suit out and trying to figure out his powers and everything.

But the main crux of the "Image United" series is that Fortress starts seeing these visions of an apocalyptic future with all these heroes banding together and getting defeated by an unknown force. He doesn't know what's coming or exactly what's happening or how things are going to go down – he just knows that bad things are on the horizon. He takes it upon himself to go out and gather as many heroes as he can to try and prevent this from happening. That's our main plot.

At the exact same time that he starts trying to gather heroes, the villains of the Image universe kind of go insane and start tearing the world apart. The Image heroes are dispatched all over the place to try and deal with these outcroppings of villainy that are causing all kinds of destruction. It's a big mess, and the heroes don't know that everything is connected.



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