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 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.