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 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

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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


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

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Tan & Didio on THE OUTSIDERS


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!”


DAN DIDIO : 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.


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.


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...



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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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