Thursday, November 25, 2010

Batman art by Kajo Baldisimo

from Kajo's portfolio

Aliens/Predator art by Kajo Baldisimo

from Kajo's portfolio

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pinoy Marvel Artists FEB2011


WOLVERINE #1000, Cover by Stephen Segovia

SILVER SURFER, Pencils by Stephen Segovia, Cover by Carlo Pagulayan
Artwork from

Monday, November 15, 2010

Trese wins National Book Awards

The Official Citation from the 2009 National Book Awards : Powerful, iconic characters comic book characters Darna , Zuma and Captain Barbell, among others, emerged fully-formed from the mind of Filipino comic creators. That creativity continues to this day, in all directions, in different ways. But in Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo have a stunningly original idea, swathed in the irresistible spookiness of our folklore and the edged mythology of our urban legends. Alexandra Trese, the enigmatic paranormal investigator and her lethal bodyguards the Kambal helps the police when encountering cases that just don’t make any sense of the normal kind. In the process, Tan and Baldisimo offers us a peek into the supernatural embedded into Metro Manila’s badly lit corners.

In the first volume, Trese: Murder on Balete Drive, we are introduced to Alexandra and her team, and the second volume, Trese: Unreported Murders, showed us one peculiar procedural after another. But it is in this third volume, Trese: Mass Murders, where we find out where and how Alexandra Trese came to be who and where she is. Instead of hemming us in, Trese: Mass Murders actually opens up another world of narrative possibilities.

The rabid fan following Trese has earned is impressive, and that only adds to the fact that in Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo has crafted a testament to the limitless capacity of the Filipino imagination, as well as one of the best Filipino comic books of all time.

It is for those reasons that Trese: Mass Murders is given the National Book Award for Graphic Literature.

 thanks to Ruey de Vera for sending us a copy of this citation

Friday, November 12, 2010

SUPERIOR 2 art by Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan

See more SUPERIOR preview pages at:

Elmer reviewed in Publisher's Weekly

Elmer: A Comic Book
Gerry Alanguilan, SLG (, $12.95 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-1-59362-204-6

Jake Gallo is an angry young man, frustrated at his lack of employment and easily provoked by perceived slights. It is not until we are several pages into the book that we discover that he is also a talking, thinking chicken. He is no anomaly; decades earlier, all of chickenkind suddenly gained intelligence and speech; by the 2000s they are legally human. Jake's father's illness and subsequent death lead Jake to read his father's account of the early days after the change; this in turn allows Alanguilan to show the reader the often horrific sequence of events that followed chickenkind's sudden elevation to sapience. Used to seeing chickens as food or worse, humans are not shown at their best as they react, often violently, to this sudden alteration of the natural order. The gorgeous b&w art, full of lush pen work and strong expressions, takes what should be a self-evidently ludicrous proposition and somehow imbues it with plausibility, drawing readers into a brutal, blood-soaked tale of a transformed species and the outrage and savagery of their former owners. A peculiar but engaging work that deserves attention.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium is a 100 page anthology. Inside you'll find a ten-page story from Mervin Malonzo of the webcomic TABI PO, a new Alamat ng Panget from Apol Sta. Maria, a comic book story Ammathorn, and essays by Adam David, including a reaction on Sen. Lito Lapid's proposed Graphic Novel Archive bill and (as the they always say) much, much more! Edited by Dj Legaspi and Josel Nicolas, and the indie designed by Mervin Malonzo.

Here's  run down of the contributors:
Adam David
Apol Sta. Maria
Bugsy Garcia
DJ Legaspi
Hub Pacheco
Jim Faustino
Jobert Cruz
Josel Nicolas
Mervin Malonzo
Norby Ela
Rex Romano
Tilde Acuña
Teddy Pavon

Get your copy of The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium at the Komikon, Nov 13, at Starmall.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

URBAN ANIMAL preview pages

"Morpheus Etsip, Genus Animale!" With those words, the mysterious manong who sells banana-Q casts a spell on the the boy named Joe. The next day, Joe discovers that he has gained the ability to channel animals and their feral, or at times, voracious traits. Whether this is a curse or blessing, he must learn to harness and control his newfound powers if he is to survive -- for even stranger things are coming.

Story and art by JOHN AMOR,
Published by Big Ape Design Studios.

URBAN ANIMAL will be launched at the upcoming Komikon, Nov 13, at Starmall, EDSA. Go to for more details.


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