Thursday, December 29, 2011

Leinil Yu's AVENGERS: X-SANCTION cover

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Portacio and Yu draw the HULK

Incredible Hulk #6 Story by Jason Aaron Art by Whilce Portacio Cover By Leinil Yu What Dark Price Did Hulk Pay To Separate Himself From Banner, And How Far Will He Go To Keep It That Way? Hulk Versus Banner’s Newest, Maddest Creations… The Banner Men! The Biggest, Nastiest Hulk Vs. Banner Fight In Marvel History! Available March 2012

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Harvey Tolibao draws GREEN ARROW

Newsarama: Have you started working with Harvey Tolibao?

Ann Nocenti: Yes, and he's super talented. He lives in the Philippines, so that makes communication a little difficult, and I was worried about him when they were hit by that typhoon. But what I'm trying to do is tell the stories to his strengths.

Newsarama: What are his strengths?

Ann Nocenti: He has a great sense of action. And he really focuses on the physical movement of a story. He's influencing me in that he clearly loves fight scenes more than anything. Whatever artist you work with doesn't completely change the story you tell, but it influences how you tell them. The artist has to have fun, and you want them to be enjoying it. And you want what they do well so that it makes the story better. And it's obvious that he loves to draw bodies in motion.

Read the complete interview at:

Starting GREEN ARROW #7, Harvey Tolibao takes over the art of the title, which will now be written by Ann Nocenti. I was a big fan of Nocenti's work in DAREDEVIL, so it should be interesting to see where she takes this character. And now, there's even more reason to pick it up since Harvey's doing the art.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Philippine Star interviews TRESE creators

The Philippine Star Updated November 04, 2011

Personally, I love how the comic’s lead investigator is a woman with two kambal sidekicks, and the stories marry both archetypal legends with contemporary unexplainable mysteries. Plus, there is always a M. Night Shyamalan-like twist that leaves you very much satisfied.

Budjette and Kajo share with Young Star how the successful Trese comics came to be, and their thoughts on the local industry.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Segovia and Paz illustrates THOR: THE DEVIANTS SAGA

Here are preview pages from THOR: THE DEVIANTS SAGA by Stephen Segovia and Jason Paz.

Newsarama: The artist on the series is Stephen Segovia — how has working with him on the story been? After working on books like Silver Surfer, he seems to be one of Marvel's go-to guys for large-scale stories like this one.

Rob Rodi: He's slam-dunking it; the pages are just full of this wild, kinetic energy. You have to grip the edge of your desk while you're looking at them, or they might rattle you right out of your chair.

Read the complete interview at:

Written by ROB RODI
Pencils & Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Inks by Jason Paz

Beneath the ruins of Asgard, the Deviant villainess Ereshkigal seeks a mystic means of saving her race from extinction—and finds instead a weapon capable of dissolving all reality. With the Eternals who would oppose her mysteriously vanished, Thor stands alone to stop the entire Deviant race from dominating the world!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Harvey Tolibao draws Green Lantern

Inker BATT

Review of the issue from the GREEN BLOGGERS SITE

Colored pages from UGO.COM

Black-and-white pages from Harvey Tolibao's Facebook Page

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Heubert Michael Khan draws VAMPIRELLA

Vampirella 10 
Story by Eric Trautmann
Art by Heubert Khan Michael
Cover by Paul Renaud, Fabiano Neves, Alé Garza, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
Publisher : Dynamite Entertainment

Art from:

Sunday, October 23, 2011

iPad art by Gerry Alanguilan and Kajo Baldisimo

Win these customized one-of-a-kind iPads from National Bookstore!

Of course, it goes without saying, that you when you buy TRESE:LAST SEEN AFTER MIDNIGHT, you'll get a raffle stub so you can enter and get the chance to win the Trese-fied iPad, with original art by Kajo Baldisimo.

And if you buy the 2nd edition of ELMER, you can enter the raffle that gives you the chance to win the Elmer-fied iPad, with original art by Gerry Alanguilan.

Books with raffle stubs are available only when you buy these graphic novels in National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers.

Deadline for entries for the TRESE iPad is on October 31, 2011.

Deadline for entires for the ELMER iPad is on November 15, 2011.

UPDATE : Yahoo!News just did a feature about this iPad artworks.

iPad sports Pinoy comics art
by Jiggy Cruz, Geek Speak

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Inquirer interviews Gerry Alanguilan about ELMER

With a second edition in stores, Super! talks to the creator of the beloved ‘Elmer’ 
By: Adrian M. Dy Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 22, 2011

If chickens could talk, what would they say? Put down that two-piece meal with gravy and rice? Stop pitting them against their own kind for gambling purposes? Or maybe something even deeper?

Such is the world of “Elmer,” the multi-awarded graphic novel by Gerry Alanguilan, now on its second edition. And while on first glance, one would think that a comic about a bunch of chickens would lend itself well to humor, “Elmer” is actually a moving tale about family and legacy, which is why it was nominated for an Eisner award, the comic equivalent of the Oscars. We sat down to chat with its creator on the morning of the second edition’s launch last Oct. 15 to talk chickens.

How would you describe “Elmer”? 

It’s about my speculation of what it would be like if chickens had become intelligent and started talking, and what would happen to the world and us as people, if that happened.


Inquirer interviews TRESE creators

Interviewing the creative minds behind the comic smash hit ‘Trese’ 
By Adrian M. Dy
LATE NIGHT RAMBLINGS, Philippine Daily Inquirer October 22, 2011
When things go bump in the night, it’s Alexandra Trese’s job as the go-to consultant on all things paranormal to make sure they don’t bump into you, or do something much worse. Oct. 8 marked the release of the fourth volume of “Trese,” entitled “Last Seen After Midnight,” containing four brand new cases that chronicle the gruesome happenings that occur when the paranormal intersects with the mundane.

To commemorate the occasion, Super! sat down and picked the brains of the series’ writer Budjette Tan, with artist Kajo Baldisimo joining in midway.

For those who haven’t heard of it before, how would you describe “Trese”? 

Budjette: If you have police procedurals, I guess “Trese” would be a magic procedural. It is “CSI” meets “The X-Files,” “CSI” versus aswangs and engkantos, and it’s set in the wonderful, dimly lit Manila.

You’ve won a Philippine National Book Award for volume 3, “Mass Murders.” Is there now pressure to deliver? 

Kajo: Yes medyo, before that, masaya lang eh, we do this for fun lang. Then after that, meron ka nang notion na, dapat mas maganda yung next project. May responsibility na kami.

Budjette: A responsibility to come up with something new. Even when we do stuff din, it’s like, “What stuff haven’t we done? What else would be interesting?” Also what’s interesting for us? If you notice that’s one of the things Kajo does with the artwork, there’s something new. And that’s also mind games for myself. It’s like I paint myself into a corner. As an analogy, the first time CSI does the DNA-thingy with the techno music it’s like, ’Wow! What a great thing!’ Then after you see it a hundred times, it’s like cut, cut, cut, “Now I know who the murderer is!” It’s the same thing with “Trese.” We need to keep things fresh for ourselves and that’s why Kajo has explored a new style in Book 4, and at the same time, we have new ways of dealing with the mysteries of Manila.


Manila Bulletin interviews TRESE creators

Horror in the Philippines!
Manila Bulletin, Fresh Ink
October 22, 2011 

There's no better way to spend Halloween than to sit alone in the dark, flashlight in hand, and read the newest volume of the critically acclaimed comic book series, ‘’Trese,’’ written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo, winners of the Philippine National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature.

Already in its fourth installment entitled ‘’Last Seen After Midnight,’’ Trese continues to fuse local horror mythology with graphic storytelling and dark art in telling the story of Alexandra Trese, a detective who specializes in supernatural cases. Here, Alexandra is faced with four all-new cases involving foul play, magic spells, and supernatural criminals.

We were lucky enough to be able to interview Budjette and Kajo before the launch at National Bookstore Bestsellers in Robinsons Galleria. Make sure to buy this spooky comic, and share it with all your friends to give them a good scare that will last them until next year… when even MORE Trese volumes are released.

Happy Halloween!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Manila Bulletin writes about ELMER

Something to crow about
A homegrown talent's 'ultimate chicken story' is earning raves here and abroad...
By RONALD S. LIM, Manila Bulletin, July 16, 2011, 12:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — While the casual comic book fan may know Gerry Alanguilan more for his work as an inker for such iconic Marvel Comics titles like the “X-Men”, “Wolverine”, and “Fantastic Four”, the guy has been quietly making a name for himself here in the country through his own works, some of which published through his own Komikero Publishing company.

Aside from establishing Komikero Publishing, Alanguilan has come out with titles such as his self-published work “Wasted”, praised by comic book icon Warren Ellis as “an early work by a potentially brilliant creator”; “Timawa”; and “Humanis Rex”, which was serialized in Fudge Magazine.

Just recently, Alanguilan added another feather to his cap as his work, “Elmer”, was awarded the Prix Asie-ACBD 2011 as the Best Asian Comic Book published in France. First released locally in four volumes over the stretch of 2006 to 2008, and eventually anthologized, “Elmer”, tells the story of a world where chickens have become sentient and are now fighting for equal rights with humans.

“Elmer” has also been nominated for an Eisner Award, the top accolade given to a comic book in the American publishing scene.

All in all, not a bad haul for a work that Alanguilan originally intended to just be the “Ultimate Chicken Story”.


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Those marvelous super Pinoy comic book creators PART 1

Those marvelous super Pinoy comic book creators
By: Budjette Tan, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 2nd, 2011

First of two parts

Enter any book store these days and you’ll find something that wasn’t around several years ago: a dedicated graphic novel section. These days, made more people are aware that blockbuster Hollywood movie they just watched or their favorite hit TV show is actually based on a comic book title.

Surprisingly, a lot of people are still not aware that characters like Superman, Batman, Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America have been drawn by Filipino artists.

So, here’s list of Filipino comic book artists and one writer who have all worked on comic books for Marvel, DC, and other comic book companies in the US.

We asked them the following question:

Whilce Portacio

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

The very first thing I drew was a back-up story in a book called Strikeforce Morituri. The first full-book was a full issue of Strikeforce Morituri both in the late 80’s, I believe. Then I did my first Punisher.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a Marvel book I can’t talk about until midsummer. I am also working on two creator-owned books for Image. Not Fortress. Fortress is in limbo, because of the Image United storyline.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

Those three first issues of Wetworks showed me what I could accomplish when I fully listened to my own instincts. The second project I mentioned before will be a continuation of those sensibilities. Yes, it will be a military specific book.

Leinil Yu

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

It was a fill-in issue of Aster for Entity Comics. I was paid 3-4 dollars a page, as far as I can remember. My first real professional gig was Wolverine No. 113 for Marvel Comics in 1998.

What are you working on now?

I’m now back on Superior and about to do Supercrooks, both with Mark Millar.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

There’s a ton to mention! I love all my creator-owned stuff, from Highroads, Silent Dragon and Superior. Of course, Secret Invasion and Ultimate Hulk vs. Ultimate Wolverine.

Ed Tadeo

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

First comic that I drew (with a friend/penciller and co-inker Gerry Alanguilan) was Grifter #10 under Image Comics, when WildStorm was still an independent company. (Although I wasn’t credited.)

What are you working on now?

Right now, I just finished the SIGIL mini-series for Marvel Comics.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

The best one is Wolverine: Not Dead Yet, written by Warren Ellis and

pencilled by Leinil Yu.

Which comic book title or character would you like to draw?

If can get the chance to ink a Batman title, that would be great! Spider-Man is a cool character to draw since most of my projects are from Marvel.

Gerry Alanguilan

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

The first thing I ever worked on for a US comic book company were inks on a few pages of Harriers #3, over penciller Mark Vuycankiat, published by Entity Comics in 1995.

What are you working on now?

Ultimate Avengers Vs. New Ultimates: Death of Spiderman #6, inks on Leinil Francis Yu for Marvel Comics.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

My favorite inking work is Superman: Birthright, written by Mark Waid, pencilled by Leinil Yu and colored by Dave McCaig. As for my own work, I like a few of them a lot, including Wasted, Elmer and Where Bold Stars Go To Die.

Which comic book title or character would you like to draw?

Iron Man for Marvel, Superman for DC.

Francis Manapul

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

My first published work was a short story in a rom-com anthology called “Love in Tights” from SLG Publishing. My first full comic book was Monster Fighters Inc.:The Fright Before Christmas from Image Comics.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently the co-writer and artist on Septembers relaunch of The Flash.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

I loved drawing Adventure Comics since I really enjoyed drawing the pastoral landscapes and of course Krypto! But currently I’m really having a lot of fun writing and drawing the adventures of Barry Allen in The Flash.

Which comic book title or character would you like to draw?

I’m working on my favorite character at the moment. But I would love to take a crack at writing and drawing Batman and Superman.

Carlo Paguyalan

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

My first published was Elektra for Marvel Comics, right after Chuck Austen shifted to writing and left the art chores for the book. It came out on June of 2002.

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m mostly doing covers and a few fill in issues here and there, since I just came back from a year long hiatus for medical reasons. Recent interior work was for Red Hulk, and most of the covers are within the Hulk neighborhood; Hulk, Hercules, Red Hulk. Also currently working on the second bust for Bowen Designs [which makes statues and busts of comic book characters].

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

I would say I’m biased towards Skaar [the son of Hulk], since I helped design the character through the toy line; which was months ahead before the introduction of the character, I drew one issue of it and enjoyed it very much. If however the criteria was more fulfilling as a storyteller, I’d go for Avengers Annual #2 and the short story I drew for X-Men Unlimited #7. Both were the most challenging with regards to keeping the story viewer friendly. I’d also like to say I was proud with the funeral of Wasp issue which focused more on facial expressions rather than action, I’d say I gave a few good “actors” in the issue.

Which comic book title or character, would you like to draw?

X-23 comes to mind. It’s been a long time since I drew a female lead. Deadpool looks fun to draw. I imagine I’d be continually smiling while reading a script from that. Or I’d want to draw a story about Emma Frost and her life leading toward Hellfire Club. I think that’d be hot!

Ariel Padilla

What was the first comic book that you drew for an American book company?

My first book was from IDW Publications way back 2005 called Maze Agency. It was a revival from a book that Adam Hughes did when he’s still an amateur.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on Green Hornet Strikes, written by Brett Matthews and published by Dynamite Publishing.

Which comic book that you drew is your favorite?

That would probably be the Green Hornet Strikes series. I like its suspense/thriller theme.

Which comic book title or character, would you like to draw?

Spider-Man or Daredevil. It would probably be fun doing those above the city actions and work some camera shots on these superheroes.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Francis Manapul and Philip Tan's new DC books

Rising superstar Francis Manapul, fresh off his acclaimed run on THE FLASH with Geoff Johns, makes his comics writing debut in THE FLASH #1, sharing both scripting and art duties with Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who can? The cover to issue #1 is by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

Batman writer Tony Daniel will team up with artist Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN: AGENT ORANGE, THE OUTSIDERS) for THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1. Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his cowl and wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive. The cover to issue #1 is by Philip Tan.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

ELMER nominated for ACBD

Gerry Alanguilan's ELMER has been nominated by Association des Critiques et des journalistes de Bande Dessinée (ACBD), a French association of comics, critics and journalists, under the Asia-CALL category. "Award Asia-CALL distinguishes a work of comic Asian adapted into French during the last season. Comics from the Asian continent are an increasingly important place in contemporary culture."

The winners will be announced at at the Japan Expo Awards Ceremony, Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Here's the complete list of nominees:
Elmer, Gerry Alanguilan
Kamui Den, Sanpei Shirato
The Kanto Plain, Kazuo Kamimura
The Voyage of Ryu, Shotaro Ishinomori
Vinland Saga, Makoto Yukimura


talking about TRESE with Tres Komikeros

Last Monday, despite having a bad cold and cough that made me sound like a muppet, I got on Skype and chatted with John Amor and Migs Santos of TRES KOMIKEROS about how Trese started, how Trese was inspired by my favorite TV shows and how it was actually based on a rejected story I pitched to Marvel, and about how I got rejected by DC Comics and Atlas Komiks, and about how I really, really hate horror movies.

So, if you'd like to hear me babble for an hour and overshare details of my life, download the episode at:

Here's the blurb from their blog: In this episode of Tres Komikeros, John and Migs are joined by National Book Award Winner, Budjette Tan. Join us as he talks about the inspiration and research behind his hit noir-horror graphic novel, Trese. In this hour-long interview, we shed light on strange and amusing factoids such as Budjette’s writing process, his “technique” for writing action sequences, his slowly growing case against Brian Michael Bendis, and much much more. Enjoy, folks!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Endorsing the ‘Filipino Heroes League’
Manila Times, May 18, 2011

The Filipino Heroes League (FHL) was a great and satisfying read, especially for those who need a break from the bombastic cookie cutter super hero/ super hero teams, which we get a lot of, everywhere we look, most especially at the cinema. Our heroes have to deal with everything from fellow heroes moving abroad to become Overseas Filipino Heroes (OFH) to low budgets―forget sleek cars, bikes and planes; it may sometimes take pedicabs to get to the rescue. Not to mention there’s also government corruption and poorly written school textbooks. Yes, they are operating a world that’s absurd but tangible and familiar to us.



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