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”.



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