Sunday, November 11, 2012

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK signing at Comic Odyssey


Team INDESTRUCTIBLE: Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan will signing at Comic Odyssey on November 24, 2 to 5 pm. Be there for the launch of Indestructible Hulk #1, written by Mark Waid. Don't be late... they don't like it when you're late! GGRRRAAAHHH!!!




Marvel.com: Mr. Yu, what drew you to the book?

Leinil Yu: 
I always enjoyed drawing The Hulk ever since WOLVERINE, and later on ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK. The size, the look and the grittiness of the character is just perfect for my style.

I was really thrilled when Marvel offered the book to me and was floored when I learned Mark Waid was already tagged as writer. That is just too amazing to pass up. Despite my hands being full at the time, I had to say yes!

Marvel.com: So Mark, Leinil Yu: great artist or greatest artist?

Mark Waid: 
Phenomenal artist. Can draw anything. Can bring power to the page like no one else. Do you know how difficult it is to find an artist who can draw a bombastic shot of a character punching a freight train and, with equal skill and effect, the almost-imperceptible moment of a human heart breaking in two? I am in awe of his talent, always have been.

Marvel.com: One of the most fascinating parts to me about The Hulk is this incredible idea of man and monster; this is an unimposing man who transforms into this massive engine of destruction in moments of rage and frustration.  What are some of the amazing feats of strength or displays of power you've really loved putting onto the page?

Leinil Yu:  
Visually, one of the most interesting [things] to draw is devastation. The very simple act of Hulk running around the city would be no different from bombs going off at the base of the buildings. This could be as large a scale as “Akira.” I doubt we will go that far since The Hulk is a hero and we wouldn't want him being responsible for so much carnage.

I'd also love to see him fight huge mechs and robots as it is right up my alley. I love drawing sci-fi/concept art stuff and I think they are the only things that are more visually imposing than The Hulk.

READ THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW at Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/19195/marvel_now_qa_indestructible_hulk

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kajo Baldisimo's Marvel Try-out Pages






Sunday, June 03, 2012

New Comics from SUMMER KOMIKON 2012


It’s been a week since Summer Komikon 2012 and I haven’t had the chance to talk about the comic books that we launched.

Me and Kajo had this grand plan to release the new Trese book last week, but several things kept me busy and we were only able to release “Maverick Rider”, the first case from what will be Trese Book 5.

Aside from my wonderful dayjob, my nights were filled with editing the following comic book projects:

TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES
Story and character creation by Erik Matti and Dondon Monteverde.
Script by Erik Matti. Addiiotnal scenes and diaglogues by Michiko Yamamoto and Jade Castro. 
Edited by Budjette Tan.
Published by Reality Entertainment. Inc.  and Agosto Dos Pictures, Inc.

Last September 2011, I got a call to meet up with movie producer Dondon Monteverde and director Erik Matti. They showed me the initial edit to their new movie TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES starring Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe, Ramon Bautista, Joey Marquez, and Janice de Belen.

What makes this movie different from the usual Pinoy horror movie is that they shot the entire film in a studio and everything was shot against a green screen. Similar to the process done in “300” and “Sin City”, TIKTIK’s world will be completely computer generated. Of course, all the aswang will also CG’d! Since it would take them a year to do all those SFX, they still wanted a way to get people excited about the movie months before the actual screening.

So, they thought of releasing a comic book adaptation and asked me to help them put it together.

Working with Direk Erik, I adapted and edited down the two hour movie into a 60-page comic book.

We then brought in James Palabay, Melvin “Taga-Ilog” Calingo, Jon “Codename: Bathala” Zamar and the rest of the Digital Art Chefs to bring the comic book to page.

And just like many action-suspense movies, the copies of TIKTIK arrived in the nick of time, with James crashing through the gates of the Komikon with copies at hand. (Okay, he didn’t really crash into anything.)

Later in the afternoon, the crowd was surprised by the arrival of Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe, who came to talk to about the comic book and the movie.
Dave Yu, the SFX director of the movie, also went up on stage and talked about the process of creating the world of TIKTIK and bringing aswang to life.

I can only hope and wish that TIKTIK the comic book and the movie much success. If all goes well, then they plan to make more ASWANG CHRONICLES movies and in between all those movies, they might just make more comics.

Can you imagine the possibilities?!

For the first time, a movie company is investing in the comic book medium to promote and push the world of their story forward.

If all goes well, then, knowing the “gaya-gaya” mentality of the Pinoy, maybe the movie producers of the Metro Manila Film Fest will also want to have comic book adaptations of their movies. They might even want to do spin-offs or sequels or prequels.

If all goes well, then it will put the spotlight on the need for more comic book creators.

SKYWORLD : Volume 1 and Volume 2
Story by Mervin Ignacio
Art by Ian Sta. Maria
Edited by Budjette Tan
Published by National Bookstore

Ten years ago, Mervin and Ian met for the first time and it was love at first sight. (Okay, I’m making that up!) Mervin and Ian met because a sideline project and while having a smoke, their small talk lead to their love for comic books and how they wished someone would make a comic book that really delved into Philippine myth and folklore.

Cut-to: a decade later and they have finally taken that glimmer of an idea and made it into a 300-page epic.

The funny thing is, when the guys were putting together the first book, they asked me to look at it, I gave my comments, and when they comic book was printed, I was suddenly labeled editor. And thus, I became SKYWORLD’s editor. But with the combined power of me, Mervin, and Ian, a typo always seems to escape our attention. (For example, if you have the first printing of Skyworld Book 1, you will notice, in the fine print, that it was “Copywrite (C)2007”)

Aside from finally bringing this centuries-spanning fantasy to a close, I’m also happy that National Bookstore agreed to publish this two volume graphic novel.
After ELMER, I was wondering if they would venture into doing more comic books and I’m just glad they picked SKYWORLD to be their next title.

So, aside from movie companies exploring the comic book medium, we now have the country’s largest bookstore publishing comic books. What else can go right?


Edited by Paolo Chikiamco and Budjette Tan
Published by Summit Media

I remember having a discussion with some friends (or did it all happen online somewhere?) about the viability of the comic book medium in the Philippines. At that time, we were saying, your best bet is to produce a graphic novel that can be distributed in bookstores. Rather than try and publish a monthly comic book, to try and scrabble to meet that monthly deadline, to try and scrounge for enough funds to print it on a monthly basis, it would be better to just finish a 80 to 100 page graphic novel (which is, roughly, the length of a 4 to 5 issue mini-series) and release it in one go. And if you’re lucky, if you can find a publisher who likes it, then you don’t have to spend for printing and promoting it.

But, the thought of a monthly (or bi-monthly) comic book publication still lingered at the back of my head. I knew that attempting to do a monthly title (like Marvel and DC) would prove difficult unless you had a dedicated team working on it, which means you’ll need to pay this team on a monthly basis. In the past, there have been many attempts to release a monthly comic book. Even though they lasted a couple of years, they were not able to release it on a regular basis.
Which lead me to believe that the one-shot graphic novel was still the best route.

And yet, every Komikon, I take look at the pile of photocopied comics I bought, and for the ones that like, I always wish there was a way to get them into the hands of more readers. I also wished that more people got to know our local comic book writers and artists.

So, what if, instead of trying to release one title about one character, written and drawn by one creative team, there was a way to “crowd source” a comic book anthology. The stories would be made up of one-shot stories (so, we don’t need to worry about serial stories whose ending might never see the light of day or take ten years to finish)

For years, I have been pitching comic book ideas to Summit Media, hoping the country’s largest magazine company would produce local graphic novels.

In 2009, Summit took a chance with my idea for a comic book anthology of horror stories. We launched UNDERPASS during the Komikon, where it was well-received. But when it was distributed in the bookstores, it only sold a couple of thousand copies and didn’t merit a second issue. I talked to people about it, got their thoughts and ideas about why it didn’t work and what would make it better. With my list of mistakes, I had a checklist of “what not to do”.

If “horror” wasn’t something that would work for the local magazine scene, then what should the content of the anthology be?

And maybe it shouldn’t be a “comics anthology”. Maybe it should be a “comics magazine” or a comic book disguised as magazine, so that it’ll be easier to pitch to advertisers.

Maybe “fantasy” was the way to go. “Fantasy” would cover majority of the comic book stories being locally produced. It would easy to pitch to sponsors that the magazine is like a “fantaserye in comic book form”.

The more I thought about what I wanted to put in the magazine, the more I realized that it was already being done by Paolo Chikiamco in his website: www.rocketkapre.com. His site already reviewed and did interviews with fantasy creators. He also published/uploaded fantasy ebooks. The only thing he didn’t have in his site, were comic book stories.

In December 2010, I sent an email to Paolo, pitching to him the idea of a magazine version of RocketKapre. Turns out he had a better idea. He realized there was a gap in the market: no one was talking to the young-adult (YA) reader. We have all these kids (ok, they’re not all “kids”) who love reading Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Vampire Dairies --  but what happens after they’re done with those books? Was it possible to offer them something else, something that was uniquely Pinoy, stories that had a touch of Philippine myth, folklore, and history?

We wanted the magazine to have comic book stories, prose stories, interviews and reviews, as well as a “how to” section. We envisioned the magazine to be entertaining enough for reader to want to collect it, but informative enough so that schools would want to subscribe to it and have it available in their libraries. 

With those guidelines in place, we put together a sample issue, pitched it to Summit, and thank God, they said to publishing this “pilot issue”.

Much like the “pilot episode” of a TV show, the chances of Kwentillion becoming a “regular series” is in the hands of the viewer (or in this case, the reader).  Because if and when KWENTILLION becomes a regular monthly (or bi-monthly) comics magazine, then it will become a venue for new comic book characters to be told, a chance to meet and get to know more Filipino authors and artists, and more importantly, an opportunity to share and tell a million new stories.

As of this writing, KWENTILLION has been spotted in several branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and BestSellers. We hope it will be found in a branch near you.

I’ll give an update as to when SKYWORLD Volume 1 and 2, and TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES will be sent out to the stores.

I hope that these comic books signal a start in the Philippine comic book scene. I hope that it will be the beginning of many opportunities for comic book writers and artists to share their craft and their stories. Of course, for these comic books to succeed, it is important that it gets the support of as many readers as possible. So, if you like any of these books then LIKE their pages on Facebook and hit the SHARE button to tell all your friends about them.




Now that these projects are all done, I hope you don’t mind if I go back to writing Trese. See you at the October KOMIKON!



Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ian Sta Maria's SALAMANGKA


It's a world where magic and mysticism is very much alive. 
It's a story about how people struggle with the fate that they were dealt with.  

SALAMANGKA
Written and drawn by Ian Sta. Maria







Batman/Superman Beyond by Ian Sta. Maria






See more of Ian's art at : http://iantoy.deviantart.com/gallery/

Saturday, February 25, 2012

C.B. Cebulski in Manila



heART Works and Superior comic book launch



To celebrate the launch of the SUPERIOR trade paperback, National Bookstore is giving you the chance to win this one-of-a-kind artwork by Leinil Yu, drawn on an iPad.  

SUPERIOR created by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
Written by Mark Millar
Pencilled by Leinil Yu
Inked by Gerry Alanguilan
Colored by Sunny Gho

Simon Pooni had it all going for him - plenty of friends at school and good looks, and his coach called him one of the most talented basketball players he's ever seen. But that was when he could still move his legs. Now, he's living with multiple sclerosis, missing all the little things he used to take for granted, and escaping into the world of movies and comics with his best friend. Then...SUPERIOR entered his life. It's the newest smash super-hero comic from Mark Millar and SECRET INVASION artist Leinil Francis Yu! Collecting SUPERIOR #1-7



1. For every reservation made of Superior by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu from February 7 – February 29, 2012 in any participating National Book Store and Powerbooks branch, a customer is entitled to two (2) raffle coupons to qualify for the raffle draw to win one (1) Apple iPad 64GB with an original sketch by Leinil Yu. A downpayment of P200.00 is required for a valid reservation of Superior (Retail Price: P1,175.00). 

Then from March 1 to 31, 2012, customers who’ll purchase Superior in any participating National Book Store and Powerbooks branch will be entitled to one (1) raffle coupon.
 

2. Starting March 1, customers may claim their book reservation and two (2) raffle coupons upon payment of the P975.00 balance for the full purchase.
 

3. Deadline of submission of entries will be at store closing on March 31, 2012.
 

4. The customer must fill out the raffle coupon with their complete name, address, telephone number, cellphone number, e-mail address and affix signature and drop at drop boxes located at the customer service area.
 

5. Prize cannot be converted to cash and is non-transferable. The 20% tax of prizes exceeding P10,000 shall be shouldered by the winner.
 

6. Raffle draw is on April 11, 2012, 5:00 p.m., at the National Book Store Head Office at 125 Quad Alpha Centrum Bldg., Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City in the presence of a DTI representative.
 

7. National Book Store will be notifying the winner via registered mail that shall also serve as proof of winning. Winner will be announced in National Book Store Facebook and Twitter accounts. Posters announcing the winner will also be displayed at the customer service counter of all participating branches.
 

8. The winner must (a) present the winning stub, valid ID with photo and the registered mail notification to claim the prize; (b) claim his prize within 60 days upon receipt of the registered mail. Prize not claimed within 60 days from receipt of notice will be forfeited in favor of National Book Store, Inc. with prior approval of DTI; (c) claim the prize at National Book Store Head Office at 125
 

9. Employees of National Book Store, Inc., and Abacus Books and Card Corp., and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this promo.

Details from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Book-Store/72546266913?sk=app_10442206389

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Leonardo Giron draws DEAD GIRLS



Dead Girls #1: a 24-page comic (heralding an 8-issue series), script by Richard Calder, art by Filipino comic book artist Leonardo M Giron, cover illustration by Rick Fairlamb, and published by The House of Murky Depths, March 2012.

National Bookstore SUPERIOR iPad promo


To celebrate the launch of the SUPERIOR trade paperback, National Bookstore is giving you the chance to win this one-of-a-kind artwork by Leinil Yu, drawn on an iPad.  

SUPERIOR created by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
Written by Mark Millar
Pencilled by Leinil Yu
Inked by Gerry Alanguilan
Colored by Sunny Gho

Simon Pooni had it all going for him - plenty of friends at school and good looks, and his coach called him one of the most talented basketball players he's ever seen. But that was when he could still move his legs. Now, he's living with multiple sclerosis, missing all the little things he used to take for granted, and escaping into the world of movies and comics with his best friend. Then...SUPERIOR entered his life. It's the newest smash super-hero comic from Mark Millar and SECRET INVASION artist Leinil Francis Yu! Collecting SUPERIOR #1-7



1. For every reservation made of Superior by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu from February 7 – February 29, 2012 in any participating National Book Store and Powerbooks branch, a customer is entitled to two (2) raffle coupons to qualify for the raffle draw to win one (1) Apple iPad 64GB with an original sketch by Leinil Yu. A downpayment of P200.00 is required for a valid reservation of Superior (Retail Price: P1,175.00). 

Then from March 1 to 31, 2012, customers who’ll purchase Superior in any participating National Book Store and Powerbooks branch will be entitled to one (1) raffle coupon.
 

2. Starting March 1, customers may claim their book reservation and two (2) raffle coupons upon payment of the P975.00 balance for the full purchase.
 

3. Deadline of submission of entries will be at store closing on March 31, 2012.
 

4. The customer must fill out the raffle coupon with their complete name, address, telephone number, cellphone number, e-mail address and affix signature and drop at drop boxes located at the customer service area.
 

5. Prize cannot be converted to cash and is non-transferable. The 20% tax of prizes exceeding P10,000 shall be shouldered by the winner.
 

6. Raffle draw is on April 11, 2012, 5:00 p.m., at the National Book Store Head Office at 125 Quad Alpha Centrum Bldg., Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City in the presence of a DTI representative.
 

7. National Book Store will be notifying the winner via registered mail that shall also serve as proof of winning. Winner will be announced in National Book Store Facebook and Twitter accounts. Posters announcing the winner will also be displayed at the customer service counter of all participating branches.
 

8. The winner must (a) present the winning stub, valid ID with photo and the registered mail notification to claim the prize; (b) claim his prize within 60 days upon receipt of the registered mail. Prize not claimed within 60 days from receipt of notice will be forfeited in favor of National Book Store, Inc. with prior approval of DTI; (c) claim the prize at National Book Store Head Office at 125
 

9. Employees of National Book Store, Inc., and Abacus Books and Card Corp., and their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining this promo.

Details from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Book-Store/72546266913?sk=app_10442206389

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