While most Filipino comics artists are making waves in mainstream superhero comics at the big companies like Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, Andrew Drilon has been slowly and quietly making a name for himself as a fresh and innovative creator in the independent comix scene abroad as writer and artist.
His latest short story, “What the Cigarette Said“, is a featured story at Top Shelf 2.0′s web comics site here:
Here at home, Andrew has contributed to Siglo as well as writing and drawing the weekly color strip RAN Online for the Sunday Comics of the Philippine Star.
It’s a direction that I hope more Filipinos take when considering a career in comics. It’s definitely cool to dream about drawing Wolverine and Spiderman and the X-Men… cooler still if you end up doing it yourself. I’ve been that position and it’s just awesome. But there’s also a strange lack of interest in attempting to both write and draw your own stories for independent companies. Definitely it’s a much more difficult thing to try to do. But I’m sure there are plenty of talented creators out there who can do it, if not now, then in time and with practice.
There are very few Filipino writers in International comics. Rarer still are those who both write and draw at the same time. To anyone who ever dreamed of doing this kind of thing, I strongly urge you to pursue it. It’s difficult, but it’s possible. It’s an opportunity to deal with the art of comics more fully. Drawing is only one aspect of it, and being able to do both writing and drawing would allow you to offer a more complete and pure expression of your ideas.