Hal Santiago reports that Filipino Komiks Illustrator Sonny Trinidad has passed away yesterday, November 23, 2009. The wake is currently being held in his hometown of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Also known as Celso Trinidad, Sonny won the Best Serial Illustrator award during the 1984 KOMOPEB Parangal sa Komiks. His work VIRGA also won in the Best Novel Illustration Fantasy Category.
A native of Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Trinidad’s first professional exposure to comics came by way of working as an assistant to Francisco V. Coching, which would explain the similarity of his early work to Coching.
In the US, he was known for his work on Conan The Barbarian, Dracula, Morbius, Bloodstone, and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.
John Warner, writer of Bloodstone, wrote of Trinidad:
“The assignment went to Sonny Trinidad, who is very good. But you don’t need me to tell you that, as you’ve no doubt seen his work on THE LAND TIME FORGOT, GABRIEL THE DEVIL HUNTER (from Haunt of Horror) and THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (in Marvel Spotlight #25). In spite of having about two weeks to pencil, ink, and letter the entire job, I think it turned out very well.” (Marvel Presents: Bloodstone #2)
Thanks to Erwin Cruz for passing the news along.