TOPAK Humor Magazine #1 is a new title I have some work in which has just been launched at the recent Book Fair. It’s contributors will have a book signing on Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 5-7pm at Powerbooks, Greenbelt, Makati.
Hey, here’s another poster for you guys to dissect! What do you think? :) I most likely won’t be here at the signing though, but I’m sure a lot of the contributors would be, specially editor Stanley Chi, who is also doing a book signing for his own comic book “Chopsticks”, a compilation of his comic strips from the Manila Bulletin.
Both Topak and Chopsticks are published by PSI-Com.
Chopsticks comes in squarebound at more than 80 pages, with 2 posters and a bookmark. I’ve seen copies available at National Book Store at P110.
As much as I would want to, I’m unable to contribute further to TOPAK because of my other commitments. Doing “Believe It Or Else” has been incredibly fun, and I’m just bursting with ideas for it, but doing one page takes a long time (if you’ve seen it, you would know what I mean), and I had just enough time to contribute to one issue.
On the webcomics front, Andrew Drilon’s “Kare-Kare Komiks” launched today at The Chemistry Set. True to it’s title, Andrew’s comics are a mish mash of different elements, styles and techniques to create a really unusual head-tripping whole.
I was finally able to grab a copy of the October 2007 issue of The Buzz Magasin. In it is the debut of my full color 2-page a month series TIMAWA. You can tell that this is the issue because it has this creature Kokey on the cover, and in the lower left is a small image of Timawa, just above Jennylyn Mercado and to left of Joey De Leon. Yeah, showbiz!
I’m happy at how it all turned out but I will make some changes to the next installment. The first part is always critical, specially the first time my work appears on any publication. It allows me to see how my work looks printed compared to the digital file. That way I can make adjustments on the color, the shade, if it’s dark or light, how large the letters are and so forth. If it looks OK now, I hope to make the 2nd installment look much better. Thankfully, the lettering on the 3rd panel is readable. I was concerned for a while that the letters would blend in the dark background, after I got feedback from it in the comments section.
I was rummaging through my old boxes at the old house when I came across a set of sketches of Timawa, drawn by none other than Whilce Portacio! I had completely forgotten that Whilce had drawn these, and why. There are other drawings, specially one test page of Whilce’s breakdowns of Timawa, with me going crazy with the inks. I think we may have planned doing something with Timawa at the time, but I guess we got busy with other things.
The talk went well yesterday. Azrael has photos here. It was the nice part of the day for me. The other parts were just miserable as it rained all day. Since the talk was in UST and I visited my brother’s family in P Noval, I had to navigate a lot of flooded streets. My shoes, feet, and generally me overall was soaking wet by the time I got to my brother’s place, who, along with his wife Cherry prepared a great breakfast for me, Ilyn,and my dad. Ok, so visit and breakfast was also a nice part of the day. But going home was just plain miserable.