Timawa continues on the pages of The Buzz Magasin this December! The third installment is now out, cover dated December 2007. You’ll know it’s the issue when you see the image above hovering above Piolo Pascual’s sensitive area on the cover.
That is probably the first ever Timawa drawing I ever drew, way back November 1993. I didn’t use it before now because I didn’t think it was really any good. See how HUGE he is compared to the rooftop. I make no excuses for it, except perhaps to say that this is probably the only drawing I ever did from July 1993 to July 1994 when I began to draw Wasted. It was meant to be part of a comics anthology I was involved with which was thought up by Ricky Olivares. Other guys I remember being involved was Jaime Fornoles, Sandy Gonzaga and others whose names I forget. We were actually quite close back then. I would go to Ricky’s apartment in Cubao and just talk about comics well into the night.
Yeah, those were great times. I haven’t talked about that time too much. We had a lot of things going on back then. I’ll probably write about it more in the future.
Because I needed more time to finish Elmer #3, I had to be more creative in coming up with Timawa #3. I had to dig up a lot of unpublished Timawa pages, and I ended up using three. It fit with the story I was trying to tell anyway, which was Lolo Tanda relating Timawa sightings throughout the years. The one above I made it appear like it was the cover of a fan magazine from 1978.
POST KOMIKON THOUGHTS
I managed to read a few of the indies I bought at the Komikon and a lot of them are very interesting. Browsing through everything, I get an idea that 80% of all the output is manga influenced. That’s a huge percentage. There’s some of that I liked, specially Joanah Tinio-Calingo’s Cresci Prophecies Book 2, which is probably the best packaged indie I’ve ever seen. Ilog’s color illustration at the back is rather magnificent.
It was my pleasure to finally meet Mark David, when he, Manix Abrera and I engaged in a friendly competition drawing “What If Gambit was based on The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”? I never got to know who won (I’m thinking it was probably Manix), but you can see the entries here.
Personally, I would like to see more artists striking out in different artistic directions next year. Something different and something I’ve not seen before. It would get kind of tiring and boring seeing the same thing over and over every year.
I was very amused when I saw familiar images in some of the indies I bought. For instance John Becaro’s group, “Lapis Ko ‘To!” had a panel that was influenced by a panel I did in Wasted. The artist does acknowledge that it came from me, so I’m very very much flattered by the homage.
Another indie, which I will not mention, lifts some panels or combinations of panels, from ELMER. It’s not acknowledged and although it was amusing and flattering at first to know I’m being copied, that’s probably a compliment to me and my work, but I think it would be much more of a compliment to me if artists try and do something original on their own. It’s like something I said to a young artist who asked permission if he could remake Wasted. It was a nice thought, but I eventually refused because why waste time doing something someone already did? I believe it would be much more creatively fulfilling to create new things.