Early in 2009 I finished an eight-page superhero story called “Last Hope”. It was kind of a breakthrough for me because it was the first superhero story I wrote that worked to my satisfaction. For years I didn’t know how to write superheroes and it showed as I struggled to do Timawa during the last few years.
“Last Hope” was created for “Hope: Hero Initiative”, a 180 page full color anthology published by Ronin Studios. Proceeds from the sales of this book will go to benefit Hero Initiative, an organization which provides a financial safety net for comic creators who many need emergency medical aid, financial support for life’s necessities, and an avenue back to paying work. It can now be ordered through PREVIEWS, Diamond Distributor’s comics catalogue For this December. The book comes out in February.
The Philippines can sure need something like this. The good thing is, such efforts began by necessity last year, when Typhoon Ondoy devastated the lives of many comic book creators. The comic book community then came together to help those in need. I’m glad that it had been continued through the efforts of Whilce Portacio, Philip Tan, Ernest Leo Hernadez and many more with Renaissance.
Renaissance is a pinup book of many of the world’s best Filipino comic book artists including Whilce, Philip, Leinil Francis Yu, Tony De Zuniga, Rod Espinosa, Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chan, Rafael Kayanan, Lan Medina, Francis Manapul, Carlo Pagulayan, Rico Rival, Mico Suayan, Harvey Tolibao, and many many more!
Proceeds from the sales of this book similarly goes to Filipino creators in need. Available at all major bookstores locally.