100 Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of Comics) is an online event organized for the purpose of spreading awareness of Philippine Komiks through Twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt, blogs and other online venues. Click here for the event page on Facebook. The Komikero Comics Journal will be posting everyday for the month of July news, opinions and commentary on aspects of the Philippine comics industry. Today, I will talk about Last Meow.
Although I’ve always preferred print over the web, I was never hesitant to try and do new things. And when the idea of doing comics online came about, I tried it as soon as I could. So I uploaded one of my strips from Crest Hut Butt Shop, “Last Meow” on the web on November 2000. You can still read it here: http://www.alanguilan.com/sanpablo/cat.html
And when Scott McCloud, the father of online comics read it and sent me feedback, I was ecstatic. On the subject matter of the comic strip itself, “Crest Hut Butt Shop” was supposed to have been short autobiographical strips that I’ve wildly exaggerated for comedic effect. However, once in a while I would do these strips that were straightforwardly honest and sincere. “Last Meow” was one of them. I just had lost a cat and for someone who loves pets as much as I did, I dealt with the loss by creating a comic strip about it.