There are books that I have owned in the past, whose value seem to grow as time passes, even if they’re no longer with me. Mostly, they were books given to me by my parents, books with their dedications on it, given to me at a time that I was perhaps to young and stupid to realize how meaningful they will eventually be.
One of those books is Bridgman’s Drawing From Life (photo from Ebay), given to me when I was in college, in what I now realize to be my parents’ support for my growing interest in illustrating comics, support that I thought was not always there. I had stupidly lent it to someone back when I was at Whilce’s studio, to one of the aspiring artists who came to seek training and guidance. I don’t even remember the guy’s name now. All I know he’s either based in Cebu or Bacolod. For God’s sake, whoever you are, if you are reading this blog, please return my book.
Another book that’s gone missing is a book of Architectural Rendering, also given to me by my parents also when I was in college. A classmate borrowed it from me. This time I remember who it is, but she eventually got married and moved to Singapore, I think. I’m sure the book is still at her home. At least this one is something I can trace, but it would be difficult.
There are many other things that have been borrowed from me, like a bunch of X-men comics back in college, by someone who eventually moved to Belgium, last I heard. I don’t care if I don’t get those comics again, after all, I can always buy them again (and I have actually), but those first two books are invaluable to me, I now so stupidly, and much belatedly, realize.
And to all the Komikeros out there who visited the house in recent years and borrowed comics, I would really appreciate it if you would return them, just so I can more completely catalogue the books I have. I’ve been hesitant to let anyone borrow books from me anymore, unless they’re good friends who live right here in San Pablo, who I can easily get in touch with and meet at a moments notice.
And to those I have borrowed books and comics from, I want to assure you they’re in good hands and they will be returned eventually (Auggie, I’ll bring all the stuff I borrowed when I go there next month). If you have a book, comic book or any other stuff that’s with me, please remind me so I can look for them and set them aside for when we next meet. Thanks.