It’s Thursday today and in two days will be the launching of the Elmer 2nd Edition book. To be quite honest, I’m rather nervous. Will people show? Well, hopefully! By this time a lot of people would have had their copies already, but I know there’s quite a few who haven’t yet, and have asked me where to get it. I do hope to see those guys tomorrow. But still, a large part of me would like people to show and for the book to sell, to at the very least justify National Book Store’s trust in my book. It’s actually a big risk for them to do it, so I hope it does well for them. At the same time, I do want to share my story with people who haven’t had the chance to read it yet. So yeah, fingers crossed!
October 15, the day of the Elmer launch (at Bestsellers, 4th Floor Robinson’s Galleria, 5pm) is also personally significant to me. Known only to a few people, I’ve been sick these past few months after returning from San Diego, which kept me from accepting well meaning invitations from various people for interviews, appearances, etc. Don’t ask what it was, because I won’t say, but let me just say that I’m doing a lot better. In fact, I’m doing a hell of a lot better than I ever have. I used to be able to finish only one comic book page a day. Now I can finish up to two, and I have extra time and energy left over to do my own stuff. October 15 is my first time out since August, after being sequestered here at home for the past couple of months. A mystery eh? Well, let me just leave it at that.
In the meantime, I’m just home inking Superior. For those who don’t know what Superior is yet, it’s this creator owned title by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu.
Issues #1-4 came out a while back, then we took a break so we could work on Ultimate Avengers. After that we’re back on Superior. #5 has just come out and it features an ELMER cameo! See if you can spot it. #6 also comes out this month. Right now I’m working on #7, which is the last issue, and it’s double sized. I’m trying to finish as much pages as I can before Saturday so I won’t be so stressed and harassed on the day of the launch.
I really like that I’m able to work on something for Marvel like Superior, as an inker with comic book superstars like Mark and Leinil, and still do my own stuff like Elmer. I just love it. It helps me from getting bored with what I do, and it allows me to stretch my creativity in more places than just one.
People who visit this blog, follow me on Twitter and connected to me on Facebook know that I do speak my mind. If I don’t like something, I say it. I’m not that person who tries not to offend people for risk of losing potential buyers and readers of my work. If you say something to piss me off, I’ll say it. Sometimes it’s just a seemingly innocent comment that could set me off. One thing that sets me off the rails, and I admit this is probably something completely personal, is when people ask me questions and end their inquiry with “Pls Reply”. Seemingly innocent enough, but it really sets me off. It really drives me up the wall. People who know me know that I do regularly answer questions sent to me. But yes, sometimes I don’t, specially when the question is ridiculous, or the question can easily be answered by a simple trip to Google, or it’s a question I don’t like, or the question was asked in a manner I don’t like. But the the “Pls Reply” punctuation does really piss me off because it’s as if I’m being REQUIRED to answer. And being the contrary person I am, it makes me NOT want to answer.
To commenters on this blog. Please take “No Anonymous Posters” reminders seriously. When you saw that you probably thought I was kidding, or perhaps I can let YOU pass. But no, I don’t. There’s a whole array of good comments that I’ve left unpublished because they are anonymous. Sorry about that, but that’s how it goes in my blog. Take responsibility for what you say, and then I’ll post your comment.