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Hello March! This Saturday, March 10, I\’ll be in Powerbooks in Greenbelt, Makati for a SUPERIOR signing with Leinil Francis Yu. Superior is a title written by Mark Millar and the compiled hard cover book has just been released.

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Due to health problems early on, I wasn\’t able to ink bits of this book, but I think it would be fair to say I inked around upwards of 85% to 90% of the book. I definitely remember fully inking the first two issues, as well as the last three issues.

This is definitely the last time I\’ll be missing pages because I kind of like looking at completed projects where I can confidently say I worked on every single page. That wholeness and completeness of work is very satisfying to me. It\’s probably one of the reasons why I just loved working on Superman Birthright because I can say I worked on all of it. Same is true for High Roads, the New X-Men 2001 Annual and Batman.

I very rarely read things I worked on because it\’s difficult to lose myself in the story. I\’m too distracted by the knowledge that I\’m the one who put those lines there. I keep looking at the lines trying to judge how I did, assessing my work work. Knowing the nuts and bolts of creating this story makes it hard for me to be a fan of it, or at the very least make it real enough for me to follow it as a story. But I will try to read it this time around because it\’s Mark Millar and he\’s one of the few modern day superhero comic book writers whose work I actually like.

National Book Store is holding a promo which will give you another chance to win a specialized iPad, this time including an awesome drawing by Leinil Francis Yu (drawn directly at the back of the iPad). By buying a copy of the Superior book, you get a raffle stub which you can enter and well, hopefully win. Click here for details!

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Also out this month, also from Mark Millar and also from Leinil Francis Yu (who I also inked) is Supercrooks #1.

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Now the behind the scenes stuff on Supercrooks is amazing. Mark Millar held a contest called \”WIN MARK MILLAR\”. The contest goes like this: the retailer who orders the most copies of Supercrooks #1 will get a visit from Mark Millar to do a signing, no matter what part of the world you are in. Early on, Mark Millar announced that a mystery retailer was in the lead, who ordered so many copies it drove Mark a little crazy. It turns out, that retailer was NATIONAL BOOK STORE.

And that means Mark Millar is actually coming HERE. To the Philippines. He, Leinil Yu, myself, and probably even Sunny Gho (from Jakarta) will be holding an epic signing somewhere in Manila sometime in May. That is just insane.

AND NATIONAL BOOK STORE is not finished! They, in cooperation with Marvel Comics, is bringing in Marvel talent coordinator (actually Marvel\’s VP for Creator and Content Development) C.B. Ceblulski for a talent search right here in the Philippines.

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Get a chance to have your work reviewed by the man who may well give you a job with Marvel comics! Those who are asking me how to break in at Marvel, well, here\’s your chance guys. My one advice to you… don\’t blow this opportunity! Even if you don\’t get hired, just the knowledge that this guy is coming in for this purpose should be enough to fire you up to do your best. That in itself is a good thing to your development as an artist.

Good luck!

Comments

9 Responses to “March is Comics Insane!”

  1. Jun Pamintuan on March 5th, 2012 1:35 pm

    These are great! Things just keep getting better and better for the comic book community in the country.

  2. Bernard M. Santos on March 6th, 2012 12:17 am

    this would be a dream come true for me.

  3. Danry Ocampo on March 6th, 2012 7:53 am

    See you there Gerry. I hope Powerbooks will let me get my singles of Superior signed. I’ll proll save up for the HC though. Thanks

    Danry

  4. Reno on March 6th, 2012 12:28 pm

    That Leinil iPad artwork looks a lit Jun Lofamia-ish, with a bit of E.R. Cruz inking style. Or am I just seeing things? :)

  5. Robert Nacion on March 7th, 2012 12:38 am

    ang astig ng dating ng cover ng ‘super CROOKS’ ah!
    napansin ko din si sir leinil at ikaw ang dami niyong napag partner-an mga project. galing din ni Mr Yu :) tsaka yung free IPAD.. wow! sayang din yun he he!

  6. NerP on March 8th, 2012 1:04 pm

    ang alam ko buy one get 2 signed sa powerbooks

  7. NerP on March 8th, 2012 1:05 pm

    ooops make that fully booked.

    sorry!

  8. NerP on March 8th, 2012 1:08 pm

    sorry again, i was referring to david finch signing.

    2. At stores, you may have a maximum of 4 items signed. And out of those 4, 2 of them have to have been bought at Fully Booked. For schools, you may have a maximum of 2 items signed, 1 of which has to have been purchased at Fully Booked.

  9. Paul Ramos on March 9th, 2012 3:48 am

    Maraming salamat po, Gat Gerry, sa kaalamang darating si panginoong Millar sa ating Inang Bayan! Malaking pangarap na matutupad ito sa mga tunay na nagsusubaybay sa pagdating ng tanyag na panunulat ng komiks! Mabuhay ka at ang Pambansang Aklatan!