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