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It\’s been a very difficult couple of months for me, physically. I caught pneumonia late last month and as I recounted in my last blog entry, it was truly horrible. After I wrote that blog entry I thought it was all over, but much to my dismay, it took far longer to recover than I realized. It became so bad it affected my schedule for inking Axis. Although I still inked more than half of issue #8, I have to thank Jason Paz for stepping in to help, and specially to Leinil Yu, who has been very understanding of my situation and gave me as much room as he could. Leinil tells me that we won\’t be working on anything new until January so that comes as a huge relief for me because I truly need the break.

I wasn\’t feeling so good the day before Komikon that I seriously considered not going and just let Ilyn and Zara take care of the table. I was still furiously working on Axis at the time and there were still a couple of pages to do. I decided to go anyway because my printer ink ran out and I had to get some from Manila. It turned out to be an incredible Komikon.

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My doctor has advised me not to go to crowded places and if I did, I needed to wear a face mask. I didn\’t wear a face mask, at least for most of Komikon. I just decided not to shake hands with anybody and just stay at my table and not wander around. I hope I didn\’t offend anybody by doing so. It just couldn\’t be avoided. I asked my friend Danry Ocampo to wander around for me instead and buy me comics. There were a few new potentially good titles that came out that day that I just had to get. So thanks Danry! I haven\’t gotten a chance to read anything much yet except for Manix Abrera\’s \”14\” which was fun and interesting. Oh yeah, JP Palabon\’s \”Pera\” was also hysterical.

My childhood friend Dan Yatco came to Komikon to visit me (dude on the left at the photo above). We\’ve been friends since Grade 6 (Grade 7 for him because I\’m accelerated hehe). We were also friends and classmates in High School and then again in college. It was me who actually convinced him to take up Architecture because I couldn\’t bear to go to a new university by myself. I don\’t think he\’s particularly interested in comics, but he reads them and goes to these events because of me and that\’s really touching. Sometimes there are friends you make for life.

Now I feel much better and I probably will be able to do some bit of work. There is another thing I have to do for Graphic Classics that has also been delayed because of my illness. I can probably start doing that again soon. I\’ll most likely take it easy and ease myself in, maybe just a few hours at a time in a day.

Comments

3 Responses to “Axis, Komikon and Other Things”

  1. Paul Garcia on November 26th, 2014 2:10 am

    Master Gerry, I enjoyed your playful bantering with Ed Tadeo in the Inkers’ talk–:-D

    As my show of support, I’ll get the last Axis issue just for you!

    Get well soon, maestro!

  2. Arvin Valenzuela on November 27th, 2014 7:31 pm

    Hello there, Sir!

    I was browsing your site and I decided to post a comment here also. I just sent you an email asking for advice and tips to budding artists like me on how to self-publish my own work. I am the guy who emailed you before asking if you know any publishers out there who would possibly print my work. I asked you how to make comics sellers like Comic Quest and others to possibly sell my “mini comics” to possible comic shoppers or comic enthusiasts out there and all the details I should need to know in self-publishing comics. I am completely clueless about Komikon which passed by without me knowing that that would be the proper place to sell these kinds of comics. Anyway, please do reply on my email if you have the time once you’ve read it. I will wait for your response and I hope you feel better with your sickness asap.

    Thank you for your time,
    Arvin

  3. KC Cordero on December 9th, 2014 11:39 pm

    Gerry,
    You look okay na. Sana tuluy-tuloy na ang paglusog uli. Advance Merry Christmas to you and Ilyn.