The last three days have been incredibly hectic. It’s only a preview of what my October is looking like. There’s tons of things to do. In just the next few days I’ll be writing an article about Francisco V. Coching for the Coching Art and Essays book, I’ll do an Ibong Adarna commission, a Batman sketch, I’ll finish an album cover, and an installment of Timawa for The Buzz Magasin. Then for the rest of October it’s full throttle on Elmer until I finish it.
I’ve got this big US comic book gig coming in and I wanted to finish Elmer before taking it on. I can’t talk about it yet, but it’s huge. Well, not Marvel and DC huge, but it’s close. For the past 2 years I’ve devoted myself to doing comics here in the Philippines. Although I will still continue to do Timawa, The Marvelous Adventures of the Amazing Dr. Rizal and my other personal projects here in the Philippines, I would have to do them as sidelines to this upcoming job. I do make a promise to my editor KC Cordero that whatever happens, I’ll still make my Timawa deadlines.
I’ll still continue to update this blog, which I’ve done so even under the most punishing deadlines, but perhaps not as often as I would like.
Thanks to Whilce Portacio for the stuff he sent to me via Gilbert Monsanto. He sent a Limited Edition signed print of Superman and Batman, as well as a San Diego Convention 2008 Sketchbook. Thanks Whilce!
And thanks to Gilbert for the chickens!
I also met Simon Santos, the webmaster of Video 48, who turned out to be the son of Mauro Malang Santos. He gave me a book of his father’s cartoons, signed by Malang himself! I thought that was so awesome. Thanks Simon!
Sandy Sansolis of Planet X also gave me the first issue of Alex Niño’s “Dead Ahead”. Thanks Sandy! Looking over the comic book I have to say it’s Alex’s best work in the last 5 years. Better than Orc’s Treasure and better than God the Dyslexic Dog. Alex has still got it, and it’s amazing.
A few friends came over to the house yesterday for an informal gathering. Actually it was planned as a drunken singalong. It was about time some drank those 2 gallons of lambanog I’ve had fermenting for the last 3 years. The videoke machine was somewhere in Cebu, and we ended up just eating and downing half a glass each of lambanog. We’re not really drinkers, to be honest. I cooked my new recipe “Tonnato Ala Komiquero” (he.he.), Zara brought Kinilaw na Hipon, Jonas brought Chicken, James brought embutido and in spite of not having a singalong and nobody getting even close to being drunk, we had a great time anyway.