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This is a followup to my previous article, “Creating Your Own Characters is Creating Your Own Future“. It turns out there’s much more to say about the matter based on a few things I’ve read online. It’s well and good to create your own characters, but great care must be given when looking for a […]

Whenever I attend a local comic book convention like KOMIKON, I feel so excited because I see so many young (and maybe not so young) people creating their own comics, using their own characters. The amazing variety of creativity is sometimes just breathtaking. Me and a bunch of guys back in the early 90s who […]

All of a sudden, I’m nervous. I have absolutely no idea what kind of reaction “Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” is going to get at this Summer Komikon on Saturday, TWO DAYS FROM NOW! I’ve always said I have strived to satisfy myself first and foremost, and if I was able to do that (satisfy […]

Arnold Arre and I will have a new book coming out at Summer Komikon on April 12, 2014. I wrote and lettered it, and Arnold Arre illustrated and colored it. Arnold’s wife Cynthia Bauzon-Arre provided us with the title design. It’s eight inches by eight inches (yes, it’s a perfectly square book!), full color, and […]

“Gallus Rex“, Pen and Ink on 11″x17″ Comic Book Art Board Cick for Larger Image The above image is up for silent auction this Saturday at Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig, in conjunction with the “Art with Heart” fund raising for Yolanda victims. All proceeds from this auction will go […]

Browsing Facebook today, I found an obituary marking the passing of one of the great pioneering Filipino komiks illustrators, Tenny (Teny) Henson. The obituary states he died on April 15, 2013 at the age of 82. I feel extraordinarily sad at his passing. I am a huge fan of his work, and I’ve been looking […]

I’ve gotten quite a few emails from aspiring writers asking how can they either make their own comic books or how can they break into the comics industry. I’ve decided to write an article about it here because there’s plenty to say about the matter. Breaking in as a writer in the industry is actually […]

That was an intense two weeks. I got back from Singapore two weeks ago, and although my trip was fantastic and I loved it, I got a very very nasty case of the flu immediately upon returning, and it put me down for the next two weeks. I feel bad for the time I lost, […]

Click for Larger Image I began sending submissions to Marvel Comics in 1986. Back then I was so confident of my “talent” that I worried that I would have to stop going to school so I can begin work at Marvel right away. I mean, I thought I was that good. But then this rejection […]

Up until recently I’ve generally accepted invitations to give talks at schools and universities in Manila, but over the last year or so it’s become difficult for me to accommodate invitations for various reasons. The main reason is probably this: I had been assessing myself and my skill at giving talks, and after several years […]

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When I was very young, time seemed to move really slow. I remember being seven for years. Now that I’m older, time seems to be moving really fast. I guess it’s because I’m working now. When I was young I didn’t have a care in the world. I could afford to see how slowly a […]

Rummaging through my old hard drive I found this video I had forgotten was shot, of Arlan drawing a page from “Where Bold Stars Go To Die” and me drawing Elmer while we listen to a comics podcast and trade ideas and stories. It’s a relatively quiet moment, intense as we were on what we […]

One of the most frequent questions I get from aspiring artists is, “How do I find work at Marvel and DC comics?” It’s a fair question because it’s something I myself asked many years ago when I wanted to start drawing comics. Having worked in the industry now for almost 20 years, and having worked […]

Filipino comic book creator RH Quilantang has posted something on his site that I feel I want to comment on. Apparently, someone had all but swiped his character “Manila Man” and he’s trying to spread the word. I feel that I need to help because the guy doing the swiping seems to have some kind […]

Why Comics Matter

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The following video playlist was uploaded by SequartTV. It features a really interesting lecture on why comics matter by Dr. Julian Darius, delivered 5 January 2006 at Glen Carbon Centennial Library (Glen Carbon, Illinois).

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