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Johnny insisted that I first met him at Comics Den, a small comic book shop here in San Pablo sometime in the early 2000s. To be honest, I don\’t remember. When the Laguna Artists Group (later known as the Komikero Artists Group) formed in 2002, he became one of the members. Little did I know […]

\”Sandali ng Katotohanan\” (Moment of Truth) is a short story that\’s both written and drawn by legendary Filipino komiks creator Nestor Redondo (Rima, Swamp Thing) for Espesyal Komiks #102, September 3, 1956. \”Sandali ng Katotohanan\” tells the story of matador Paco Salazar, renowned for his cowardice during bullfights. It isn\’t until he gets some encouraging […]

\”Ang Unang Pasko\” Illustrated by Emil Rodriguez, Adapted by Angel Ad Santos

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Here\’s a short story illustrated by one of the greatest unknown Filipino komiks illustrators, Emil Rodriguez. I will be posting more of Emil\’s work in the coming weeks, but I\’m posting this one now in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, this particular story came from a bound compilation that doesn\’t indicate what publication it came from […]

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 […]

To clarify some misinformation being spread about Francisco V. Coching and his qualifications for being National Artist specially through the column of Nestor Torre, contending that: \”And there are those who oppose Francisco Coching’s selection for visual arts, because they regard him as more of an illustrator than a creative artist.\” I wish to inform […]

Francisco V. Coching has finally been declared a National Artist via Proclamation 808. MALACAÑAN PALACE MANILA BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES PROCLAMATION N0. 808 DECLARING FRANCISCO V. COCHING (POSTHUMOUS) AS NATIONAL ARTIST FOR VISUAL ARTS WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines provides for patronage of arts and letters by the […]

Photo by Jonas Diego I think I\’m still feeling a little dazed from Summer Komikon. It was probably the most physically stressful time I\’ve had at a Komikon. My allergies were pretty bad that it\’s embarrassing, specially since I had to talk to people a lot and do a couple of interviews. My bad knee […]

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 […]

I\’ve been inking comics professionally now for like well, since 1995. You would think I\’d get tired of it, bit I\’m honestly not. Admittedly, there was a time that I quit. This was back in 2005. That was not because I didn\’t like to ink anymore, but because I wanted to expand my creativity to […]

\”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 […]

(Most photos in this article can be clicked for larger images.) Laurent Mélikian, a French comics critic who visited the Philippines in 2011 and who I met for the 7th Annual Komikon, had subsequently invited me to attend the 6th FIBDA, or the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d\’Alger, or in English, the 6th […]

Where/How to Buy Indie Komiks Online

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The previous blog entry \”The Evolution of the Philippine Indie Comic Book\” has elicited a comment from a reader asking where they can buy these comic books online. That\’s an absolutely fair question. One common feedback that creators mostly get is that their work isn\’t easily accessible. How does one from Davao or Palawan, or […]

Photo by Gio Paredes What began as a small movement of self published comics in 1993 has now grown into something people least expected: an ongoing thriving industry that has produced hundreds upon hundreds of individual titles. But make no mistake, while this industry is very small compared to what our old industry was like […]

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 […]

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