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\”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 […]

Here\’s another short story illustrated by one of the Philippines\’ best but relatively unknown komiks illustrators, Emilio \”Emil\” D. Rodriguez. This is a story of how Venus lost her arms as researched and written by Deo C. Gonzales. The source material wasn\’t that good as some of the edges are missing, but I just couldn\’t […]

\”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 […]

Hard to believe, but a few people are taking issue with the word \”Komikero\” being used to describe comic book artists. I\’d like to talk a little about it. First, a little history. Back in 2002, I was thinking of buying my own domain name. I didn\’t want something like \”gerryalanguilan.com\” because it\’s too long […]

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 […]

Because PLDT has been screwy for the past couple of weeks, specially after that crazy April 28 thunderstorm, my Internet has been mostly down. I had wanted to update this blog earlier, but it was just not possible. We\’ve been pretty insistent on calling repair early on and PLDT has visited us twice to check […]

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 […]

After almost a year, I finally finished the script to my next book, \”Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby\”! Like a lot of my projects I felt good about, the writing of the story took a long time to do. After a lot of stops and starts, I\’ve finally come to the point that I\’m very […]

\”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 […]

There will be another fundraising event this coming Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Comic Odyssey on the fourth floor of Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig. This time, all proceeds will be donated exclusively for the benefit of typhoon Yolanda victims. It will be a sketching event where more than FIFTY artists are confirmed […]

(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 […]

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