Saturday, July 30, 2011

Kalayaan Digital Fan Art

Kalayaan fully digital Fan art by Bong Dacanay.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

San Diego Comicon

This is a heart warming video of the Filipino Invasion at the San Diego Comicon. I hope one day, I could attend this event.

I really like the end part of this youtube video where Whilce Portacio is being interviewed. Medyo bitin pa nga ng konte eh. I wish it was a little bit more longer because his words are just simply inspiring.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kalayaan Fan Art by Carver

Here is a spectacular Fan Art created by non other than Carlo Vergara, creator of Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

I was so surprised on morning when I open up my computer at home when I saw this beautiful artwork by boss Carlo. And what's more heartwarming is the message that goes along with it.

"Kalayaan is one of the more enduring Pinoy indie komiks around since its 2007 debut. The title character is currently a member of the Powerhouse Team of Bayan Knights. I found myself wanting to do some kind of pinup art of this guy after reading issue #11, where Paredes reveals more of the soft side of Kalayaan's alter ego John de la Vega. Uni PIN sign pens on bond paper"
-Carlo Vergara

I'm so happy that #11 is a memorable issue for him. But I also hope that he will not get disappointed on me on #12. Because I will do something unexpected in the story that may alienate some readers. I'm still long away from the completion of issue #12 since I am so busy with my office work. Getting the permit (paper works) for National Book Store (not to mention the printing of Kalayaan Vol.1 and also busy with the layout and printing of Kalayaan #0.

I'm so busy, but so happy. :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Baguio Comicon 2011

I just came back from Baguio City and it was simply amazing. Its certainly a memorable experience for me. I think it is almost 20 years since I visited Baguio. So you could just imagine how happy I was when I attended the very first Baguio Comicon.

For those of you following this blog. You might have already know that I do not like taxi drivers very much. But when I went to Baguio, I have learned that not all taxi drivers are the same. The Baguio taxi drivers are more courteous and polite. And they ALWAYS gives you the exact change of your money. Hindi mo na kailangan pang sabihing "Ang sukli ko po?". Sinabi ko pa nga sa isang driver na "Keep the change na lang po", subalit tingangihan pa nya ito. Taxi drivers there are a totally different spiecies from the Metro Manila drivers. So I am very much happy travelling there from one point to another.

Anyway...... the first Baguio Comicon is one of the most memorable expericence for me. And thank you very much to Gerald Asbucan and DM Espiritu for organizing the event.

One of the noticable costplayer on the event was Spiderdan. No... that is not a typo, he is SpiderDan and not Spiderman.

And just to show you that this is a different spider from Marvel. Just take a look at the video below.

He even gave me and Doctor Carlo (Callous) a free Dancing tutorial.

Even when I was still at the bus somewhere in Pangasinan going to Baguio, I was already very happy. This is due to the text messege of Gerald(the organizer). He text me that there is already a Free lodging waiting for me at Baguio. This is due to the other participants of the event that could not make it. So I just simply took over their place. :-)

The picture below is an authentic Ifugao hut (named Dukligan) is the place assign to me. The comics veteran and Metro Comicon organizer Ernest Hernandez was assigned to different huts. The owner of the village said that they have a total of 9 huts, there where 15 before typhoon Pepeng arrived. These huts were originally from the mountain province of the ifugao which where transferred in Tam-Awan village piece by piece and reconstructed again.

The picture below is a cool restaurant (figurative and literally) that is just a few meters below my hut. They even provide guest with free wifi and free brewed coffee. This is a place full of paintings displayed and also for sale. It is like eating inside a museum.

Hanging around with the Komiks veterans.

Hanging around with my new idol (in all manner :D) ... Jun Lofamia

One of the things that I will miss on Baguio is the cool weather and the spectacular beauty of nature.

I hope that I could go back again to this beautiful place next year.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Kalayaan 0

To be release on Komikon 2011, November 19 Saturday.
Bayanihan Center, Pioneer St., Pasig City.

Here is someting to look forward to on the coming Komikon. This issue is actually a promotional issue to promote the on going Kalayaan series. I am hoping that lots of people would be more interested in my comics once they have a copy of this one. And the only way to sell alot of copies of this introductory issue is to sell it very cheap. I plan to sell it only for P10. Thats right, only P10 a copy.

It will only have 12 pages(including the cover), and will not have a colored cover. It's an entirely photocopied issue. It will contain a 2 page Kalayaan origin that has been layout by Gilbert Monsanto and illustrated by Heubert Khan Michael, charater profile of the main characters, Pin-ups and other stuff.

Thank you very much to Jon Zamar for making this new Kalayaan Logo. I will start using this new one from Kalayaan #13 onwards.

I also plan to print 100 copies of this and I will give it away for FREE on the next years Free Comic Book Day. That's the first Saturday in May of 2012. But if you can't wait until then, you can buy it at Komikon 2011, and it's only P10. :-)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Nomination starts today

3rd Komikon Readers’ Choice Awards 2011
special feature of the 7th Philippine Komiks Convention (Komikon 2011) November 19, 2011

To nominate your choice, copy/paste your nominations to these categories - then email them to