Monday, November 28, 2011

Kalayaan #1 can now be downloaded

Kalayaan comics can now be downloaded at

I just translated Kalayaan #1 to English and it can now be downloaded at this Link ->

I have retained the original price of P60. That is roughly only around $1.3 (based on the current conversion of $1 equals to P43.77)

Issue #2 to #12 will be following soon.

Thank you very much.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's almost done

We (me and Jon Zamar) are almost done with the layout of the Kalayaan Vol.1 and we already have received the quotation from the printing press. There is a probability that this book will be ready for the coming San Pablo Comics Fest this Saturday (Dec.3,2011).

I really just would like to give Jon Zamar a Big thanks on assisting me with this. It would really be very very difficult for me doing this without him. Thanks man.

The book will contain Kalayaan #1 to #4, a foreword by Gilbert Monsanto, creative process, Character profile and around 43 fan art. Here are a sample pages.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My own analysis

After reading Macoy Analysis. I felt that I also must share my sales experience to other indies. Unlike him, my highest selling issue has always been (and I mean ALWAYS) the first issue an the latest issue. And on the last Komikon event, my latest issue is #12 and #0. So I was not surprised if I got this kind of sales chart.

K0 - ************
K1 - ************
K2 - ****
K3 - **
K4 - *
K5 - *
K6 - *
K7 - *
K8 - *
K9 - *
K10 - **
K11 - **
K12 - ************

My theory is this. People who buys my latest issue are most probably old existing readers that follows my series (GOD bless you guys). And people who buys my issue #1 are the new readers or existing Komikon event going people that had a second thought on buying my comics in the past. People that does not care on my comics before but I started to grew on them. People that got curious on what the heck is this flag based Superhero guy is all about. They finally gave in... hehehe.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thinking about your future

Some of the artist that I know have now a little bit of problems right now since they are getting fewer and fewer art commissions abroad. Maybe it's because of the economic crisis that is happening.

While it is nice to have an income right now doing what you love to do. But for me, as you grow older, you get to think about the future. You will start to think "Can I still draw when I'm 50,60 or even 70 years old?"

We must start to think about getting a passive income. So what is a 'passive income' you might say? In a nutshell, passive income is an income you get weather you work or not. A good example of it are the interest money you get from the bank, rental income (if you have real estate that you rent out to other people), and for artist there is this thing called Royalty.

Royalty are given to a (for example) recording artist each time his album/song are sold. It is a certain percentage that is agreed upon by the artist and the recording company during signing of a contract. For visual artist, it is almost the same thing. Ryan Ottley, the artist of INVINCIBLE (under image comics) does not have any page rate (I can imagine some eye brow are raising now). He does not get paid immediately, no instant gratification you may say (more eye brow). But instead, he gets a percentage from the sales of the comics for as long as it sells. For me that is much much better than any page rate. Just imagine, even when he is already an old guy sitting on his couch 30 to 40 years from now. He will still be getting money from the sales of his comics even if he is doing nothing anymore. And man... the sales of Invincible Trades on bookstores and specialty shops keeps getting higher and higher.

So you only draws it once, and get the benefit of a lifetime. Can you say that to an ordinary art commissions? There was a commercial slogan of Nike... "Just do it". Well in this instance, it would be better if we would say "Just do it ONCE".

I also get motivated each time there is a new Pinoy Superhero TV series or Movie that is being revive from the old komiks that we know. Some of them are Captain Barbel, Darna and Panday just to name a few. I think if he is still alive today, Mr. Mars Ravelo is very much happy knowing that his family is getting the benefit of his hard work. That is one of the reasons I work so hard on my comics. I also want my children to get the benefit of a multi-million peso royalty deal even if I'm already gone.

So for me (and this is only my personal opinion), it is better to be on a part of a creator owned comics, rather than making art commissions. Please do not get me wrong.... there is nothing wrong on doing art commission (I actually did some commissions in the past). Those are a very good source of income and a dream job for other people since you do what you love. All that I am saying is that you should be a little open minded. You should be open for other options, and there are plenty of them out there. Do not relay too much on one income. We must have multiple source of income while we are still young. And just like what I said, getting old (or getting married and having kids) will make you think of the future. Not only your future, but also the future of your family.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Komikon 2011 on Inquirer

The Komikon was featured in Saturday (Nov. 19,2011) Inquirer newspaper. I just learned about this from a comics buyer during the Komikon event. He has this newspaper as a shopping checklist of comics. So what I did was went outside for a few minutes and bought a copy for my self.

(click the image to enlarge)

(click the image to enlarge)

You can also check out the online version here -> Thanks to Budjette Tan for providing me the link.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Volume 1

Thank you very much to all that have bought my comics yesterday at Komikon. I apologize to those that were asking about the Kalayaan Volume 1. Hindi po talaga na ka abot eh. But I will work on it right away.

I will just post any updates here.

Thanks again.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kalayaan on DBZ Universe


Ever wonder what would Kalayaan would look like on the Dragonball Z Universe?

Now you know. :-)
Fan art by J.A.Gatdula

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ready for Komikon 2011

I have just finished printing KALAYAAN #12. This issue, together with all the back issues (from #1 to 11) will be available this coming Nov.19 at KOMIKON 2011.

Aside from Kalayaan #12. I will also launch Kalayaan #0 on Komikon. This will contain a 2 page origin, characters profile and pin-ups. This black and white cover will sell for only P10. I am still working on the colored version which will sell at P20.

I apologize to those that are expecting Kalayaan Volume 1 to come out this Komikon. I'm afraid that it will not be available until early next year. As much as I want to release it this November, I just could not. This is due to the lack of funds (as usual). With that said, I just want to re-post about this painting for sale created by Ed Tadeo.

Kalayaan Painting for Sale.

This magnificent piece is done by international artist Edgar Tadeo. This painting is 10.5″w x 14.5″h watercolor paper, Gouache painting. He will be selling this piece at the upcoming Komikon 2011 on November 19 in Bayanihan Center in Pasig (Pioneer Street). The event will start from 10:00am and end at 7:00pm. The price will start at P2,000 to P3,000. If you ask my humble opinion. Getting this kind of quality art from an artist known world wide is very much a bargain. A painting of mountains and a bunch of trees from an unknown artist could already sell for around P5,000 to P10,000. So with only a fraction of that price, you could already get this one of a kind art.

Boss Ed was so kind enough to sell this for the benefit of raising funds for the printing of my comics. As you might know, independent comics creators here in the Philippines rarely profited from the sales of our comics. Most of the time, we are already happy if we even hit the break even line. So we(the indies) really need all the help we could get. That is why I was so happy when I receive a message from him about this. Thank you very much boss Ed. :-)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book 2

Bayan Knights - Books of Origin
Book #2 Cover
(Kalayaan, Kabalyero, Gobino and Gabriel Black)

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kalayaan Profile

Kalayaan Profile - Books of Origin

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Friday, November 11, 2011

BK Books of Origins

Bayan Knights - Books of Origins

Thursday, November 10, 2011

K12 - Page 6

Kalayaan #12 - Page 6
Pencil and Ink by Erwin Ropa

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

K12 - Page 5

Kalayaan #12 - Page 5
Pencil and Ink by Erwin Ropa

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

K12 - Fan Art Section

Kalayaan #12 - Fan Art Page.

Thank you very much to every one who had send me their work. I apologize that not all of it can be put on issue 12. The space is very limited. But I will do my best to put them on the next issue. Promise. :-)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Andong Agimat Animation

I'm pretty much inspired by this short animation that Arnold Arre created with in only a short span of two weeks (Imagine that). I was so inspired I might do an Kalayaan animation my self. Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

K12 - Page 4

Kalayaan #12 - Page 4
Pencil and Ink by Erwin Ropa

Saturday, November 05, 2011

K12 - Page 3

Kalayaan #12 - Page 3
Pencil and Ink by Erwin Ropa

Friday, November 04, 2011

K12 - Page 2

Kalayaan #12 - Page 2
Pencil and Ink by Erwin Ropa

Thursday, November 03, 2011

K12 - Page 1

Kalayaan #12 - Page 1

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011