Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Comics Odyssey

This is the new Comic Odyssey location at the Basement level 1 of Robinsons Galleria. It is near Abenson and JRS express. They will move on this place on March 1,2012.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Kalayaan Vol.1 now available in 75 NBS branches

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I just finished my deliveries all over Manila area. Kalayaan Vol.1 is now available at 75 branches of National Book Store all over the Philippines.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Comics Convention all over PH

I'm so happy that there are now many comics event happening not only in Metro Manila but all over the Philippines. I just recently found out about this First Bacolod Comics Convention. And I am so happy for them and I wish them luck and success. And also hope that this will be an annual event in Bacolod. I really wish that I could go, but unfortunately I financial problem this past few months. So to any body in the south that could read this blog, and I hope that you support this event. Please mark the date, MARCH 31,2012 at 3PM.

And before that, on Feb. 26-27,2012 is the 2nd Baguio Comics Convention. I really admire Gerald Asbucan really pushing through with this and I am deeply sad that I could not go to this event for the second time around. :-(

But there is at lease one event that I can surely attend. And that is the Summer Komikon 2012 that will be on MAY 26,2012 from 10am to 7PM at Bayanihan Center Pasig City.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

64 NBS Branches

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Kalayaan Vol.1 : A New Pinoy Superhero copies are now available in MAKATI area and Mall Of Asia. Making it a total of 64 Branches in all.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Busy as usual

I'm back at drawing a page for Kalayaan #13. I hope that I could finish this issue before summer komikon on May 26.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Prince of all, Master of none

There are a few people now a days sends me a message asking me on what advice that I could give them. Because they say that they are an aspiring comics artist. While there are so many things that I could tell them, I just give them very simple and shot reply. I simply says that "Never give up on you dreams". I say that wholeheartedly because the moment you give up on your dreams, is the moment you fail. I also say that to them ("Never give up on you dreams"), because it is actually a TEST for them. A test on how really determine they are on to become a comic book creator or artist. Because I see so many new indie comics comes and then goes, never to be heard from them again. They probably have a misconception that if they become a comic book artist, they will be famous, have lots of money and girls flocking towards them. And nothing could be farther from the truth. I'm not famous, I'm broke and no girls flocking towards me in my many experience of attending comics event. Many new artist failed to continue for a second issue maybe because they are discouraged by the small number of their comics sold during events. They have probably think that with all their many months of hard work, the return is simply not that worth it. That is one of the hard facts that you must accept when you are just starting out. People still do not know you or your comics, so it is very much probable that your comics will not do well (initially).

I know this person that could be called a "Prince of all, but master of none". Many years ago when I was still on the early months of publishing my comics. This person politely asked me if he could draw a cover for the next issue of Kalayaan comics. He said that he wanted to help me and he is an aspiring comics that wanted to make his own comics. I turned him down and said, "Instead of you helping me, I think that it will be better if you devote your time on making your own comics. And by the way, I already have created many covers way ahead of the interior pages of my comics". To make the long story short, this guy did not finished his comics but instead just doodled around pin-up here and there. About a year later I saw him on a event that I attended. And I was actually surprised when I talked to him. He said that he is completely out of comics making and now busy with his new hobby, which is photography. And I was there in front of him, scratching my head and looking at his very expensive DSLR camera hanging around his neck. I was saying to my self..."okay, I guess this guy is not really serious on making comics". And what is more surprising, after not hearing from him for about 4 to 5 years or so, he is back as an exhibitor of a comics event. Yup.. an exhibitor in an indie comics. After 5 years or so, he finished his comics and already selling it. He even told me that he wanted my character to crossover to his comics. I was just shaking my head, and saying to my self that this guy simply could not make up his mind. I will not be surprise if I will not be seeing or hearing from him again for the next few years.

Many people just could not make up their mind on what they want to do. They want to be a doctor one minute and the next minute they want to be a Lawyer. For those people that really wants to go into the comics biz should really think very hard. If this is what they really want to do in life. If it's not, it's perfectly okay. Contemplate on your self, because it is not really that glamorous. The road is long and hard, and there will be plenty of disappointments along the way, It is not for every body. But if you really really like it, you will stay for good no matter what.

Friday, February 10, 2012

51 Branches na po

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

2nd Baguio Comicon

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I'm still not yet 100% sure if I could make it this time. I really want to come, but lately I had a little financial problem because my resources had been depleated due to the printing cost of my graphic novel. :-(

But hopefully I will get some few returns on this coming months. :-)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Kalayaan #3 ready for download

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Kalayaan #3 (English version) is up at Flipreads website and ready for download. It only P60 or around $1.41 per download.

Kalayaan #3 click here -> http://www.flipreads.com/book/kalayaan-3/

Kalayaan #2 click here -> http://www.flipreads.com/book/kalayaan-2/

Kalayaan #1 click here -> http://www.flipreads.com/book/kalayaan-1/

Saturday, February 04, 2012

37 Branches na po

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I will be concentrating on my deliveries on the provinces for this coming week. The reason is convenience. I could distribute more branches this way because there are only 2 main dropping point of NBS. It is much easier for me this way, because those dropping point are the one who is going to distribute my book to the provinces. Just by making a single drop in NBS Superbranch in Cubao, I will just give them around 60+ copies for 12 branches. And I could finish those transaction around 5 to 10 minutes or so. That is way more easier for me to go around 12 branches in Metro Manila which I dought that I could finish it in one day.

Friday, February 03, 2012

ALIPIN fan art

ALIPIN fan art by J.A.Gatdula

Alipin first appeared in issue #7. He was extracted from the evil emotions of Kalayaan. This was done by Salamangkero, a being that came from a different dimension looking for the strongest hero in this universe to make him his personal slave, thus Alipin was created.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

27 Branches na po

I just came home from National Book Store Warehouse in Pasig. I just delivered copies of Kalayaan Vol.1 for the provinces. It might take a week or two before it reaches it's destination, but hope fully it will get there. At long last, I finally have a chance to distribute my work on a national level.
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So as of this writing, there are already 27 branches that will distributing Kalayaan Vol. 1: A New Pinoy Superhero. Cheers :-)