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Ang I.N.K. (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan.) is now accepting new members!

We will be receiving membership applications for Ang I.N.K. (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan.) Deadline is February 13, 2009. Your application should include:

1. Accomplished application form. (text or e-mail me so I could send you an electronic copy.)
2. Applicants are asked to conceptualize a distinctly contemporary Filipino aesthetic to any of the following stories: Hansel & Gretel, Three Little Pigs, or Little Red Riding Hood. The illustrator must:

a. respect the original spirit of the story
b. anticipate story text place into their page design (dummy text may be used)
c. illustrate at least one full-color spread of the story that best exhibits the aesthetic and your skill.
(recommended size & orientation: 8 1/2 x 11inches landscape)
d. illustrate one or two bond papers showing eight to ten thumbnails
depicting your interpretation of the selected story. Legible. Color is unnecessary.
Continue reading


January 10, 2009 Posted by | announcement | 1 Comment

New Prints by Malang for 2009


for inquiries, just contact the person listed on the e-flyer.

December 27, 2008 Posted by | announcement, artist, feature | Leave a comment

Wanted : writers and illustrators

The Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government in cooperation with the Asia Foundation is currently developing a comic book that will highlight the leadership and good governance stories of Kaya Natin! Founding Members, Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Mayor Jesse Robredo (Naga City) and Gov. Grace Padaca (Isabela), together with Gov. Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio (Pampanga).

As such, we are currently looking for volunteer writers (English and Filipino) and volunteer illustrators for this project. The comic book is aimed at promoting good governance and ethical leadership in our country.
If you are interested, please feel free to contact Kai Pastores at (02) 426-5657 or you can send an email to kai.pastores(at)yahoo(dot)com
Source : http://pgenrestories.multiply.com/journal/item/527/Wanted_Writers_And_Illustrators

October 8, 2008 Posted by | announcement | Leave a comment


got this via cinemanila’s ML

Here’s the requirements for the store manager of Sputnik Comics!!!
-College graduate.
-Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office.
-Knowledge/Interest in comics is a bonus.

Job will entail basic accounting skills.
This will be a full-time job. store hours will be from 2pm-10pm.
These are the most important traits we are looking for.
We are holding interviews at Sputnik on Thursday 8pm.

Sputnik Comics, Cubao Expo, formerly Marikina Shoe Expo.
Gen. Romulo Ave. Feel free to drop by.
Just look for Jason (09236546191) or Lyle. Bring your resume and id photo.

Thanks 🙂

August 27, 2008 Posted by | announcement | | 6 Comments

My last dance for the Philippine Toy Con

and because that I’m no longer comfortable working for the event that I’m nursing it for almost  5 years already.

its time for me to say Good bye for the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention aka Toy Con.

its been a good year handling the big event and thus dubbed as the local version of the Comicon San Diego, and its a great event that I learned more on how to become a professional in handling and managing, its a big learning ground for being proactive in everything.

I want to leave, because that I’m no longer happy in organizing it and no longer comfortable if I’m going to do another one for next year.. My big decision is final.

this 2008 will be my last Toy Con.

so for this year, lets make it big.. the greatest and the grandest convention in the Philippines ever!

after doing for AnimeXplosion 2000 : 1st Philippine Anime Convention and Komikon : 1st Philippine Komiks Convention.  its now time for me to close my book for the Toy Con : 1st Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention.

My energy is gone, but maybe a new spark might come out soon.

June 13, 2008 Posted by | announcement | | Leave a comment

Meeting the people of Kolektib Intelidyens

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This is the final event I attended last Saturday, and lucky me to have a meet up with comic artist Ryan Orosco before going to Cubao Expo. I arrived too early for the event, and it was hot in the street of Cubao and I crawled down via taxi from my visit in Fullybooked Free comic book day.

But I decided to have a cold drinks and surf the internet in Gloria Jeans Coffee in Shopwise Araneta Center, were I waited for Ryan’s return from his meeting. I texted Budjette at 3:00pm if they are already there, and the replied that everyone is already in the event, then I decided to go late and get updates and do some chores for me work were I try to resolve some website problems for Glass House Graphics.

Me and Ryan walked around the Araneta Center up to the Cubao Expo, were the event called 9 in 1 Kolektib Intelidyens, ( Collective Intelligence), its an event by the Visual Print Enterprise, a comic and book publisher for 9 artists.

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Met the brilliant minds behind the comics of Trese, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Kiko Machine, and many more. It was like a mini comic convention, because there are lots of comic fans went there just to meet the artists to get their book and comics signed by the artists, and also ask advice for their comic creators and works. Our local comic creators went there too as a fan of their fellow artists in the industry and it was fun to see them hanging out and while we take air outside the venue we had a great chat outside.

from my chat here are some great news from them.

I asked David Hontiveros about his superhero character novel online, and told him if he is willing to print the novel into comics, he said that he is willing for comics version of his novel, but its hard to manage and get artist nowadays and bring them in as a job for the title, as I told him about budget issues, and yes.. printing it is very expensive in this time, I asked what if there’s someone did a fan-comic version of the novel without your consent, do you consider it?, then he said that its okay, but it will be great if he will be informed about it first. Sounds good noh? but thats only my make idea and just asked him maybe he can make it a comic book version. To know more of his online novel, visit http://davidhontiveros.com/

Then i got a short talk with Budjette Tan and Carlo Vergara, I just reminded them again for the Toy Con and I’m super excited to have Carlo and Budjette as one of my guest for the ToyCon and I told them about the panel discussions hour with the comics creator, I really want Carlo to join the panel, and yes it will be a big promotion and also an awareness that Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah has a sequel in comics. Jonas Diego was there too, and I told him about my Toy Con and invited him to join the panels, heard from him that he is working a new comics series with our local artists, even that he is not sure if the comics will be available at that time, he said that he will try to release and show some comic teasers and samples.

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Chompy and Lyndon Gregorio

Lyndon Gregorio, Lei Chompy Muncal and Syeri Baet was there too, my fellow Artist’s Den group, I talked to them about the latest news for the Komikon, and they said that the convention will be on the month of November and tentatively on the 22nd. They were planning to have a mini comic even before the convention and the venue still be in U.P. Bahay ng Alumni. and the big news from Syeri. She’s getting married with her long time BF comic artist Jon Zamar, congrats in advance. For Lyndon and Beerkada news, hmm heard that he will release new Beeerkada Plush dolls. and my bet is a PSYCHO COW doll! ahhahahaa! which will be launched in Toy Con 2008.

For the first time I met Kajo Baldisimo, artist for Trese comics. We discuss some matters about his addition in the talent roster of Glass House Graphics and heard from Kajo that they are making a new issue of Trese, which I read it too in the Alamat ML that there’s a teaser, which I failed to look at it at the event.

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Btw, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah part 2 comics was exhibited at the event, but you can check more of the preview pages in Carlo Vergara’s blog at http://carverhouse.blogspot.com/

Got a great talk too with Manix Abrera, and extended my invite for the Toy Con 2008 and can’t believe that he is so excited when I asked him to join with us, he said that he will be releasing a secret merchandise of Kiko Machine or maybe one of his comic works, Reisa also told me to keep it secret haahaa, congrats to Reisa too for her college graduation, now I see a marketer in the works.

met and talked to great people like Freely Abrigo and Johnny Balbona, and I’m a little bit jealous for he takes home a Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah giant poster hehehe, go Johnny! thanks for that yucky news about the hair band condom news in China.

the event is a great success. hope there will be another exhibit and also meet and greet with our local artists. arghhh.. im tired already and this will be my last post for the week. see you next weekend!

more photos and album below

more photos in my album at Komiks creators @ 9 in 1 Kolektib Intelidyens

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Ryan and David

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Ryan, David, Budjette, Johnny, Jonas and Me

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Kajo and me

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Budjette reviewing some portfolio

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Carlo and David

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May 25, 2008 Posted by | announcement, events | | 1 Comment


The all-British graphic novel Henry V, has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 2008 Independent Publishers Awards (the “IPPYs”) in America.

This year’s contest attracted a total of 3,175 entries and saw the Original Text Henry V, which was released in November 2007, win runner-up in the Graphic Novel/Drawn Book- Drama/Documentary category.

“The quality of this year’s entries has been totally amazing” – Independent Publisher

Chairman of Classical Comics, Clive Bryant said, “We are absolutely delighted to win this award with our first book. To see this dream become a reality, and then to gain recognition for our books has been a truly emotional experience. In fact, we’ve had such a positive response to both Henry V and Macbeth that we’ve increased the number of titles in production”.

Classical Comics’ pioneering multiple text versions of well-loved literature have proven to be a success around the globe, particularly with students and teachers, who welcome this vibrant, colourful way of introducing the classics.

Two further adaptations, Frankenstein and Jane Eyre, are due to be published in September this year; with another five titles being released between October 2008 and January 2009.http://www.classicalcomics.com

IPPY Award ceremony May 30th during Book Expo America, LA

Classical Comics are new UK publishers who are creating engaging versions of literary classics, by converting the timeless stories into stunning, full colour graphic novels.

Spearheaded by Clive Bryant, Chairman, following his successful exit from a business start-up, he was joined by Karen Wenborn as Managing Director in May 2007. The core team was cemented when Jo Wheeler became Creative Director soon afterwards.

To quote Clive ‘Neither Karen or I have a publishing background, but we’re both strong businesspeople, and are probably overly enthusiastic about books, literacy and education. Jo comes from a print background, so we rely on her to make sure the end product is right.’

As well as meeting the criteria of being strong in colour, dynamic in action, vibrant, engaging and exciting, the books have a myriad of applications in education across all ages and skill levels.

The team of scriptwriters include teachers, playwrights and novelists, while the artists range from newspaper stalwarts to Spiderman creators and Eagle award winners.

“I’m fascinated by your approach to the play and its language. I find them gripping, dramatic and, although for me the original Shakespeare is always my reason for turning to these plays, I think that what you are doing in illuminating and making perhaps more lucid, especially for young people, is clever and meaningful.”

– Patrick Stewart, Actor

“This is a fun way of getting into the stories. Plays are not meant to be read but to be seen. The illustrations in these books are an easy way of following what is going on.
The genius of Shakespeare is in the language but for some students understanding it can be a struggle. It will be useful for teachers to have three different versions of the text.”

– Ian McNeilly, director of the National Association for the Teaching of English

May 25, 2008 Posted by | announcement, international news | | Leave a comment

GHG head honcho recruiting Manila artists right now

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David Campiti, CEO of Glass House Graphics/Studio Sakka Graphics, is in Manila right now through the 18th of June.  His purpose:  To review, train, and recruit the best undiscovered talent that the Philippines has to offer, to work for the American market for American rates.

Are you an animator, cartoonist, illustrator, or designer who has the talent and skill to make it in the American comics market but haven’t had the opportunity?  This is your chance.  David is no longer conducting his big yearly Seminars at the MegaMall, but your opportunities to work with GHG are better than ever.

Just send .jpg samples of your work today to David@glasshousegraphics.com.  (If you need sample plots or scripts to draw from, get them from HERE.)

If you’d rather bring your samples portfolio in person to David, please Email his assistant MicaChua@glasshousegraphics.com to set up an appointment.

There is NO FEE.  David personally reviews all samples and gives honest critiques.  If he loves your work, he will offer you the opprtunity to join GHG.  If you need some training, he will provide that for free, too.   “If enough strong potential talent can be lined up this month, then Wilson Tortosa and I will teach a small, personalized Seminar for hand-picked attendees, FREE OF CHARGE, in mid-June, right in our Caloocan office,” David explains.  “Some artists were only making $10 a page in the local Filipino market before they joined us.  Now they’re making as much as $300 a page — sometimes more — working for USA publishers.”

Some of the many successful Filipino artists making their mark in the American market right now include Bong (Star Wars) Dazo, Carlo (Iron Man) Pagulayan, Jeffrey (Iron Man) Huet, Rainier (Thunderbolts) Beredo, Harvey (Ultimate X-Men) Tolibao, Stephen (Wolverine: Origins) Segovia, Lui (Red Sonja) Antonio, and a host of manga artists.  You could be joining them!

Pinoy artists who design, draw, or color for the American market through GHG do NOT have to live in the USA or worry about Passports to travel.  They are able to work from home or in GHG’s own large, air-conditioned offices and are paid American rates for their work.

Now is your chance:  Don’t by shy.  Don’t let it pass you by! ( from : www.glasshousegraphics.com )

May 18, 2008 Posted by | announcement, international news | | Leave a comment

looking for colorist

Joel Chua is looking for a comic colorist for a project. check out the info below.

I am looking for people who can learn the systems I employ in digital coloring for comics.  They must at least be high school graduates, and willing to to work on many of the projects I receive and find.

If you or anyone you know is interested, let me know.  Photoshop experience required.  Character illustration portfolio is 3 points, graphic design portfolio is 2 points, Vector illustration or tracing is 1 point . I consider punctual, energetic & curious applicants willing to work in Mandaluyong highly qualified for this;  nevertheless, tardy, lazy, and know-it-all telecommuting freelancers may also apply.

You may contact me through my sites http://www.joelchua.com , http://blog.joelchua.com , http://www.pixelpintura.com


May 5, 2008 Posted by | announcement | 1 Comment

Fan Art invites for a local Horror Magazine

Kc posted in his blog that a horror magazine that they are making is stated to be released on March 2008 and it is on experimental stage, For those who like to contribute a horror fan art you may submit it via email.
you can read more  about the instructions  here

February 23, 2008 Posted by | announcement | 1 Comment

The Crucible Launches Malang Comic Book

I was in SM Megamall yesterday and I just a Malang comics and cartoon exhibit inside The Crucible and then I asked for a press release of the exhibit just to inform everyone about the event. And then I found out that they also published a Malang comic book, priced at P350. Which I will grab it this Monday, so excited to know about this and even that I missed the exhibit and opening in Art Center, this is a second chance for me to see and appreciate Malang’s cartoon and comics creations. You can view a photo set of the exhibit here

Press Release

The Crucible Launches Malang Comic Book

Long Before he became one of the Philippines’ most acclaimed painters, Malang enjoyed a “past life” as a cartoonist. From the 1940s to the 1960s, he created cartoon characters and comic strips that were widely followed in such publications as the Chronicle, This Week magazine and Weekly Graphic.

A sampling of Malang’s prolific output as a cartoonist is now gathered in the comic book “The Forgotten Malang: A Career in Cartoons”. Published by The Cubicle Workshop, it will be launched on Jan. 23, 6pm., at The Crucible Gallery which is also opening an exhibit of the artist’s cartoons that runs until Feb 10.

The comic book and exhibit feature selections of the various cartoon series that Malang drew such as : Kosme the Cop, the adventures of a city policeman as he walk his beat; Chain-Gang Charlie, the convict who has a thousand and one uses for his ball and chain; and Malang’s Menagerie, a humorous look at life in the city and barrio.

In the comic book, there are also editorial cartoons, illustration for legal columns and spot cartoons. It also shares little-known trivia about Malang, among them, that he opened The Bughouse, the country’s first cartoon gallery, along with several artist-colleagues in 1955.

“The Forgotten Malang” comic book, with text provided by Susan A. de Guzman and Giselle P. Kasilag, is a spin-off of the exhibition of the same title held last year which they also conceptualized.

By tracing Malang’s artistic roots, the comic book re-introduces Malang to the public, particularly younger audiences, and shows how these roots helped prepare him for his eventual transition into a full-time painter.

Malang affirms that his 20-year cartooning experience honed his graphic skill, while having a daily deadline taught him to be disciplined and to be more observant of things that went on around him which he used as sources of ideas of cartoons.

Decades later, many of these pieces remain just as amusing as when they were first drawn for a different generation of readers, thus providing the lasting appeal of the visual pun and the timeless humor of the artist who made it his specialty.

The Crucible Gallery is located at the 4th Level, SM Megamall bulding A, in Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call 635-6061.

February 10, 2008 Posted by | announcement, artist, events, filipino artist, komiks | | Leave a comment

New Dollar-Pesos rate for comic books

I received a breaking news from the Alamat Ml , and according to the newsletter of Comic Quest that the equivalent of US dollar is P50 pesos. Read below the email from Charles Tan.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “charlesatan” <charlesatan@yahoo.com>
To: comicquest@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 04:24:20 -0000
Subject: [comicquest] Comics Arriving on January 30, 2008
Breaking News!

Starting immediately, the Peso/Dollar rate for comics, trade paperbacks
and hard covers of Marvel, DC and other publishers will be 50 pesos to a

For Graphic Novels, Anime, Magazines and other items please inquire.

that’s for Comic Quest only, but will ask too if it applies to other comic book shops

January 29, 2008 Posted by | announcement, comics | | 1 Comment