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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

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

Inquirer: Filipino comic book artists help shape mythologies

I’m sharing an article here about our local comic artists. you may click the source link below to read the article at Inquirer.net ‘s Republic of Comics.

Source: Read more here

By Oliver Pulumbarit
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last updated 17:05:00 01/21/2008

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MANILA, Philippines—Behind some of the popular comics currently being released internationally are Filipino artists, delighting geeks of all ages with their distinct takes on different heroes—from those in form-fitting battlesuits to those in Jedi robes—and their traditionally frenetic fisticuffs.

Pinoy pencilers and inkers started getting attention for their work abroad decades back. Some comics pros, like Whilce Portacio, Leinil Francis Yu and Jay Anacleto, became sought-after talents in the ’90s. They continue to draw for major American publishers such as Marvel and DC Comics.

Not long after, other Philippines-based pencilers—Glass House Graphics’ Wilson Tortosa, Carlo Pagulayan, and Harvey Tolibao, among others—debuted and began making waves with a number of noteworthy monthlies as well. Once again,fellow Pinoys’ artistry and storytelling skills enhance some previously established fantasy realms.

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January 22, 2008 Posted by | artist, filipino artist, international news, interview | 1 Comment

Phoenix Comic Con : Mark Texeira Blazes into Phoenix

Renowned Ghost Rider and MoonKnight Artist Makes First Appearance!

Phoenix–Phoenix is Hot, sure… but it just got even hotter! It’s just been announced that fan fave Ghost Rider and MoonKnight artist Mark Texeira will be making his first appearance in the area at the Phoenix Comic Con!

Born and bred in New York City, amongst the concrete jungle and the confines of steel, Mark Texeira was always an artist that found himself indoors more often than not, as a child, escaping via his imagination and drawing pictures as entertainment, taking him to locals far beyond the skyscrapers around him.
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January 18, 2008 Posted by | artist, events, international news | , | Leave a comment

Phoenix Comic Con : Phoenix is on Fire with FREE promo Michael Golden Poster!

thanks to EVAINK for the Press Release.

Red Hot Iron Man piece to be given away to attendees!

Phoenix–The Phoenix Comic-Con is HOT, and we’re not talking about the weather! As if the tremendous guest lineup and program schedule wasn’t proof enough, Phoenix organizers are out to outdo themselves, by breaking out the gifts to show some fan appreciation–including a collectible Iron Man poster by comics creator Michael Golden!

With recent covers on Iron Man, Exiles, Heroes for Hire, Wonder Woman and soon, Wolverine and G.I. Joe, Golden is making a select number of convention appearance in 2008, and Phoenix had to be on that list.

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January 18, 2008 Posted by | artist, events, international news | , | 2 Comments


got this fresh news, thanks to Budj for the forward at the Alamat Mailing List.

by CBR News Team, Editor
Posted: January 16, 2008 — More From This Author

Artist Francis Manapul first came to prominence with a
celebrated run on Top Cow’s “Witchblade” before
branching out with “Necromancer” (with Joshua Ortega)
and the popular “Iron and the Maiden” at Aspen MLT.
The Comic Book Idol judge has also created memorable
covers for numerous titles including “Tomb Raider,”
“G.I. Joe” and “Battle of the Planets.” Most recently,
Manapul signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics,
for which he’s united with legendary writer Jim
Shooter on “The Legion of Super-Heroes.”


January 18, 2008 Posted by | artist, filipino artist | | Leave a comment

Vote for Rafael Kayanan’s artwork

here’s an email message from Rafael Kayanan

Hi Alamat folks,

I saw this contest online and I NEVER enter these things because art is so subjective, but what
intrigued me most were the limitations of using 6 stock images (supplied by the hosts). It
challenged a whole different skill set, in that I had to make very “cold” photos into something
else… no painting or analog art. Just pure Photoshop.

I didn’t want to post the actual image online, in case there was some copyright rule I wasn’t
aware of.


Thanks for looking!


December 12, 2007 Posted by | announcement, artist, coverage, filipino artist | | Leave a comment

Rene Villanueva (1954-2007)

 just receive this info via email and also via a blog post.  I didn’t know that he composed the theme song for Batibot and did one of my favorite movie, and  for screenplay of Kamagong. Goodbye Mr. Rene.

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Rene Villanueva

image from Usapang Komiks 

from Email
Our beloved writer friend Rene Villanueva has passed away last dec. 3
You can visit his wake at Sanctuarium in Araneta Corner Quezon Avenue
until dec.7. He will be laid on Dec. 8 at UP Diliman (Fairies Garden).
His famous works as writer include Batibot, May Isang Sundalo, Asawa,
Kaaway sa Sulod, The Bomb, Watawat, “Botong” (Carlos Francisco Life
Story), Tiktipaklong ,Ibong Adarna and more. please pass. thanks

Doods J.
Cineaste moderator

December 6, 2007 Posted by | artist, filipino artist | | 1 Comment

Webcam chat with comic people

I’m having a test web broadcast on something in preparation for the Philippine Web Comics Convention, and I just discovered something cool for webcam stream and chat, thanks to Ryan Orosco for sharing this great technology.

here’s a wacky photo of us

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Thats me, Ryan Orosco, Joel Chua and Marc Cerbo

to join in the webchat visit http://webcomicsconvention.multiply.com/journal/item/2/Other_webcam_room

that’s just for now, I’m still looking for other service that can moderate chatters.

December 5, 2007 Posted by | artist, komiks | 1 Comment

Arnold Arre’s new comics project “Martial Law Babies”

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a sample panel from Martial Law Babies

I just saw his comic proofs last sunday at the Neil Gaiman event, and Arnold showed the proof samples to Leinil Yu, when I was about to approached them, Leinil told me, “Hey Az, this is confidential, Arnold’s new comic project”, I was surprised to know about that from him, and I looked at Arnold and I was laughing and told them, “its okay! I wont blog it”. Then Cynthia Arre told me and Mark Cerbo about the story and the title – Martial Law Babies!. and i just found out that I belong to that era – Martial law years and 30 yr old kids!.

Now that the news came out already frm Luis Katigbak’s blog, I guess its already okay to post and publish it here.
and thanks to Mr. Babbling Point  aka Budjette Tan for posting it in Alamat ML 🙂

but the  greatness of this project ( no longer a secret hehehee ) – yes I’m going crazy and already forgotten the news about Andong Agimat the movie.

“I’m in the process of developing two stories,” Arnold tells us. The first is Martial Law Babies, “a coming-of-age story about a group of 30-somethings. We follow the lives of the characters, from their childhood memories to a present-day setting. It’s a very personal story, and it came to me during one of those conversations with college friends over coffee. I also wanted to tackle some issues like where have our peers gone, what did they become? Why are we losing more and more talented people to first world countries? What role do we play in society? And aren’t the younger generations getting better breaks in terms of work since they’re adept in technology and from our perspective, more pampered? So I guess in a way another take on the title is that of us being trapped, we’re under Martial Law so to speak. It’s nearing completion, so hopefully we’ll get to see it in printed form sometime soon.”   – Arnold Arre

 Read more about Martial Law Babies here

November 28, 2007 Posted by | artist, filipino artist, komiks | , , | 1 Comment

Itsura Manga features Chester Ocampo

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“My conceptualization process is flexible depending on what I want to achieve out of an artwork. If it’s a no-brainer artwork, I usually just have one flimsy idea to base it on and go from there. These no-brainer artworks are just for exercise and are never meant to be taken seriously. If it’s a more concept-oriented artwork, the process is usually more complex. As much as possible, I try to visualize all the elements in the image that are necessary to communicate the concept/message. Only when I’m confident about the picture in my brain do I proceed with actually working on it. This process is also flexible to accommodate last-minute ideas that strengthen the concept or the impact of the image as a whole.” – chester ocampo

Read the whole interview article at ITSURA MANGA

November 18, 2007 Posted by | artist, interview | , | Leave a comment

Star Artist Will Conrad Cheats Death to Live His Dream

“It was Conan that first made me want to draw comics,” Will remembers. “It was drawn by John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala. It was just…”

Will Conrad works hard on a sketch for a lucky convention goer

It is 270 miles from Belo Horizonte to San Paulo in Brazil, and the road from aspiring fan to top comic book artist is longer than that. For artist Will Conrad, a journey that began in the mountaintop city he calls home nearly ended before it began, in a calamitous bus wreck on the road to San Paulo. In the end, not even that derailed his life-long dream.

Watching the joy as Will draws you would never suspect how close it came to not happening. At a convention as he does sketches with a smile, jokes as he takes fans requests and seems genuinely happy to answer their questions. He works at the drawing board twelve hours a day or more, and when he takes breaks sketches to relax.

It’s hard to believe but the mega-star artist, currently hard at work on Conan for Dark Horse and The Freshmen for Top Cow, never thought a career in comics was possible because of the low page rates paid by Brazilian publishers. “In Brazil, drawing comics was asking to starve,” he remembers. “They paid $10, maybe $20 a page. If you got paid at all.”

Things changed in 1997, when comic book legend Will Eisner paid a visit to Will’s hometown. The legendary comic creator was participating in a seminar and Will signed up. “One of my first comics was for a contest at the seminar.” Will Eisner was a judge. Will won, and as his prize got to spend five priceless minutes with Eisner, who critiqued his work. He considers the storytelling tips he received that day a key moment in his career.

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May 18, 2007 Posted by | artist, feature, interview | , , | 1 Comment