Saturday, July 14, 2018


Yesterday started out OK. I expected nothing more except the usual when I went in for my regular session at the hospital. But for some reason, things were different. As soon as I got home, I was vomiting. And I was vomiting for the next few hours. I couldn't stand up and I couldn't eat (I'll just lose it anyway). I ended up not eating that night at all. I slept all night and woke up when it was already light out. I had breakfast because thank goodness I was finally hungry and no longer felt like throwing up. But then after breakfast I was asleep again until they woke me up for lunch. I guess my body was just so exhausted it took that long to recover. I spent the rest of the afternoon resting some more. I hope to go back to work very soon.

I wish I could say I could do things differently to avoid it happening again, but I honestly don't know what I did differently yesterday that resulted in what happened. If I don't know what I did or didn't do, how can avoid it happening again? I guess I'm just gonna have to live with it for now.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


It's that time of year when I receive several requests from students to interview me as a resource person for their thesis. I find it hard to accommodate them all so I just end up agreeing to only one. As to who I choose really depends on how they talk to me. Those who give deadlines I immediately give a pass. Only primary work clients can give me deadlines. I'm sorry, but students asking for interviews can't. There's a primal reaction when they give deadlines like I have to accommodate them within the week, just like that, as if I'm just hanging out the house doing nothing and have nothing scheduled. It just gets my goat.

Although I've learned to say no a lot, it never gets easy. So although it's kind of bad of me, I often end up just not replying at all to most requests.

I'm sure there are former students out there who still carry a bit of a grudge against me for not responding, or for stopping to respond after they gave me deadlines. I really just have to get those things out of my mind. Work will always be my priority and everything else would just have to give way. If interviews, meet ups, etc., get in the way of work, work will always win out.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Captain America #1 Signing

Photo by Zara Macandili

Leinil and I agreed that it was one of the most attended signings we've ever had. It really makes me feel glad to see so many people turn up including a lot of my friends in comics, regular readers who have supported us for years and new people picking up comics for the first time! Comic Odyssey owner Sandy told me that their location is a pretty good one as it attracts a lot of new walk in customers. New fans of comics! I think all of us in the industry need that, creators and readers alike. New blood is what we need to keep comics going.

The location is one of the things that impressed me about the new store. A large in front assures mall walkers a huge and sudden view that showcases the entire store in one look. And it's quite an impressive look. Even if I wasn't a comic book fan, I'll check it out. I think I'll find myself going here every time I go to Manila. It's always nice anyway, visiting with Sandy, Rowena and the rest of the Comic Odyssey crew.

Every trip to Manila, Ilyn and I always look forward to new places to eat. We had lunch at Botejyu, just one of the many specialty Japanese restaurants popping up all over. It seems Japanese is the hot thing right now. This particular resto's specialty is Yakisoba. So I tried it. I didn't like it. So many flavors in one plate that it was overwhelming. The much expected Japanese quality of simplicity simply went out the window. Ilyn liked her Tempura though. But Tempura is always awesome.

We had dinner at Pho Hoa. I had proper Beef Pho for the first time with all the herbs and things and it was a very interesting experience. The broth had an intense flavor, probably due to the combination of mint and coriander leaves, and the beef was really really good. I really liked it.

It was nice hanging out with Rowena and Leinil during dinner. We had a chance to talk of a lot of things, mostly not comic book related. Of course we talked about Sandy a lot, because you always talk about that one person who isn't there. Sandy's in the States with comics business. I hope he remembers to pick up some of those 100 page DC giants at Walmart for me.

We got home at around 9:30pm which isn't too bad. I didn't sleep right away because I still had to approve all the tags from the signing. And there were a lot! Thanks to everyone who uploaded photos! We weren't able to take much photos ourselves.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July and Stuff

I really don't go to Manila much anymore. I admit, it's gotten quite physically difficult for me to do so, and every time it's a great expense because we always have to rent a van. Commuting via bus is now simply out of the question. I feel bad because I miss so many events I would otherwise would like to attend. I'd like to attend more Komikons and Komikets and so forth. But right now I can only go the the November Komikon, and that's it.

But tomorrow is an exception. Comic Odyssey has released our newest high profile book, Captain America #1 with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu, which I am inking. It's actually kind of a big deal. Sandy of Comic Odyssey has scheduled a signing for us tomorrow at Robinson's Galleria at one in the afternoon. It's been almost a year since I did one of these signings for CO. I actually kind of missed it. It's always nice to see Sandy and Rowena and all the CO staff. It's always nice to see my old buddy Leinil and that big bunch of regular readers I see so often at things like this.

My walking hasn't really improved or degraded in the last couple of years, but I've taken to use a wheelchair whenever I go up and about at malls, just so I can conserve my energy. I can still walk, but the pain in my knees makes me tired so quickly. With the wheelchair, I don't have to get so tired. I'm really bummed about it. For many years I've walked so far and so long that I've taken it for granted. I wish I could walk normally again. I've started doing some exercises to first ease the pain in the knees and after a while, I hope it becomes a permanent cure. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Captain America

As much as I enjoy putting back my online museum together, I also find as much enjoyment inking over Leinil Yu for Marvel. Our project this time around is Captain America, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I inked all 31 pages of the first issue, three pages of issue #2 and now I'm currently inking issue #3.

I didn't ink all of the second issue because I was hospitalized for what turned out to be ulcer. I had been bleeding inside, losing so much blood that I needed at least three transfusions a week. But I was losing more blood than I was transfusing that my life was actually endangered. I got treatment for it real quick and within a short time the bleeding stopped and my blood levels normalized. It was quite a relief. Still, I had to rest for a couple of weeks before I was OK to start working again.

Leinil and I will have a signing for Captain America #1 at Comic Odyssey (branch to be determined). Sandy hasn't finalized a schedule yet but once he does, I'll post about it here. I'll be bringing pages from this issue for sale, as well as Captain America FCBD 2018, one page of which, I think, will be raffled off to one lucky customer.

It's not often I get to attend signings anymore so bring all of your stuff for me to sign. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Komiks Museum Updates

There have been massive updates to the Komiks Museum since my last post. I've so far uploaded galleries by 9 Golden Age artists, 1 Modern Age Artist and 1 Indie Age writer.

Golden Age galleries currently up:

Francisco V. Coching
Abe Ocampo
Nestor Redondo
Alex NiƱo
Tony De Zuniga
Rudy Florese
Elpidio E. Torres
Fred Carrillo
Alfredo Alcala

Just click here and click on their names.

Modern Age gallery:

Whilce Portacio

Indie Age gallery

Budjette Tan

And with that, I take a break and work on comic book stuff. I will come back and add more galleries, but my priority at the moment will be Golden Age ones. Modern Age and Indie Age creators have plenty of opportunity to promote themselves and many of them have sizable presences online so information on them won't be so hard to find. I have to upload more galleries of artists who are probably too old, or have already passed on and would be unable to promote themselves.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Philippine Comics Art Museum Online

It's been really bugging me that my online comics museum website has gone down, taking with it all previously uploaded material. And I believe it to be thousands of images from the Golden age of komiks. It was a good resource. I want to bring that resource back.

To psyche me up for this, I went ahead and bought some space online and bought the domain

It's short and easy to remember. Nothing's there yet, but I've slowly begun rebuilding it. I'll be redesigning the site completely, but I will also use much of the material I uploaded before.

I've also renamed the museum from "The Philippine Comics Art Museum Online" to simply "Komikero Komiks Museum Online" to tie it up with a real bricks and mortar museum located right now here in San Pablo City.

There will be two major differences between the old museum and the new. This new online komiks museum will emphasize on both artists and writers, and I will now be including work by what I consider to be Modern Age creators and Independent Creators.

To simplify things, I would consider Golden Age creator as anyone from the pioneering days of komiks to someone like Lan Medina. Modern Age creator starts with someone like Rafael Kayanan and onwards. Independent Age creator includes anyone who has self published their comics from the early 1990s and onwards. There would definitely be an overlap of Modern Age and Independent Age as they started roughly at the same time and are existing concurrently.