Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Fourth San Pablo City Comics Festival INFO


P20 Entrance Fee
P10 For Students

MAP TO THE VENUE: https://www.openstreetmap.org/note/1650360


Guest list and table arrangements:


Seminars:


Also signing at the event is International artist Leinil Francis Yu (X-men, Avengers)!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

What an Amazingly Miserable Year 2018 Was. And continues to be....

It's time again for one of my year end review things. Health wise, it's been generally good the entire 2018, punctuated by horror and near death. You don't remember the good things, it's the bad things, specially if they're horrible, that will stay with you.

My dad passed away in February. I don't feel like I'm ready to talk about that. But since my mom had passed on back in 2014, 2018 marks the year I officially became an orphan. When I started making Elmer in 2006, my heart was still full of fear of losing my parents. That actually reflected in the plot of Elmer #1. That entire issue was me expressing my fear of losing my parents. Flash forward to February 2018, I guess I had grown stronger and more mature and I was able to handle it really well.

I was in and out of the ER towards the end of April until I was finally admitted in early May for bloody ulcer. It took a while to diagnose it, so I had been slowly losing blood and steadily getting weaker. Transfusions couldn't keep up with the blood loss. That last night at home I was so weak I thought I was gonna die. I had no idea that I was that close to dying if I had waited much longer. It took Ilyn to iron will me to the hospital. I couldn't walk, literally. They had to carry me. Ilyn saved my life that night. I'm eternally grateful to her. After medications, I started to get better and I was out of the hospital a week later. It took a long time to recover at home. About a month. That's why I wasn't able to ink Captain America #2. My old buddy Leinil Yu really stepped in with help of all kinds. We've known each other for so long. We had fought, we hung out. I watched his concerts. He attended my comics events. I never realized I would be meeting a friend for life. Thanks man. You're the best.

After I got better from my ulcer, everything started to generally get better. I was fearful of the holiday season and the change of weather because that usually brings sickness for me. But in spite of the many activities, meetings, komikons and so forth, I didn't get sick at all. Well, 2018 just won't let me go without a last hit. A few days before the end of 2018 I got fever and I still got fever and I don't know when I'm going to get well from this. On top of this my left foot started hurting really bad. My knees already hurt, my damn left foot had to join the fucking party. I might be admitted tomorrow, depending on my doctor so just in case I do get admitted, I won't be around to write this on New Year's Eve like I usually do.

The good things I can talk about in this post is I found out who are the friends I can truly count on and they're so few. I will treasure them forever. I also have a new comic book out: "Dead Heart #1" which seems to be doing well. And of course, Ilyn is such a gem. She has truly fulfilled her promise of "through sickeness and in health, for richer or for poorer". There's nobody, nobody I'd be willing to spend the rest of my hopefully long life with.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Original Art Price Adjustment


I have an ongoing Original Inked Art for sale page which can be found here: http://komikeroinks.blogspot.com/

I'm pretty much letting go of all my original inked art. I cannot possibly put them all in the gallery so if there's anything you're looking for, please email my agent (and wife) Ilyn at ilynflorese@gmail.com

For a long time I have offered my pages at a very low price range. Low compared to how pages like this are sold in the US. Many pros have already informed me that I'm selling my pages too low and I reasoned that I really am selling these at those prices so Filipinos can better afford them. Most of those who are buying my pages lately are from outside the country though, and my original reasoning doesn't really make much business sense, in hindsight. I'm happy to have shared a lot of my pages for inexpensive prices for many years, but I think it's time to adjust my prices to reflect the real value of these pages.

I do have to thank all those who have bought pages from me in the past. Your business has been very much appreciated.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Funko, Johnny and Me


I only have one Funko Pop Toy. And that's the Jollibee one. I mean, what red blooded Filipino wouldn't be tempted to get one? Very few I'm sure. I mean, it's JOLLIBEE. One day people will try to explain why that answer is enough.

But as I said, I only have one Funko Pop Toy. I'm not really a fan. If I can avoid it, I will. Why? It's all tied up with memories of my old pal Johnny, who passed away years ago due to a tumor in his brain. He was a big Funko Pop fan. Every time there was a new release, he'd go crazy over it. I would hear him talk about it and I'd just shrug my shoulders. If he's happy, then I'm happy.

And then he got sick. It had come upon him slowly. Not being a fan of Western medicine, he really didn't consult with a doctor until the tumor started giving him strokes. And those little explosions in his brain slowly chipped away at this memory. Jonas and I visited him a couple of months after Johnny had somewhat disappeared from the radar. He had stopped posting on Facebook and we started to get worried. We visited him and we saw that the sickness had already taken its toll. He was very thin and he was struggling to remember things.

Jonas mentioned to Johnny that there was a new batch of Funko Pop toys at Comic Odyssey. Normally, Johnny would be excited at the news but he just furrowed his brow, struggling to remember. "Funko?" he said, as if he didn't know what that was. A moment later, I realized that he had completely forgotten. After a long time he said, "Ah.....!" as if he remembered, but it was gone again.

Jonas and I would visit Johnny one more time before he finally passed. By then we really couldn't talk to him anymore.

I still miss Johnny.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Commissions

Still working on inking Captain America, but once in a while I can do commissions. It's a new level of commissions from what I've done before. Here is a sample of the kind of drawing I'll be doing from now on:




I arrived at my rates by considering the many days I worked on it and the amount of detail that's involved. Here is my table of rates:


Blank Cover. Full detail, Cover side only, Head shot, with backgrounds $70
Blank Cover. Full detail, Cover side only, full figure, with backgrounds: $120, Additional figure $50
(8.5”x11.7”) Acid Free paper. Full Detail, Head shot, with backgrounds: $150
(8.5”x11.7”) Acid Free paper. Full Detail, full figure, with backgrounds: $250, Additional figure $75
11”X17” Acid Free paper. Full detail, full figure, with backgrounds: $500, Additional Figure $100

I realize my rates are on the high side, but I think it would be worth it.

If you are interested, please email me at gerryalanguilan at gmail.com and I'll put you on the list.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Encouraging Creativity at the Comics Festival

Every passing months brings us closer to the 4th San Pablo Comics Festival! To those curious, yes, it's a 100% go! We will be opening slots for exhibitors very soon, but first, we need to talk about something if you are interested in participating.

One of the big goals of the festival is to encourage creativity and originality among artists. We want you to create your own characters. We want you to have that experience of creating something of your own and pushing it so that it becomes a source of income.

In line with that goal, we want to encourage you to create your own characters that you will use for your prints, stickers, postcards, shirts and other merchandise. As such, we shall actively discourage and disallow the use of characters you did not create. You cannot use characters like Wolverine or Cyclops from Marvel. You cannot use characters like Batman or Wonder Woman from DC. The only exception we will make is if you have permission from those companies to use those characters for your merch. You can contact each company through the links below:

MARVEL
https://www.marvel.com/help/category/11/topic/25

DC
WBCPInquiries@warnerbros.com

We will be enforcing this rule rather strictly and we will be assigning people to check on your merch regularly. If you bring merch to sell that are copyrighted, we would require the proper paperwork that proves you are legally allowed to do so. We're sorry if this causes a problem for you, but all of us who organize the Festival are one in encouraging people to respect intellectual property. By this we respect everyone's intellectual property, specially yours.

If this is a rule that you cannot, in your own good conscience abide with, we would suggest you no longer participate to prevent any future problems, and just join the 99% other events that allow the use of copyrighted characters.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

BUGEL


That's our dog Bugel, who had been with us since 2014, just a couple of months after my mom had passed away. Bugel was a gift to us. We wouldn't have been able to afford a Golden Retriever otherwise. Bugel grew up so quickly but in spirit she remains a puppy. She still thinks she is one and thinks she's still as light as she once was and believes we can still lift her. But it's so hard now haha! She's so heavy!

When my dad passed away earlier this year, Bugel got distemper from... somewhere. And it crippled her. We were crushed. When the vet was here there was talk of putting both Bugel and Lucy down but I vehemently protested. No matter what happens, we will not put our dogs down, I said. Lucy, who got distemper earlier, actually got better after a few months. She's no longer hitting walls, and she can now walk and run as she used to. Even Bugel, who had been crippled for so long, showed signs she could walk again, but it seems she had been  keeping it from us. She likes to look sad and pathetic when we're around so we feel sorry for her. Apparently she likes that because feeling sorry for her includes lots of petting.What a smart dog.

But we caught her walking one time after being guided and let go and when she realized she was walking on her own and we were looking, she collapsed and looked at us with those wide pleading eyes. Now she can't hide it anymore, so she's starting to walk more often. The other day she even ran! But she got tired so easily. I give her a month or two months more and she'll be her walking and running self all over again! I'm sure of it!