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 http://www.komiksmuseum.com

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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

One Rainy Day

Sometime in 2005 I started writing Elmer. I don't remember what it was that occurred during this time, or if there was any triggering event at all, but I started thinking about my parents and the growing fear I had at losing them. They were getting really old by then and I knew they didn't have that much time left.

It reflected in the writing of Elmer. In fact, it pretty much directed how that entire book came to be. At its very essence, Elmer is a reflection of the fear I had of losing my parents. I felt this way because I felt I wasn't ready yet. I wasn't ready emotionally. I dream of losing them and I wake crying.

In 2014 I lost my Mom. And just a few days ago on February 6, 2018, I lost my Dad.

I was in the middle of inking this panel when he died. Unlike my mom's death which took us all by surprise, my dad was failing for quite some time. It was really hard for him the last few days of his life. I wanted to tell him that it's OK to go and that I was ready, but by then his mind wasn't comprehending much anymore. I don't know, perhaps in a way he understood. Because not a day later, he did finally let go.

And it was true. I was ready. I don't have any parents anymore, but that's ok. Mom and Dad are finally together now. I think my mom's really happy about that. She's been waiting a long time. If I can tell them one thing, I want to tell them that they don't have to worry about me anymore. I'm doing OK. I'm in the best hands with Ilyn, and I will continue to go on with my life, doing what I love best. Comics. Making more comics.

My brother Noel. Saying our final goodbyes to dad. And just like in the movies, it started to rain.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You Tube Streak!

I don't know why, but all of a sudden I have that sudden urge to do videos on You Tube. Within the week or so, I was able to put together and upload NINE videos! The fact that You Tube recently instituted new standards for monetization had nothing to do with it because I've since demonetized all my videos. That means, I assume, that you can now watch all my videos without ads. Why demonetize? I'm seeing a lot of people quitting You Tube saying it's the end of the website because small time video makers can't make money from it anymore. The monetization standards are too high. I've been seeing "This is the end of You Tube " comments for 10 years now. Whenever You Tube institutes a change, people say it's the end, but it never is.

I understand if You Tube is a means to make a living and I'm sure it's a legit way of doing so. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It's just not for me. I guess I've just seen too many content on the site that's compromised by products. You really can't talk honestly about a product if the company making the product is paying you.

There's also the "freebie" mentality that goes along with the "influencer" mentality. Hey, I'll review your restaurant in one of my videos but I would like to eat for free. Oh my God, it's something I would never find myself doing. It would juts be too embarrassing. Some people see nothing wrong with that. It's not as if they're begging or asking to eat for nothing in return. If that's how you want to live, then that's fine. I just want to say it's not for me.

Anyway, here's one of my most recent videos. Click below that video for my channel.

Komikero on You Tube

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I decided to open an account on Patreon. This is the link. It's just something I wanted to try out and see how it works. I'll be actively doing my own comics this year and it will take a whole heap of money to have them printed. What I make from my day job simply not enough anymore, what with all the expenses I have here at home.

On Patreon I will be posting patrons only blog entries and artwork (dealing specifically with the projects I'm working on, things I will not repeat post here in this blog).

Further perks down the line include sketches on any book that I publish through Komikero publishing that's been helped by Patreon patrons.

That's just me dipping my toes on funding options for comic book publishing that I have not explored before. If you become a patron, thanks very much! I will offer more perks soon!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's 2018!

It's already 11 days into 2018 and I thought I'd write something here. I did finish inking Phoenix #5 over the New Year's holidays and I've been taking it easy since then. I have a big thing happening next week, which just happens to be my 50th birthday. And it's like HOLY SHIT I'M FIFTY. When I was young I thought 50 year olds were white haired grandpas with grand children and walking canes and reading glasses. Although I do have reading glasses. I do have a walking cane. I neither have white hair nor do I have any grandkids. I don't even have any kids. Except for my dogs. Although my body is no longer as energetic as it once was, my mind seems to be the same when I was in my 30s. I still have so much I dream of doing... so much places I dream of going. It's my body that's keeping me because it's all starting to fall apart. And I'm just trying so hard just to keep that from happening.