If you want to see samples of my comics work, head on over to CapsuleZone! If you want to see my graphic design portfolio, just go to Reno Maniquis Graphic Works! Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


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Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado
This bit from Newsarama got me a bit excited for next year...

Confirming what was assumed to be coming with the announcement that it had acquired the Highlander license in September, Dynamite Entertainment has confirmed for Newsarama that it will launch an ongoing Highlander series in 2006. The series will reportedly tell stories set both in the movie and television series continuities, with the opening arc set following the events of the first movie.

Read the whole article here.

Being a huge Highlander fan (especially of the TV series), this is definitely a way for me to get some Highlander fix since the series ended. Although a new film is on the way (Highlander: The Source), this just makes it so much sweeter.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Another MASKARADO sketch by Edgar Tadeo...

Ed's a really nice guy. Everytime I see him (which isn't often), he makes me feel like I've known him for a long time. I really hope I can coax him into doing a short Maskarado story for me. He's a busy guy, so I don't think that'll happen anytime soon.

But I can dream, right? =)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Something inspirational... a new version of the classic "Footprints in the Sand."

FOOTPRINTS... A New Version

Imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.

For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently.

You and Jesus are walking as true friends! This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprint inside the large footprints seems to grow larger. Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints they have become one.

This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints. You are amazed and shocked.

Your dream ends. Now you pray:
"Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You."

"That is correct."

"And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely."

"Very good.. You have understood everything so far."

"When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way."


"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first." There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice. "You didn't know? It was then that we danced!"

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, A time to mourn, and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)

Monday, December 12, 2005

SIGLO launch

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(Photo courtesy of Gerry Alanguilan)

There you have it. Most of the creators involved in SIGLO: PASSION. I'm glad I finally got to meet the other people who were involved in the book. Had a nice time, hung around the creators' table with Ariel, Marco Dimaano, Jeremy Arambullo and Joel Chua. This is the first time I signed so many books, yep, surpassing even those I signed during the Komikon.

I was especially glad that my Mama came to give her support, she even got herself a copy of the Speculative Fiction book that they launched at the same time. After the launch, I treated her to dinner at Le Ching (yeah, I know, kinda cheap, but I didn't have money on me then). Thanks Ma!

For a who's who on the pic above, head on over to Dean's blog.

Thursday, December 08, 2005


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I've made today's strip just a little bit smaller, so as to minimize overlapping with the side thingies on my blog. Is the strip still readable? Anyway, here are the other guys in the Thursday Comic Webring...

Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Last night, I dreamt that I was vacationing in the province with my family (Ma, Pa, sisters & brother). We stayed in one big room in my Lola's house like we usually do. It was around bedtime, and I noticed that there was something different about my younger sister Babu's appearance. I shrugged it off and went tos leep (which is kinda weird, falling asleep in a dream).

When I awoke the next morning (still in the dream) I went to the kitchen to drink some water. Just then my younger brother Andoy went to the kitchen, too. I was alarmed when i saw him, because he was shorter than me, and looked like how he was about 15 years ago. In short, he was a kid again (he's 24 now).

I started to panic... and realized that everyone was younger, including myself. They were trying to calm me down, and I was telling them that somehow I got sent back in time into my younger self. of course nobody was believing a word i was saying, when I felt a tiny weight on one of my fingers. It was my wedding ring! Somehow, I still had it! I showed it to them, insisting it was proof that what I was saying was true.

I was beginning to dread my situation. Do I have to live my life all over again? What if something in this timeline gets screwed up and I never get to meet Kuki? Or even if we do meet, we might not get married. It was suddenly hitting me that my life as I know it might change, and I was on the verge of losing the love of my life...

Then it hit me some more. if I don't meet Kuki, then there wouldn't be any... Jade...

I woke up with a start.

The first thing I saw in the dark was Jade, sleeping soundly in her bed.

I reached beside me, and Kuki was there, also sound asleep.

I went back to sleep, a faint smile on my lips, knowing that everything was going to be alright.

Monday, December 05, 2005

From the Artists' Den Mailing list:

Neil Gaiman finally announced his big surprise!

It's the First Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, sponsored by Neil Gaiman and Fully Booked. First prize in the Comics and Prose categories will receive 100,000 pesos.... as in ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOSES. :p

For details, visit the Fully Booked website.

You will need to register to view the contest details (I don't know why). :p The contest ends January 30, 2006, so if you're planning to submit something, better start writing! :)

Good luck to whoever's going to join! :)

Meann Ortiz

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

My HABAGAT design (colors by Bong Leal), a character created by Dave Hontiveros...

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See other interpretations of this character by clicking on the names of Oliver Pulumbarit and Edgar Tadeo.
Jade is sooooo unlucky everytime we go on a vacation. Something bad always happens to her. Not really bad, but something not so good.

The first time it happpened was when we went to Bicol. On the night before we were supposed to go home, ants bit her in her sleep. She woke up crying so loud. When we opened the light, her right eye was almost swollen shut by an ant bite. She was sobbing in the plane on the way home, and was even crying a little bit during the cab ride from the airport. When we got home though, she was her usual chipper self, albeit with a swollen eye.

The second time was our trip to Baguio this year, and this one had no explanation whatsoever. Around our second night I noticed that her upper lip looked a bit swollen. Since she was sleeping face down, we turned her over, and GAAAAAHHH!!! it WAS swollen. Though this time there wasn't any pain of any kind. We thought it was an allergic reaction to strawberries, but when we fed her strawberries when we got back home (just to be sure), no swelling happened. Weird.

The most recent mishap was this past 3-day weekend. We were in Shangri-La Edsa Plaza, enjoying a nice swim with her cousins. After swimming, we went up to the room. She was taking a bath with Kuki when I heard a loud "BAM!" Kuki called out to me and there was Jade, crying with blood spilling from her lip. Being the "malikot" girl that she is, she was reaching for a piece of soap when she slipped and hit her mouth on the bathtub ledge. We rushed her to the emergency room, and thank God she didn't need any stitches. So now her lower lip is busted.

At least she's now back to her usual chipper self.

Friday, November 25, 2005

I was reading Vic J. Poblete's DEVIL CAR blog, and he mentioned that Ollie Roble Samaniego had a big hand in getting that particular novel approved. He was the one who believed and fought for the Devil Car concept when no one else did.

Looking back on my own komiks career during the 80s, Ollie WAS the one who gave me my first big break.

I was barely in high school during that time (I was 13), and I was an avid reader of the horror anthology HOLIDAY KOMIKS, which was edited by the aforementioned Mr. Samaniego. I typed up a story, entitled "The Bounty Hunters," put it in an envelope, and mailed it to the address written on the indicia of Holiday Komiks.

After a few months, summer vacation rolled in. I started to study komiks illustration (and illustration in general) under Hal Santiago. I barely started training when my family had to go the the province for our annual vacation stint there. My cousins in the province told me that they read my story. I didn't even remember that I had sent a story in the first place! We managed to track down that particular issue of Holiday Komiks, and lo and behold... there it was... illustrated by Ernel P. Remos, another Hal Santiago student. I was ecstatic!

Upon getting back to Metro Manila, I called up Graphic Arts Service, Inc, or GASI (the publishing house), and they told me that I had a cash voucher there waiting for me, but that I had to hurry and get it because it's gonna expire in a few weeks. So I did, and it amounted to 40 pesos (10 pesos per page was the standard rate). I couldn't believe it. I'm a komiks writer! And hey, 40 pesos back then would be equivalent to around 500 bucks nowadays.

That time of my young life was the best time for me. I was getting trained by one of the best illustrators in the local scene, and at the same time had a published story. Some time after, Mang Hal told us that there's another horror title in the works, SHOCKER, being edited by another young editor, Cely Barria (who I think was the "crush ng bayan" in GASI). I submitted another story, and it was approved! It came out in Shocker's first issue, and it was Cely who gave me my first break as an illustrator, too.

During those days, Tuesdays and Thursdays were the days when freelancers flocked to GASI, hoping to get story assignments from editors. By then, the school year had started, and my only time to go to GASI was on Saturdays. Cely was kind enough to let me pass my scripts and illustrations on that day. And since I didn't get any scripts from other writers (there were no more scripts on Saturdays, since they've all been given out by then), Cely allowed me to draw my own stories, most of the time I'd give the story to her fully-illustrated aleady.

I didn't get to work much for Ollie, the editor who was kind enough to approve a story by an unknown writer, but I guess he saw some merit in that first story. I wrote and drew just one more short story for Holiday, and he published it, although personally I didn't think the art was worth publishing. It was one of my worst works.

So, thanks to Ollie Roble Samaniego, for giving me a chance. Thanks to Cely Cruz Barria, who accepted my work even though I wasn't adhering to the normal schedules that was allowable to freelancers.

And Thanks to Hal Santiago, for showing me the ropes, and being a great teacher and friend.

And I failed to mention my father, who's friends in the komiks biz led us to getting acquainted with Mang Hal. Without my father and his support of my love for komiks, none of this would have happened. Thanks, Pa!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Friday, November 18, 2005


Today's Blog Filler brings you a practical tip... you can test if it works or not...

LOCKED YOUR KEYS in your car ??????

If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on your cell phone.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button of your key fob (clicker), holding it near the phone on their end. Your car doors will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object you could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out, and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!

Mike's Note: I locked the car had my youngest daughter call me while I was far away from the car. I clicked "open" into the phone and I could hear the car doors unlock through her cell phone. My daughter confirmed that sure enough the doors opened.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Eddie Guerrero's wife Vickie has spoken to wwe.com about the cause of her husband's death...

“It was heart failure. It was from his past – the drinking and the drug abuse. They found signs of heart disease. She (the examiner) said that the blood vessels were very worn and narrow, and that just showed all the abuse from the scheduling of work and his past. And Eddie just worked out like crazy all the time. It made his heart grow bigger and work harder and the vessels were getting smaller, and that’s what caused the heart failure. He went into a deep sleep.

As soon as they saw his heart, they saw the lining of his heart already had the heart disease. There was no trauma, and Eddie hadn’t hurt himself in any way. It answered a lot of questions. I knew Eddie wasn’t feeling very good for the last week. He was home and kept saying he wasn’t feeling good and we thought it was just “road tired.” So we thought he just had to rest. It answered a lot of my questions, too, because he was just so exhausted. She said it was normal because the heart was working so hard.

When he didn’t call me last night and the night before I knew it was for real, because he would call me every night. I miss his phone calls. I cried through the whole thing (last night).

I loved his laugh. His laugh was the best.

We just celebrated his four-year sobriety last Thursday. We just thought we had life by the handful. We thought we had it all figured out. He worked so hard to make a better life for us.

I’m just overwhelmed by how people are coming out. It’s touched my heart a lot.

Everybody was just in awe last night in how beautifully everything was put together.

All my life was wrestling. All he did was take care of them and live for that. And I don’t know what to do now.”

Eddie certainly was one of the best. He can make the most mediocre wrestler look good. I don't think I recall seeing an Eddie Guerrero match that bored me. Fans can leave messages fo his family on Eddie Guerrero's official website, eddicts.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

From the Nautilus Comics mailing list:

Siglo: Passion is the full-color graphic novel follow-up to the National Book Award-winning Siglo: Freedom, and puts together a roster of award-winning writers and artists with some of the country’s most promising new talents. Each of the stories in this long-awaited anthology explores different forms of passion and how they affect the lives of people – for better, or for worse.


Reserve your copy of the limited edition full-color Siglo: Passion now to avail of the SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT (more than 40% off the regular price!), and an exclusive invite to the grand launch on December 10, 2005 at Fully Booked Promenade, Greenhills!

Note that this edition of Siglo: Passion will be in full-color, the first full-color graphic novel in the country, and will be limited to only two thousand (2000) copies. This limited edition of the book will be the only full-color edition that will ever be released in the country and will not be reprinted.

Here’s how:

1. Visit any Fully Booked or Comic Quest branch and pay the pre-order discount of Php500 (from the original SRP of Php850) at the counter.

2. You will be given a ticket stub that will also serve as your invite to the Siglo: Passion grand launch at Fully Booked Promenade on December 10, 2005. Claim your copies of the book during the launch to get free limited edition Siglo postcards from Nautilus Comics.

3. You may also claim your copies of the book after the launch, at the Fully Booked or Comic Quest outlet where you made the reservation.

4. For more information, you may also inquire via e-mail to letters@nautiluscomics.com.

Monday, November 14, 2005

In a bit of a shocking news, Pro wrestler Eddie Guerrero has passed away. From Prowrestling.com...

"Eddie Guerrero was found this morning with his toothbrush in his mouth on the bathroom floor. He apparently died while brushing his teeth. The belief among those within WWE is that he had a heart failure. PWTorch.com reports that shortly after Guerrero's body was removed from the room, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, Dean Malenko and Chavo Guerrero all visited the hotel room to say their final goodbyes. Many WWE staffers were visibly shaken by this as they left the hotel and headed for the arena."


Thursday, November 10, 2005

HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY, NEIL GAIMAN! I hope you come back to the Philippines soon!

As if binabasa ni Neil Gaiman ang blog ko...

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I just watched the first hour of the documentary The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, produced by WWE. Being a WWE product, I was prepared to see the Ultimate Warrior slammed (no pun intended). And this video does just that.

But don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable thing to watch. Especially hilarious was the segment when they featured the Warrior's soliloquys and interviews. Most of the time you couldn't understand what he was saying. It's not that what he was saying was garbled (like Stallone), it was just that the words he was saying just didn't make sense. I laughed out loud especially when he was talking and he was holding the Championship Belt in front of his face, so you couldn't see him talking.

Being a kid of the 80s, thinking back now, I do remember a few times when I watched the Warrior's interviews and was left with a dumbfounded look on my face. I was like "What the hell did he just say??!?!" (not in that way of course, being a kid, but you get the idea).

Most of the old school guys interviewed had both good and bad things to say, but the one guy who really didn't have any kind words for the Warrior was Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. I guess he genuinely hated the guy, which is a bit interesting since he'd had a hand in managing most of the Warrior's opponents.

I would have liked to have heard Rick Rude's thoughts, since he's the one opponent I always associate with the warrior. Sadly, he's gone now, so...


I found Edge to be a bit of a hypocrite, since he slammed the Warrior quite a bit (God, I'm getting tired of having to type "the Warrior" over and over again), but when he was doing a promo for the Wrestlemania X8 DVD, he was recalling how excited he was when he watched the Hogan/Warrior match at Wrestlemania VI. I guess he needs to get on Vince's good side, since he still dreams of one day becoming WWE Champ.

The most honest opinions I've seen so far are those coming from Chris Jericho and Christian, who were just fans during the Warrior's heyday.

Didn't the Warrior have any friends in the locker room at all? it seems most of the old guys they interviewed had something bad to say. Maybe they just didn't bother to track down some of the guys who got along with him.

All in all, watch this if you grew up in the 80s watching wrestling. It's a nice trip down memory lane, and hilarious to boot.

I've read rumors in the internet that Ultimate Warrior is palnning on releasing his own DVD, but I doubt it's gonna be as funny as this one.

Oh, and if you want both sides of the story, there's also an Ultimate Warrior Shoot Interview video available. I wanted to get it, but put it off for another time since it was basically just one long interview, with no bonus matches at all. I guess since WWE owns all the footage of the Warrior's matches, it would be pretty hard to get their permission.

Monday, November 07, 2005


But maybe not better than ever.

Had a week-long vacation, though I was on leave from the office officially for only two days, since the rest of the days of the week were official holidays.

As expected, work has piled up. And, anyway, my brain is still switched off a bit, so there's not much I want to say here.

Just wanted to post fanart from Jon Zamar, whose Minsan Sa Panaginip is a delight to read. Get it from Comic Quest. And check out his rendition of Maskarado below...

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Friday, October 28, 2005

The Maskarado strip was missing yesterday, and sorry to say it will be missing for next Thursday, too. I've been swamped with work, and on top of that we had a team-building seminar yesterday, so I ddin't get to post a new strip.

Next week, I'll be on vacation, which means I'll also be taking a break from the internet for that duration.

Maskarado will be back the second Thursday of November. Promise.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Honoel A.Ibardolaza, a.k.a. HAI, recently posted on his website that his cousin had died. And over on Gerry's blog, I read that artist Vincent Kua Jr. has also passed away. It got me to thinking about my experience with the death of a friend when I was still a kid. I left this message on HAI's feedback section...

"It's really quite a shock when someone passes away, even moreso if that someone is still young. When I was in grade 5, I came home to hear the news that my best buddy (he was our neighbor) had died. I couldn't believe it, and rushed to the community blackboard to read the news myself. As I stood there in front of the board I still couldn't believe it. I rushed immediately to the funeral home beside our church, and saw him lying there in the casket. I still couldn't (or wouldn't) believe it. It was only when his mother came and hugged me did I realize the awful truth. We just stood there for a while, tears streaming from our eyes."

Every year at All Soul's Day, I still say a prayer for Andy (that's his name). I know he's in a better place now, but sometimes I still feel sad that he's gone. Who knows what he could have been by now? He always used to like doing magic tricks, and he was pretty good at it. He could have been a world-famous magician, or maybe something else entirely.

My only regret is that I've lost touch with his family after his death. I think I kind of retreated, not wanting to have any reminder of the loss.

But I still think of you, buddy. I know someday, we'll meet again.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Okay, I said I'd post more pictures of the Komikon today because yesterday I forgot to bring my camera cable. Well, today I did bring the cable... but I didn't bring my camera.


Well, for more pictures, just head on down to...

Edgar Tadeo's Nyek! Blog
Gerry Alanguilan's Komikero Journal
Guhit Pinoy Blog

Monday, October 24, 2005


Well, I'd say it was a success, since all tickets were sold out and they had to let people in by just stamping their wrists. It was the first time I got a booth/table and it was kinda draining but fun. I didn't get to roam around the Komikon much because I had to man my booth.

I got to meet all the artists and writers that I usually get to communicate with only online. Edgar Tadeo, Ner Pedriña (who bore a faint resemblance to Jet Li in person), Gilbert Monsanto (with his wife, Glenda), Reg Ting... And got to meet some people I've met before all over again like Orvy Jundis (who made an impromptu souvenir program), Mannix Abrera, Ryan Orosco, Jonas Diego, Jac Ting Lim and Gerry & Ilyn Alanguilan. Thanks Jac for signing Jac Strips Again (with a li'l Maskarado sketch to boot). Mico Suayan also stopped by, and his works were just awesome!

Also finally got to meet Komikero Ryan Toledo, and I was pleasantly surprised that he was a big Maskarado fan. He asked for a sketch and I gladly obliged. Also got to meet fellow Thursday Web Ring-er Jerald Dorado.

Some other folks I met...

Lico Reloj... oh, sorry... the Fifty Peso Ninja stopped by the booth. Glad he didn't make with the slicey-dicey.

Meyo de Jesus, Mario Macalindong and the Guhit Pinoy folks. Awesome works!

Mrs. Coching, it was a pleasure talking with you. Jun Lofamia, one of the legends. My only regret is that I didn't get to have my picture taken with them.

Tabloid Komiks contributors Tatum Milambiling and Josel Nicolas also dropped by (though not together. hehe). Josel's work will be featured in an upcoming issue. Thanks for dropping by, guys!

My old college buddy Joraz also dropped by, and he's with Glass House Studios now. Hindi ka man lang bumili ng kahit ano! Ilokano ka talaga! But kidding aside, it was great seeing you again, man.

Met with Budjette Tan, Dave Hontiveros, Ka-jo Baldisimo (idol! Galing talaga ng NWA!), Marco Dimaano and old schoolmate Oliver Pulumbarit. Also saw Vin Simbulan of Comic Quest there, along with Andrew Drilon, who stopped by the booth to say hi.

Damn, there are just too many that I can't remember them all.

Thanks too to all the folks who bought our stuff.

Askals also sold very well. Both Bong Leal and Dodo Dayao were there to help in manning the booth.

Thanks also to Kuki, my bro Leander, and my nephew Jappy for helping run things. And too my officemate Arvin for just hanging out (hehe).

Thanks to Dennis Villegas for the Kenkoy book for Jade. I'll make sure to read it to her when she's old enough.

Hmmm... what else happened?

The folks at Fudge Magazine were asking various creators to have their pics taken, and Kuki and me (or would that be "I"?) were glad to oblige.

I also got interviewed by VJ Jmie (did I spell that right?) for ABC 5's Anime Ring Kaisho. I think it'll be airing on November 5 at around 3 or 3:30 pm. Kaya sa mga fans ko, panoorin niyo (Ah-cheh-che!).

RJ Ledesma also stopped by and got my contact info in case they wanted to do something for MANUAL Magazine. Thanks, RJ!

I was also asked by all-around good girl Syeri Baet to be one of the judges of the indie comic contest. It was a pleasure, Syeri.

There was also this guy who had a Blitzworx ID (didn't get his name) who was asking for sketches of pigs in armor from the artists there. I gladly obliged, but still I wonder why...

Got some indie fix, too. Istrong Repablik, the aforementioned NWA, Trese, Askals (of course), Psigns of the Seasons, Lexy Nance & Argus, Kunoichi Boy, Crest Hut Butt Shop (naubusan ako ng Dead Heart Stories... AARGH!), The Blurb, Jac Strips Again... forgot to buy Minsan Sa Panaginip (sorry, Jon! Will pick it up in Comic Quest), and I was tempted to get the collected Cresci Prophecies, but I had to pace myself. I'll get it in the future, Joanah!

I also got Dave Hontiveros' Praman novelette. Will get the other two in bookstores.

Sayang nagka-printing problems ang Blitzworx kaya di umabot yung magazine nila. Pati yung Fantasya anthology ng Psicom di rin umabot.

Congrats to Syeri, Jon, Lyndon and all the Komikon organizers! Sayang you missed it, Ariel!

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That's me at my booth, my nephew Jappy behind me (photo by Edgar Tadeo)

The Maskarado booth with me and Kuki, still early in the day (photo by Gerry Alanguilan)

I'll post some more pics tomorrow. i forgot my camera cable and can't download my photos. Argh!

Friday, October 21, 2005


Here are two pieces of fan art sent to me by Wylz Gutierrez and Gio Paredes. Thanks guys!

Maskarado & Orimar by Wylz Gutierrez

Maskarado & Kalayaan by Gio Paredes

Kalayaan is Gio's original creation. Gio may very well be Maskarado's biggest fan, and I'm really flattered that he likes the character so much. He sent me a story before teaming up these two heroes, and I'm currently in the process of drawing it. It may come out in a future edition of Tabloid Komiks, or as a back-up feature in the Maskarado comic. We'll see.

Here's my rendition of Kalayaan & Maskarado:

Ner Pedrina is also doing a Maskarado team-up with his character Sandata. I've mentioned this before in this blog, but you can also check out the art here and here.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Komikon 2005 is almost upon us (this Saturday!), and I'd like to announce the meager offerings of my booth.

I'll be selling the latest issue of Maskarado, number 7, and also back issues of all the previous issues. Also available are Maskarado shirts and limited copies of all the issues of Tabloid Komiks.

Also, Dodo Dayao & Bong Leal's Askals comic book will be for sale.

There will also be keychains and polybags for sale.

I'll also be bringing some original art for anyone who'd like to browse through them. Not for sale, just to be clear about it.

I guess that would be it. Kitakits!

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Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


The final chapter of the current storyarc, it's gonna be available for sale at the KOMIKON 2005. It'll be available at Comic Quest Megamall the week thereafter (hopefully).

3 days to go!
At long last... SIGLO: PASSION

This has been almost(?) two years in the making. I co-drew a story with Lan Medina, written by Nikki Alfar.

I was at Comic Quest last night and was chatting with Vin Simbulan. SIGLO popped up in our conversation, and he was happy to tell me that it was gonna be released later this year.

I was really excited and decided to put up the news on this blog, when lo and behold, Gerry Alanguilan decided the exact same thing and posted news about SIGLO on his blog, too. Talk about coincidences. He knows more about the details than I do, so visit to his blog for more info.

And I have to confess, I cribbed the image above from his blog, too. Hope you don't mind, Gerry.

I also have some preview pages of my work for Siglo, and you can find it here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Heto, para sa mga mahihilig sa Beauty Pageants. Since meron na namang panibagong contest na ganito, ang Miss Earth, this is a bit timely...

As you guys probably know, Miss Philippines won the Miss International 2005 crown and here is her winning answer:

Q: "what do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted (wrong grammar dito, dapat "typecast" lang, pero puwede na palampasin - Reno) filipinos as nannies?"

A: "I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But I do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denegrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you - your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people. so to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture."

Super lakas ng palakpakan! grabe!

Thursday, October 13, 2005


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Didn't have time to re-letter this day's edition, but I think it's readable enough to understand.

As usual, check out the other strips...

Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

TABLOID KOMIKS is somewhat of a labor of love for me, since it stems from my love of the comics medium, and I love the fact that I get to feature various creators. Some established ones, others not too well-known, and others who just want to get their creations out there.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that I cannot continue publishing TABLOID in its current format. That is, it being given for FREE.

As much as I want to continue doing it that way, economics dictate that I have to at least charge what TABLOID costs me. It has been a heavy drain on my wallet, and the harsh reality of having to support a family weighs heavily on me.

It's up to the readers of TABLOID KOMIKS if they want to see it continue. I've calculated the cost of printing TABLOID, and it amounts to about 12Php a copy. So I'm running a poll here. Would you be willing to pay 12Php for a 12-page pamphlet (including covers) that features short black & white stories created by Pinoys? Just leave a comment to this post.

If enough people want TABLOID to continue, then the next issue, #5, will have a cover price of 12 pesos. I do NOT get any sort of profit from this 12 peso price tag. Truth to tell, if all copies don't sell... lugi pa ako. If there's not much response, then I have no choice but to cease publication.

Thanks to everyone who've supported this project. I really would like this to continue.

And to the various contributors who have submitted their stories, thanks, too. With enough support, we'll see your stories published.

Good day to everyone!

Friday, October 07, 2005



ULTIMATUM by Tatum Milambiling & Jaevy Francisco
LIPAD, LANGAW by Jhomar Soriano
DROLLS by Ariel Atienza

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Josel Nicolas submitted a short story for TABLOID KOMIKS, entitled DAN SALAMAT IN 1611.

Unfrotunately, i deleted his e-maill address by mistake. I'm so sorry, Josel!

So if you're reading this, Josel, or anyone reading this knows him, please write me at either capsulezone@hotmail.com or renom1@yahoo.com.

Thank you very much!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Why do we call thin people "skinny?" Aren't they supposed to be called "boney?"

When a person has a lot of hair, they're "hairy," so I guess when you have a lot of skin, you should be "skinny," as opposed to a thin person who I think doesn't have that much skin, right?

So, if you're on the chubby side, that's when you should be called 'skinny," since you have much more skin than the average person.

Friday, September 23, 2005


Today's Blog Filler... Dyok Taym!

Husband: Shall we try a different position tonight?
Wife: Thats a good idea dear!... doon ka sa may plantsahan at ako naman ang uupo sa sofa at manoood ng tv.

A Filipino doctor has introduced the use of a device that enlarges a man's sex organ by up to 5 times with no side effects. It is called a magnifiying glass.

Mare: Di yata nagustuhan ni Pare ang birthday gift mo, ah...
Mrs: Oo nga, 7 months na, di pa rin ginagamit.
Mare: Bakit, ano ba regalo mo sa kanya?
Mrs: Memorial Plan.

LOLO: Gino, paabot nga ng kape ko.
APO: 'lo, Gina po.
LOLO: Gino, paabot nga ng kutchara.
APO: 'lo, Gina po.
LOLO: Punyeta ka, Gino! Tigil-tigilan mo yang kabaklaan mo!

Kustomer: Ano ba naman itong tutpik nyo, iisa na nga lang, ang dali pang mabali!
Waiter (inis): Alam nyo, sir, ang dami nang gumamit nyan, pero kayo lang nakabali!

Anak: Itay, ano ang kaibahan ng confident sa confidential?
Itay: Anak kita, CONFIDENT ako dyan. Yung bespren mong si Tikboy, anak ko rin, CONFIDENTIAL yan.

Anak: Inay, totoo ba na "First love never dies"?
Nanay: Aba, oo. Tignan mo yang tatay mo, hangga ngayon, buhay pa ang animal!

Mrs 1: Suko na ako sa mister ko, lagi na lang ako binubugbog bago niroromansa...
Mrs 2: Mas grabe yung mister ko. Binubugbog ako tapos si Inday ang niroromansa.

Mrs: Ano ba? Two days na tayong kasal, 'la pa rin.
Mr: Kasi pagod ako.
Mrs: Sige ka, pag ayaw mo, maghahanap ako ng lalaki.
Mr: Sige, gawin mong dalawa, tig isa tayo!

Pari: Sister, ikaw ba ang nasa CR? Kukunin ko lang toothbrush ko...
Sister: Sandali, naka-panty lang ako.
Pari: Ok, antay ako.
Sister: Pasok na, wala na akong panty!

Bugaw: Sir, Chicks P1,500, estudiante!
Man: Ganun ba? Hanapan mo ako ng mga P1,000 lang pero mas magaling pa sa estudiante.
Bugaw: Yung PRINCIPAL, sir!

Husband: Sinungaling ka, sabi mo virgin ka! Bakit kagabi maluwag na!
Wife: Ulol ka! Dahil lasing ka, katabi mo kagabi si mama!

Anak: Inay, sinisilip ng kaklase ko 'yung panty ko!
Inay: Bastos 'yun ah! Ano'ng ginawa mo?
Anak: Hinubad ko at itinago ko 'yung panty, para 'di nya makita!

Judge: Ikaw na naman! Sampung taon ka nang humaharap sa korte ko ah!
Swindler: Your Honor, di ko kasalanan kung hindi po kayo ma-promote.

Anak: 'Nay, tinutukso po ako ng kalaro ko na anak ako sa labas!
Nanay: Hindi totoo 'yan, anak. Ang sabihin mo sa kanila, ampon ka!

Patient: Dok, malungkot dito sa mental kaya naisipan kong sulatan ang sarili ko...
Doc: E ano naman ang laman ng sulat mo?
Patient: Di ko pa po alam kasi next wik ko pa ata matatangap...

Wife: Honey... bili mo naman ako ng bra...
Husband: Hon.. wag ka nang magbra...liit naman dede mo e..
Wife: E ba't ikaw, naka-brief!?

GIRL: Ang puti naman ng bird mo...
BOY: Aba, syempre ah! Likas papaya ata gamit ko diyan!
GIRL: Ginagamitan mo rin ba ng Downy?
BOY: Baket? Bango ba?
GIRL: Lambot eh!!!

GIRL: Hide and seek tayo. If you find me, papayag akong makipag-sex sa 'yo...
BOY: Eh, kung di kita makita?
GIRL: Nasa likod lang ako ng piano...

dalawang madre nirereyp ng goons....
Madre 1: Jusko, patawarin mo po sila...hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginagawa!
Madre2: Ay, yung sa akin marunong!!!!

ATTY: Inday, pwede mo bang idiskrayb dito sa korte ang taong nangreyp sa 'yo?
INDAY: Maitim, panot, tagyawatin, pango ilong, at bungal...
SUSPEK: Sige!...mang-asar ka pa!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Another piece of Maskarado fan art by the uber-talented Edgar Tadeo...

Holy Moley! That's a great shot of Maskarado, Ed! Maybe you could do a cover for me one day? he he he...


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Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I ran across (pun intended) this song on the internet. It's entitled "The Ballad of Barry Allen." Being a big Flash fan, I downloaded it, and it's a good song. it's by Jim's Big Ego, and the song was written by Jim Infantino, who I assume is related to silver age Flash artist Carmine Infantino. The lyrics...

I've got time to think about the meaning of the thousand variations of the beating of a wing of a hummingbird suspended in the aspic of the world moving slower than molasses as I'm off to catch the girl who is falling off the cliff

and I'm there before she knows it
I'll be gone before she sees me
with my hand around her waist
I pull her back to safety
by the time she knows what's happened
there'll be someone else who needs me
because time keeps dragging on
and on
and on
and on

(time keeps dragging on)

I've got time to think about my past as I dodge between the bullets how my life was so exciting before I got this way and how long ago it was now I never can explain by the clock that's on the tower or the one that's in my brain

and I'm there before you know it
I'll be gone before you see me
and I'd like to get to know you
but you're talking much too slowly
and I know you'd really like me
but I never stick around
because time keeps dragging on
and on
and on
and on
and on

And you say the world goes rushing by
but it seems so slow to me
and you see a blur around you fly
but it takes too long
it seems so slow to me

(time keeps dragging on)

How I wish I'd never gone into my lab to experiment that night before lightning flashed around me
and time changed speed
now I have to try to be so patient and wait for calamity to strike
because when things change in an instant
it's almost fast enough for me

and I'll be there before you know it
I'll be gone before you see me
and do you think you can imagine
anything so lonely
and I know you'd really like me
but I never stick around
because time keeps dragging on
and on
and on
and on
and on

And you say the world goes rushing by
but it seems so slow to me
complain I'm gone before you blink your eye
but it takes too long
it seems so slow
And you say the world goes rushing by
but it seems so slow to me
and I want to be there while you laugh or cry
but it takes too long
it seems so slow to me

(time keeps dragging on)
and on
and on

You can download it here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I've gotten some submissions for TABLOID KOMIKS, and I gotta say that they're all great. I've got some great stuff lined up. There's a prose piece from Alamat head honcho Budjette Tan, more DROLLS from Ariel Atienza, a two-pager from Tatum Milambiling, also known as Greco M (check out his strip in the Manila Bulletin), and a 4-page story from Jhomar Soriano, whose RUMBLE TO KAGA strip has appeared in Dark Horse's Blade of the Immortal.

I'm still trying to meet the KomiKon deadline I've set for TABLOID #4, but MASKARADO will definitely have a new issue (#7) that's going to be available there.
ASKALS by Dodo Dayao & Bong Leal

A great noir-ish tale in black & white. The mood and artwork will blow you away. And it's EXCLUSIVELY available at the CAPSULEZONE/MASKARADO table at KOMIKON 2005 at the UP BAHAY NG ALUMNI on October 22.

More on ASKALS here.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Kuki's birthday is coming up, September 17, to be exact. We've been man & wife for close to 7 years now, been together as a couple four years before that, and have known each other another 2 years prior.

Our relationship is far from perfect... there are good times, there are bad times, there are worse times... but still I'm thankful to be able to share my life with someone so indescribably... perfect to me.

Which makes me go back to this particular story which I've read some years back (heh, you knew the comics thingie would creep in, didn't you?). It was ASTRO CITY 1/2, and I think it's the most beautiful story I've ever read. I guess some people who've read it will agree.

I won't recount the story here, since it's available for download online and I'll leave you readers to read it by yourself. Suffice it to say whenever I read it, I can't help but think of Kuki, and I don't think I can go through life the way the lead character, Michael Tenicek, does once he learns the truth about the woman who haunts his dreams. I definitely would make the same decision he made, but after that it would have been hard to go on living.

It's a real tear-jerker for me, and even as I write this i get all choked-up just remembering the story. You can download it by clicking here.

You too, Tot (That's how I call Kuki). Alam ko tamad ka magbasa, pero just this once pagbigyan mo ako. =)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Sometimes I don't have any personal thoughts that I want to share here. During those times, I'll post forwarded e-mails... jokes, stories or whatever. Hence, the name BLOG FILLERS. This then, is the first one.

It's purported to be a true story, but of course I don't have solid proof of that. Just read on and you can judge by yourself...

Scene took place on a BA flight between Johannesburg and London. A White woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess. "Madam, what Is the matter," the hostess asked. "You obviously do not see it then?" She responded. "You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat." "Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."

The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, Just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also a seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class."

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued: "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make anyone sit next to someone so disgusting."

She turned to the black guy, and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class. At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded. This is a true story.

Monday, September 12, 2005

As a wrestling fan, this bit of news came as a pleasant surprise...

News tidbit from prowrestling.com...

Both The Undertaker and and Christian were in Manny Pacquiao's corner during the HBO fights last night. The boxing www.secondsout.com web site in describing Christian, called him "a hugely talented performer...but sadly, wrestling promoters don't value smaller fighters like boxing promotions do, and Christian has been held back by his bosses despite the fact he's probably the most charismatic character on WWE TV."

Mabuhay ka, Manny Pacquiao!

Friday, September 09, 2005


A few months back, Jim Lee posted his pencils featuring Superman & Batman in his blog, Gelatometti. He called on anyone interested to ink it. He set a deadline, and sad to say I didn't make the deadline because of the sudden onrush of office work. Up to this day, I haven't finished inking the backgrounds yet. But I thought that I'd post my inking take on Jim Lee's pencils. I've placed them side-by-side for comparison's sake, blurring out the pencils on the inked piece. Look below...

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Here's a detail of Batman's head...

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And if you'd like to see a bigger image, click here.

Thursday, September 08, 2005


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Thursday Comic Webring time! Go go go!

Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Rob Liefeld.

Some call him the "most-hated man in comics." But that seems a bit... extreme (no pun intended).

When I first came across Rob Liefeld's art, I wasn't blown away by it, but I didn't despise it, either. I think it was a "Bonus Book" feature back in the days when WARLORD was still being published by DC. He then went on to do HAWK & DOVE and then became very popular during his tenure on X-FORCE.

But enough of the history lesson. Rob Liefelds art is a weird thing to me. There are times when I like to look at his art (I have enough back issues of his Image comics for me to do a bit of reminiscing, and also his infamous CAPTAIN AMERICA run), and there are times when I do look at it, it just seems ugly to me.

But come to think of it, there are artists a lot worse than Mr. Liefeld. And looking at his work, you can't deny that there is a certain power and dynamism in the way he poses his figures that makes you pay attention. But I guess that in itself is the inherent problem with his art. They look nothing more than pin-ups divided into panels or two-page spreads. Not to mention the inconsistensies, like sometimes his character BADROCK has three fingers, sometimes four. And this is just between pages of the same issue. I guess he doesn't even reference the previous page he's drawn.

I just got to thinking about Rob because of my recent purchase of the SUPREME trade paperback. Maybe only time will tell if people are wrong to dislike him. Heck, when I was young, I HATED Jack Kirby's art. I remember thinking "Why do the people look like they're made of boxes? Why are the tips of their fingers flat?" And so on and so forth. It wasn't until I grew older that I learned to appreciate the exaggeration Kirby brought forth in his work. He's also one of the best storytellers ever.

So maybe there will come a time when the Rob-haters will learn to appreciate his work.

Maybe tomorrow I'm gonna pick up an old Rob Liefeld book and say "Hey! There's great stuff here that I didn't see before!" But then again, maybe I'm gonna say "Why the hell did I buy this? What was i thinking?"

Only time will tell.

P.S. As for a look as to what CAPTAIN AMERICA naked as drawn by Rob Liefeld would look like, click here.
I just found this great blog by fellow Hal Santiago student RANDY VALIENTE. Click the link below...


Also, this hilarious blog about comics during the 80s-90s (mostly) by David Campbell. Head on over and browse through...


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Something to look forward to...

I'm gonna be getting a table there to sell some Maskarado stuff and give away copies of Tabloid Komiks. It's also a great chance to meet and greet with other people who share similar interests and passions.

For more information, head on over to the Komikon blog or the Artists' Den blog.
Last Sunday, Jade bumped her cheek in our bathroom's doorway. Naturally, she cried. After she had calmed down a bit, I asked her if she wanted to put ice on her bruise. She then promptly said (in a bit of a baby-ish way) "ice, ice......... baby." I almost rolled on the floor laughing. Where in the world did she learn that phrase?!?! Kuki then told me that her cousin Kitten taught her that.

Ewan ko ba sa batang ito. When it comes to learning ABCs and 123s, she refuses to listen and learn. Pero pagdating sa kalokohan and other nonsense stuff, she picks it up almost instantly. Just take a gander at this photo...

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And just think, she's only 22 months old. I look forward to years still to come.

We love ya, Jade!

Monday, September 05, 2005

I went to the MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOKFAIR last Saturday. I t was my first time going there since they moved the venue from the Megatrade Hall to the World Trade Center and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were still plenty of attendees despite being moved to an out-of-the-way location.

With Kuki and Jade in tow (and most of my in-laws) we got there at around 4pm. I told myself to practice restraint, because the KomiKon is coming up and I have to finance my participation there. Jade got the most purchases, since Kuki and I hit the childrens' books places early on. We bought her 6 new books, plus two local romance novels for her yaya.

Jade started to nod off by then, so Kuki took her and sat down at the Reflexology seminar booth, which left me free to pursue my own interests. I headed on down to the Central Comics Headquarters booth, where all of the books were 50% off! Restraint... restraint.........

I first picked up the ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE GRAPHIC CLASSICS, since it included among its roster Nestor Redondo and Arnold Arre. I was pondering on whether to get the H.G. WELLS edition which had Alex Niño art in it, but it was sealed and the Niño art could have been a reprint of the early Pendulum Press edition of WAR OF THE WORLDS which I already have, so I decided against getting it.

Editor Vincent Fago wrote an intro (with accompanying illustration by Arre) about Nestor Redondo, and it's an eye-opening piece on how he discovered Redondo living in the Philippines, on his trip here, and how he enjoyed taking in the culture of our land. Sometimes it takes the eyes of an outsider for us to realize how much we Pinoys have in our country.

I saw a copy of Alan Moore's SUPREME: THE STORY OF THE YEAR, but was really torn about getting it because of the Rob Liefeld association. It was sealed, too, so I didn't know if the art was Liefeld-ish (Rob Liefeld I can tolerate somewhat, but his dozens of clones were just -- ugh). After going back and forth I finally decided on purchasing it on the strength of it being written by Alan Moore. When I got home to read it, I was very happy I did. This is great stuff by Moore, much like his Miracleman run, and the art wasn't too bad. Rick Veitch really does the retro comic book look really well, and he even does a not-too-bad riff on Neal Adams' style.

I also went to the Power Books and Fully-Booked booths, hoping to get a MARVEL ESSENTIAL or two, but the lines were too long and I didn't like the Essentials they had anyway, so I didn't get to purchase anything there.

I bought Jade a book from the Adarna booth earlier, and told myself I'd come back for the collected edition of THE MYTHOLOGY CLASS, but I completely forgot all about it and remembered only when I reached home. Well, I can still get it from bookstores, anyway.

All in all, a nice time was had by all. I look forward to next year's Bookfair again.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


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It's that thingie again that happens here every Thursday. Click for more strips below...

Jonas Diego
Edgar Tadeo
Ariel Atienza
Jerald Dorado