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Friday, February 29, 2008


The original Tiny Tony was created by Mars Ravelo and Jim Fernandez. I think this character, out of all the other Mars Ravelo characters, was really begging for a re-design, since he was just wearing a striped shirt, black trunks and went around barefoot. Here are some of my sketches for the new Tiny Tony design, commissioned by the Ravelos...

These are the initial designs I had. You can see what I thought about each design from my notes. The first one is in the vein of the traditional superhero tights, but even as I did it I wanted it to be not too superhero-ey. The second is more of a special forces type, since I reasoned that in his small size he could do with a bit more of protection, and also as you can see I wanted him to have gadgets, since he was a scientist in his original incarnation. On the third design, I was playing with the thought of him being an adventurer-type like Doc Savage. Although I think it went a bit too far to the other side of the spectrum and the look became too much civilian wear-ish.

Here's the final design. Ultimately, they went with the first sketch, but incorporating the idea of the second sketch wherein he will have gadgets to help him do whatever stuff he needs to do. Also, the bodysuit has become a bit more of a body armor. In all of the designs, the big "T" is ever-present, although I think in spite of it being big, it comes off as a subtle design element.

All in all, I have done three re-designs for the Ravelos, namely Captain Barbell, Flash Bomba and Tiny Tony.

And as an added treat, here's Tony fighting a snake (art by Jim Fernandez), image borrowed from www.internationalhero.co.uk, courtesy of Mars Ravelo fanatic Raffy Arcega...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I just saw Dennis Redondo last night, and got a pleasant surprise since he was wearing one of the Mars Ravelo shirts that I illustrated a while back. So, to anyone who wants one, just go to your nearest Branded Shirts store and procure one there!

Looking around the Branded website, there's also a new Captain Barbell shirt (also drawn by me), and a new Darna shirt (drawn by Bong Leal). There's also a Kalayaan shirt (created and drawn by Gio Paredes). Buy them all!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

From my editor/writer at TwentyToSix Books, Anthony Garcia...

While we're anxiously awaiting the release of Wall Of Angels #5, issues 1 through 4 are now available as free downloads at wowio.

Here's the link: WALL OF ANGELS at WOWIO

Wowio.com is an online library getting high traffic to its comics section. Since July of this year, Wowio been growing at an incredible rate, going from a registered user base of 14K to coming up on 90K currently, and growing at a rate of 2-3K a week. Wowio has had about 900,000 downloads, and is averaging 40-50K downloads per week.

If you don't know about Wall Of Angels, it's a series of inter-related story arcs that explores the boundaries between technology and mythology, science and superstition, good and evil, angels and demons, human and inhuman. In THE FRANCHISE, a watershed moment has been reached. A mysterious figure known only as Ignacio has manipulated the CEO of a Talbot Security into finding an ancient artifact of unknown power that will change the world forever. A classic story of adventure and intrigue, of good versus evil, The Franchise is a six issue miniseries in the WALL OF ANGELS universe.

Please check it out, every free download adds to the publishing coffers here at TwentyToSix so that we can keep getting quality books to you. More than that Wall Of Angels is actually a pretty good read, and really, how can you go wrong with free?

Thank you so much!


Unfortunately, WOWIO is for US residents only, so folks here in the Philippines can't get it. But if anyone who's from the US is reading this, I hope you do check the books out!

I have to mention that the artwork for issues 1-4 were done by fellow Filipinos Jim and Jay Jimenez, who are also successful recording artists along with their brother Joy... The J Brothers!

I'll be taking over art chores from issue #5 onwards, and below is the cover to the next issue...

Friday, February 08, 2008

803 Studios' SEQUENTIAL SUICIDE: SLOP is now available from indyplanet.com!

Written and Illustrated by Steven Prouse, Anthony Hightower, Chuck Brown, Eraklis Petmezas, Rob Hicks, John Padding, Daniele Serra, Mauricio Castro, Mark Gottlieb, Carlos Campos O., Thomas Wells, Monty, Dana Shukartsi, Corey Stokes, Chris McJunkin, Steven Ekstrom, Douglas Draper, Patrick Tkaczynski, Reno Maniquis, Travis Legge, Alexander Levita, Phil Parkerson, Chris Carroll, Andrew Gregory, Bobby Irving and Rodrigo Ramos Rodolfo

Standard Sized Trade Paperback
Black & White
Page Count: 96

54 year old Remus Filch lives on his Pig Farm 35 miles outside Charville, a northern mid-sized city. Everyone would have described him as a quiet simple man. Except for one thing; his fetish for prostitutes. Primarily his insatiable desire to murder them. His pigs love them too... as dinner. Remus disposes of the bodies like any good psychopath would, by chopping them to bits and feeding them to his animals. This issue of Sequential Suicide collects 14 all-new stories from some incredible comics talent focusing on Remus and his victims.

Enter the suicidal world of comics. Travel with 803 Studios through their newest edition of their acclaimed anthology, Sequential Suicide! SS is a collection of new and untested comics talent centered around an annual theme. Announced in August of '06, Sequential Suicide gives 803 Studios the opportunity to continue what they were founded to do, support independent and unpublished comics talent around the globe. 803 Studios continues to build its fan library and publishing reputation by releasing this second issue of Sequential Suicide, our first ever open-submissions anthology. Thanks for supporting 803 Studios and the independent artists and writers in this year's edition of Sequential Suicide!