I'm currently inking "Avengers" over Leinil Yu. I've just
finished inking a double sized issue #29 which was written by Jonathan
Hickman. I'm just waiting for the pages for the next issue so I can
start on it. I also inked a variant cover of "Miracleman" #1,
also by Leinil Yu, which I'm very happy with. I'm a huge fan of the
character. On the side, SLG Publishing has just now published and
released my follow-up to "ELMER," which is "Where Bold
Stars Go To Die", a story of love and lust, written by me and
illustrated by Arlan Esmeņa.
in your field do you admire most and why?
I have a lot of idols in comics, the top ones include guys like Alan
Moore, Barry Windsor Smith, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, David
Mazzucchelli and Herge. I'm basically a huge fan of their work and
they're the one's who've really inspired me to take up comics as a
career. I feel that they achieved a certain kind of art in comics that I
respond to emotionally and intellectually and push me to do the same to
my own work.
did you get into the comic book field?
I've been drawing all my life, but it was really just a hobby until I
met Whilce Portacio. Before I met him, I had no idea he was a Filipino,
and when I found out, and when I realized he had been working on some of
Marvel's biggest books like "Punisher," "X-Factor"
and "X-Men," it was a huge kick in the butt. If he could do
it, it was possible for me to do it as well. I started to get serious
with my art. I left the job I had (I was an full time practicing
architect here in the Philippines) and just stayed home to practice
drawing comics. Pretty soon I suppose I got good enough that when Whilce
set up a studio here in the Philippines in 1994, I was one of those he
selected and that led to my first big job in comics.
which title would you most like to work and why?
If you had asked me this maybe 10 years ago I would have said things
like "Wolverine" or "Conan" or "Iron
Man"... but now what I really want to do is write and draw my own
comic books. If I can just have one of my stories come out of Image or
Dark Horse I would be very happy.
what project will you be working next?
I'm still on call for whatever Leinil Yu is working on. Inking is a job
I really like doing. It also pays the bills so that's a perfect job
right there. But I still want to do my own thing on the side. Since my
book "Where Bold Stars Go To Die" just came out, I will
probably be talking a lot about that elsewhere, but I do have a lot of
things already lined up. I'm currently writing a comic book for release
here in the Philippines, collaborating with local superstar artist
Arnold Arre on "Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby", a
full-color 100-page all ages comic book that I'm writing as a tribute to
the classic Filipino komiks characters of old.
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