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Creator Gerry Alanguilan

1) On what project are you currently working?

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.

2) Whom 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.

3) How 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.

4) On 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.

5) On 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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