COMING FROM ONI PRESS IN 2019: UNPLUGGED AND UNPOPULAR!

Whew! The long journey is over ( entirely my fault though). Unplugged and Unpopular, the book I’ve been drawing/ working on and off for two years, will finally be seeing the light of day in one year! Oh, and it’s written by the indomitable Mat Heagerty, edited by the verbose Robin Herrera, lettered by the punctilious Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and colored by the scintillating Mike Amante. I can’t wait for this book!

Special Thanks to Deb Aoki and Brigid Alverson for openeing the doors!

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SEX MACHINE KICKSTARTER

The Iron Circus Kickstarter for their erotic anthology Sex Machine ( themed, well, sex machines) has surpassed its goal and more! Of course this is largely due to it being an Iron Circus book chockful of well-known and fantastic storytellers, and not because yours truly may have a teeensy nugget inside! 

Kickstarter Commissions Unlocked! 30 hours remaining!

Almost at the eleventh hour of the Cautionary Fables and Fairytales Kickstarter, my reward tier for commissions has been unlocked. This means you can commission me for a piece of digital art AND buy the book aND support some great artists from all over the world.

Click the pic to follow to the Kickstarter! 

COMIC PREVIEWS!

Hello! I haven't updated since forever so I'm just stopping by for a quick update on what's been happening! Here are some previews to upcoming works: I can't really go into them in detail but they've been keeping me busy these past few weeks!

Also, Cautionary Fables and Fairtyales: Oceania has been fully funded. thank you! You should be seeing that story soon! 

Cordless/ Unplugged and Unpopular has been also been progressing rather well! I'm preparing to start on the final doozie of a chapter!

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CAUTIONARY FABLES AND FAIRTYALES KICKSTARTER

Paolo Chikamco and I contributed a story to an anthology called Cautionary Fables and Fairytales: Oceania, a collection of regional myths retold! Our story's on the steampunk/ science fiction-y side, so I hope you'll join us for the ride!  Here's a link, click on the miage to check out the Kickstarter. FOR JUST FIVE US DOLLARS you can purchse a digital copy of the book! 

A two-page previews from our story: 

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"Big Sister " - A rough thumbnail comic

Made a rough comic years ago about dealing with my issues surrounding my physique. Two sisters, one fat, one ugly, and wrapped in more than fat. Does her ugliness isolate her, or is it her anger? Anyway it was never finished, but I'd love to pick it up. I found it on an old hard drive. If you'd like to see it, I've placed the thumbnails here: Warning: There is body-shaming and fat-shaming! 

Thanks for looking! 

CURRENT WORK

I've been gearing up for a couple of anthology submissions, one of which is still in production, and one abut to launch soon on Kickstarter hopefully.  A brief interlude between pages of Unplugged and Unpopular! With the anthology submission, I've been going for a 'Van Gogh' inspired look : layers of opaque colors stacked on top of each other to create an organic, almost moving image. Was I successful?  Here's a brief preview: 

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UNICORNS

I've been working on a  comic pitch story that involves unicorns. It's been in the oven for almost five years, and I'm really itching to finish it and send it off to wherever it may land. 

Originally my unicorn designs were the generic white horse. The pitch was quite a bit different then-  barely a pitch, in fact: more a powerful series of images in my mind. Those images- of a  warrior girl and her unicorn- would not leave my mind. They were occasionally pushed to the side by other ideas, but they lingered and clamored for attention.

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Anyway, to the matter at hand: I stumbled across Yoshimasa Tsuchiya's scultpures on Twitter one day, and it absolutely changed the trajectory of the story and image in my mind, and I'm currently digesting him as a major reference. Google him, you'll be amazed. His creature scultures have an ethereal grace that I wish I could capture. So appropriate for unicorns- or as he more commonly makes, the kirin/ kilin ( the Eastern unicorn). 

So, here are one of my unicorns as he stands right now. When I finish the pitch, I'll tell you more about the design changes and how they influenced the story.

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It's Summer!

Summer's rolled in early, which means Marvel movie season is upon is, which means I get to trot out this old chestnut! Let's all try to have a safe and fun season! Falcon, Captain America, and the Winter Soldier seem like they're doing just that already.

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Inking Chapter Two of [working title] Unplugged and Unpopular is Wrapping Up!

I've been working on a project for the last two years, and I've recently gone full thrust on it (after some rough times last year,  like getting my grad school application rejected ). I guess comics are stuck with me for the meantime! Thanks to my renting office space at Commonspace coworking center in BF Paranaque, I've been inking faster than ever.  I'm also having lots of fun! Working out of the house has really allowed me to get past the anxieties and lassitude that seemed to haunt me as I was working in my bedroom, and I think I've finally achieved a decent pace- about 10 pages a week ( crosses fingers). I make sure to take lots of breaks and stretch. So here we are, about to wrap up Chapter Two, after a year and a half of pencilling and thumbnailing. Three to go!

I'm also working at a style I've finally accepted. I don't think I'll ever really shed my love for delicate Japanese manga line art and dynamic storytelling, but I'll always try to integrate them with my deep roots in American cartoonists such as Dan DeCarlo, Bruce Timm, Carla Speed Mcneil, and Marc Silvestri, and of course the legendary Herge'. 

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Red is for...?

When I'm stuck I'll usually do quick sketches of some of my original story ideas that have yet to see the light of day. Today, Valentine's, I came up with this one. Maybe I'm not a Valentine kinda person...

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Blushcon 2018 Meet and Chat

I'll be over at BlushCon 2018 chatting about comics ( specifically BL comics) at Eaton Centris in Quezon City today with writer Ace Vitangcol . It's a short chat, but I hope it'll be fun as well! This was an unused cover from a previous Blush event.

 

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Welcome!

Thanks for stopping by my new site! We're still fixing up odds and ends, but hopefully all links will be fully functioning pretty soon! 

 

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