Berdugo Sigh and Nigh

June 17, 2018

Hiya,

To the people who follows my work, “Berdugo” will get done and will be up on my other website: www.killerkamotekomiks.com in the last week of June or first week of July 2018. I’m working on the last few pages of it but I’m really not contented with the way how I drew it. If I’m going to re-draw every page again, I wouldn’t be able to finish it in time before the upcoming comic conventions later this year, so I’m just going to continue illustrating it the way how I started drawing it. But, after I make “Berdugo”, from that point on, every time I make comics in the future, I’ll draw like the way I drew my last comic, “Silly Persons” and I’ll also draw with shading, shadows and highlights, etc. so it’ll not look like a coloring book. ๐Ÿ˜€

I still need to study and practice drawing the human anatomy more though as my work still has a lot of room for improvement. I don’t think so highly of myself and I know my art is not yet up to par with the pros but like what I’ve always said, I hope the comedic writing part and stories on my comics compensates my crappy illustrations. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m most definitely not bragging and certainly also not condescending, I’m just being true to myself. If I ask anyone who’ve read my earlier comics most especially when I was still in the inception and just starting out making comics (first few issues of Killer Kamote Komiks), I know you guys would also notice how bad my drawings look and it only improved even for a tiny bit only in the late 2017, right before I made “Silly Persons”. I’m going to allot more time making my comics after I make, “Berdugo” to make it look much better.

I read somewhere before that alternative comic book artists make alternative comics because they can’t draw the way mainstream comics are drawn. ๐Ÿ˜€ Although, I know that’s just a somewhat rude joke and most alternative comic book artists draw using their own style for their comics and they make comics from scratch. They write and draw their own stories, which is what I want for the comics that I make and anyways, like what I’ve said, I’m not that good. I am also not a stuck-up hipster as I also read mainstream comics aside from alternative comics. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you for your time reading this!

Cheers.

Your friend,
Vin

Komikero Komiks Museum Online

May 24, 2018

Hello,

I just want to help Sir Gerry Alanguilan let other people know, be aware and learn about how rich the history of Philippine comics is and how it’s a part of Philippine culture so I’m writing this blog post, most especially to the younger Filipinos out there. I honestly don’t know much about this (about Filipino comic book artists back in the dinosaur age) but you can read more information about the history of Philippine comic book artists (short biography of them and lists of their comic book works) on Sir Gerry’s Komikero Komiks Museum website. Although, for now it’s still under construction but he’s gradually uploading content.

I got the photo below from a Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pinoyretropage/

It’s a magazine and comics stand in the Philippines circa 1953.

There might still be some dinosaurs lurking behind the magazine and comics stand during that time on the photo above.

In the late 80s to early 90s, during my elementary/grade school days, I used to buy a lot of local comics like Pilipino Funny Komiks, Bata Batuta and other comics similar to those I’ve mentioned. I did a bit of browsing here on the Internet before making this blog post and I read that the earliest publications of comics in the Philippines dates back to as early as 1920s. It’s also sad that I don’t know much about these old guys who make comic books. Most of them are now probably dead or are now really old. I might’ve probably bought some of their work before but I just don’t know them or I didn’t try to remember their names as I was still a kid back then.

There was Sir Larry Alcala (for sure he’s included on Sir Gerry’s website, I just don’t know when will he put up his work on that website) that I remember because when I was in grade school, we were required to subscribe to a Magazine entitled, Pambata Magazine and on the very back of the page of each issue you can find Sir Larry Alcala’s comic, “Mga Salawikain ni Lolo Brigido” or in English, “Grandpa Brigido’s Proverbs/Wise Old Sayings”. Whenever I get my hands on that magazine, I’d read it first before the interior pages.

For me, I think comics encourages kids to learn how to read and write and be literate. It also ignites and inspires the reader to become future comic book writers and artists in their own right like myself if you want to follow the comic book creators’ footsteps. At least that’s what it did to me, which I consider my crowning glory.

Let’s thank Sir Gerry Alanguilan for putting up a website like this. ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheers,
Vin

“Berdugo” Page Previews

UPDATE: June 8, 2018 – Sample background art and image thumbnails of the pages I’ve made so far, at the very bottom of this blog post.
UPDATE: May 25, 2018 – Decided to post the table of contents for this comic book.
UPDATE: May 16, 2018 – Actual Pages 1 and 2.
UPDATE: May 11, 2018 – Additional pencil preview.
This blog post was originally posted last May 9, 2018

Hiya!

Iโ€™ve finally started to pencil my latest comic, โ€œBerdugoโ€. When I finally make a printed form of this comic book, the cover page will be colored and the interior pages will be in black and white. I might skip the inking part this time as Iโ€™m experimenting with the overall look of this particular comic and also I want to lessen the production time. Iโ€™ll definitely put flat colors of different hues of black and white for the interior pages. I know, black and white are not considered as colors but neutrals. You’ll get what I mean as you take a look to what I’ve done so far on the page previews below as I don’t know the exact term for this. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you can also see, you wonโ€™t be able to see my rough sketches behind the tight pencils as I erase them constantly while I draw so I wonโ€™t have a hard time cleaning the lines in Photoshop.

I know you guys might think that the first 3 panels on page 2 (you can see it below) is like the cat from Shrek -Puss in Boots eye scene from the movie โ€œPuss in Bootsโ€ when he makes that doe eyes thing, but I got this scene of my comic from my one and a half year old toddler nephew. He makes that beautiful doe eyes thing whenever someone scolds him when we need to deal with his tantrums. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m really pumped up to get “Berdugo” done so I can finally make my next graphic novel, “Universal Language”:
“Universal Language Graphic Novel” Brief Info

Although, you guys will be able to consume the latter comic I’m talking about most probably by early next year and I’ll launch and start selling printed form of this comic book if I get it done in time before Komiket in February 2019 or if not, at Summer Komikon, also in 2019.

Work-In-Progress of Page 1:

Page 1 Pencil Preview:

UPDATE: May 11, 2018 – Additional pencil preview.
Page 2 Pencil Preview:

(UPDATE: May 16, 2018) Actual pages below (1 and 2)

I work on this for only a couple of hours or so from time to time as I still need to do other things and also, I take a break as well sometimes. My tentative date of completion for this comic book is probably in the middle or late June 2018. These two pages are going to be my previews for the whole comic book. I’m not going to show preview pages anymore. This is a tragic comedy/tragicomedy story of a kid’s love for his own father. I know. I know. I also hate dramas but I hope you guys would still like this when you finally read the whole comic book.
Page 1:

Page 2:

I still need to clean-up the gutters of these pages in Photoshop. ๐Ÿ˜€

(UPDATE: May 25, 2018) Decided to post the table of contents for this comic book.

UPDATE: June 8, 2018 – Additional page previews and sample background art.
Hello guys!

Here’s a sample background art for Berdugo. This is page thirteen. So far, I’ve made most of the backgrounds on this comic book digitally. I still use a pencil to draw the characters and sketch a bit of the backgrounds and then fix everything digitally in Photoshop as I still prefer traditional methods.

These are the images of the thumbnails of the all the pages that I’ve done so far:

Thank you for your time!

Cheers.

Your pal,
Vin

Free Comic Book Day 2018

May 5, 2018

Hi guys,

It’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 today and earlier I went to Comic Odyssey at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Quezon City, Manila.

The photo below was taken while I was currently waiting in line for Comic Odyssey to open. Probably 15-20 minutes before 10 in the morning.

They gave away 2 free comic books to anyone who wants and they also let us pick what we like and they also gave 20% discount to graphic novels, comic books, toys and action figures.

I chose the “World’s Greatest Cartoonists” published by Fantagraphics. This comic book is like an anthology because there are a lot of short stories by comic book artists/writers and one of them is Simon Hanselmann. That’s why I chose this. For the other one, I picked “Street Angel’s Dog by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. I was hoping to take “Comics Friends Forever”, another comic anthology, I think and one of the comic creators/contributor for this is Vera Brosgol and Hope Larson. Unfortunately, it wasn’t offered to the choices to the free comic books you can get from Comic Odyssey. Although when they advertised FCBD 2018 here in Manila, that comic book was included on the list of choices of comics that you can get.

I also got “The Adventures of Spaceboy” by B Canapi and Nino Balita, “Manosaur” by Elbert Or and “Komiks Cum Laude” by a lot of local indie comic creators. I bought the latter one because of the line-up of the comic creators.

On my way home, I also dropped by at Fully Booked in SM North Edsa (as this mall is near to where I currently live) and got “Harley Quinn” by King Finch and Bellaire.

I bought only a few comics and all of them are made by local comic artists as I am again saving up and just being thrifty if I want to maintain being a freelancer doing only 3D/graphic design/illustration from time to time. I am still not that sure but I might end up being a full-time comic creator one of these days. That is one of the advantages of saving up cash like what I used to do when I was a lot younger and still had a day job. Now, I work at the comfort of my home and I don’t have a boss and I also get to wake up at around ten to eleven in the morning most of the time. Although, I pee around six in the morning and sometimes I wake up so early and my drowsiness completely fades because of that. ๐Ÿ˜€

I was planning to visit the tables of the local comic artists in front of Comic Odyssey to grab a copy of their work like Jon Zamar, Lyndon Gregorio and Ariel Atienza but when I got out of the comic shop, there were so many people on their table so I just decided to head home and support my fellow local comic creators on future comic conventions.

Thank you for reading.

Cheers.

Your friend,
Vin

“Berdugo” Graphic Novel Tentative Cover Page

April 30, 2018

Hi!

Just made this cover page of my newest comic book,”Berdugo” today. I’ll continue the production of this comic after a couple of days. This is the final cover page and the one below is the tentative cover page. You can also see the front and back cover when I finally print this out for future comic conventions. ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheers,
Vin

Front and Back Cover:

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This original blog post was posted last April 2, 2018

Hi guys,

Earlier, I thought to myself that it really bugs me that I’d still have to wait for almost a month before I can begin to work on my next graphic novel, Berdugo because I still have a lot of family matters that I need to attend to. So, I spent today’s afternoon until about eight in the evening (as of this writing) drawing and making a “tentative cover page” of my graphic novel, Berdugo. I’m going to start making this comic sometime in mid-May of 2018. You can see the cover page I made below. I’m a big fan of Marvel’s Black Panther, by the way. ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheers,
Vin