Summer Komikon 2017

April 1, 2016


First off, the things you can see above are my Summer Komikon 2017 haul. I bought only a couple of comics and some art prints as I’ve decided to just use my remaining budget for this comic event for the little box you can see on the upper right corner of this image. It’s an electric guitar effects pedal together with a patch cable and a daisy chain. I’m rekindling my passion for playing music again seriously as I’m planning to join a band someday. I just don’t know when’s the exact time though. I am slowly building my guitar effects pedals. 😀

I am really glad that I got to see my comics people friends again this summer, my brothers at Chain Mason group and to all the others as well, Chuck and his girlfriend, Patty (she looked a lot taller now), Jhorlie and her brother, Jheffer, (1921 comics) Julius, sir Andrew (AOA), Jess (whom I couldn’t find at the main hall in Bayanihan Center and even in the indie section), sir Paolo, sir Mark, Ms. Tepai and Maiza, Gioseppe and Giosdesk, sir Jon and the rest of the Komikon organizers and to all the indie comics artists at the indie tiangge section, let’s keep making comics. 😀 I also wanted to buy Toto’s (Libreng Komiks) latest book but a lot of people are lined up when I stopped by his table so perhaps next time. I also bought Fatima and Adrienne’s (Ligaya Komiks) latest comic, Friendzoned and a little postcard art print from them. I also dropped by at the Indie section and bought some indie comics as well like from Mharz and Tori. And then I also saw Carol again, I just don’t know if she saw me when I walked past their table at the comic event as she’s busy doing something.

Lastly, sir Mark Navarro (he’s also an organizer for a comic convention as well, Komiket) gave me some advice regarding the comics that I make and he also asked me why I don’t sell my comics anymore at comic conventions. It is because that there are only a few ones who really buy my comics and my own merchandise before and like what sir Mark told me, probably the genre of my comic is not for the mainstream. I’m not a stuck up hipster and also not a purist. I also read mainstream comics though. Modesty aside, I can even say that there are a lot more foreign fans (worldwide, online) of my comics instead of local ones. I do have a few fans that I still cherish like Ranzell Rosales (he’s a high school student, also from Manila. I don’t know if he’s really a fan, :D). I enjoy making comics and especially if I give the reader some emotion like laughter of some sort. If you enjoy reading my webcomics, a buck or any amount donated to me each month like any webcomic artists out there does, which is they accept donation but nobody’s forcing you though. Although my webcomics is free for everyone to read. It’s just a simple gesture or a way of appreciating the hard work of webcomic artists out there do and of course, for the laughs or any kind of emotions or even constipation that the reader would feel after reading my comics. If there’s a lot of people going to do that, it’d amount to a lot and it’ll surely help me make more comics for free for everyone to read and I also thought of actually just focus on freelance work (illustration and graphics design) and just stop making comics anymore but I don’t know, sometimes I’m too lazy to make comics, sometimes I’m also really enthusiastic making one. All the comics I’ve made so far are my help and contribution to the indie/webcomics scene here in Manila. Thanks for the encouragement, sir Mark, yes I’ll still make some more as long as I can. 😀


Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province and Pagudpod City, Ilocos Norte Province (2017)

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province and Pagudpod City, Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines
February 20, 2017.

My aunt and her officemates decided to go to Vigan and Pagudpod at Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Philippines a few days ago and I just tagged along with them. The scenery on both places was truly breathtaking. I saw a lot of really old buildings and whatnot, we’re talking about really old structures, more than a hundred years that was a product and greatly influenced by our country’s first colonizers, the Spaniards. Most Filipinos don’t know this and foreigners also think that Filipinos are direct descendants of Hispanics (except of course for a few who really do have some Spanish blood in their veins living here in the Philippines) but truth is, Filipinos were just forced to line-up during the Spanish-era in our country and baptized our forefathers with Spanish-sounding surnames. My name (Arvin) sounds “American”, my middle name is Chinese, which is “Ang” (my granddad on my mother’s side is pure Chinese. He immigrated here in the Philippines a very long time ago.) and my surname sounds “Hispanic”, which is “Valenzuela” but we Filipinos still belong to the “Malay” race. Some say we’re pacific islanders. Back in the dinosaur age, Filipinos doesn’t even use surnames, they call themselves with who their father is, like, “Ding Dong” son of “Bong Bong”. Foreigners will think this actually sounds really funny. There’s a guy in this world named, “Bong Bong”, like a stoner guy and his son is “Ding Dong”, sounds like a doorbell but those names are actually the true and authentic Filipino names that we have. That’s enough for today’s history lesson, people. 😀


Blue Lagoon and Bangi Wind Farm at Ilocos Norte. The wind was so strong, you could actually hear it on these videos I took. The wind also makes the windmills work.

“Colored People”

“Colored People” February 13, 2017.

FYI(to those people who reads and follows my comics, if there’s any. :D) I just want to give credits to the people I give thanks to on my credits/thank you page at the end of each comic that I make. Sometimes they would also suggest and give me some notions to work on for my comics. 😀

On the top is Luis Buenaventura, those links on the images are his websites and if you search him on the internet, you’ll find tons of websites that he owns. It’s like he owns the world wide web.

This is Liz Buenaventura, she’s a pro comic book colorist. Liz and Luis are siblings, Information Technology and all-around geeks. They’re part Filipino, part Brazilian.

Caroline, she’s part Chinese, part Filipino. They have their own website forum before who are mostly populated by writers and artists from the Philippines,

Up is April Tan but that is just a lookalike photo of her, that’s actually Armie Millare of the Filipino rock band Up Dharma Down, I don’t own this image, I just got this photo on the internet. April’s part Korean, part Chinese, part Filipino.

Piya Constantino. She’s also part Chinese, part Filipino, another writer and artist.

I guess you can call us ‘the colored people’ because of our diverse mixed race but I’d like to think that we’re still all pure Filipinos. We were all born and raised here in the Philippines.

My grandpa from my mother side is pure Chinese who immigrated here in the Philippines a very long time ago together with his brother so that gives me a bit of Chinese blood but I’m still pure Filipino.

All of us were born and raised here in the Philippines and there are actually a lot of these people I’m talking about. These people I just mentioned are just to name a few. Another one of them is Jason Ortega, a sessionist drummer for another Filipino rock band, Slapshock. I think Luis and his friends also helped them and other Filipino rock bands have their own new music records and sponsors for their bands. Some of them are my sister’s friends and the rest are really old friends. You guys know who you are, to the mainstays and the rest of the gang.

If someone gave you some sort of a deal related to me and to the things I do such as comics, etc. or even if I just got acquainted to you, which involves your own thing like comics, if you collect toys/action figures, play video games and they gave you some, all forms of media compensation, movie deals, music record deals, sponsorship to your work or any monetary compensation for the things and favors they’ve asked you to do, it’s them. I’m not bragging about them as I am not “them” but being just around these guys in their presence is actually an honor for me. Almost all of them are from U.P. Diliman, Ateneo, La Salle and other Ivy League schools here in the Philippines. Some of them even studied abroad and they could’ve stayed there for good but most of them still went back here in Manila. I am the lone guy who’s out of their league. I know there’s still a bearing from what school you came from because if you’re from a good/reputable school, your CV/resume would smell really good to employers on the best companies where you can work here in Manila but I know and for me, it’s still up to the student and it’s not your school who will carry you to success, although I’m not saying I’m as good as them and I don’t think I am really good or great though. You just need to work hard so you can steer your own future into the “future” you want to be and be successful in your chosen field of work when you finally graduate. Learning doesn’t stop for me until I get really old and about to kick the bucket as I still try to learn new things from time to time.

They are also really wealthy and powerful, they’re millionaires and billionaires and I’m not talking Philippine Pesos but in U.S. Dollars. They’re really intelligent, talented, skilled and powerful because of their influences and connections around the globe. They even have connections all over the world who even make Hollywood movies in America. Most of the people I give thanks to are also writers and artists like Carlo (he’s part Filipino, part American) and Mike who, after all these years is like my older brother and also both of them are also programmers. I just want to give credit to them. That’s it for now.


Having My Own Distinct Style of Writing and Illustrating

January 18, 2017.


Lately, I’m trying to find my own distinct and “own drawing style” and “voice” so that whenever a reader reads my comic (without seeing the credits of the comic first), they would instantly think this was made by this guy. I don’t think so highly of myself though, I just want to have my own style whenever I’m making my own comics and originality comes into place.

Some of my major influences generally when making comics are as follows: Adrian Tomine, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Hernandez Bros. just to name a few, those are for alternative comics (comic book artists and writers). I think it’s really rare to find an alternative comic which is written and drawn by two different people. It’s highly likely that most alternative comics are always made by one person, the writer and artist is the same person. When it comes to mainstream comics like Marvel and DC, I am a fan of Gerry Alanguilan, Leinil yu, Whilce Portacio, Frank Quitely, Jim Lee and a lot more, they’re just too many to mention. When it comes to writing- Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and a bit more with the likes of them. I’m really not that of a snubby hipster who only reads indie or alternative comics. There’s always room for me for indie/alternative and mainstream comics. For comics locally, when I was a lot younger, during my elementary days, I used to buy Filipino comics like Pilipino Funny Komiks, Aliwan, Bata Batuta, Pambata Magazine and stuff like that.

My default drawing style is semi-realistic (as best as I could) and you can see this on some of my work like Stacheman, Hibangers, Bad Hair Days. And then whenever I intend to make my comics look cartoony, my major influences are cartoons like We Bare Bears, Adventure Time, Clarence, Gravity Falls and cartoons like I just mentioned. Some of the comics I’ve made with that drawing style are: After School, Kira and the Canines, Mang Gayber and Tabon Kid (which is greatly inspired by R. Crumb’s drawing style and it was actually a short 2D animation, I just converted it to comics form).

Regarding my writing, I already mentioned some of the comic book writers that I am a fan of. I read books from time to time but what I read mostly are comics, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, blogs, webcomics and all sorts of things that a person could read on the internet. Nowadays, technology can easily be in our hands and kids who grew up in the early 2000s can just use the internet to google something and find information on the internet. They don’t need libraries anymore. During my elementary school years, I’d always hang out on our library after school hours and read Dr. Seuss books, Choose Your Own Adventure pocketbooks, Asterix and Obelix, Adventure’s of Tintin comics and books like that. I would borrow them on our school library and bring them home to read them again so that my library card gets stamped by the librarian and make my library card full of stamps. The same goes when I stepped my foot in high school and college but the libraries didn’t have other recreational books like when I was still in my elementary except for textbooks. If you’d think about all the artists and writers that I just mentioned since I was a kid (my major influences on how I write and how I draw) and throughout the years I’ve spent in this world (I am now 34 years old, by the way), I think I can say that my own style of illustrating and writing is just an amalgamation of all of the artists and writers who’ve influenced me in one way or another with their own work. I guess that is also a big part of how I write today. I am really going to try my best to have my own distinct style on the following comics I’m going to make after, Ice Cube, coming in February 2017. Perhaps if there’s one thing that gives my work its own “trademark”, it is the silliness that I inject into my comics most of the time.


Private Hell

December 13, 2016.


I’m still currently working on my latest comic “Dog of God” from time to time. In the meantime, here’s an old crappy charcoal illustration of mine that I found on my laptop’s hard drive while I was cleaning my files. Albeit, I already lost this though, I only have this pic of the actual illustration.

Happy Holidays to all of you people who reads my comics! 😀