note the store hours: 4-10pm, closed on sundays
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Fact: Most film festival programmers are interested in movies about the poor. They are less likely to invite comedies about middle-class Filipinos mulling over the meaning of life than dramas about the proletariat struggling to survive.
So when your aunt in Tarzana, California or Slough, England complains, ‘Palagi na lang yan ang ipinapakita abroad! Puro mahirap, marumi, mabaho, wala man lang mall o Boracay. Baka akala nila lahat ng Pilipino ganyan (All the Filipino movies shown abroad show poverty, filth and squalor; foreigners will think we all live like that),’ explain the situation.
jessica zafra nicely sums up the current condition and immediate foreseeable future of independent pinoy cinema here.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
besides being outraged by the greed and temerity, etc. etc. i also have a kerascoet book that should have arrived weeks ago that i think is among the books being held by customs. so i thought i would try and do my part as a visual person, and made this:
you can download the full editable file for free at my deviantart. use it for posters, signs, even merchandise, if you like. anything to help spread the message.
Friday, May 22, 2009
"ang maskot" is now available at stall 49, novelty village. look for the shop with replica guns displayed outside--it's along one of the upstairs rows fronting the pet stalls. price is P50 per copy, digest size, 52 pages. black and white.
the owner, donald gonzales, is looking for more local/independent/self-published comics to put up for consignment at his shop. you can reach him at 0922-881-1618.
thanks to heubert khan michael for blogging about mr. gonzales' shop.
think desperate housewives. chip tsao. most recently, roger ebert.
i tried to think of a dignified way to deal with these people without letting myself get dragged down to their level, failed, and finally decided to just drag them down to my level:
paste this image in the appropriate message board, comment thread, blog, etc., wherever the Philippine Insecurity Force rears its pointy little head.
you can also download the badge as a scalabe vector file here to use as you wish, commercial or otherwise.
Monday, May 18, 2009
click on the image to embiggen if you can't read 'em. and also please excuse the poor scanning. if it helps, the originals didn't look much better :P
what's wrong with it?! i made her look like a hayao miyazaki heroine fer cryin' out loud! yeesh.
(edit: cherry says that's a view of her head and shoulders from behind... tinubuan na raw sya sa kakahintay sa aken.)
we left around six pm.
it was my first time on the other side of the exhibition table, and i'm still a little high from the experience. whew!
thanks to all the people who bought ang maskot, especially the folks who told their friends about it, or even better, came back later with a friend in tow, going, "that's the one i was telling you about," right in front of me, thus shaming the friend into buying a copy. you guys have a special place in my heart.
at the 'kon i was thrilled to be able to talk to manila bulletin cartoonist norman isaac, who complimented my work and had many questions about being a DIY comics-maker.
the versatile kc cordero also came by and bought a copy like he promised, and we got into a brief discussion on the use of an entirely black page as a transitional device.
zero point comics creators michael david and jon zamar were my first two customers, for which i will be eternally grateful. they also sat across from our table, so, according to bearkdowns creator josel nicolas who was seated next to me, we may possibly have benefitted from the foot traffic they attracted.
heubert khan michael gave me a signed distributor's copy of unstoppable #1, which says on the cover: 1.) not for sale (yayyy!), and 2.) over 10,000 copies in print (aaaaaw).
by some freakish coincidence, filmmaker zack behringer (i'm taking a guess on the spelling of his name) is making a short film about a guy stuck inside his mascot costume. he promised to invite me to a screening, but i forgot to ask him if i could take like forty friends and relatives along to see what could be the closest thing to a film adaptation of my comic as i'm ever going to get.
and finally, to help pass the time did some hourly comics and random sketches, which i will upload soon.
Monday, May 11, 2009
so now i have all 48 pages done in individual adobe illustrator .ai files, and the next step is to get them ready for the photocopying shop.
not having any desktop publishing software (and not knowing how to use 'em anyways), i did some common-sense improvisation: taking fourteen pieces of scratch paper, i folded them together in the middle to make a mock-up pamphlet, numbered the pages using a ballpen, and then took the pamphlet apart gain. now all i have to do is replicate the ordering of the pages on the sheets using the same program i started with, adobe illustrator.
based on the mockup's page numbering, i paste the two appropriate illustrator files onto the new document. here it's the front and back cover-- the outer face of the first sheet.
repeat the process for each side of all fourteen sheets, and then save. i used pdf because doing sample printouts on my inkjet at home, i thought the tones looked more accurate. i was wrong. when i took the files to get printed (laser print, P5 per page at UP shopping mall) the tones looked washed out. i don't know if it was the printer's fault or mine. oh all right, it's mine.
last step: photocopying. above are samples of the P0.75 copy, P0.60 copy and P0.50 copy. i went with the best one. each sheet is photocopied back-to-back and then folded and stapled in the middle, and finally the edge opposite the spine is cut to make it nice and even (i paid an extra P1 per book for all this). i felt quite flattered when i discovered that they'd printed out an extra copy and was passing it around. when i came by to pick up my stuff, one xerox machine operator was reading the comic with one hand while flipping a textbook on his machine with the other. he read it twice while i was waiting.
it's interesting how the photocopying added texture to my flat vector graphics. some of the night scenes actually looked better on paper than oncreen; too bad a lot of the very light tones practically disappeared. lesson learned.
well, that's it for this quasi-tutorial. i have a hundred copies of the finished comics for sale at this saturday's komikon. hope to see you there!
i made a crude sldeshow of my comics-making process for "ang maskot" described in my earlier post.
but blogger doesn't seem to support flash animation, so i had to upload it to my deviantart.
click here to see it.
so let's start off with brainstorming.
revisions start happening even at this earliest stage, and don't stop practically until final inks and colors. you shouldn't love your work so much that you stop trying to make it better.
finished line art. i cheated on the moon. i drew a circle using the circle tool first and then traced over that with the brush.
then i add the shading. i use the rectangle tool to fill entire panels; all else are hand-drawn shapes. i can use solid colors or gradients for any of the shapes. and since everything's vector i can move, resize and edit every stroke, shape and object to my heart's content.
(a view of just the shading, without the lines. )