Tuesday, June 28, 2005

CaGuintuan, Christian Alcala, Toycon 2005!

Prinsesa Bituin Part 1 Page 1
Bituin Komiks #22
June 30, 1950

CaGuintuan is one of the pioneers of Philippine komiks who created probably one of the first costumed superheroes in the Philippines called "Lagim" in the earliest issues of Pilipino Komiks. CaGuintuan is responsible for many stories in the early years of the industry including the one featured above.

Bituin Komiks was published by F.J. Quioge Publication located in Azcarraga, Manila in the early 50's. It was edited by Francisco Reyes (creator of the popular character "Kulafu") and Virgilio Mariano. Assistant Editors include Menandro Martin (who would eventually become popular as a cartoonist as "Menny Martin"), and Mauro Malang Santos.

Mauro Malang Santos will eventually attain popularity as "Malang", who is one of the Philippines' most important modernist painters. I'll feature more of Malang next week.

In the meantime, head on over to the main Museum page to see more of CaGuinutan's work or click below.

CaGuintuan's Prinsesa Bituin


Christian Alcala
Dark Light
Fictional Art Reality Series

Christian Alcala is Alfredo Alcala's son, who has demonstrated that he is an exemplary artist in his own right. He recently had an exhibit of his works, along with the works of his father and other Filipinos at the Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University in the United States.


I received a message from my friend Jac Ting Lim's dad at the comments section below and I thought I'd reply to it here.

Hi, Gerry,

I'm the father of Jactinglim, she had send me your journal website. It's very informative and interesting, but it seems that I couldn't open the artists' drawing/illustrations below (with mark X)to view them.
I'm very fond of artwork and great artists' biographies.
More power to your work!


Thanks for visiting po! :) I'm looking into why some of the images aren't appearing on your end. All the images do appear when I browse them, but I can think of some reasons why they may not appear to some. Admittedly, it's a graphic heavy page where sometimes individual graphics can reach up to 150K. It's possible that not all images are able to load due to the sheer size of all images collectively. I would suggest right clicking on "x"ed images and click "View Image" to see them individually, or reload the entire page.

TOYCON 2005!

I didn't sleep the night before the Toycon as I tried to finish up some work. I ended up bringing the work to the Toycon with me, which turned out OK because the inking became part of the gimmick of the booth.

All in all, I had a great time, and it's cool meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Lico Reloj attacks the Komikero booth!!

Mylene and Jonas. Congrats on the success of "A Girl's Story", Jonas! As far as I know all copies at the Toycon were sold out!

Jerald does caricatures!

Jonas and myself were interviewed by the KNN (Kids News Network) for broadcast next month.

Comics superstar Wilson Tortosa with friends.

Carlo Vergara. Thanks for coming over Carl! It's always a pleasure to hang out with you! :)

Francis M. asked me to sign his copy of Superman: Birthright.

Komikero will be back at next year's Toycon! And I promise our booth will be bigger!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Komikero sa Toycon

Komikero Artists Group will have a booth at the upcoming Toycon 2005 this Sunday, June 26 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall. The group will be there from 10am to 9pm.

Hopefully, I'll be finished with my deadlines so I can join. Here are stuff that's lined up for the booth.

Jac Ting Lim will do facepainting. Mico Suayan (Trakk), will be doing sketches. Jonas Diego (Blurb, A Girl's Story) will be promoting his comics, Jerald Dorado (Pinoy Passenger) will also be there, as well as possible appearances by Carlo Vergara (Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah) and Arnold Arre (Mythology Class, Lastikman, After Eden).

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

ER Cruz

E.R. Cruz
Liwayway Spot Illustrations
Liwayway, December 18, 1972

Eufronio Reyes"ER" Cruz is one of the more distinctive Filipino comics illustrators whose style is chracterized by gritty, heavy and edgy brushwork. He contributed many such spot illustrations and comics stories for Liwayway during this time, and drew stories for various publications like Holiday and Pioneer, published by GASI.

In the US, he had a memorable stint as the artist on DC's The Shadow, and various mystery publications from DC like House of Mystery, Unexpected, and Our Army At War. At Marvel he worked on Moon Knight, and Savage Sword of Conan.

He also worked on many adaptations of classic stories like Red Badge of Courage, Tom Sawyer, Gulliver's Travels, and The Iliad.

ER Cruz's work can currently be bought off the shelves at National Book Store. Look for Illustrated Classic Editions' Red Bad of Courage, a specially adapted version of the Stephen Crane novel by Malvina G. Vogel, with many *many* terrific full page spot illustrations by ER.

I actually don't know very much about this artist, but I'm very familiar with his body of work, having seen them on many titles for a long time. If you know more about ER and where one could get in touch with him, please let me know. :)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Alfredo And Christian Alcala Art Exhibit

The Alcala Legacy at Stanford Art Spaces

Artworks of the late Great Alfredo P. Alcala and son, Christian Voltar Alcala is currently on display at the Stanford University at the SAS (Stanford Art Spaces), Paul Allen CIS Building.

Here's the website: http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros/show45.html

The Exhibition will be until June 17, 2005. Admission is Free at the Stanford Art Spaces.

Artworks on display: Voltar, Medieval Art, Gothic Art, etc.

Alfredo P. Alcala is an internationally known painter, illustrator, and comic book artist whose art was influenced by Frank Brangwyn, J.C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell, Lou Fine, and Hal Foster.

Christian Voltar Alcala’s artistic influences are inspired from the 19th century or Victorian period. He worships Franklin Booth, Gustave Dore, Alphonse Mucha, and has vowed to continue his father's legacy.


Thursday, June 09, 2005

Heeerree's Johnny!!

Heeerrree's JOHNNY!

Design for another possible Johnny Balbona shirt. :)

Monday, June 06, 2005

I No Longer Have Cellphone

I No Longer Have A Cellphone

If you have been calling me or texting me, and I haven't replied, it's because I lost my cellphone. It may be just as well because for a long time now I no longer wanted to have one, inspite of the obvious benefits of it. So I most likely won't be getting a new one anytime soon. Or not at all.

There's still email of course. I'm not totally old fashioned. It will most likely inconvenience those who I'll be meeting with, specially since they can't break off a meeting at the last minute, as cellphones have so conveniently allowed people to do.

I just hope those who agree to meet with me at a certain time and day would stick to it because I'll be definitely showing up.

I also want to get back to letter writing, as on paper and sent via the post office. I used to write on paper a lot as some of my friends who were already alive during that ancient time would remember. I owe some people letters so I'll get to that slowly. I want to take back, even just a little bit, of what the Internet has taken from me.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Abel Laxamana
Requiem Aeternam Spot Detail
Hiwaga Komiks House Ad

An award winning artist, Abel Laxamana is one of the few Filipinos who have had the honor of winning the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2002 as part of the creative team of Radioactive Man, published by Bongo Comics.

Readers of Warren Magazines voted him favorite all around artist of the year in 1979, where he won for his various contributions to the magazine.

Click Here for a full image of Abel's Requiem Aeternam.

Abel Laxamana, Edbon Sevilleno

Edbon Sevilleno

Edbon Sevilleno is an artist I recently met, a Filipino living in Saudi Arabia. In the Philippines, he created the character "Borjok" in MASA, a sister newspaper to Malaya in the 1980's.

He is currently drawing, and coloring "Sayf Bin Dhi Yazan " featuring an Arabian hero, adapted by Princess Maha Faisal, writer and publisher, from ancient Arabic tales. The comic book will be published in both English and Arabic, and will also be distributed in South East Asia.

The artwork is simply stunning! Below are just some of the art from the upcoming comic book.

For more of Edbon's Artwork, click below.

Edbon Sevilleno Art Gallery 1
Edbon Sevilleno Art Gallery 2
Edbon Sevilleno Art Gallery 3
Edbon Sevilleno Art Gallery 4

Looking at the artwork, I just can't wait for it to come out. Great job, Edbon!!