Sunday, February 28, 2010

Renaissance: A Gathering of Pinoy Comics' Greatest Creators

I was contacted by Whilce Portacio (one-time penciller of Uncanny X-Men and creator of Wetworks) weeks ago to contribute to a coffee table book to help raise funds for the victims of typhoon Ketsana. The book, entitled Renaissance: Ang Muling Pagsilang, features the artwork of dozens of Filipino and Fil-Am illustrators, comics book artists, cartoonists, and animators based here and abroad.

This is the piece I contributed to the book. It was inspired by a friend's experience:

I arrived at the star-studded February 21 book launch held at SM Megamall only in the afternoon, as I had forgotten that it was my dear mom's birthday. It was a very humbling experience being in the presence of so much talent, from veterans to newbies, mainstream to indie, including Michael "Bitoy" V. Many of you may not know that the Bubble Gang mainstay is a fantastic comics artist, and has actually done some comics work in the past before going full blast into novelty rap and television.

I actually felt ashamed of myself. Some of the guys who asked for my autograph were also part of the book, and I didn't know them! Bad bad Carlo. Spank Carlo senseless.

Here's a picture from the event, taken by superstar Carlo Pagulayan. The guy in white is the prolific and award-winning Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess, Neotopia) and the guy in blue is the uber-talented Ed Tadeo (X-Men Legacy, New Mutants).

Below is the article about the book, from the Manila Bulletin:

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Not your usual comic book heroes
February 26, 2010, 10:22am

Whilce Portacio. Gerry Alanguilan. Leinil Yu. Pol Medina Jr. Carlo Vergara. Manix Abrera. Any dedicated Filipino comic book fan knows how much these names have contributed to building the reputation of Filipino comic book artists and illustrators here and abroad. And these very same fans certainly know how monumental it is to bring these and so many other names together in one project.

And monumental is exactly what is accomplished with “Renaissance: Ang Muling Pagsilang”, which brings together these and 50 plus more names to pool their talents, all for the name of charity.

Read the complete article

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Renaissance: Ang Muling Pagsilang is published by the good folks at Anvil Publishing. I believe it is already available in major bookstores. The original artwork will be auctioned off at eBay to beef up the relief funds.

Congratulations to everyone behind this monumental project!

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