Who would've thought? Certainly not me.
Since 2006, the boyish-looking hunk who spends his day minding the family store has been played by seven actors, all of whom have offered (or will offer) their own interpretation of this enigmatic, thrill-inducing concept known as "Dodong."
Those who have picked up the collected edition of the Zaturnnah graphic novel know that the original name of Dodong was Zandro. Zandro, a name that had an edgy boldstar ring to it, didn't quite fit the character I had wanted to create. The name Dodong came out naturally. It was informal, non-threatening, had a strong Filipino quality to it, and suggested the traditional everyday provincial aspect I wanted the character to have. The fact that he possessed "noodles," or the "katawang pangromansa" was the edge--the surprise--I had hoped to give him.
I never imagined readers responding to him in the positive way that they did. I was glad I played…