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6 K-Pop Songs I Really Like (In No Particular Order)

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1. Sixth Sense - Brown Eyed Girls



2. Because I Missed Your Heart - Hwan Hee


3. Heaven - Ailee


4. Cry - MBLAQ



5. News - Nine Muses


6. Let This Die - Brian Joo

How to Boost Your Comics Sales

Despite the post's title, there are really no sure-fire ways to boost the sales of your comics. There are, however, principles that govern this, and today's comics creator would need to be familiar with these principles and work on them.

To me, it's basically hinged on two factors: Your Work and your Platform. And from these two factors, we look into Quality and Scope.

Quality of Work: It Has To Be Good
When we look at quality, we look at the level of excellence it contains. In my previous blog posts, I've emphasized the importance of a quality story in terms of both writing and art, but there's more to that. When we look at quality, we're also looking at how writing and art help each other in achieving a satisfying reader experience. We also ask if the writing and art are "meant" to work together. Looking at Japanese manga as an example: while there is a particular style that's inherent in manga art, there are many permutations. A horror manga wou…

Why the Comics Industry Needs Critical Mass and How to Achieve It

[Note: The recent Push Comics Forward initiative launched by BOOM! Comics reminded me of this piece I wrote on January 18, 2013. Though the text below was originally written to talk about the Philippine comics industry, I figured it's also relevant to the current conversation about comics industries in other parts of the globe. -- 01/30/2015)

Where there's smoke, there's fire. Over the past decade or so, many comic conventions have been organized around the country, attracting thousands of comics fans and featuring prominent creators and artists. These events have been covered in tri-media and seem to be helping the industry elevate itself in the public consciousness.

The question is, has the industry elevated itself high enough? There may be fire, but is the fire big enough for people to take notice?

We could use the analogy of a burning house. If there's one burning house, the people surrounding that house would be alarmed, but that's as far as it would go. If pe…

What I Look for in a Graphic Novel Story

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One of the few projects I've been working on and off on is a graphic novel workshop. I even had an alpha test session last year with six volunteers. The workshop primarily focused on story development and story structure, topics that I dived into while putting together the story of the Zaturnnah sequel. While it was a successful session, there's a lot to work out to make it better-structured and more practical.

There are a few comics writing references, but most of them just skim the surface. The other comics how-to books spend more pages on the art and visual storytelling. Understandably so, because comics is a visual medium after all. However, without a sound knowledge in story development, that part that comes before scriptwriting and visual interpretation, aspiring comics writers may find themselves building derivative stories, or another version of a comics story/novel/movie they've encountered before.

Stories are like signatures. They are personal expressions of a w…

Multipotentiality: Realizing Who I Am

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People know me as the comics guy, particularly the guy who created Zsazsa Zaturnnah. For a long time, I figured that this was to be my vocation, because making comics married a lot of my interests, including writing, illustrating, design, acting, comic books and other forms of geekology.

But I realized that my interests went beyond that.

If you're the kind of person who has a lot of seemingly disjointed interests, who's not really a specialist, who's not a master of one or two things, who finds yourself shifting from one field of interest to another, and being accused of an inability to focus, doesn't that feel frustrating?

It sure is. I've been there and I still am.

I've only recently discovered the term for that, rooted in psychology. It's called "multipotentiality," wherein a person has the potential to pursue numerous fields, a one-shoe-fits-a-lot-of-feet kind of person. It's also known as TMAs, or Too Many Aptitudes, characterized by the…