Showing posts from July, 2011

Mar Santana: Early Influence

Mar Santana's art style influenced my own style, and I didn't even know it! I remember how, as a kid, I'd get excited whenever I see his name printed in any of the weekly komiks we'd buy from the corner store. There was something about his lines that, pun intended, drew me in. When we eventually stopped buying komiks, I had com...pletely forgotten the name of the man. Thank goodness the internet jogged my memory. Here are samples of Mr. Santana's art, lifted from Arman Francisco's blog ( If you look at the guy on the left, you can see where Dodong comes from.

One Night in Purgatory: 10 Years

I can't believe it's been almost ten years since I self-published One Night In Purgatory . It was towards the end of the year 2000, when everyone's lives had normalized after that big hoohah that was the Millennium Bug. I was employed full-time with the Metro Manila Skyway project, and on the side had been handling art chores for David Hontiveros' Horus comic book. I had also been secretly harboring the desire to make my own comics after seeing the success of Arnold Arre and Marco Dimaano with their own projects. Since I had close to zero knowledge about writing comics, I had gone about it instinctively, planning the story and writing the script after work at Angelino's restaurant in Robinsons Galleria. The entire process from cradle to grave took me about four months for the 56-pager, and had it printed through a printing press in Mandaluyong. In 2001, Purgatory was launched in Comics Quest Megamall. Unfortunately, all the digital files are gone. Recordable