I just made this using an A3 picture frame. Although this one has a very thin flexible glass. So if you’re planning to make your own, better check if the glass of the picture frame is real glass or thicker.
Here are the things I used:
1) A3 picture frame from NBS; with thin, narrow, frame, flexi-glass, plywood back cover.
2) Two mini, fluorescent, 8W lightbulbs.
3) Any switch like this.
4) Wire from old, broken electric fan.
5) Tracing paper and some bunch of Scotch tape. ^__^
6) Screws, bolts and little wood for boxing the plywood.
Yesterday we were at doctor’s clinic, it was Sunday so most of the people there are families with their kids, mostly toddlers and babies. One thing I hate most of these parents are they don’t care what’s happening with their kids, coz almost all of them have their tablets in their hands, some are smart phones; fiddling either on games or Facebook.
One family was with their two boys. The father have busy fingers on iPad, the little boy was the one who’s going to see the doctor, and the eldest (who I think is around 16yrs old already) that I was surprised that he still act like a five year old baby. He’s got huge voice already, kept asking his father that he needs to buy something. It was annoying coz you can hear his voice on the other side of the hallway. The father was ignoring him playing with his stupid iPad. I didn’t notice the kids’ grand mother was there too. My wife said the granny seems to be like a bonkers too; they all seems like bonkers, except for the mother of the kids, filling out the forms, talking to the nurse, etc.
There’s another family, maybe they’re new to have a new born. I heard them from the end of the hallway with their baby crying. The baby was like few days old, coz it was so tiny. My wife said, seems like the mother also works in the clinic as a nurse. Anyway, they were near our seats when the baby started to cry again, this time it sounded bad. The parents of this baby seems like they didn’t know what to do. They even carry the baby diagonally up their shoulders instead of lying down their arms. In my head I was like “nooo, you don’t carry new born like that!” The baby cries when handed out to the father, he also carries the baby the wrong way. The baby cried so loud that kept everyone’s attention, especially old women with their grand children.
What I didn’t like about the father of the baby is, he wanted the baby to stop crying. The stupidest thing he did is the swing the baby like she was in roller coaster. He thought the baby will like it but she kept crying very loudly. The wife came back so they tried feeding it but the baby still cries. Seems like the baby needed to be in comfortable position. In the end, finally, the doctor called them. The hallway finally silenced.
My wife and I are also new parents. We’re both new to having a baby. We only asked help on the first couple of weeks for Anne’s healing of stitches. Later, we both took care of everything, we never asked help anymore with our parents to help us out taking Aria to the clinic. Anne has never tried carrying a baby before. Didn’t know what to do to change diapers, how and when to feed, etc. Anne made it through by asking and researching on the net. Myself know few things so I helped her in some cases. So far we never encounter serious things about Aria’s health. Aria is a happy child now. Very smart. Likes learning, especially walking around.
Having a child or maybe children is very serious job. I wanted to prove to myself and Anne that we don’t need help from our parents to take care of our baby. Starting family of Filipinos became a tradition to ask help from grand parents to their children. This is okay for just few days/weeks but for life, it is not good for being hands-on parents.Comments Off | Print This Post
You request, we draw. What to draw? Well, your favourite superhero, or cartoon characters. Of course, comic book artist doesn’t mean we know ALL of the characters you request. If you have any reference you can show us, just bring it in. We prefer to ask one (1) character per sketch.
When to pay? Before we start, we need to get our hands of your payments. Wika nga “bayad muna, bago baba”, like you see in public vehicles.
How much?! Usually we ask 500 Pesos per sketch on a bristol board (size of a backing board for comics). We also apply same rate on blank covers. This is either in INK or just PENCIL. In my case, if PAINTING is requested, I give them higher rate around 1,000-2,000 Pesos depends on what will be in the painting.
First come, first served. If you’re last in the list, that doesn’t mean you won’t get your sketch. In my case, Comic Odyssey can keep your finished sketch, where you can pick it up at their branch in Robinsons Galleria. If you missed us in a convention, or want to send request privately, you can just message/email us or ask Comic Odyssey for your request.
Quality of work. Of course working outside our comfort zone is different from our studios. Most of us prefer to work at home, like myself. But we try to make our sketches as good as the ones we do at home. Since it is also difficult to draw coz there are people asking for signatures and photos, we sometimes lost our rhythm.
Portraits is a No-No. For me you’ll get a NO-SORRY answer. I’m not really good drawing people’s likeness. It is one of the weaknesses I wish to say to everyone. I may sketch your created character, yeah.Comments Off | Print This Post
I have to admit, I don’t have the greatest idea when comes to designs. I even have hard time designing my own vehicle. But you know, Jim Lee got his idea of War Blade from Wolverine, same as Marc Silvestri’s Ripclaw. I’d like to share this little story where I got the idea of Jacara Zar came from.
In my little days of being a young adult, I came across borrowing comics from our neighbor. They let us borrow bunch of local comic books at first. Then I once borrowed again, there I saw comics of DC and Marvel; Conan The Barbarian, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Justice League, and Swampthing. What I got hooked on was Swampthing because of unique style of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. It was Swampthing #46 (vol. 2 of 1986 series). It was awesome to see drawing so differently drawn. No computers that time for digital rendition but it was realistic in lineart style.
I wanted to draw my own comics at that time. Something similar to Swampthing. I remember drawing a similar rendition of Swampthing, I called it “The Creature”. It was drawn on A4 papers, folded in half, and stapled. But that bothered me, comparing my work to the artists of Swampthing. So I thought of creating another character. At that time I was also fascinated with ninjas. As I browse around the pages of bunch of comics, I saw the Jackboxer (image above). I said “wow, that looks like a ninja.” That’s where I got the idea of the design.
I tried copying what John and Stephen drew on the page of Swampthing. Altering with some features of my own, I came up with this idea. After so many doodles, I started drawing my own comics. Compiling stapled letter sized papers in a hard bound cover, I stuck with the name Jacara Zar–“Ang Mandirigma ng Latian”. In English The Swamp Warrior.
I got the name idea, obviously from the Jackboxer itself. That’s why it’s Jack-ara-xer or Jacara Zar.
Few years ago, Jacara Zar came to my head and I just started doodling the character at the back of the pages I was working on for Marvel. I started redesigning Jacara again, and planned to expose him to the public.
In 2010, Komikero Komiks Anthology creative team, Jonas Diego, Gerry Alanguilan, and Johnny Danganan asked me to contribute to their small comics. It was the first small step to expose Jacara Zar. Same year, I released an ashcan version of the first issue in Yew Stupid Basturd! #3 with the help of Nikko & Sandy Sansolis editing the words. It was a preview of what Jacara Zar #1 will look like. I could say the ashcan didn’t work well because of the details of the pages. It was twice (or maybe many times) that Gerry Alanguilan said to me, “kaya mo na naman magpa-print and publish on your own”. It was a scary decision for me. It took me a while to release the first issue, and I am happy how it turned out.Comments Off | Print This Post
Jacara Zar #1 – print proof approved!
It has been years when I started drawing and doodling my character Jacara Zar. So it’s finally coming out 100% serious! I have spent time, love and money to this first issue, and hopefully won’t be my last. Jacara Zar is my first ever created character since I was in my early years in high school. Here’s the first issue to celebrate.
When good things go better early next year, issue two will come out. Let’s just cross our fingers and toes if you may to push this through.
Thank you very much to those who have again waited and helped!Comments Off | Print This Post
Baby! Go figure, click the image.
Featured: Alex Nino, Gerry Alanguilan, Ernie Chan, and Whilce Portacio
Let’s go!Comments Off | Print This Post
If you have a copy of YSB! #1, you’ll know I like doing comics strips of myself and my partner. As I have moved on from my past relationship, I found new partner and have new fun adventures. One of these was a situation of dating without an umbrella in rainy season. So I this happened…kinda. This strip was featured in YSB! #2.Comments Off | Print This Post
Okay, I have to admit. I tried doing a Wasted-like komiks when I was broken-hearted. But what I felt was different. Well, an advice from a friend told me to do something what I feel. Since there was nothing I can do, I just drew an online komiks. Kind of a cheesy story, sorta like local TV drama. It is called Sa Pagitan Ng Dalawang Kulay.
The story is about a foreigner, a local girl, and myself. If you’re curious about it, you can read it here. Oh yeah. I discontinued working on this coz I moved on. I’m happily married with Anne, so I’m sorry for the cliff-hanging story.
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Kadiliman – Alamat Comics
In 2006 I was in the recovery of a break-up. So I asked friends how to get back on track. One inspiration was Wasted by Gerry Alanguilan. It didn’t mean I was going to make a Wasted book of myself, but I had to do something just to get out of a heartache. Aside from dating a girl (who’s now my wife) I thought of volunteering for Alamat Comics‘ Kadiliman books. These were suppose to be another Batch 72 issues but David Hontiveros who’s the main brain for the story decided to give the character Kadiliman his own book.
So I volunteered and found it really fun even though I had no idea about the character designs. So Budjette Tan, one of the co-creator of Batch 72 sent me bunch of drawings and character designs of every characters in the story, drawn by different artists. I did samples of my own rendition of each characters then drew pages when I have time. The food finally finished and sold.
In 2007, Komikon, Alamat finally released the ashcan book.
I still have the second script of the book two. If ever I have all the time in the world I’ll do lots of comics like this, including mine of course. I’m sure someday this second book will come out.Comments Off | Print This Post