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I dream of becoming a famous comic book artist. What better job I thought is out there, than having to enjoy drawing my favorite characters like Superman, Batman, and the Justice League of America...and at the same time earn big bucks. My dream was to one day work for DC Comics or Marvel. But how am I supposed to do that? I mean
those companies I mentioned is from way across the oceans.
Good thing Whilce Portacio came along and my dream has suddenly changed from unreachable to reachable. So I set out to seek him
the legend himself, as I enrolled at LEARN Center for his art seminar. I was ready to show him my stuff
but alas, how disappointed I was to find out that he was not the one conducting the lessons. It was Gilbert Monsanto. So
what the heck, might as well go along
we are not rich so I cant afford to back down, I mean enrolment was expensive. So there I was
showing my stuff
to Gilbert Monsanto. Hed give pointers, and show me my weaknesses and strengths
and thats about it! Sh*@ ! Thats it?!
Then I started looking around and met guys like Eugene Perez, Gary Mayoralgo, Oliver Castaneda, Anthony Tan, Philip Tan, Leonard Banaag, Boy Sicat, Raymond Lee
Gilbert even introduce to us Leinil Francis Yu, that time he was penciling a pin up of Wolverine at learn Center (he was already working for MARVEL). I was DEVASTATED!!! Reality check, rude awakening
call it what ever you like, my skills where no where near those guys.
But I was determined, I pressed on
continued showing my stuff
learned to accept that GILBERT MONSANTO is my true MASTER and not Whilce Portacio. Eventually
my works got noticed
My MASTER noticed me
Thank you so much MASTER Gilbert!, you dont know how honored I was to have been entrusted by you to work on one of your original character HELLSWORD, and to be part of the EXODUS group. Master Gilbert even gave me an opportunity of a lifetime, he endorsed me to Whilce Portacio and had me tried out as a colorist for AVALON STUDIOS.
Unfortunately, I failed to pass. Im sorry my MASTER for letting you down. Im really grateful for that opportunity, I learned a lot from watching the VHS tapes of Dan Kemp and Brian Huberlin on Photoshop 101
my first taste at computer graphics
he he he.
That was my first crack at pursuing my dream. I devoted two years in the pursuit of my dream, my parents were all over me asking to get a real job, and forget about comics.
In my reflection I came to the conclusion that maybe comics isnt for me
at times I felt like I was selfish for thinking about myself, my dream, my goal. Ive forgotten about the people around me like my parents, and my girlfriend (who by the way is my wife now) who supports me all the way, but wanted me to give up because she cant stand seeing my frustrations.
as much I wanted to continue the struggle, I decided to try my luck in a different Field
and that is Animation (which by the way is another topic).
During my stay with companies like, Toon City, Sterling Paper Product Ent. Inc.,
Comics never left my mind. My heart made sure that my head dont forget. So when I first heard of a new batch of young upstarts
young blood, who are full of hope and has lots of fire in them
I joined. But work prevented me from being active. Until I had to leave the group
the group desolved only to form GROUND BREAKERS and currently they publish Mangaholix.
BAYAN KNIGHTS!!! Now this is a group that rekindled the flame that is but extinguished in my heart. I am awe inspired by their vision. Theirs was a calling worth serving. And at the heart of the group I saw once again
an old friend
my mentor, my MASTER, Gilbert Monsanto.
Eventually I decided to join the group with a little push from an old friend Jun Joe Monares. I joined Bayan Knights! A heed to my Master Gilberts call. A call to all artist who has the POWER to make a difference. A call to all artist to unite for a common goal
and that is to revive the komik industry in the Philippines.
Now that is a goal that isnt selfish. Now I plan on making a second run at trying to achieve my goal
but this time, the bid isnt just for personal success. It isnt for personal glory, but rather for the good of all aspiring comic book artist here in the Philippines.
The stage is set, the battle has begun. I am now BAYAN KNIGHT! And Ive found a new calling. MABUHAY ANG BAYAN KNIGHTS!!!