Avalon Studio's The Wicked
Avalon Studio's Stone
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Camp Crame, Quezon City (Philippines). The Quezon City area is where I pretty much grew up.
What comic book inspired you to become a comic book artist?
It was the X Men.
Schooling? Art Training?
I took arts in college and I also took Whilce Portacio's Comic Book Creations course when I was in the Philippines back in 1998.
Talk about how you broke into the business - was it easy? Hard?
I didn't even break a sweat. I was in the right place at a right a time back then. After I took Whilce Portacio's CBC course, I pretty much got noticed and I got in right away. Whilce gave me the inking job on Stone #4 with some help from my instructor (Gilbert Monsanto), of course.
How long have you been working professionally in comics?
If I included all the indy works as well... I think it's only about 2 and half years.
What things - both in art and otherwise - have you worked on, besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part time?
It used to be part time until I got a steady gig on District X. But now I'm back to part time since I'm don't have any gig at all.
Who are some of the artists that inspired you?
Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Steve McNiven, Simon Bisley, Frank Frazetta--just to name a few.
The single thing you'd most like to be remembered for your life is...?
A damn good inker.
How did you settle on the style/s you're currently using? If you have multiple styles, how did you develop them?
I really don't know if I have a style. I mean, I just try to match the penciler's work with whatever style that would work the best.
Did you work as an assistant to any other artists?
No. I wish I did, though. That could've taught me a lot of techniques.
How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics?
Somewhat supportive, but they tell me all the time to think of another job, just in case.
How would you describe your workspace? Is it part of your home, or
do you go "to the studio"?
I pretty much work in my bedroom. I have my drafting table in one corner and behind it is my computer. Since my bedroom is also my studio--that means my room is somewhat messy most of the time.
What jobs are you proudest of? What's your most embarrassing experience?
I think it was Stone #4. Because it was my first gig and I got to ink the cover, too.
What are you currently drawing? Comments on that project?
I'm not really working on anything right now. Hopefully, something will come up soon
What projects do you hope to work on in the future?
X Men, Superman, Batman and The Avengers.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
20 lbs. heavier working as a salesman in a videogame store scaring away kids. That would only happen if I don't get a gig in comic books soon.
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react?
My brother is a collector and a big comic book fan. As for friends, they're just amazed that I make a living out of it.
What's 1 thing you'll always find in your refrigerator?
Pepsi, water and cheese (I always run out of bread).
What's your favorite food?
Pizza and Sinigang na baboy (Filipino Dish).
What are your favorite interests - Movies? Music? TV? Any hobbies? Sports?
I love watching movies. I'm also into Import cars-- Honda, mostly--I'm actually taking auto mechanic courses and getting a part-time job as a car technician.
Have you ever thought of writing your own stories?
Yes, but I have problem put it down on paper.
What's an average day in your life like?
Boring and frustrating... but I'm not gonna get more into that.
Any humorous or interesting anecdotes to tell about the comics business?
Everytime someone learns that I work as a comic book artist, they always ask me if I've met Stan Lee, Jim Lee or some other big name comic book celebrity. The thing is: I probably met more pro artists when I wasn't working in the business.
Do you have any great, unsold projects in your files that nobody's
gotten to see published?
No. I really don't have that much work.
Have you ever taught comic-book art or had any assistants?
Somewhat. After I took a course at Whilce Portacio's CBC school, I kind'a hung around the school and helped some of the new student's out.
Any closing words for your fans?
I think my brother already knows that I appreciate his help whenever I need it.