Monday, June 27, 2005

Saturdays in Quiapo

I know I haven't posted much of my mind here lately, been busy finishing a lot of work, left and right. But, recently my wife and I goes to Quiapo church every saturday mornings, a whole year "panata" and we are suddenly thrown into a weekly adventure for the both of us. We have to park her car at SM Sta. Mesa.25 pesos flat rate for parking. From there, we took a bus to Quiapo. We are suprised to see the great improvement there. We salute Mayor Lito Atienza for this great deed. My wife seldom commute not after a long time, since her college days in UP Manila and that is quite a long time ago. Just riding the bus is an adventure in itself. It is good place opening up a conversation, we talk about almost everything we can find outside our window.

Going back to SM Sta.Mesa, we found traffic still unpleasant. better than before but still uncomfortable. But, actually 70% percent is due to the driver's intent to wait for more passengers to come aboard just about every stops. Anyway, my wife happened to notice this boy climbing a small tree. My wife told me that she thinks it is good that there are some remaining trees for young boys to enjoy. In the middle of that thought, just as the kid settled on top of the tree, he took out a bottle with solvent inside, "Rugby" in this case as we noticed the color. Oh no! she gasped and can't believe a good thing suddenly turned into horror. She can't believe that our society is now so blind and do nothing for our country's unfortunate children.

We found a lot of internet shops left and right. I told her, I think that 80-90% of the chatters inside the chatrooms are the customers of these shops. My first questions to pinoy chatters inside a chatroom is where they are now? and the number one answer of course... in an internet shop. I think this is good business now. In our neighborhood, I think we have 8 shops. As low as 20 pesos per hour. You can even do alot within the shop like scan, print, play online games, burn CDs and of course chat.

We will be seeing more of these realities for months and we embrace it with open arms. Oh yeah, i forgot to mention that here in our country, while fire trucks tried to pass through traffic. Not a single automobile gave way, Firemen almost had to beg and shout just to get through. They are trying to save lives and property for god's sake.

Anyway, hope there will be positive tales to tell in the coming weeks to come... I wish.

RAM page 18

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Original art for DRUID'S KEEP

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I found a new place to get comics :) DRUID'S KEEP!

It is located at the third floor of Gateway Center, Paseo de Magallanes in Makati. It's just along the South Expressway, on the right if you are southbound. "Sa may likuran ang daan."

The best thing about getting stuffs there is the price! Druid's Keep is the cheapest place to buy comics. The conversion rate there is 50php:1usd, the lowest in the country! Promise :)

I promised Felix(the owner) I'll give him an orignal art. So, Here it is. I'll bring it there as soon I can visit the place again to get some more goodies :)

Also, Gino delos Reyes is the one who told me about the place, Thanks man!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Unpublished title (RAM)

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2002, I created a character exclusively for Atlas Puplishing but they decided not to print the title. I've finished the whole book. Should I post the pages here? What do you think guys?

Written,drawn and colored by: Gilbert Monsanto

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Old Darna sample for Mango Comics

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I did this a few years ago as a sample art for mango comics, sort of an audition piece. The costume was a bit different. Just wanted to share this image to you guys :)

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Got these questions from ELBERT.
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Breathe komiks, Gilbert! Your five questions:

1. You are given the opportunity to speak with the late, great Will Eisner, but you may only ask three questions. What are those three questions?

I’d ask him if he thinks whenever he is referred to as "the Great", is it more about him being a great artist or a great human being? Secondly, Is fame the measure of success and wealth or is it the other way around? My last question would be, if you’ll have it your way. What would you or would you not change on how comics are being done today?

God bless his soul.

2. What would you be working on right now, if not comics? Will it really be a big loss, or will you stay happy and content just the same?

I would probably be a bum or a draftsman or an animator, or some job that I have no choice but to forced myself into. It will be a big loss, since doing comics is not just work for me but a dream come true. I can’t imagine any work that might compare to this. I’d say I’d still be happy and content with what I have nevertheless, but will still be doing tons of drawing and reading comics as a hobby. This job is the greatest; you have only to prioritize on deadlines and you have (almost) total control of your time.

3. As an avid reader of comics yourself, what do you think is missing in local comics right now that you'd like to see more of?

I think the publishers lack the ability to give the readers the best of all worlds, a title with high quality and at a reasonable price. Maybe, if we use cheaper paper for the interior and a high quality glossy paper for the cover and get top artist to do exceptional artworks, give them a great deal such as royalty and higher page rate. We also need a publisher who really knows all the ropes.

4. Creating comics is cool! What do you feel is the most important advice you can give to aspiring comic book artists?

Create by heart. If you cherish the work that you do, people will feel that thru your work and will feel the same towards your creations. Do not think that your work is cool. Know that it is.

5. If you were just to write a graphic novel, which local artists would you ask to illustrate it, and what will the graphic novel most likely be about? (Bonus question: which foreign artist would you like to illustrate a story that you will only get to write?)

I want it to be illustrated by Rey Macutay. It would be about our country’s Heritage. It’s about our nation, before any influences from other cultures. Foreign Artist? That would be John Romita Jr.
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Art: Rey Macutay

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2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person’s will be different.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

I am the SUN :)

The Sun Card
You are the Sun card. The light of the Sun reveals
all. The Sun is joyful and bright, without fear
or reservation. The childish nature of the Sun
allows you to play and feel free. Exploration
can truly take place in the light of day when
nothing is hidden. The Sun's rays fill you with
energy so that you may live life to its
fullest, milking pleasure out of each day. Such
joy and energy can bring wealth and physical
pleasure. To shine in the light of day is to
have confidence, to soak up its rays is to feel
the freedom of a child. Image from: Stevee

Which Tarot Card Are You?
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I'v always wanted to be the sun. I am surprised to get this result here.

Monday, June 06, 2005