Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Got these questions from ELBERT.
to play the game to go to his blog and follow the instructions at the end of the post.

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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