Tuesday, August 23, 2005


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Not the first comic book I had, but the first one I bought using my own money. This is what made me a fan of John Romita Jr.'s art.

This made me a solid Spidey fan as well. Seeing him tortured and all but seemed to keep his identity and sense of humor intact. The ultimate hero in my book.

This has them all as well, The Avengers, morlocks, spidey and even Doc Strange :)

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Okay, back to my memory blimps. There came a time when comic books are scarce, mostly because my big brother hides them from me now and I was too young to have an allowance big enough to have me some. I usually gets to see my brother draw for his school projects. They are plates with drawings, I really liked his work on Superman. Those classic Superman poses he copied from the pages of comic books, but he's rendition was awesome. He never brags about them though, he just kept them as far away from me. I asked him to help me with a school project that needed drawings. Do you know what he said to me? " I will not do that for you! Make your own work so you can get your own grades!" snotty hack! but it actually helped me, surprisingly. After that I was able to do my own stuffs, and was proud about them.

Deprived from comic resources, I used the TV. I would stare straight at cartoon shows like Ghost Busters and He-Man the masters of the universe. Plus the Old Marvel cartoon shows, the ones with one movement methods! Batman (Adam West) was also on air. Plus, the Encyclopedia. Well, i found that comics was inside those pages as well. We also had this big bible, remember when we all are small kids. Everything was big. This bible has tons of paintings inside, they were awesome. Believe it or not, I even woke up late when everyone is sleeping and found myself watching Beatles cartoons.
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comics I have managed to get a hold on to were The Avengers, Spider-man and X-men titles.
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I personally loved the Havok Vs. Cyclops fights. Brother against brother!
Finally, my brother brought me to his friends place, actually we just waited outside. He was able to borrow this Fantastic Issue!
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This is the first time that I actually realized that the ones doing these pages are called Comics Superstars or something like that. By this time, I can read and I read my idol's name. He is John Byrne, how do you pronounce "Byrne" I did not care, I just memorized the spelling. Now, i have read this book and kept on looking at those pages, mesmerized with all the characters inside. Spidey,Captain America,Gladiator,X-men/skrulls and of course the Fantastic Four.The classic Marvel slugfest. I asked my brother if we could keep that darn copy. We have to return it nevertheless. It actually broke my heart to see that copy go. (I have a copy of that issue now, courtesy of my friend Gerry Alanguilan who gave that to me as a gift when he went to the San Diego Con a few years back.)
After that realization I investigated to find out the names of all the comic book artists I can put inside my head, I can actually tell who drew a page just by looking at them. Well, actually the older guys anyways. That is how i found about styles.
This is when I dreamed of being a comic book artist. I knew it was a longshot and never really thought It was possible but hey! I was a kid, I can dream can't I?

(end of part 4)

Monday, August 15, 2005


A friend of mine asked me for a quick pencilled page for him to do some inking practice. This one is a 15 minute piece. After inking it, he gave it to another friend of ours to color, and here is the final look. I added the texts just now.

Pencil and text: Gilbert Monsanto
Inked by: Aries Mendoza
Colored by: Rain Beredo

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Thursday, August 11, 2005


Here is another entry on how I came to be who I am today. I believe during my elementary school days, I came to find more comics that just got me hooked. This time, it will be the HULK's turn to lure me further to my addiction. Even though by this time I am already drawing stuffs like Voltes V and all those early anime that I copy by looking straight from TV. Having to look inside the pages of comic books really got my heart beat faster with glee and excitement within my own personal space. During this time, I was still too young to read properly so I usually take my time looking at each and every panel and try to understand what is going on. My brother have always been so careful with his copies that he actually hides them from me. I am not sure how but I was still able to read a few of them. Hulk issues 199 and 200 blew me away.
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After reading or should I say, scanning those issues. I started drawing the hulk over and over again. But something was so wrong with my work that evertime I remember that mistake, I could almost giggle. That mistake is drawing Hulk with two left fists. I am using my right hand to draw so i usually use my left as reference thus unintentionally drawing two lefts :)
The amazing thing about the medium is that, however how young I was? I knew the heroes from the villains. I knew by heart what was happening just by looking at those images and expressions on their faces. Storytelling at its best. So good, that years later when I was already able to read and believe me, I had that motivation to learn to read. To finally read those letters inside the balloons. The story in my head without the words and now with them completely together? It was the same, although the words gave more details and life to the pages, they have the same exact spirit even without those words. During this time, I was thinking that these comics are done by some paper gods of some sort. Ah, those magical days.
Next: The Fantastic cometh!

Sunday, August 07, 2005


I got these results using msn.ancestry.com
GILBERT( First name)
English, French, Flemish, and Dutch: of Germanic origin, introduced to Britain by the Normans. It is composed of the elements gisil pledge + berht bright, famous. This was the name of the founder of the only native British religious order (abolished at the Dissolution of the Monasteries), St Gilbert of Sempringham (?1083–1189), in whose honour it is still sometimes bestowed, especially among Roman Catholics. It gained a wider currency in the 19th century. In Gaelic Scotland the name was used from an early period to render the name Gille Brighde "servant of St Bridget", gradually assuming the form Gilleabart. Short form: English: Gib.Pet forms: Scottish: Gibby (Gaelic Gibidh).

VILLANUEVA(Middle Initial):
habitational name from any of the numerous places named Villanueva, from Spanish villa ‘(outlying) farmstead’, ‘(dependent) settlement’ + nueva (feminine) ‘new’ (Latin nova).

Castilianized spelling of Catalan and Galician Vilanova, a habitational name from a frequent place name, of the same derivation as 1 above.

MONSANTO( My surname):
Spanish and Portuguese: habitational name from Monsanto (‘sacred mountain’) in Beira or one of the other places so named.

Basically, I am bright and famous servant living in a new home on top of the sacred mountain. Ain't that cool?

Here is for my wife's name--------

Welsh: modern coinage, composed of the vocabulary words glân clean, pure, holy + da good.

Lorraine ( SECOND NAME):
English and Scottish: transferred use of the surname, denoting a migrant from the province of Lorraine in eastern France. This derives its name from Latin Lotharingia "territory of the people of Lothar" (see Lothar). Lorraine began to be used as a female given name in the 19th century, and has recently become enormously popular, for reasons which are not clear. Variant: Lorane.Pet forms: Lor(r)i.

So, she is from Lothar who is pure and holy who now lives in a sacred mountain.

No results for her Surname, Ablaza though.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Something Nice came our way.( ALYSSA'S LATEST ARTWORK )

This came from the mail a few days ago. It was from My wife's sister and family who are now living in the UK. Inside was this artwork done by Alyssa Gabrielle Medalla.
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Arielle is a very intelligent girl. She has many talents, including singing, dancing and of course, art! During her stay here with us, she usually watches me draw. We usually play and color her stuff using Photoshop. I guess, the best way to learn is to watch someone actually draw. Although, she really is a fast learner.

Keep it up Arielle! Your tita Glenda and tito Gilbert love you, support you and are very much proud of you!


Here I am again, to continue my ride towards memory lane. Trying to figure out where my addiction to comic book started and how it affected me to be where I am today. Last time, I started my tale with how I got hooked on comics.
Now I realized that It actually started much earlier. I think I was five when the entire family lived in a different house. We had a 2-floor house with four bedrooms. The biggest rooms I share with three siblings, very playful siblings I might add. The first ever image I would come to be excited about was the first time we had the SESAME STREET 12 inch record. You know, the type where we actually need a diamond tipped needle to hear it play? Everybody was so excited, I was focus on the drawing on the cover. I practically, grew up with these characters. I watch the show almost religiously, the TV we had was enormous and in Black and white. Imagine seeing them on the cover in full color. Also, there was a segment that shows Superman flying and lands to say, "S, for Superman!" wow! I can't believe I can still remember that.
Anyway, we had a Automotive workshop that father owns below us, like an assembly line for Jeepneys and baby buses( A smaller version of a bus most popular in the Philippines during those times.) Life was good, back then. Until, one night after watching Carrie, the movie where their house got burned at the end of the movie? (it seemed like during those times, there was no MTRCB so anyone can come see a violent movie if a 5 year old boy goes in with the parents.)Anyway, we went home to find that our happy home was burning as well. Good buy to memories, including a whole lot of "the cat in a hat" books. A very sad day indeed.
After that we stayed to different apartments. Where I was introduced to a lot of japanese cartoons like Voltes V, mazinger Z and a whole lot more. My big brother George, taught me my very first and last lesson in drawing. He prepared a lot of dots that my hand with a pen in hand should follow, connecting the dots until it became a drawing. It was MAZINGER Z. The first drawing I ever did. And told me that it was the space between the lines are the real image that we draw and not the lines itself. The lines are the container of the images we want to show. Until now, i still apply that theory. Big Thanks Kuya George on that one.
After a few more moves, we are now at the 4-story building I mentioned at the first part of my story. My favorite channel then was RPN 9, there was a program that was called RETURN ENGAGEMENT. This show has everything on it from Barry Manilow concerts to dance and then some. I watched a special feature about a man who made drawings for a living. He then, made a demonstration and drew using a Pentel pen his character.
Image hosted by Photobucket.comIt came out to be Snoopy and the man was Charles Shulz. Until now, I can still remember how fast that drawing was done. It was amazing. Snoopy stayed to be my favorite character ever.

( End of Part 2)

Monday, August 01, 2005


Indeed, you are 83% erudite, 87% sensual, 37% martial, and 45% saturnine.
Amun was a mysterious God indeed. His very name basically means "what is hidden", "what is not seen", "what cannot be seen", and though even his form was said to be “unknown”, he was depicted as a man with the head of a uraeus (cobra), or a man seated on a throne and holding in one hand the sceptre, and in the other the ankh.

All secrets aside, what we do know is that Amun was the Egyptian King of the Gods, not unlike his counterparts Zeus (Greek mythology) and Odin (Norse mythology). With his ruling might over the Gods, Amun soon became associated with the Pharaohs.

Being responsible for the creation of the world, it is not surprising that he was also the God of fertility, reproduction, and sexual power, and thus also the God of agriculture. With the combined powers of regeneration and royalty, Amun became linked to the sun and the great God Ra, becoming known as Amun-Ra, which pretty much consolidated his status as Supreme God.

In spite of Amun's political ascension, he also enjoyed popularity among the common people of Egypt, who came to call him the vizier of the poor, the protector of the weak, and an upholder of justice.

The Fifteen Gods

These are the 15 categories of this test. If you score above average in …

…all or none of the four variables: Dagda. … Erudite: Thoth. … Sensual: Frey. … Martial: Mars. … Saturnine: Mictlantecuhtli. … Erudite & Sensual: Amun. … Erudite & Martial: Odin. … Erudite & Saturnine: Anubis. … Sensual & Martial: Zeus. … Sensual & Saturnine: Cernunnos. … Martial & Saturnine: Loki. … Erudite, Sensual & Martial: Lug. … Erudite, Sensual & Saturnine: Coyote. … Erudite, Martial & Saturnine: Hades. … Sensual, Martial & Saturnine: Pan.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 64% on erudite

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You scored higher than 4% on martial

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You scored higher than 22% on saturnine
Link: The Mythological God Test written by Nitsuki on Ok Cupid

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