Thursday, December 17, 2009

Biotrog REASSEMBED update


Just did a test drive on Biotrog redo pages. I did not start from page 1. This is actually page 185. I have a lot to do with this project hahaha!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MAJESTIC XII

MAJESTIC XII


There is a new comic book in town, and it is Odyssey Comics’ MAJESTIC XII. I’ll review this book from my point of view both personally as a reader and professionally as a comic book creator myself.

Let us start with the cover. You’ll see outright that this is a very well-drawn book, high quality printing and the works. Like most cover with numerous heroes on board. This is the “pick your favorite character” type. It showcased what the creative team has in store for us, the readers. I’d know because I already picked mine in the bunch. One thing I noticed is the “a little too simple and small” word ODYSSEY on the top left of the cover. As a reader, I’ve always liked the branding logo of a comic company like DC or Marvel, it gives a signal that “this is big, look at us.” The art will get our attention and that is important.

Proceeding with the interiors, Justin’s writing is easy to follow, the kind that won’t make you go, “what happened?” In fact, it is like you know the facts, no need to be mysterious and let’s get into it, and you are now suddenly placed smack right in the middle of the action, with the heroes (or so we thought) as the leader and main man finds out in the story. Buy and read the book to find out the real deal with the Majestic XII.

Artwise, Andrew Kilian’s lines are precise, clean and gives out some great artists’ feel to his style, Geoff Darrow/ Bart Sears and some other guys comes to mind. Although I am not so sure why even the guys have the Angelina Jolie pouting lips on them, plus the full-bodied heroes makes them look shorter. Just my artist side nit-picking here, maybe his vision will fit everything in just right. Omi Remalante’s top class coloring skills also compliments the art. Coloring heavy designed team such as this one is no easy task yet he pulled it of quite beautifully.

If you want to follow new and exciting heroes, this is the book to buy. Do we really have a fighting chance with this hidden war? Buy the book and let the Majestic XII do their job for us to find out.

-Gilbert Monsanto



Follow the link to order:
Majestic-XII: TopSecret/For Magic #1

Justin Leach- co-creator, writer, and publisher, Andrew Kilian- co-creator, penciller, and inker, and Omi Remalante Jr.- colorist

Standard Comic
Full Color
Page Count: 24
POD

Legend has returned from retirement only to find the world on the brink of domination at the hands of his long-time nemesis, Anthrax and his team has been replaced by a rowdy, disorderly band of ex-super-criminals. HOW can Legend win and WHO can he trust.

There is an invisible war going on without our knowledge. A battle being waged between our government and an alien empire bent on enslaving our entire species. It is a fight that we are losing and our only hope is a super-human military force known as THE MAJESTIC-XII.

Justin Leach's Majestic-XII: TopSecret/For Magic TM and © Justin Leach and Andrew Kilian. All rights reserved.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Spidey vs Ondoy :)



This is my contribution to Gerry's campaign to support Ondoy's victims. Like he stated, I am among those who got affected by Ondoy. But I think it is worse for others and I am not going to do nothing but to help his cause.

So I hope this helps.

Kita kits bukas sa KOMIKON!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A long ang tiring weekend.

It started slow, woke with a sweet sound of weak rain. The rythmic sound of it was soothing to my ear. Okay, got to get up. It's Saturday morning, enopi day for Kyle. After a few hours, we got into the car. My wife Glenda will just drop us there and will just get us after lunch. Going there, we can see that the streets were already flooded but we did not think it will get any worse. It usually floods during rainy days anayways and this is just like one of those days.

We got there and a few more minutes, I got a text from Glenda saying it was already like knee deep near the entrance of our subdivision. They were parked just near that location. Good thing, there was a back gate the the subdivision only uses for emergency, so they got of the car and walked just to get home, the water was now above their knees. Our nanny carrying my two and a half years old baby Shawn. It was a good thing that they did. After an hour they'll be stranded for good because that place got flood, neck high.

While all that was happening, a few more hours and the rain just kept on pouring and the water kept rising. We heard news that they had to open dams because the water level is already too much. With that, I knew I'll be stranded with my five year old kid. I was hoping that the situation would change for the better. We went to a mini-mall bought some stuffs at the supermarket and stayed dry as long as we could. I decided to go to the computer shop so that my kid could play some online games while I think. I have always been like this, I need to plan things through before doing what know I had to do. Observing and planning over 5 options before time runs out. Around 5pm, the mall closed so we had to go out to look for possible transportation to anywhere. At this point there is no way for us to go home, it was already neck high of water outside our subdivision, it was already flooded inside our house and my wife texted me to go find shelter for kyle. That is the prime objective. Keeping my boy safe.

People outside the mall are all worried and wet. There are people offering rides using their carts and asking for 70pesos for the ride. I remembered that there was an inn near by. By this time it was already dark we have to move fast. Kyle was reluctant at first to go into the water, I told him it was like at the beach, remembering that he agreed to walk with me, the water was up to his knees, unfortunately, that inn was darn closed and with no lights. so we walked some more. I think we took the right road since at the end of it was on higher grounds. There, we took a taxi that was lucky to pass by and decided to take a u-turn. Thankfully he agreed to take us to the nearest motel. Yes, the sleazy type. I know it had to be done because my boy was wet and I had to get him dry soon before he could get sick. At this point when he grows up this will be a funny tale to tell. Already checked in at age five.

So, we got there. It has a nice set up with lots of mirrors, Kyle would go counting himself and after told me there are 11 kyles inside the room. He's a brave and funny boy. Then after cleaning up, and fortunately Kyle's yaya made me bring his red backpack. It has kyle's clothes, snacks and water. We watched TV, he basically wanted to watch the racing car channel and the cartoons but when we finallyn watched the new, he screamed " Sa Atin yan!" That were we live!. He was right, the most famous image on the news was at ortigas bridge. That is the starting point of where people sends in help towards the worst affected area where houses are literally under water.

We stayed there until monday morning. He wants to go home, my cel died. My wife called us up using the only living celphone in the house which is my mother in law's. Imagine that phones lasted 2days? What a battery and to think she was texting people left and right, I even sent her 100 pesos worth of load before my celphone went braindead :)

Finally, we got home. Fortunately, everyone's safe. The flooded destroyed a lot of stuffs including hundred copies of komiks we are selling. Fortunately not all of them, so I figured we could still get up to break even.

It will take another few days for things gets back to normal. Electricity is back on, phone lines too, just waiting for our DSL to finally kick in. I heard there is another storm coming. I pray it won't be as bad as this one.

Oh how I pray...

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Kalayaan issue 8


I've finally colored a cover of Kalayaan. :)

Kalayaan is created by Gio Paredes

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bayan Knights: the first year



It also started with an idea, and like everything else wonderful, it all seemed like just a dream. The best thing about dreams is that it is free. Realizing that dream is another thing altogether - there will be costs, sacrifices and consequences. All things considered, we are all willing to take them. The start of this venture was easy enough. I've sent out invitations and hope that people will consider trying this idea out, without anything to lose except for their agreement to one simple task - to support, each and every Bayan Knight who will join the cause, past, present and future members.

Bayan Knights is not just the name of our comicbook. It was a title, an opportunity to be there when we really needed, right at the center of everything. A chance to touch people, to help fuel their dreams and forge them into a reality. A choice to voice out ideas and to be empowered and do something you'd only think of maybe finishing.

The initial member was 7, now we are forty plus strong. Each one dedicated to improve their craft, fueled by talented people around them. Their second family. I am
not really sure how to sum up all the things we've achieved within the year. But try, I will.

In a span of a year, we've managed to finish and publish two issues of Bayan Knights, backed with numerous independently published and owned books like BOY IPIS, KALAYAAN, SANDUGUAN, MANANABAS, GWAPOMAN, MORION and many more.

We managed to work with other studios and artists, breaching walls and boundaries. Helping each other for the sake of our local comics industry.

We've been featured in newspapers, magazines, including online reviews. We are thankful for these people for spreading the word for us.

Some of us are now working together for projects, making things easier, faster and more profitable for the members/family.

The real magic here is the undeniable truth that there is a hero in all of us. We can work together if we just do things simple and right. Frankly I was worried when I started this, thinking that putting all these people in one table could be quite a handful. A headache to beat all headaches and I feared the worst. Surprisingly, as it turned out, these fine talented individuals are just so warm funny and so easy to be with - a different kind of headache, but a headache nonetheless.

I thought I was helping them by giving them a favor with all this. Now, I find myself lucky for all their help. They are all truly a blessing to be with. We are cooking up a storm my friends, I do hope you'll be with us for another year. Thank you for the company. All I can say is, you wouldn't want to miss what we have in store for another year.

We have yet to sail countless seas with our ship, for this is just the beginning. Won't you come and join us with this voyage now? All we really needed was a little faith to blow us towards our destination, through your hearts.

-Gilbert Monsanto
a Bayan Knight

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bayan Knights #1 VARIANT COVER


The stocks are dwindling. This will be the next cover you'll see for the possible reprint of our first issue. So, If you can, grab your white version of this cover.

Friday, August 07, 2009

The DARK


Another coming soon book under Sacred Mountan's Bayan Knights Event books.
The DARK

Monday, August 03, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The 1st Metro Comic-Con Schedule of Activites

MCC Program of Activities

August 8, 2009 - Saturday
10AM – Ribbon Cutting

Onstage Activities
11-AM – Band Performance – Matilda

12PM – Suspended Animation Media
Get to know the people behind the SAM (Suspended Animation Media), Yuri Timg, Abet Ongkingco and Lali Saulo-Ongkingco as they explain how your concepts can come to life.

1PM – Creativoices Panel
What would you do, if you find out that you're actually "talking" to Naruto? Meet the voices behind your favorite anime shows and learn more about the art of voice acting, hosted by the Voice Master, Pocholo Gonzales!

2PM – Pinoy Toy Kolektors: Show me your desk Awarding
See PTK member’s creativity in designing their own desk full of toys, action figures, statues and replicas. The best will be awarded with an Exclusive Mono Vinyl Toy courtesy of Mindstyle, PTK Shirt and Mug

2:30PM – Craze Cosprsay product launch
A new product promoted by cosplay.ph that will dye your hair with different colors. NOTE: It's washable!

3PM – Band Performance – Gupit Binata X

4PM – Indie Film Panel – Alessandro Productions
Learn the secrets of Indie Film making and see how Filipino Indie Films made it in the international scene hosted by Film maker, Paolo Herras, of Alessandro Productions.

5PM – Indie Comic Panel
Bakemono High. Bayan Knights. Maskarado. Sanduguan. Trese. Unstoppable. YOUR OWN INDIE TITLE COULD BE NEXT! Visit the Indie Comic Panel and know more about indie-making from Gilbert Monsanto, Budjette Tan, and friends!

6PM - Pinoy Mainstream Artists Panel
Meet some of the country's internationally-acclaimed comic book artists! Listen and learn how they made it in the industry. Get the chance to ask them questions about anything under the sun. Featuring Carlo Pagulayan, Harvey Tolibao, Jay David Ramos, Ernest Jocson, Stephen Segovia and Mico Suayan.

7PM – Band Performance – Giniling Festival

*other activities
Costrip Day – Cosplay.ph booth
Are you shy to stand up on stage but has the guts to wear your favorite anime, mecha and pinoy superhero? Then be what ever you wanna be and join the “Unleash the Hero within Costrip day.”

Toy Customization Contest – Cosplay.ph booth
Attention toy customizers everywhere! Get a chance to win exciting prizes at the MCC Toy Customization Contest! Just bring your customized toy and register at the Cosplay.ph booth. One toy per registrant only. Sponsored by Magnavision and Otakuzine.

August 9, 2009 – Sunday
10am – Opening
Onstage Activities

11am – Band Performance – Los Chupacabras

12pm – International Game Developers Association – Manila Chapter
IGDA will be sharing their knowledge and will have a panel discussion regarding game development and the gaming industry.

1pm – Creativoices Voice acting contest
You think you could scare EUGENE as the voice of the dreaded TAGURO? Or make MIYAKA fall in love with you as TAMAHOME? Join the voice acting contest and find out! Awesome prizes await THE NEXT VOICE ACTING STAR!

2pm - E-games
What's new with the world of online gaming? Join E-Games as they present their latest online game in town. There will be demos, promotions and other exciting stuff!

3pm – Band Performance – Gorgoro

4pm – Animax Cosplay Competition
Talented cosplayers will take part and showcase their live performances as ANIMAX gives you “Animax Cosplay Star” and be the next Cosplay Idol.

7pm – Band Performance - Nexxus
*Other Activities
Comics Creation 101 – Conference Room SM Megatrade Hall.
Learn how to draw, ink, color and build up your portfolio and get a chance to have your art critiqued by some of the country’s best comic book artists!


See you there!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

KOMIKON AWARDS '09 nominations




Got this email just yesterday :)

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You and your works are nominated in the upcoming KOMIKON AWARDS 2009.
Nominations were held last July 01 - 15, 2009. You were nominated for the following categories:

For Best Comic Series:
Bayan Knights by Gilbert Monsanto and the Bayan Knights, Sacred Mountain Publications (http://bayanknights.deviantart.com/)

For Best Comic Creator/s:
Gilbert Monsanto (Bayan Knights, Rambol, Tropa ) (http://www.gilbertmonsanto.blogspot.com/)
Bayan Knights (Bayan Knights) (http://bayanknights.blogspot.com/)

For Best Cover: -
Bayan Knights issue 1 by Gilbert Monsanto, pencils; Edgar Tadeo, inks; Rain Beredo and Mark Anthony Taduran, colors
Bayan Knights issue 2 by Lan Medina , pencils; Gilbert Monsanto, colors

For Komiks Character of the Year: -
Boy Ipis of Bayan Knights, by Paul Michael Ignacio (http://astigingboyipis.deviantart.com/art/ANG-ASTIGING-BOY-IPIS-issue-1-129832338)

For Best Comic Scene: -
The Bayan Knights in an epic battle against the endless battalion of wolf-monsters, called “Sipakas” (Bayan Knights Issue 2)

For Comics Aid Award:

Gilbert Monsanto is a writer, an artist and a publisher of local comics. He owns the Sacred Mountain Publications which published titles such as Tropa, Rambol and Bayan Knights. Gilbert formed the Bayan Knights calling on independent comic creators who wants their characters to be recognized by forming a unique league of Filipino superheroes. He is also known internationally, working on different comics abroad.

Ayala Foundation for Bayan Knights#2


Voting period will be from August 10 – September 20, 2009. The official list of nominees and voting procedures will be announced anytime next week. Visit http://komikon.deviantart.com or http://komikon.blogspot.com for updates. Winners will be announced at the 5th Phiippine Annual Komiks Convention (KOMIKON) in October.


Good Luck!
KOMIKON Committee

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sagot sa gamot?

Pinepressure naman ngayon ng Govt ang mga multinational Pharma companies para ibaba ang gamot ng 50%? ano ba sila? baka magsialisan ang mga iyan sa bansa at lumipat sa ibang bansa, tayo rin ang iiyak! Kahit maging piso pa ang mga gamot pero wala namang piso ang mga maliliit na tao, di pa rin sila makakabili ng gamot no?

Friday, June 19, 2009

A DREAM REALIZED

Somebody wrote me an email today:


Good day Sir Gilbert Monsanto,

I just want to share with you this piece of nostalgia. Attached with this email is a scanned page from the Letters to the Editor page of the Superman Comics published locally by Atlas, I think this was published during the latter 80's. I just want to congratulate that the dream you had envisioned at the time you wrote your letter is now a reality via your Bayan Knights. No small thanks to you that we now have a bunch of original Superheroes and their own stories to tell. I think this would be fun if you'll post this on your blog. I just want to show that with persistence and a lot of perseverance we all can achieve our dreams--and certainly you had achieved yours.
Along with this is the cover of the comics where your letter appeared.

More power to you and to your league of Knights who staunchly fights for the revival of the Komiks Industry here in the Philippines. I admire all of your efforts.

Thanks for now,
-jzhunagev-






Thank you my friend for reminding me about the dream. Keep looking forward right?
I dont have the copy of this reprint anymore. It is nice to know that you still have it with you.

So I guess, I'll have to ask people again on this one. Who's with me? Para sa Komiks!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

coming soon!


Just something we are planning to finish within the year :)
This piece is only 90% done.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Bayan Knights #2 - Now Available At The Following Stores

BAYAN KNIGHTS # 2 is now available at the following stores:


Comic Odyssey

Robinson's Galleria
Robinson's Place Manila
Eastwood

Comic Quest
SM Megamall
SM North

National Bookstore

SM North Edsa
Trinoma
Mall of Asia
Recto
Tutuban
Rizal Avenue
Super Branch, Cubao

Donald Gonzales Store
Stall 49, Novelty Village, Tiedesitas shopping center, Pasig City

SPUTNIK
Shop 60 at the Cubao Expo on Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Q.C.

PROVINCIAL OUTLETS
National Bookstore
SM Clark
SM City baguio
SM City Pampanga
SM City Lucena
Nepo Mall Angeles City
Olongapo City
Subic
Tuguegarao
Baguio



*The book will be available nationwide soon. Watch for it! Visit our blog frequently for more updates about where you can grab your copies of Bayan Knights #2.

**BAYAN KNIGHTS#1 is still available at selected National Bookstore branches, specialty shops and comics outlets. Stocks are limited. Grab a copy now!

http://bayanknights.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 22, 2009

TRESE digital art


Just started with the eyes, and continued slowly. I am not sure how far I'll go, let's see :)
Budjette Tan's Trese is still available at National Bookstores.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bayan Knights issue 3 Cover UNCOVERED!


We held a little contest at the KOMIKON summer fiesta, guessing who is our very special guest artist for Bayan Knights issue 3.

and the winner for that day is JON PALOMA. He took home the print out of the said cover and an Original art from Gilbert Monsanto

The cover is by Leinil Francis Yu
and colored by Gilbert Monsanto

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Malapit na ang Komikon Summer!

Minsan di ko maisip kung busy ba ako o hindi? Well, sa sabado malamang oo! Dahil ngayon pa lang ay madami na ako kailangan ihanda para sa KOMIKON summer fiesta! Ito ay gaganapin ngayong sabado, May 16 sa Bahay ng Alumni, U.P. Diliman. Nakakatuwang sabihin na ngayon, sa tatlong mesa na magsasama-sama ang buong Bayan Knights! Ano ba ang inaasahang bago mula sa amin? Anu-ano nga ba?

Subukan kong himay-himayin:
1.) Bayan Knights issue 2- Malalaman na rin natin ang kahihinatnan ng pinakaunang misyon ng ating mga bida. Bukod dito, lalo pa naming pinaganda ang aming handog para sa inyo. Dahil sa mga tulong na natanggap namin mula nang kami ay nagsimula, nagawa naming magdagdag ng mga pahina nang walang dagdag sa presyo. Isa itong patunay sa layunin naming makatulong sa industriya ng komiks. At tulad ng dati, apat na namang Orihinal na likha ang aming ipakikila sa pamamagitan ng "Origin pages" na makikita sa loob nito upang lubos ninyong makilala ang ilan lamang sa magagaling at makabagong henerasyon na manlilikha sa komiks ngayon.
52 pages, 60 pesos pa rin.



2.) Bayan Knights sketchcards- Bawat isa ay natatangi, walang katulad. Ang sketchcards ay isang bagong produkto na gusto naming umpisahan sa bansa. Bawat isa sa mga ito ay maituturing na collector's item. Isa rin itong pagtulong sa ating mga "Comic book creators" at sa Bayan Knights projects. Ang layunin naman nito ay upang itaguyod ang tamang pagbahagi ng kita mula sa gumagawa at sa naglilimbag sa kanila. Ilang bahagi nito ay mapupunta sa paglathala ng komiks at sa mga dibuhista.

Maaari kayong magpakomisyon dun mismo sa araw na iyon o kaya naman ay sumulat sa amin. Ang isang kulay ay 30 pesos lamang at ang may kulay ay 50 pesos lamang. Sana po ay suportahan natin sila.

Mga karakter lamang sa loob ng Bayan Knights ang maaari naming gamitin.




3.) Maipapakita na rin namin ang ikatlong pabalat ng Bayan Knights! Sa araw na iyon, lahat ng bibili ng kahit na anong prdukto mula sa amin ay pwedeng manghula kung sino ang aming bagong "artist cover" sa ikatlong handog ng Bayan Knights. Kung sino man ang mabubunot at makakapaghula ay may matatanggap na premyo at Orihinal na gawa mula sa sa akin. 11 x 17 ang laki nito.




4.)Mga bagong komiks mula sa miyembro ng Bayan Knights- Ito ang bago mula sa kanilang lahat. Sadyang ginawa para sa inyo.




5.) Yun na! Magenjoy tayo at kita kits!



-Gilbert Monsanto

Thursday, May 07, 2009

BK issue 3 cover revealed!



First it was Gilbert Monsanto and Edgar Tadeo
Then it was the award winning Lan Medina
Who could be our very special cover artist for issue 3?

ABANGAN!!! :)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

>>> BAYAN KNIGHTS#2 now available at Comic Odyssey, Robinson's Galleria!!!


>>> BAYAN KNIGHTS#2 now available at Comic Odyssey, Robinson's Galleria!!! Be among the first to discover the outcome of our heroes' first mission. Will the core group of heroes find themselves helped or hindered by the aptly named Powerhouse Division? How will the newest recruits fare against their own adveraries? Is The Council gathering too many heroes?

The book will be available nationwide soon. Watch for it

>>> BAYAN KNIGHTS#1 is still available at selected National Bookstore branches, specialty shops and comics outlets. Stocks are limited. Grab a copy now!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

FCBD, May 2, 2009



Plus, I'll be able to bring freshly printed copies of Bayan Knights issue 2.

See you ther guys :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Boy Ipis is coming!


Now, it might not sound right if we are to say that a cockroach is coming at you and you'd love it right? But, we are going to do that with the Boy Ipis issue 1. Mike Ignacio (Boy Ipis creator)is promising it will be one fun and satisfying read. Coming out from the pages of Bayan Knights. I hope you'll give Boy Ipis in his solo title a try. Plus Phantomcat will also join him to spice things up.

Scheduled to be available at the coming Manila Comic Con 2009 this August.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

NEWS BITS

I haven't posted anything hear for a long time. This summer might be the busiest days will ever have. My wife's relatives from the US and the UK are here for vacation. We are literally everywhere whenever this happens, very rare though. It is so much fun for all the kids :)

As for work, I am happy to say that We've completed Bayan Knights issue 2 and we will be able to send the materials by monday. It's a bit late for exciting reasons:

1.) More pages, from 36 pages to 52 pages is a big thing for me to finish on time. So thanks for the patience.

2.) We've managed to get the Best of the best talent to help our cause. Thanks guys! You are our heroes.

3.)The best thing about it? The price is still just 60Phil. Pesos. This is another proof of our dedication to give you our best for less. All we ask is your support.


I am also busy with commissions.

Also started with the Boy Ipis pages. Expanding the Bayan Knights's universe a bit more, slowly but surely.

We are also preparing for some events where Bayan Knights will ba a part of.

It has been a juggling act these past few months for me. Let's find more about them in a couple more months, shall we?

Wish me luck!

Monday, March 30, 2009

UPPER DECK



Just got this on the mail recently. It is actually for the 200pcs. Marvel Masterpieces 3 Sketchcards I did for Upper Deck. It's a bit late but for me, just to be included into this is really exciting!

Good thing they did not misspelled MnOsanto :)

I hope I can do something like this again.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tag Team

Markus tagged me. Ngek, pano ba maglink? Saka ko na lalagyan haha!

1. Name the people who made you laugh last night?
My wife, cheated because she tickled me silly hehe.

2. What were you doing at 8:00?
am or pm?

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
answering emails, commish and more commish stuffs :) also surfing.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
If this is an interogation, I'll be in a lot of hurt. Can't remember hehe, wait if you can just give me more time... shucks who cares?

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Kakaligo lang po ng mga bata.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
orange juice and watah

7. What color is your hairbrush?
what? you mean the big wooden brush with black bristles? Not mine. :)

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
The other night, starbucks coffee, wait we used Glenda's card on that one, so a 7pesos jeep ride to meet her after office hours.

9. Where were you last night?
Trying so hard to stay awake, and failed.

10. What color is your front door?
light yellow, the main door is narra varnished brown that we rarely use.

11. Where do you keep your change?
if you need some just sweep our floor in the blue room :) but most them are in a black mug.

12. What’s the weather like today?
gloomy cool weather.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
double dutch

14. What excites you?
hmmmm let me think... wonderful people around me. Shawn and kyle's laughs especially.

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
still too short.

16. Are you over the age of 25?
yep.

17. Do you talk a lot?
even when my mouth is full hahahaha!

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
O C ka diyan!

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Funny but wala yata. No.

20. Do you make up your own words?
Not unless I am a schizo :)

21. Are you a jealous person?
Nah. but I hate being ignored.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
Ali gaye thor, sige na nga Aaron na rin.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Kuh ku rat cha, Kriss na nga lang.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
Glenda

25. What does the last text message you received say?
who u? actually it was a forwarded message from my wife about a summer ek ek for kyle.

26. Do you chew on your straw?
bite but not chew.

27. Do you have curly hair?
i anybody gets a curl somewhere there unless.... :)

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
my room, need to fix the mess and draw a lot of pending stuffs.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
I think the anonymous hater on my blog.

30. What was the last thing you ate?
egg and rice.

31. Will you get married in the future?
I sure hope you dont think our wedding was a fake.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
Watchmen.

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
change that to dislike, because I like 99% of the people I know, if don't know someone, you know why :)

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
I miss doing that.

35. Are you currently depressed?
I get frustrated but never depressed.

36. Did you cry today?
i have to read the script if it is required today hehehe. pero BAKET???

37. Why did you answer and post this?
I could never let down a friend.

38. 5 people you tag next?
Bayan Knights! Hala lagot kayo ngayon hahaha.

Good luck guys :) Be happy!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

HAVE YOU BEEN ME LATELY?

I'll start writing soon. I just don't want to forget the topic so, I wrote this down here as a primer.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

GET SMP TITLES thru the MAIL




Getting our comics thru the mail:
Within the Philippines only for now.

Any issue price plus 20 pesos shipping.
Bayan Knights ---------------- P60+20=P 80.00 pesos
Rambol Komiks--------------- P60+20=P 80.00 pesos
Tropa--------------------------- P75+20=P 95.00 pesos
(additional copies plus 10.00 on shipping rate)

Promo:
Complete set (BK1+ RK 1,2and 3+Tropa 1 and 2) 6 items= 400.00 minus 20%= 320.00
Add only 50 pesos for shipping
(regular price at P460.00), with the promo get them for ONLY P370.00 and save P90.00
plus get a free sketch.

Deposit payment through any BPI branch to Sacred Mountain Publications, Account # 4033-04277-4.

Kindly write your name on the deposit slip and fax a copy to 655-6780.
You may also scan or take a clear photo of the deposit slip and email the image file with your contact details to smp_letters@yahoo.com.

We also accept payments through Paypal, Kindly enter smp_letters@yahoo.com as the payee account.

We would be happy to answer questions sent to that email address as well :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sulat mula kay JUAN DELACRUZ

Meron akong gustong ibahagi para sa ating lahat na mga PILIPINO. Simple pero parang mahirap gawin ng karamihan sa atin.Hindi ito makukuha sa puro daldalan lang or walang kabuluhang pagtatalo,kumilos tayo ngayon na.

Sa ibang bansa: Pag nagkasala ang Pinoy, pinarusahan siya ayon sa batas.
Sa PINAS: Pag nagkasala ang ang Pinoy,ayaw niyang maparusahan kasi sabi niya mali raw ang batas.

Sa ibang bansa: Pinag-aaralan muna ng Pinoy ang mga batas bago siya pumunta roon, kasi takot siyang magkamali.

Sa PINAS: Pag nagkamali ang Pinoy, sorry kasi hindi raw niya alam na labag sa batas iyon.

Sa ibang bansa: Kahit gaano kataas ang bilihin at tax sa USA okey lang, katuwiran natin doble kayod na lang.

Sa PINAS: mahilig ka sa last day para magbayad ng tax minsan dinadaya mo pa o kaya hindi ka nagbabayad. Rally ka kaagad kapag tumaas ang pasahe at bilihin imbes na magsipag mas gusto natin ang nagkukwentuhan lang sa munisipyo o kahit sa alinmang tanggapan.

Sa Singapore : Kapag nahuli kang nagkalat or nagtapon ng basura sa hindi tamang lugar, magbabayad ka na 500 Singapore dollars. Sabi ng Pinoy, okey lang kasi lumabag ako sa batas.

Sa Pinas: Kapag nagkamali ang Pinoy katulad nang ganito, Sabi ng Pinoy, ang lupit naman ni Bayani Fernando , mali naman ang pinaiiral niyang batas eh akala mo kung sino. Ayun nag-rally na ang Pinoy, gustong patalsikin si Bayani Fernando kahit na alam niyang mali siya.

Mga igan, ilan pa lang iyan baka may iba pa kayong alam.

Bakit ang PINOY, pwedeng maging 'law abiding citizen sa ibang bansa ng walang angal' pero sa sarili nating bayang PILIPINAS na sinasabi ninyong mahal natin, eh hindi natin magawa, BAKIIITTTTT? ????????


ETO PA, 'Ang Pilipino NOON at NGAYON':

NOON: Wow ang sarap ng kamote (kahit nakaka-utot)
NGAYON: Ayaw ko ng kamote gusto ko French Fries (imported eh)

NOON: Wow ang sarap ng kapeng barako
NGAYON: Ayaw ko niyan gusto kong kape sa
STARBUCKS (imported coffee 100 pesos per cup)

NOON: Bili ka ng tela para magpatahi ng pantalon like maong
NGAYON: Gusto ko LEVI'S, WRANGLER, LEE (Tapos rally tayo 'GMA tuta ng KANO ') Di ba tuta ka rin naman.

NOON: Sabon na Perla OK ng pampaligo
NGAYON: Gusto mo DOVE, HENO DE PRAVIA,IVORY, etc. may matching shampoo pa

NOON: Pag naglaba ka batya at palopalo ok na, minsan banlaw lang sa batis pwede na
NGAYON: Naka-washing machine ka na plus ARIEL powder soap with matching DOWNY pa para mabango Alam ko mas marami pa ang alam ninyo tungkol dito, pero mangilan-ngilan lang iyan para bigyan ng pansin.

Mga Pilipino nga ba tayo? O baka sa salita lang at E-Mail pero wala naman sa gawa.




My Fellow Filipinos,

When I was small, the Philippine peso was P7 to the $dollar. The president was Ferdinand E. marcos. Life was simple. Life was easy. My father was a farmer. My mother kept a small sari-sari store where our neighbors bought sang-perang asin, sang-perang bagoong, sang-perang suka, sang-perang toyo at pahinging isang butil na bawang. Our backyard had kamatis, kalabasa, talong, ampalaya, upo, batao, and okra. Our silong had chicken. We had a pig, dog & cat. And of course, we lived on the farm. During rainy season, my father caught frogs at night which my mother made into batute (stuffed frog), or just plain fried. During the day, he caught hito and dalag from his rice paddies, which he would usually inihaw. During dry season, we relied on the chickens, vegetables, bangus, tuyo, and tinapa. Every now and then, there was pork and beef from the town market. Life was so peaceful, so quiet, no electricity, no TV. Just the radio for Tia Dely, Roman Rapido, Zimatar, Dahlia, Tawag ng Tanghalan and Tang-tarang- tang. And who can forget Leila Benitez on Darigold Jamboree? On weekends, I played with my neighbours (who were all my cousins). Tumbang-lata/ preso, taguan, piko, luksong lubid, patintero, at iba pa. I don't know about you, but I miss those days.


These days, we face the TV, Internet, e-mail, newspaper, magazine,grocery catalog, or drive around. The peso is a staggering and incredible P45 to the $dollar (last year ay umabot pa nga ng P55 per $1). Most people can't have fun anymore. Life has become a battle. We live to work. Work to live. Life is not easy. I was in Saudi Arabia in 1983. It was lonely, difficult, & scary. It didn't matter if you were a man or a woman. You were a target for rape. The salary was cheap & the vacation far between. If the boss didn't want you to go on holiday, you didn't. They
had your passport. Oh, and the agency charged you almost 4months of your salary (which, if you had to borrow on a '20% per month arrangement' meant your first year's
pay was all gone before you even earned it). The Philippines used to be one of the most important countries in Asia . Before & during my college days, many students from neighboring Asian countries like Malaysia , Indonesia , Japan and China went to the Philippines to get their diplomas. Until 1972,like President Macapagal, President Marcos was one of the most admired presidents of the world. The Peso had kept its value of P8
to the $dollar until I finished college. Today, the Philippines is famous as the 'housemaid' capital of the world.. It ranks very high as the 'cheapest labor' capital of
the world, too. We have maids in Hong Kong , laborers in Saudi Arabia , dancers in Japan ,migrants and TNTs in Australia and the US , and all sorts of other 'tricky' jobs in other parts of the globe. Quo Vadis, Pinoy? Is that a wonder or a worry? Are you proud to be a Filipino, or does it even matter anymore? When you see the Filipino flag
and hear the Pambansang Awit, do you feel a sense of pride or a sense of
defeat & uncertainty ? If only things could change for the better...... . Hang on for this is a job for Superman. Or whom do you call? Ghostbusters. Joke. Right?

This is one of our problems.

We say 'I love the Philippines ... I am proud to be a Filipino.' Dati pa nag, ang pamasahe nun sa jeepney ay 25 sentimos, ngayon ay tumataginting na P7.50 na at may mga nagbabalak pa na itaas ito. Ultimo text messages sa cellfone ay balak pa rin lagyan ng tax ng mga ungas na pulitiko eh sila itong dapat taasan ng tax. Mga pulitikong graduate ng 4 na sikat na kolehiyo/unibersida d sa Pilipinas (alam nyo na kung ano yung mga yun) na namumuno ng bansa, mga aktibista kuno ngunit may bahid ng pagnanasa na nakawin ang kaban ng bayan! Mga ungas at magnanakaw talaga na nagsipag-aral pa sa mga sikat na kolehiyo upang gawing perpekto ang pangungurakot!

When I send you a joke, you send it to everyone in your address book even if it kills the Internet. But when I send you a note on how to save our country & ask you to forward it, what do you do?

You chuck it in the bin.

I want to help the maids in Hong Kong .. I want to help the laborers in Saudi Arabia .. I want to help the dancers in Japan .. I want to help the TNTs in America and Australia ..

I want to save the people of the Philippines .. But I cannot do it alone. I need your help and everyone else's.

So please forward this e-mail to your friends. If you say you love the Philippines , prove it. And if you don't agree with me, say something anyway. Indifference is a crime on its own.



Juan Delacruz

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Make way for the Bayan Knights

http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/you/republicofcomics/view/20090220-190122/Make-way-for-the-Bayan-Knights

A special feature about Bayan Knights can be found in today's (Feb 21, 2009)Phil. Daily Inquirer. Grab your copies now and read more about us. We express our appreciation to Mr. Ruel S. De Vera for featuring our group in their paper.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

BAYAN KNIGHTS cover 2 WIP


Work in progress. from my concept sketch to Lan Medina's preliminary sketch to full pencils and the the inked version. Colored version coming soon :)

Bayan Knights cover issue 2 by LAN MEDINA

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bayan Knights #1 - is now available at the following stores:

National Bookstore - Recto
National Bookstore - Tutuban
National Bookstore - Rizal Avenue
National Bookstore - San Lazaro
Robinson's Galleria - Best Sellers
National Bookstore - Sta Lucia East
National Bookstore - Trinoma
National Bookstore - SM City North
Comic Quest - SM North Edsa
Comic Quest - SM Megamall
National Bookstore Cyber One - Eastwood City
National Bookstore Glorietta
National Bookstore- Market Market
National Bookstore- North Ave.
National Bookstore- Q Plaza
Comic Oddyssey- Robinson's place ermita
Comic Oddyssey- Robinson's Galleria
Comic Oddyssey- Glorietta
Comic Oddyssey- Eastwood City
Dynes Salon and Spa - Main branch
#21 Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City
tel.# 444-78785
Dynes Salon and Spa - Malabon branch
#34 Governor Pascua Ave. Acacia Malabon
tel.# 287-64354
Dynes Salon and Spa - Fatima branch
119 McArthur Hi-Way, Marulas, Valenzuela City
tel.# 445-8885
National Bookstore - Harrison Plaza
National Bookstore - Ermita
National Bookstore - SM Manila
National Bookstore - Metropoint
National Bookstore - Megamall
National Bookstore - Greenhills Missouri
National Bookstore - C. Raymundo
Carmen Philcoa newstand -near jeepney terminal to U.P.
National Bookstore - Ever Gotesco Ortigas
National Bookstore - SM Cebu
National Bookstore - Mango Plaza
National Bookstore - Ayala Cebu
National Bookstore - Bohol Island City Mall
Cartimar- stall C-40 pasay city

I'll update the list as we deliver copies to more stores,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009