Way back in 1991, the eruption of long dormant Mount Pinatubo spewed out enough debris and particulates into the air that it lowered global temperatures. Over a hundred kilometers away in Quezon City, where I live, the sky had begun to darken by around 3 or 4pm. The following morning, the city was covered in white ash. It was as if, for the first time, there was snow in the Philippines. I was 13 years old at the time.
Many years later, I made a silent comic inspired by that little moment in history. I entered it into the 2nd Fully Booked / Neil Gaiman Graphic Fiction Competition and it didn’t win anything. Didn’t even get into the shortlist. Too bad. Boo hoo.
Anyway, a couple of months ago during one of our regular INK (Ilustrador ng Kabataan) meetings, I presented the comic, but this time with a couple of transition effects.
It’s like a very primitive motion comic. Hope you enjoy it.
There’s a lesson in all this: stay away from bookstores when tired and in need of a pick me up.
After literally spending a night at the museum (the Ayala Museum to be exact) preparing for our INK Annual Exhibit, I wanted a good art book…or four (the fourth one not shown here).
This week week, I ended buying Joe the Barbarian (Deluxe Edition), the B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs Omnibus Vol. 1, Flight of Angels from Vertigo and The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis.
I had previously read Joe the Barbarian and B.P.R.D through digital downloads but I’ve always wanted my own copies. Especially with B.P.R.D., which I had been following for years now. The trades were a little bit to expensive on their own and by now there are a lot of volumes out. When I saw the Omnibus edition, it was as good a time as any to get into collecting the series.
Flight of Angels on the other was an impulse buy (well, more impulsive than the rest). I read about the book in the Vertigo blog and it sounded interesting. I still haven’t read it though, so the jury’s out if it was a good buy.
The big surprise though was Peter Sis’ The Conference of the Birds, an adaptation of a Persian poem. Wiki here. I saw it sitting on a shelf behind the Fully Booked counter as I was paying for Flight of Angels.
I immediately browsed through the copy and it was beautiful and lyrical. It’s the kind of book that screams instant classic. Highly recommended.