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Born in Nueva Ecija, Nestor Guese Malgapo was ordained to be an artist, with a father who was a portrait artist and violinist, and a mother who was a singer. His first work, Walang Mukha (No Face) appeared in Sinderala Komiks in 1960. He also did Kaibigan Ko ang Sto. Nino (My Friend, the Sto. Nino), for Pilipino Komiks. He collaborated with Carlo Caparas in Urbano, his favorite work, Kahit Ako'y Lupa, and Huling Lalaki ng Baluarte. He also worked with Mars Ravelo in Wanted: Perfect Mother and Haydee. Internationally, he contributed artwork for Marvel and DC's horror and fantasy stories.
Artist - Cybernary.
Francis J. Manapul
Francis was born on August 26, 1979 in Manila, and lives in Toronto, Canada. His works include Witchblade, Tomb Raider, and Monster Fighters.
Nonoy Marcelo 1939-2002
Cartoonist Severino "Nonoy" passed away at the Chinese General Hospital in Manila due to complications arising from diabetes. A well-known cartoonist as well as a social and political satirist, Marcelo has been known for his long-running "Tisoy" and "Ikabod" comic strips. Speaking for President Gloria Arroyo, Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye described Marcelo as "a pillar in illustrative journalism." During his long career as a caricaturist and editorial cartoonist, Marcelo has been cited for his perceptive insights into everyday life and political developments of the country. In l985, Marcelo's "Ikabod" was honored by the prestigious Catholic Mass Media Award, one of the rare occasions where a comic strip was recognized as a serious journalistic commentary. Aside from his daily "Ikabod," Marcelo also illustrated the Pinoy Times' editorial cartoon and a front-page cartoon complimenting the banner story. Marcelo started his career as a cartoonist in the early l960s with "Plain Folks" for the Daily Mirror. He then moved over to the Manila Times in l962, where he created the highly popular comic strip, "Tisoy." Two movies and a television series were later spun off from "Tisoy."
Source: Sol Jose Vanzi, © 2002 PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
Roy Allan Martinez
One of the more talented artists to emerge in the last 10 years. This brooding artist has impressed people with his work on books like Wicked, Loner, Hazard, Grifter, Wonder Woman, and Smallville based on the WB television show.
Artist - Fables, Wonder Woman.
Pol Medina Jr. is the creator of Pugad Baboy.
Miel, as he is known to the readers of The Straits Times and DengCoy to his friends and colleagues, has been cartooning his way for 15 years now. An editorial cartoonist since 1986, he joined the paper from the Philippines in 1992, and launched its daily page one cartoon, MielBOX. His work is syndicated internationally and has appeared in publications ranging from The International Herald Tribune to Newsweek. They have also been included in the book,The Finest International Political Cartoons Of Our Time. His cartoons have also appeared in several international cartoon exhibitions, including at the opening of Florida's International Museum of Cartoon Art in 1996. (Cherian George)
After six years of working as a comic illustrator in the Philippines, Gilbert, together with his colleagues, founded Exodus. When Whilce Portacio came to Manila, Gilbert was among the few to be hand-picked and trained in his studio, and for a time served as chief instructor for Portacio's comic art school. His body of work includes layouts and pencils for such titles as Hazard, Loner, Tales of Darkness #1 and STONE. Gilbert got his break when he penciled Avalon Comics' Hellcop in October 1998. He is the art director for the 2003 revival of the 'Darna' (Mango Comics), and has pencilled, inked and colored various issues. He is also the colorist on 'The Philippine Legends.' Gilbert hopes to continue creating new and exciting characters for current and future generations of comic book readers, and inspire them the way comics inspired him as a child.
Ricky Nierva, artist, is the youngest of five kids and grew up in San Diego, California. He attended Boone Elementary, Bell Junior High, and Morse High School. After a year at UCSD, he attended California Institute of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Character Animation in 1994. Ricky was very fortunate to work closely with the legendary Disney and Warner Brothers art director and designer, Maurice Noble, early in his career, who helped develop the style Ricky uses today. Ricky has worked at several studios including Turner, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and Baer Animation. In 1997, he joined the Pixar animation team as a visual development artist. Ricky also did additional storyboarding on "Toy Story 2," was the lead character designer for "Monster's Inc., and was the Character Art Director for the highest grossing animated film of all time, "Finding Nemo." Having recently illustrated a children's book published by Random House, titled "'M' is for Monster," Ricky's artwork is also featured in, "The Art of Monster's Inc." and "The Art of Finding Nemo," published by Chronicle Books. He is currently on the development team for a future top-secret Pixar film. He lives with his wonderful wife, Angie, two dogs, and a turtle in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Alex Niño 1940-
Alex N. Niño was born in Luzon, Philippines.
He illustrated over 300 stories for Filipino comics publishers before working
for American publishers such as D.C. and Marvel. Some of the publications he
worked on were 'Black Orchid', 'Captain Fear', and the Sunday 'Tarzan' strips.
In 1974, Alex Niño moved to the United States where his career really took off.
He has worked for almost every American comic publishing house, on prestigious
titles such as 'House of Mystery', 'Bold Adventures', 'Star Reach Classics' and
Artist - Wetworks.
His son contacted komikasa.com (circa 2003) about his father's illustration career in the Filipino comic book industry around the 1970's. More info when available.
Carlo wowed the industry with his works in Elektra for Marvel Knights. His Elektra works graced the pages of issues #11-15, 18, 21 & 22 written by Greg Rucka and inked by Danny Miki. He recently finished a one-shot issue for MVCreation's Master of the Universe line. His upcoming projects are under the Ultimate lines for Marvel Comics.
Artist - JLA/Witchblade, Tomb Raider, Venom:
Eugene Perez Jr.
Eugene Perez Jr. has many years of experience and expertise as a graphic designer and manager. Working as graphic artist for a start until he became the creative manager of one of the biggest service bureaus in Manila Philippines. In 1999, he founded Artis4Hire Studio together with friend Oliver CastaÐeda while still working as creative manager for his former employer. In 2003, Artis4Hire became an affiliate studio of an international creative studio and agency, Glass House Graphics USA and carrying it's new name Glass House Graphics Asia or GHG Asia. In a short period of time, Artis4Hire/GHG Asia had already held the biggest comics creation seminar in Manila featuring speakers like David Campiti, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Wilson Tortosa and others with hundreds of attendees. The studio had been featured in various business and art TV shows in Philippines such as GMA 7's Art is Cool, Studio 23's Digital Tour, ANC Business Nightly and been featured in magazines and newspapers like MTV INK magazine, Culture Crash, Questor and Inquirer.
Whilce Casiano Portacio was born in Subic
Naval Base, Cavite City, Philippines. His first professional work was the
'Longshot' mini-series. In 1992, Portacio joined together with Todd McFarlane,
Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee to form
Image Comics. In 1998-1999, he produced STONE (Avalon Studios), which featured
creatures from Philippine mythology. He is best known for his creation of the
series 'WETWORKS,' and his work on 'Uncanny X-Men', 'The Punisher' and
'Stormwatch: Team Achilles.'
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