Friday, April 26, 2013

Free Comic Book Day at National Bookstore Quezon Avenue

I will be part of National Bookstore’s “Free Comic Book Day – Setting the Record!” on May 4, 2013 with fellow artists, Enjelia, Jeff, Jayron, and Ray! And the finished product of this sneak peak will be given away at the event for free.

That’s right. I said free! But the number of copies will be very limited, so get there early and check out the Facebook Page for directions and event details.

See you all very soon!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP: Hello, How Are You?

Still drawing, despite my flu. I think I may have coughed my lungs out, excuse me while I go and pick them up.

There’s way too much stuff to finish this week. I’m tempted to just curl up in a little ball and just pretend they don’t exist. One day at a time… one day at a time…

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WIP: I’m Not Afraid Anymore

She might not be afraid, but I sure am. I still have a ton of commissions to finish and I have a new one-shot manga to do!

Sometimes, I wonder why I do this to myself… *goes back to drawing~*

Monday, April 22, 2013

Studio 4 Eyes Review by Jumper Cable

Source: Rapid Reviews (Anthologies) on Jumper Cable

Thank you for your review! As always, we will continue to do our best in the coming issues! We hope you’ll continue to support us!

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Day That Changed Everything

On November 2012, there was a message on Facebook left for me, and many other local female mangaka artists. Miss Joanah was asking us on behalf of Miss Khursten if any of us would be available to speak to Dr. Fusami Ogi from Chikushi Jogakuen University in Japan as she was studying female comic artists in Asia.

Truthfully, when I first read the message, I didn’t think I would be chosen. For one thing, despite being an active mangaka, my last publication was with Oh No! Manga, which was not yet very well-known. For another thing, I had been experiencing a slump. Truthfully, at that time, drawing had become depressing for me, and who would want to speak to an artist who was ready to throw out her craft forever?

Nevertheless, Miss Joanah was very kind to me during my first participation in Komikon as an indie seller. I thought to myself that I should at least submit some kind of resume to Miss Khursten and let her decide whether or not Ogi-sensei would want to speak to me.

That confirmation email was the start of the end of all doubt.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Manga Reviews 04.16.13

It appears to be the in thing now-a-days to write about the manga you purchase, especially when it’s a independently published comic. So before I dive back into the corporate world, I guess I could tell you about the manga I bought last Summer Komikon 2013.

This is going to be more than a little long, so I’ll highlight each title that I review to make things easier for both the readers and the creators who are curious to see what I think~

Looking for a Better Girlfriend by Enjelicious is a nice spinoff from her main series, Looking for a Better Boyfriend. Here, we meet Theo, a short-tempered boy who actually wants to makes friends but always says the exact opposite of what he wants.

It’s a good start for new series, but I have to admit, I found it very hard to read. I’m not sure if it was the copy I got, but the paper is really thin and the ink was very light! The cover is easily smudged too, so I think I may need to wait for the webcomic version when I decide to re-read this series, but I do like how it’s going so far! The characters are all very interesting and I’m definitely going to watch out for more! Congrats on another successful debut, Enj!

D.Ice by Ray Magbanua starts off really well too! Our favorite blue detective’s history is finally revealed and he takes on his first case, a missing… cat?!

I’m glad this series is finally out, but I’ll admit, black ink printed on blue paper is so… painful to see. Maybe this is just me though, but the text on the articles were outlined in black too. I have weak eyes, probably… a sign of old age?! I would suggest some thick newsprint next time with some blue printed ink (risograph, probably?) to make it easier to read at a light cost and keep the blue theme! But please do choose the dark blue ink over the light blue one, ok? My eyes are killing me…

Nevertheless, text-heavy as it may be with a few grammar errors here and there, the artwork has improved significantly from the prologue! Congratulations on the indie debut, Ray! And thanks for featuring our cosplayers at Oh No! Manga! He even used the photo I took of him, Jeff, and Enj for his article~ Tee-hee~

Coin & Flour by Jayron is a very nice compilation of the first 3 chapters of the series. It’s great value for money too, since I only paid P100 for such a thick book printed in good quality paper! Things are really getting interesting in the C&F world, but I’m a little sad that some of the text was cut off at the sides of the pages. I hope the next chapter comes out soon, because I’m dying to find out how that love story ends!

As for Studio 4 Eyes Volume 2, congratulations to my teammates Misaki-taichou, Suoh12, and Bascioiii for making it on time for Summer Komikon 2013! Let’s all pat ourselves on the back, and while I can’t review my own work, I can review the rest~

I Han It for Love takes a completely unexpected turn. Since I’m in charge of layouting the pages to get them ready for print, I got to read the next chapter before anyone else.

And it was in the wee hours of the morning that I stopped, looked, and re-read what had happened to our beloved student council. I can’t really tell you anything without spoiling it, but it was definitely a shock to read! Suoh maintained the quality of the artwork beautifully, but I still can’t get over how the story turned out the way it did!

Confusing? Maybe, but now I want to bug the team to release Volume 3 in time for Indieket just to know what happens next!

Team Gemini sat this issue out, but Taichou managed to secure a guest comic, Valkyrie Crossing by Jackie. While paneling and artwork does need some improvements, the creepy little creatures do spark a bit of interest. I’m extremely picky about art styles, but I honestly do think that out of the 7 pages I’ve seen, the story may have a lot of potential too.

That’s it for now! I bought a few other books too, and I will try to review them as soon as I can! Have fun you guys!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer Komikon 2013 Aftermath

I just realized that I never announced my Komikon plans here. I’m so sorry about that!

Studio 4 Eyes managed to secure a table in this year’s Summer Komikon 2013! It’s a huge step forward for us to finally have a space we can call our own! And we were also able to release the second volume of our manga anthology with colored covers!

I think colored indie covers really do catch people’s attentions, because even the reprint of volume one was sold out! Even my personal copies were sold at the end of the convention! But Taichou did promise to reprint! So congratulations Studio 4 Eyes! All those sleepless nights really paid off!