It’s been 2 months since the release of “Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” at the Summer Komikon and the feedback has been absolutely amazing! Thank you guys for all your support.
I am honored to have worked on this book with my friend and colleague, award-winning comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on “Lastikman” and “Darna Lives” before. The last time I worked on a comic was 6 years ago, after which I started dabbling in film making and, later on, animation. I have to say that it was fun working on a comic again and Rodski and Gerry had a lot to do with that.
To know more about how this project came about, I’ve reprinted my afterword below:
I first met Rodski Patotski that one evening in Cubao after watching a short film which, incidentally Gerry starred in. (He played a drunkard who manages a brothel — a complete opposite of the nice guy that he is). Gerry, whom I’ve known since the early 90s and have had the pleasure of collaborating with on “Lastikman” and “Darna Lives”, told me all about this new story concept that he was thinking of having me draw for. It was going to be about a “dalagang isip baby”, he said, and of course it piqued my interest. A female Bondying, so to speak. How could I resist? Bondying is one of those stories we’ve known as kids and who else but Gerry could take it up a notch? Teasing and testing our imagination. Something he’s been known to do since he released “Wasted”: a remarkable book wherein, while reading, I always imagined the artist/writer wearing a Chesire Cat-like grin amid all the violence, blood, and gore.[caption id="attachment_906" align="alignnone" width="550"] The very first sketch of Rodski Patotski (August 3, 2012)[/caption]
A year later, Gerry sent me the first chapter. I couldn’t work on it right away since I was busy with other commitments but I did send an early sketch of how I imagined Rodski, a female adult child, complete with hair in a high ponytail and lollipop in mouth — which pretty much looks like what you see in the book. So began this wonderful collaboration with a fellow artist whose creative mind I can’t seem to get enough of . Once I received all of Gerry’s scripts, the book was completed in under three months, proof that it’s quite a page turner even for me since I couldn’t wait to see what will happen next. I have to say, Gerry made those three months absolutely fun.
“Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” is a heart-tugging, feel-good, fun book, the kind that will make you smile when you wake up. Or it could also be an exciting science-fiction-action-adventure-romance story, depending on your mood. While working on it, I couldn’t help but wonder how different “Rodski…” is from “Wasted”. One is a colorful tale about family and friends helping each other in the face of adversity, and the other, an edgy black and white graphic novel about a man who will shoot anyone who pisses him off. But now that I think about it. maybe “Rodski…” and “Wasted” are somewhat related, or at least the two books represent Rodski’s mind.
Rodski Patotski, after all, is a cute and innocent pistachio ice cream-loving girl who holds a teddy bear in one hand, and an XM25 grenade launcher in the other.
March 31. 2014
On that note, I will leave you with this Rodski animated ad that I made for the Summer Komikon launch. Enjoy!