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December 2000 Archive
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Saturday, December 30, 2000 
I rarely go to Manila anymore because I can't stand the heat and I can't stand the traffic. I made an exception today because it's a holiday (Jose Rizal day) and my girlfriend did not have work so we took this opportunity to go on a trip to Manila and visit Luneta, SM Manila, Chinatown and Quiapo. Yeah, yeah, LUNETA. We took the LRT from Buendia to Luneta. And it was great, really. We had a nice time of it. We even had time in the afternoon to go to Robinson's Malate where I finally got a copy of ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN Trade Paperback by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz.
We got on the bus to go back home at around 6pm, and the TV was on Channel 2, showing Magandang Gabi Bayan with Noli De Castro. Only then did we know all the things that happened in Manila that day. A bomb exploded in an LRT coach killing 9 people. Several bombs exploded in the city at the same time, killing and injuring even more people, including a cop who was trying to defuse one of the bombs.
I fell silent and limp as I watched the news. I saw bloodied and mangled bodies on the floor of the LRT coach. I saw one man whose feet had been torn off being carried away in a stretcher. My knees grew weak when I realized that it could have been me and my girlfriend lying there mangled and dismembered in that LRT coach had we been a couple of hours late. I felt so sad when I thought of all the victims and the friends and family they will be leaving behind. I was really so overcome by emotion that at some point in that ride home I just cried.
And I felt anger too. Extreme anger. And hate. Hatred for all those responsible for this atrocity. Hatred for every single one of them. If I knew who they were, you can give me a gun now and I will NOT hesitate to shoot them down. Death is a fate these people deserve, no less. But I think it's better to let them die after several days of torture. You think I'm wrong? You think I'm no better than them? Well screw you and what you think! You are NOT me. If by doing this sends me to Hell as well, then by God, I do not care. Let me go to Hell, as long as I drag these bastards down there along with me.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 10:06 PM 
 

Friday, December 29, 2000 
I finished the Cast Iron drawing here:
http://alanguilan.com/sanpablo/cast.jpg
What's it for? Nuthin really. Just playing around with this way of drawing. It's actually tougher than I thought.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 6:56 AM 

Thursday, December 28, 2000 
Yes! The sun finally showed itself early today. Too bad it had to rain later, but still, it's probably the most glorious thing I've seen after all that beastly rain. And tonight the sky is filled with so many stars. Spent a lot of time just lying back and looking at everything. Early in the evening you can see 3 planets at once. The brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon, Venus, can be seen in the west. On the opposite side in the east you can see both Jupiter and Mars hanging around very near Pleides and Taurus. I was wondering just when I'll be able to spot that Space Station.
Gonna be picking up my GF from work tomorrow, go around Festival Mall and go home here to San Pablo again. I'll be finishing that Cast Iron drawing tonight and I'll be posting it here very soon.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 9:43 PM 
 

Tuesday, December 26, 2000 
Hot damn its still raining like crazy. In Christmas time too! I believe it's the very first time it was ever this rainy on Christmas here. 2 years ago it rained a lot too and it depressed me so bad. Christmas was not supposed to be like that. Sad to say, this is the first year in my life when I didn't feel as Christmasy as I used to. There are times I've been such a grinch, such a Scrooge and I didn't like it. There were many people who lost their jobs at this time of year, myself included. I'm not too worried though. I've been jobless before and I've always bounced back. I'm more worried about just what the hell is going on with the weather. It's all screwed up the world over. And just this morning I heard from the TV that a 50-meter asteroid nearly hit us last night. And nobody saw it coming.
Things aren't so bleak, I think. I mean, I'm still here. I can still draw, I can still write. I still have all my senses. I guess all I need to concentrate on just living, instead of worrying about things that are beyond my control. Just keep on drawing. I'm currently drawing studies for a comic proposal called CAST IRON, which is my personal idea of Iron Man. Once I get something done, I'll post it here.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 9:39 PM 
 

Finally caught that damned rat. I was gonna buy traps today, but my mom scattered poison inside the house last night and this morning, the thing winds up dead right on our kitchen sink. Good riddance. That thing was a real pest. He gnawed on slippers, broke in on anything that contained food, hid rags, and started nibbling on our windows. What a monster.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 4:04 PM 

Monday, December 25, 2000 
Well, it's Christmas morning now. 8 30 something. But believe it or not, I woke up at 6. I don't feel like eating because I probably ate too much at last night's Noche Buena. Man, that Excellente Ham is excellent!! Everyone ought to try it out. I wanted to bake some chicken last night but was frustrated when our oven won't light. I'm so paranoid when I'm lighting our oven because I'm always afraid that the thing will blow up on me. When the thing still did not light after wasting a whole box of matches, I decided to look in the back and much to my horror, I saw that gas hose had been gnawed through by a rat. That damn rat. It's been such a pest for the past couple of weeks. This means war. As soon as I'm able, I'll be buying a couple of rat traps and I'm gonna be doing some killing this fine Christmas season.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 8:37 AM 

Sunday, December 24, 2000 
HOTMAIL
YOU SUCK!

Oh, and Merry
Christmas!:)
I have sent out Christmas greetings to many of my friends who have Hotmail accounts. However, everyone of them bounced back to me for some reason or another. Guys....get rid of that Hotmail account! Get Yahoo. It's a hundred times more dependable. So, Merry Christmas to you, 
Jason Maranto
Carrie McNinch
Angela Paman
Morgan Parducci
Jonas Diego
Jenie Aesquivel and
Dulce Ocampo
Hope you have a great holiday season! I had hoped to write you myself and extend my personal greetings to you on this once in a year occasion, but Hotmail prevented me. :) Take care of your fingers on New Years now.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 7:06 PM 
 

Friday, December 22, 2000
Perfume!! Where the hell is that smell coming from? For a couple of weeks now, I've been smelling the same perfume wherever I go. In the air and in my clothes. To be honest, it's driving me insane because I don't wear perfume at all. I used to, but I have since decided it wasn't me. People say it's probably in the detergent used to wash my clothes. Really? I didn't know they could do that now. Well, what do I know about it anyway....
I went out yesterday the whole day to buy gifts for Christmas. I went to Divisoria. BIG MISTAKE. Don't go to Divisoria during the Christmas season. You may not be able to come out alive. Too many people with literally no space between you, pressing at you from all sides, stepping on you, hitting you. It's so hot and you can't breathe anything but everybody else's body odor. Gah. I wasn't able to buy anything.
I walked all the way to Raon and bought something for my GF. I browsed the sidewalks and man, look at all those tagalog porno VCDs. I was tempted to buy one out of curiosity, but they looked bad. Bought some Excellente ham and castanas from Quiapo and I went home.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 1:28 PM 
 

Wednesday, December 13, 2000 
Hey, I just finished by Timawa drawing! Check it out.
http://alanguilan.com/sanpablo/t1.jpg
While I was drawing it, I realized I've become damned rusty from all the years of inking. I really need to get back and get my hands dirty with that pencil again. I'd still like to ink, but I think I'll try if I could get some pencilling jobs somewhere. Doesn't matter what company it may be, just as long as they pay me. he.he.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 10:20 AM 
 

Tuesday, December 12, 2000 
Hey, it looks like another wild goose chase. We've had this kind of thing several times before. They'd announce a brownout, and nothing happens. But then brownouts happen everytime specially when they don't announce it. I tell ya, when I see these guys I'll ki
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 7:44 PM 

Well, I'm still HERE! So, if the power's going to go out, well do it NOW!! I can't stand this waiting, darn it!!
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 7:42 PM 

Wow, what am I doing? It's 7:36pm now, Tuesday night, and I'm just waiting for the power to go out. It was announced early this morning, that we will have a 24 hour power outage starting 7pm tonight and last till round 6 in the evening tomorrow. Well, it's half past 7 and I'm still here typing away!! Could be any minute now....
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 7:38 PM 

Monday, December 11, 2000 
The Internet seems to have brought out the worst in humanity. Sensitivity, courtesy, consideration, and plain simple decency seems to have gone out the window along with postal mail and typewriters.
A long time ago, I thought the Internet was a wonder because it brought together people from all over the world, discussing topics close to their hearts via message boards, mailing lists and newsgroups. For a while I have enjoyed discussing things with regards to things that interest me, like comics, DVDs, and certain TV programs that I like. But after reading through these messages through the years, I have noticed people getting meaner, judgmental, dismissive, and sometimes downright indignant over the most insignificant and inconsequential of things. 
Rob Liefeld ought to eat his own foot and die. Marvel should topple and burn. Milgrom is a talentless hack who doesn't deserve to work. Criterion are assholes for releasing Armageddon on DVD. What the hell kind of opinions are these? And just what exactly are they based on? There is so much anger in there, but for the life of me, I don't know where it is coming from. Why be angry over people who are just making an honest living? And yet vitriol and fire are thrown at them that are ought to be reserved for mass murderers, serial killers and rapists, dictators and all kinds of scum.
This has seem to have crept in everywhere now, and it is for this reason that I have unsubscribed from so many mailing lists and abandoned so many message boards that I have used to visit. I don't want to be around any of these people any more.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 10:49 PM
 

Saturday, December 09, 2000
Gotta go out again and pick up me girl from work. Gonna a have a nice time. I wish I could have finished the Timawa drawing by now, but I haven't. When I finish it, you'll understand why it took me so long. Sorry Budje....I'll get it to you as soon as I finish it!! Gonna meet up with Ilyn at 3:30pm at Alabang Town Center and we'll just go around. I'll try not to sleep tonight until I finish the drawing because I need to do a lot of writing tomorrow. If I'm not too tired from the trip that is. Alabang is really far from here. People have suggested that I do more writing. At first I thought it was ridiculous because I want to draw. But since my writing has been getting more reaction than my drawing well...it's something to consider.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 10:20 AM 

Thursday, December 07, 2000 
Well, I went yesterday. It's for UAP, our local architect's organization. We're gonna be having a christmas party on Dec. 16th. Wheee! Cutting it close because I'll be coming from another party, the PULP party the night before. Parties. BAH! I'd rather stay home, but well, I guess I'd better go and see humans once in a while. All I see here at home is my dog and she's starting to look really interesting. he.he.
I'm still drawing, but I'm so damned slow. Amazing how it's already 24 hours since my last entry. Time flies so fast specially when you're wasting it. I hope to finish this Timawa drawing by tonight. hopefully.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 5:05 PM 
 

Wednesday, December 06, 2000 
I gotta go out today. Meeting starts anytime from 5-6 pm. It's already quarter past 5 as I write this and I don't know if I'm going. Should I? I don't wanna go out. Nakakatamad. It's raining. It's dark, I feel sickly. But I just gotta go. Ah jeez. I'm GOING!
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 5:17 PM 

Everybody I know seems to have one, so I guess I might as well try it out. So here goes! Hmmm. Seems allright.
posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 4:56 PM