Saturday, October 8, 2011

ELMER 2nd Edition Book Launching

The first Komikero Edition of Elmer has finally sold out. Not to worry, Elmer will get it's 2nd Edition, this time published by National Book Store, and will now be available nationwide through all branches of National, Powerbooks and Bestsellers.

The 2nd Edition will have its launching on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Bestsellers branch on the 4th Floor of Robinson's Galleria in Ortigas. I will of course be on hand to sign copies!

Below is the final cover to the 2nd edition. This edition will only be available for sale in the Philippines, and will be virtually the same from the Komikero edition apart from a new afterword, a script sample and artworks previously available only on the Elmer Limited Edition Box Sets.

More Nominations for ELMER!

My French publisher Serge of Editions çà et là informed me in an email about a couple nominations that Elmer received recently:
“Good news: Elmer has been selected as contender for best comic book of the year award by two French festivals which are taking place later this year: Quai des Bulles ( ) which is a comic book festival, and Les Utopiales ( ) which is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy Festival, with a comic book category.”

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday, December 10, 2010

Book Recommendation from Jeff VanderMeer!

Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan (Slave Labor Graphics) "“ Elmer is a window into a world where chickens have suddenly acquired the intelligence and consciousness of humans, where they can now consider themselves their own separate race. Recognizing themselves to be sentient, the inexplicably evolved chickens push to attain rights for themselves as the newest members of the human race. This is edgy stuff and in lesser hands might've been too absurd. Instead, it's riveting and thought-provoking. Originally self-published by the author in the Philippines, this is the first US edition of the book. A highly recommended graphic novel.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Talking Animal Comics

Jeez. I just heard about Duncan The Wonder Dog by Adam Hines. It's a 400 page graphic novel (Only 1 of 8 volumes) that's about well.... talking animals. I heard he worked on it for seven years before it was released in October 2010. I guess I'm just concerned at how possibly similar this and Elmer may be, how they were released at almost the same time.

Of course, comics projects like this take years to finish. I worked on mine for two years beginning in 2006. There was no way for me to know what Adam was doing or was about to do or could he be possibly be aware of what I was doing.

As of now I have yet to read Duncan so I have no idea how similar they are. But I get the impression that Adam's story is more complex and it involves all other animals, not just chickens.

Oh well, I guess it's just one of those things.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Library Journal Review

Alanguilan, Gerry. Elmer: A Comic Book. Slave Labor. 2010. c.144p. ISBN 9781593622046. pap. $12.95. f

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he could. After chickens became intelligent from a freak virus, civil unrest among men and fowl reigned for far too long. But finally the birds were internationally declared fellow humans. Elmer was one of the pioneers who lived through the awakening. Dying, he bequeaths his diary to disaffected son Jake, who reads with growing fascination his father’s story. As Jake struggles through understanding while sorting out interfamily tensions—with his grieving mother, nurse sister, and Hollywood star brother—he vows to publish Elmer’s diary as a tribute to those who struggled toward freedom before his hatching. Not funny, Alanguilan’s realistic, highly skilled black-and-white drawings suck you into this feather-clad race relations parable despite the internal dissonance it sets up. You want to find those chickens funny. But you can’t—think Orwell’s Animal Farm.

VERDICT Originally self-published in the Philippines, where Alanguilan lives, this unusual and affecting story is bound to evoke what-if discussions. Strongly recommended for teens and up in classrooms as well as libraries. Violence, strong language, and occasional sexual references and nudity.—M.C.