Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Garapata is getting ready to get louder!

(Me, Tracy and my brother Mike, back when they still believed I was the smartest among us three)

This is the point where I announce to you all that my blog is now ready to receive donations.
To also add to the fun of the blog, I will now incorporate the following new features:

Weekly Updates
First, I plan to update my blog at least once a week. Maybe someday I can be as diligent as Rocky and update my blog on a daily basis, but for now I guess I can just aim for a weekly update. Updates can range from either short articles, rants, quickie fiction, or a comic update.

Question for the Week
In an attempt to add some level of interactivity with my readers, I will now also open the floor for a Question of the Week. Readers can email me questions they would like to ask me (tobito_abad AT yahoo DOT com) and each week I will choose a question or two to answer. The questions can be about any topic, and I promise to answer the question one way or another.

Many of my current readers might not be aware that this is merely a copy of the blogger version of my blog. I will limit the article in Multiply to simply be a teaser of each blog post that gets published. Here's hoping readers will eventually get used to visiting garapata.blogspot.com instead to read my blog. Here's also hoping that readers would find my blog exciting enough to consider sending some tips (financial or advisory) my way. This should help me keep my writing edge sharp, my comic urges sated, and eventually (hopefully), my dreams of securing Sietch Creare a reality.

So yeah, here's to The Garapata Can Speak being given a much bigger voice.
Let's hope I don't embarrass myself (like in that picture above) in the process!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Diliman: the Final Issue

I will finish Diliman this year.

This is a declaration. This is a promise.
I have taken far too long for the webcomic to be completed. Enough with the performance anxieties. Enough with the fear of not making the story end well enough. Many loyal readers have already moved on. A few hopeful ones still wait, and hope and pray.

And the fact it, it deserves the ending you wrote.
It deserves to be complete.

Already, as we speak, it is part of a documentary on the Aswang Phenomenon and parts of its artwork is being used as visual elements in the said documentary (Thank you so much, Jordan!) And there is already interest in having some of the issues in the said documentary's extra DVD. There are also talks on possibly creating a limited run of shorts based on it.

So seriously, Tobie, finish the darned thing.

I will.

And when it is done, I can only wonder if anyone out there would be interested in helping me get the 300+ page monstrosity actually printed and sold? :-))