Blink and you’ll miss it

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Drop Dead Dangerous makes a seconds-long appearance in this short feature on the Philippine comics scene by GMA News. It’s really about a bunch of other people, but hey! We’ll take what we can get.

Fame and fortune, here we come! Watch the entire segment (in Tagalog) below:

If that all-too-brief brush with the national news wasn’t enough for you, here’s another piece (also from GMA News) from a couple years ago actually let us put a few words in.

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Drop Dead Dangerous nominated for Komikon Readers’ Choice Awards

Drop Dead Dangerous has been nominated for the The Fourth Komikon Readers’ Choice Awards! Big thanks to everyone who helped put us in the running for the second consecutive time! Voting details (as well as the other nominees) should be announced soon, so be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates.

Winners will be announced at Komikon 2014 on November 15 at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig. Visit the Komikon website or the Facebook event page for more info.

Free Comic Book Day 2014

Drop Dead Dangerous‘ Chad Cabrera and Mike Banting will be among nearly 100 comic creators participating in this year’s Free Comic Book Day at Comic Odyssey! Visit the store’s branch at the Fort this Saturday, pick up some free comics, get sketches from your favorite artists and buy all sorts of stuff at discounted prices!

You may wanna get there early though so you can snag a copy of Comic Odyssey’s exclusive comic giveaway (check out the cover below), an anthology which includes a new story from the creators of Drop Dead Dangerous!

For more info, go to the Free Comic Book Day event page on Facebook.

Get Drop Dead Dangerous at Summer Komikon 2014

Summer Komikon is almost upon us and it’s literally gonna be the hottest event of the summer! And by “literally” we mean “metaphorically.” Because really, it’s been pretty cloudy lately. So, you know, bring an umbrella or something.

What you shouldn’t bring though are the rainy day blues (as though they were a physical thing that you could theoretically bring around) because we’ll literally be there (not metaphorically) to set the house on fire (metaphorically)! Drop Dead Dangerous will be available for con-goers of all shapes and sizes. Check out our nifty promo.

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For more details, visit the Komikon website or the Facebook event page.

Read Drop Dead Dangerous #0 at Premiere Manga Hub

png-1For those of you who are new to the series and have yet to check out an issue, get started with Drop Dead Dangerous #0, which may now be read online for free at Premiere Manga Hub along with a whole slew of local titles!

Share the page with your friends and get them hooked— they’ll thank you later (probably)!

The issue has also been available online at Graphicly, but if digital comics is more your thing, you can also download it for free at DrivethruComics.

‘Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!’ and ‘Shortcuts’ make bestsellers lists

Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!, an educational comic book illustrated by Drop Dead Dangerous artist Mike Banting came in at #9 in Powerbooks Store‘s bestsellers’ list of Philippine publications in January. Check out the full list below:

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Mike also did the artwork for the story “Fearless,” which appeared as part of an anthology from Black Ink Comics entitled Shortcuts. The book was listed #7 in the publisher’s top 10 bestsellers for the same month:

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Both titles are available in bookstores nationwide and you can expect another from Black Ink Comics featuring Mike in the coming months!

Drop Dead Dangerous gets featured at GTMACC Interactive

All this week, Drop Dead Dangerous will be gracing the cover image for the GTMACC Interactive Facebook page which you should totally join if you’re looking to touch base with the local geek scene. Our thanks to GTMACC founder Kit Perez for making it happen!

Read about the last time the last time the group put the spotlight on Drop Dead Dangerous here or check out Mike Banting’s featured artwork below.

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Inquirer.net features new book illustrated by Mike Banting

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Inquirer.net has posted a feature story on “Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!” a new educational comic book illustrated by Drop Dead Dangerous artist Mike Banting! From the site:

A new kind of “komiks” (comic book) has emerged, standing on the power of illustrated stories and uncluttered storytelling to move people to do well with their finances.

Dennis Dizon, Malaya Mendoza-Sadiwa and Mike Banting said their project, the comic book “Ka Ching! Ka Ching!,” aims to teach every Filipino how to manage, budget and invest their hard-earned money.

Launched in September at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City, the 115-page “komiks” is sold at P150 by direct sellers while National Bookstore outlets sell it for P190. Distributors can get the comic book at P100 each, provided they get a set of 20.

Continue reading here!

Our 10 most popular Facebook posts from 2013

Belated happy New Year, everyone! It’s 2014, but since we’re still in a reminiscing mood about the year that was, here’s a look at our top 10 most popular Facebook posts from 2013! If you missed out on all the fun, it’s not too late to head on over to our Facebook page and give it a like! Because we’re whores!

#1. Drop Dead Dangerous at Komikon 2013
Our most well-liked post turned out to be this photo of us next to the guys from WIP Comics (with whom we shared a table) at Komikon 2013! Read more about that here.

#2. Preview of Drop Dead Dangerous #3
We’re pleased to know a lot of people were apparently looking forward to our latest issue and were pretty happy about finally getting a sneak peek at Drop Dead Dangerous #3!

#3. Mike at the Manila International Book Fair
People were also pretty happy to see Drop Dead Dangerous artist Mike Banting attending the Manila International Book Fair to pimp his new project with Black Ink Comics!

#4. Drop Dead Dangerous #0-#3 from Komikon Indieket
Blogger J. Gi Federizo used this snapshot of her set of signed copies of Drop Dead Dangerous in her post about her experience at Komikon Indieket here!

#5. Mike and Chad at the Komikon Indieket
Drop Dead Dangerous #3 made its debut at the Komikon Indieket and we have photographic evidence to prove it!

#6. Art for art’s sake
Just for fun, some piece of art we posted for our Facebook page! Gotta get them likes!

#7. First look at Drop Dead Dangerous #3
Earlier in the year, we posted the first two pages of our third issue— and people liked what they saw!

#8. Signed, sealed, delivered
Kristopher Garello of Indie Komiks Korner posted this photo of their signed copy of Drop Dead Dangerous #3 soon after calling the series a “must-have!”

#9. 500 likes
We finally got 500 likes on Facebook so we posted about the likes and people liked it! That’s gotta be some MC Escher shit right there.

#10. Zombie Mike and Chad
We posted this for shits and giggles for Halloween without realizing how many people wanted to see us dead and decaying! Um… thanks, everyone?

‘Art with Heart’ to raise funds for typhoon victims

Art by JL8 creator Yale Stewart

Close to 50 comic book creators (including Drop Dead Dangerous’ Mike Banting) will be participating in the “Art with Heart” fundraiser for the benefit of the victims of the recent typhoon. The event is this Saturday at Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street.

Commission a sketch, purchase merchandise, and participate in the silent auction featuring many beautiful Original Comic Art pieces donated by both artists as well as comic fans. There will also be special art prints for sale at this event, created by our talented comic artists.

All proceeds raised during the event will go to the GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION for the benefit of Super Typhoon Yolanda victims .

Find out more at the Facebook event page or at the Fully Booked website.

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Drop Dead Dangerous at Komikon 2013

Come get some!

Drop Dead Dangerous will be at Komikon 2013 and, no doubt about it, it’s gonna be the biggest local comics event of the year! We say that every year because it’s true. And we’ll be there! It’s Komikon, you guys. Get your comics on.

Komikon 2013 posterThe 9th Annual Philippine Comics Convention is taking place this Saturday at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City, and you can confirm your attendance and get more info on the specifics at the Facebook event page. You can also visit the Komikon website or check out the poster on the left.

We’ll be at table B62, which you can find in the floor plan below (click to embiggen). Find your way around the main hall using the directory here.

Make sure to visit every single table because we’ll know if you didn’t! There’ll be a quiz after. For reals.

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All issues of Drop Dead Dangerous will be available at our table and more (and by “more” we mean lap dances way, way more)! So if you’ve been missing out all this time, here’s your chance to get the whole series thus far!

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If for some strange reason you (or your friends!) still aren’t convinced, you can find some totally awesome people saying nice things about Drop Dead Dangerous here or hereYou can also check out previews of all of our issues here.

For instant updates or if you’d like to get in touch, like us on Facebook or follow us on TwitterSee y’all at Komikon 2013!

UPDATE: Thanks to Komikon Indieket for sharing this post in the November 15 issue of Filipino Indie Comics Daily! Read it here.

See Drop Dead Dangerous (and more) in this month’s RED Magazine

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Tragically, we were not included in ‘The History of Sexy.’

Drop Dead Dangerous makes an appearance in the September issue of RED Magazine! Check out Jerald Uy’s story on the local comic book scene, “What now, Komiks?” which includes some snippets from an interview with Drop Dead Dangerous’ Chad Cabrera as well as a number of other Philippine creators.

If that’s not sexy enough for you… well, there’s, like, other stuff in there too.

Take out your tissues and have a look at Drop Dead Dangerous and other featured titles in the pages below:

Hot enough for ya? Visit the RED Magazine Facebook page for more info (and saucy pictures) here.

Mike Banting in Black Ink’s upcoming comic anthology

This month, Black Ink Comics will be releasing the new comic anthology Shortcuts which features a story illustrated by Drop Dead Dangerous artist Mike Banting and written by Nald Tabuzo.

The book will be available at the 34th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia this September 11-15. For more details, visit the Black Ink Comics Facebook page.

Drop Dead Dangerous co-creator teases new webcomic project

Drop Dead Dangerous co-creator Chad Cabrera recently unveiled a new solo project entitled The Monstrous Manhunter, a webcomic series starting this June 18. Hey, that’s this coming Tuesday!

Check out the cover image on the right and the teaser page at the bottom! New strips will be uploaded every Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Monstrous Manhunter website.

Keep updated on the strip by liking the Facebook page!

Drop Dead Dangerous wins ‘Best Artwork’ at Pinoykon

Awesome news just in! Pinoykon founder Jeffrey Benitez has just announced via the group’s Facebook page that Drop Dead Dangerous has been given the award for “Best Pinoy Komiks Artwork” by the organizers of the first-ever Pinoykon held last March 2.

We are extremely grateful for the honor and extend our congratulations to Jeffrey and company for their hugely successful debut. Looking forward to the next one, guys!

Check out our photos from the event here.

GTMACC Interactive features Drop Dead Dangerous

Drop Dead Dangerous gets featured on this week’s cover image for the GTMACC Interactive Facebook group! GTMACC stands for Gaming, Toys, Manga, Anime, Cosplay and Comics, so if you’re into any those (and who isn’t?) join the group NOW!

From the page:

GTMACC Interactive is the second facebook group of Barangay GTMACC. It is also created so as to give gamers, cosplayers, toy collectors, manga/anime enthusiasts/ comic book fans, a forum to share their ideas and meet their contemporaries. 

Members of this group are free to plug upcoming events and projects. They can also start discussions with regards to common interests. 
This group is fortunate to have renowned comic book artists, cosplayers, musicians, cartoon dubbers, hobbyists, television personalities, and gamers in its fold. 

The bottom line is this is a celebration of the undeniable creativity of the Filipino and an extensive insight into modern-day pop culture.
Redefine. 

Explore. Discuss. Interact.

Special thanks to GTMACC founder Kit Perez!

Christmas discount on Drop Dead Dangerous digital issues

Drop Dead Dangerous bundleThere’s 12 days left before Christmas and we’re slashing our prices with a special holiday discount! From today until December 25, you can get all of our current issues in digital format for just 99 cents!

Head on over to DriveThruComics (and sign up for an account if you haven’t already) and grab our product bundle via this link to download Drop Dead Dangerous #0, #1 and #2 for just one low, low price. How’s that for a Christmas slay?

Feel free to share the link and spread the love this season! Murderous, murderous love.

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Drop Dead Dangerous #0 is DriveThruComics’ Free Product of the Week

Head on over to DriveThruComics and check out their latest releases and featured titles including Drop Dead Dangerous #0 as the site’s pick for Free Product of the Week!

DriveThruComicsIt wouldn’t be the first time the series has been given the spotlight at the site and our thanks go to DriveThruComics for featuring Drop Dead Dangerous multiple times on their front page and weekly newsletter.

Check out their latest offerings here or at digital comics news site 3 Million Years.

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Get Drop Dead Dangerous and more at the Read Lit District

Drop Dead Dangerous will be available at the Read Lit District, part of the Philippine International Literary Festival, this Thursday, November 15, at the third floor of the Ayala Museum. We’ll be there at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (during which there will be no entrance fee) alongside fellow indie creators Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo, John Zamar, Macoy Tang, Mica Agregado, Michael David, and Silent Sanctum Manga.

Read Lit DistrictRead Lit District is a highlight of the Philippine Book Development Month. Celebrated every November, the National Book Development Board hosts month-long festivities filled with book fairs, contests for students and teachers, conferences, lectures, and literary tours all of which are participated in by publishers, authors, students, teachers, and the general public. 

For more info, visit the Filipinas Heritage Library website or read the story at Flipgeeks.

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Drop Dead Dangerous co-creator talks digital comics with GMA News Online

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“Beyond Komikon: Young creators bring komiks to life” by Komiks Reporter Jerald Uy
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Co-creator Chad Cabrera talks a bit about Drop Dead Dangerous and digital distribution in Komiks Reporter Jerald Uy’s coverage of Komikon 2012. Uy takes a look at the ins and outs of being an independent comic creator in the Philippines with inputs from some of the country’s established and up-and-coming talents.

GMA News Online“Media coverage always tends to go back to the Golden Age of Komiks, the heydays of Darna and Pedro Penduko on the newsstands in the 1950s. While it may be true that the current local comics industry suffers in comparison to the hefty revenues generated before by publishers Gasi and Atlas, the new generation of Filipino comic book creators is still a force to reckon with. With the help of technology, the upstarts combine their youthful creativity with online platforms that may make Mars Ravelo and other komiks legends green with envy.”

Read the full story at GMA News Online or visit the Komiks Reporter site.

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Halloween at DriveThruComics: Decapitated Dan recommends Drop Dead Dangerous

Digital comics site DriveThruComics is celebrating Halloween in a big way with some treats (and tricks) for its visitors! They’ve also put up a list of recommendations from podcasters Brian LeTendre of Secret Identity Podcast and Dan Royer of Discussions with Decapitated Dan who gave Drop Dead Dangerous #1 a glowing endorsement:

“This book is a shining example of why DriveThruComics is such a great service. Not only is this book an amazing read and super cheap to check out, but it is also not made in the U.S. This was my 2011 pick for the Best Book You Never Heard Of because it contains amazing artwork with serial killing goodness! A treat for anyone who gets a chance to read it.”

Go pick up Drop Dead Dangerous #1 or check out the rest of their recommendations and DriveThruComics’ Halloween offerings at digital comics news site 3 Million Years!

The Komikon 2012 post

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Here it is— the biggest comics event in the country! Komikon 2012 at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig last October 27. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

So, Komikon finally came and went and it was bigger than anything else we’d been to all year. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have fun but, unfortunately, it didn’t come without any drawbacks to a lot of the exhibitors— an alarming number of thefts took place, and people had things that were valuable and just downright irreplaceable taken from them. You can read about just some of those nasty bits of business here and here.

The people who did this probably don’t care, but the exhibitors at these conventions are there for one reason: they love comic books. We’re there to show just how passionate we are about locally-produced content and how we want our comics community to be just as rich and vibrant as it is abroad. For most of us, there’s no money, there’s no fame, there’s not even a goddamned pat on the back at the end of the day. We do it out of love because Lord knows we’re not getting much else out of it.

By all means, go to a comics convention. Have fun. Buy some comics. We want you there. We need you there. But please, if you go to these events for some other selfish intentions, kindly get the fuck out.

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And don’t let the guy with the mjolnir hit you on the way out.

There’s already so many factors going against being a comic book creator in the Philippines, a country where people just don’t care about the medium. We don’t need any more stupid bullshit.

With that, rant over. Thanks to everyone who dropped by our table and got copies of Drop Dead Dangerous, Team Tag Team and Melon! Here’s some of our photos from the day:

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Team Drop Dead Dangerous, left to right: Chad Cabrera, Sam Gungon and Mike Banting

Mike finally gets to meet a childhood hero, Combatron!

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As luck would have it, Callwork creator Hazel Manzano won herself the pair of Drop Dead Dangerous sneakers!

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Chad and Team Tag Team creator Benj Bartolome like to like Liga ni Likeman‘s Rasel Reyes! In a completely non-sexual way, we assure you.

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Mike with Visdei from Meganon ComicsMark 49 Verse 7! Isn’t he supposed to be blind?

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Oh no. Not this again.

Noel Pascual and Josel Nicolas

Mike hangs out with Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents‘ Noel Pascual and Windmills‘ Josel Nicolas. Also: some other dude.

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We can’t figure out what’s going on here. Deadpool-Skeletor and a lady in a fetish catsuit? Comic conventions are confusing, sometimes.

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Rorschach was filling in for us from time to time. Every time someone asked for our comic, he looks down and whispers “no.” What a lousy watchman.

And there’s loads more where those came from over at the Melon Facebook page.

Mona: Queen of the BabesOne last thing: our good friends Benj Bartolome and Dark Chapel of Silent Sanctum Manga worked on a short animated video for Komikon which, for some reason, didn’t get shown. It stars Silent Sanctum Manga’s Mona: Queen of the Babes and features appearances from a bunch of other characters from the local indies, including Drop Dead Dangerous! You can enjoy it below and see how many you can spot:

So we guess that’s it for us and comic conventions for this year. We’ll see you all in 2013!