Elena M. Patron is a Filipino scriptwriter, novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, and magazine columnist. Patron was one of the few women in the Philippines who ventured and succeeded in writing for Philippine comics, a field that was dominated by Filipino male writers.
Francis Manapul is a Filipino-born comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada. He is currently the writer and artist on DC’s New 52 THE FLASH. In 2011 he was awarded the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist of the year, as well as an Inkwell Award of that same year. His past work for DC includes ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and THE FLASH. In the past he’s penciled Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, The Darkness, G.I Joe and Witchblade.
Ernesto “Ernie” Chan was a Chinese-American comic artist, born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1970. Ernie Chan was born Ernie Chua due to what he called “a typographical error on my birth certificate that I had to use until I had a chance to change it to ‘Chan’ when I got my [U.S.] citizenship in ’76.”
He is particularly known for his work on the Marvel Comics version of Conan the Barbarian, although he has also worked for other publishers such as DC Comics. He studied with John Buscema, and also worked with him as the inker on Conan during the 1970s. He inked the art of John’s brother Sal on The Incredible Hulk.
Later, Chan pencilled several issues of Conan and Doctor Strange, and worked on Kull the Destroyer in 1977 and Power Man in the 1980s. For DC Comics, he did the Claw the Unconquered series. Chan was also a cover artist, being the “go-to guy” for DC covers during the 1970s.
Gerry Talaoc is a Filipino artist, that went to work for the US market in the 1970s. Initially through Tony De Zuniga‘s studios, he contributed to DC’s war and horror titles, including House of Mystery, The Unexpected, Weird War Tales and Unknown Soldier. In the mid-1970s, he was also present at Pendulum Press with comics adaptations of literary classics. In the 1980s, he worked on several titles for Marvel Comics, such as ‘Comet Man’ and ‘Alpha Flight’, but he is best known for his work as an inker on ‘The Incredible Hulk’. In the 1970s, he illustrated horror comics at DC.
Tony DeZuniga was a Filipino comics artist and illustrator best known for his work at DC Comics – where he co-created the Jonah Hex and Black Orchid characters. DeZuniga was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was widely accepted by American publishers, paving the way for many other Filipino artists to enter the international comic book industry. He later became a videogame conceptual designer, spending a decade with the United States and Japan divisions of Sega. Tony did freelance work for McGraw Hill and the Scholastic Corporation, and illustrated for TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons game. In April 2012, he suffered a life-threatening stroke which led to brain damage and heart failure. Mr. DeZuniga passed away on May 11, 2012.
Sana Takeda is based in Japan and is best known in the United States for working with Marjorie Liu, most recently on their hit fantasy series MONSTRESS. She has also worked on X23, Ms Marvel, Venom, Hulk, Web of Spider-Man and many other titles.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month here in the United States. To celebrate, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite Asian and Pacific American comic writers and artists. This is by no means an exhaustive list – and we’ll be adding new artists and writers every day for the rest of May!
Greg Pak – Greg Pak is a Korean American filmmaker and comic book writer best known for his award-winning feature film Robot Stories, his blockbuster comic book series like Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, and his current work on comic book series like Star Wars: Darth Vader, Firefly, Ronin Island, and Agents of Atlas. Check out his website here, where as of this posting he is offering free PDFs of his children’s books to download
Jim Lee – Jim Lee, a world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and publisher, is currently Chief Creative Officer of DC (DC) and Publisher for the company. Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics. As of this post, he is working on Twitter with other artists to raise money for comic shops during the COVID-19 crisis.
Gene Luen Yang – Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. As of this post, Yang has an upcoming miniseries with Marvel Comics, starring martial arts superhero Shang-Chi, set for June 2020.
Leinil Yu – Leinil Francis Yu is the artist of Secret Invasion, Superman Birthright, Superior and Indestructible Hulk, among many others. Breaking in roughly 15 years ago starting with long run in Wolverine, he went on to work on the X-men, New Avengers, Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine and creator-owned titles like Highroads, Silent Dragon, notably with Mark Millar in Superior and Supercrooks.
Annie Wu – Annie is a writer and artist currently living in Chicago. She is the creator of DEAD GUY FAN CLUB, a series coming soon from Image Comics. Illustration clients include DC, Marvel, Vertigo, Archie Comics, Elle Magazine, Wired Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Popular Science, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, and Disney Lucasfilm Press. She has also worked as a color stylist and storyboard revisionist on Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros, produced by Titmouse.
Fiona Staples – Fiona Staples is known best as the illustrator and artist for the graphic novel Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan. She is a Canadian artist who attended the Alberta College of Arts and Design. She has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards between 2013 and 2015, and has done and continues doing multiple works in the comic book industry including cover art for Archie, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Rat Queens, and Dark Horse Presents.
Marjorie Liu – New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Check back tomorrow for another amazing comic artist!
When my grandmother was a teenager, she had to drop out of high school to work in the textile mill when her father was injured on the job. After she got married, she continued with her sewing, making handmade clothes for her children. My mother learned to sew from my grandmother, but my mother didn’t have the same affection for it. In fact, the green metal Kenmore sewing machine sat at the bottom of the closet for months at a time, unless we had a chorus show that required altering dresses. As a result, my mother didn’t teach me to sew. I took a home economics class in middle school that taught us how to thread a needle, attach a button, and the basics of a sewing machine, although the shorts I made fell apart after their first washing. I went away to college, determined to be a programmer. When I discovered my math skills weren’t quite up to par, I switched to technical theatre. During that program, I had to take several costuming classes, including a class where we made costumes for upcoming shows. Sitting at that sewing machine, I realized how much I liked it — the hum of the machine, the hiss of the steam from the iron, the ability to take flat pieces of fabric and turn them into something useful and beautiful. It was art.