Once again, another kababayan gives our country pride and glory in the art industry. Gerry Alanguilan‘s “Elmer” surfaced among 1,500 Asian comic books in the Prix Asie-ACBD 2011 awards. His work was chosen by the Association of Comic Book Journalists on its fifth year of honoring the Best Asian Comic Book published in France. FRANCE!
In addition, Alanguilan did not actually know about the nomination until he stumbled upon a French post online talking about his work. What you don’t know can really bite you, in a good way in this case. This is a one-of-a-kind surprise for an artist.
Elmer, as the cover artwork obviously showcases, is a comic book about a chicken who behaves like a man. The awesome thing about the now-famous talking chicken is that he was able to beat other comic books of renowned nominees such as Kamui Den by Sanpei Shirato, La Plaine du Kantô by Kazuo Kamimura, Le Voyage de Ryu by Shôtarô Ishinomori, and Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura, Kurokawa.
Here’s a peek at Alanguilan’s quaint fiction+art.
The sudden international fame does not stop there; Alanguilan might be headed down the red carpet as the same comic book gets nominated for Best Graphic Album in the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. This prestigious recognition is coined as the “Oscars of the comic book industry,” and it will be held on July 22 in San Diego, California. What can I say, Elmer is on a roll going worldwide!
Way to go Elmer and Gerry Alanguilan! Break a leg! (;
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