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Fun Interview with Artist Jomar Bulda!

17 Sep

I recently had the opportunity to interview with artist Jomar Bulda. I’ve heard of him through a few people and was amazed at his art!

Could you give me a brief background of yourself?

My Name is Jomar Bulda, 30 years old. I have been an artist since 2001, and I really REALLY LOVE COMIC BOOKS!

Where do you live in the Philippines?

I’m from a small town named Florante, in Biñan Laguna.

Is that where you got your start as an artist?

I’m not really sure, I just like to draw a lot when I was still in school, even in highschool… yeah even in college, But never profesionaly. I just do it for fun, and to somehow, impress people. I got my first local gig in Cubao, in a comic book publication called ATLAS comics. It was a lose lose situation for me because comics back then was already dying, and me commuting a 3 hours ride every week just to get rejected by editors is simply becoming a bit harder to swallow. It was REALLY hard looking back now at what I did. I cant even believed I survived that.

I first really noticed you when Stephen Segovia mentioned to get commissions from you on Facebook with Death of Spider-man Chibi cover you did. I personally love Chibi style and liked it right away. Then I tracked you down and tried to own it. Also, I googled you and looked at your Deviant art page and  Facebook page. I saw a lot of other great commissions you did. I’m very impressed! I’m happy you are getting me that comic.

So, what got you into Chibi style?

Chibi styles is very important to me honestly speaking because its the very first style that I developed by “copying” a fellow chibi artist back when i was still in Elementary (It was a poster of street fighter 2 that was colored only with crayola). So I told myself that If they can do it, I CAN do it too (laughs), And so I did. Unfortunately, not everyone likes Chibi’s so I have to adjust my styles into what is more “profitable”. I have been CHANGING styles like every other tuesdays, from MANGA, WESTERN, TONAL PENCILS, LINE ART, CROSS HATCHING, MARKER, I tried to understand them all. But Chibi is the style that I love the most because it’s fun to do. And I sincerely hope it gets acknowledged more.

I am a huge Street fighter fan. Do you have a link of that Crayola Street Fighter art?

Unfortunately no, that street fighter art was made in 1997.

Yeah, it’s super cool how you are good with different styles. How do you know Stephen Segovia?

Stephen And I first meet when he was working for Funny Komiks (Tomas en Kulas) and I was still getting rejected by editors. We did not know each other back then, but when we DO meet in the art Agency that we worked for. We compared “sob stories” to one another. It was very hilarious that we were all like “IKAW PALA YUN?” (that was you?). Lokal komiks here is Very small that we already know each others profession even if we do not know each others names I hope did not confused you (laughs).

That’s cool to hear your story about that. I know life as a struggling artist can be rough.

Yeah, it was very hard for me. I am just happy that some of my friends are hitting the big 2 companies now (Marvel and DC), and knowing them personally. They deserve what they have right now. I sincerely wish them more great luck in the future. I am happy with what I have accomplished too :)) as a sketch card artist.

Are you still trying to land a job with a bigger comic publisher?

As of now, I am just content with what I have (Tons of sketch cards projects ). But I do have a goal, and a deadline to that particular goal. If and when I have manage to accomplish that, I’ll try my luck with comic books once more.

Next year, I am planning to make a simple Artbook/portfoilio of my works. If not that, A fine print would do, or if not, I’ll just sell some of my Artist Proofs, They are practically collecting dust.

Cool. I hope you do a Street Fighter print!

Will do! any character request? ;D

I’m partial to Ryu and Sagat since that is usually who I play. Who is your favorite to draw? I like Guile and Chun li art as well.

I’m a Ryu player too, And Sagat, Gouki and Blanka are my favorite characters, I used to decimate my friends with Gouki, haha They just cant escape the “blackout”, I dunno what you guys call it in the U.S. (Gouki’s special move) But here in the Philippines, its called “Blackout”

Very cool! We got to play on my next trip there. smile Gouki is banned from competive play here 

Oh? well that sucks… And gouki is the only character that I can play… (laughs).

What are some of your links so people could find your art and message you for commissions?

http://orphanshadow.deviantart.com/# is where most of my recent work are being posted, and https://www.facebook.com/jomar.bulda is where I normally lurk.

Alright! Any last words and what does the future hold for Sir Jomar Bulda?

I have a very simple principle in life, Its NEVER to complain, Just WORK harder, deal with whatever life is throwing at you, you dont have a choice anyway hahaha. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you DJ Teddy Eddy for letting me share my story with you. I wish you all the best in the world. I’d like to say hi to my family in Sweden, Tatay Ode, Nanay Ave, My sisters Joy and Gigi My younger Bro Jerome. To my Loving partner Chris And our Little Li May. grin

Alright! Take care!

Be sure to buy some commissions from him!!

Cross published with https://djteddyeddy.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/fun-interview-with-artist-jomar-bulda/

Francis M and Caliph8 Posing with Nike Art

1 Aug


I’m going to a Sneaker show next week that will have some Nike art in Los Angeles. Here’s a pic of Idol Francis M. and Caliph8 with some Nike art! =D

Snoop Dogg Reinvents Himself as Snoop Lion

31 Jul

West Coast Rap legend Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg now has a new name. Snoop’s new name is Snoop Lion. During a recent visit to a Rastafarian temple in Jamaica, “the high priest” said to Snoop, ““He looked me in my eyes and said, ‘no more. You are… the lion.” This is not the first time Snoop changed his name, he was originally Snoop Doggy Dogg, dropping “Doggy” years later.

Snoop will be releasing an album called “Reincarnated”, produced by Diplo. When Snoop was in Jamaica, Snoop felt the spirit of Bob Marley and said he was, “Bob Marley reincarnated.” It’s been a long evolution for Snoop since releasing his first solo album, “Doggystyle” in 1993.  It will be interesting to see what kind of reggae music Snoop Lion and Diplo comes out with.

Follow Snoop Lion

Twitter @SnoopDogg


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Snoop Dogg reincarnated as Snoop Lion

Mark “Little Pacquaio” Barriga Advances With Olympic Win

31 Jul

Light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga, known as Little Pacquaio, considered Team Philippines’ best chance at a gold medal and Team Philippines’ only boxing representative. Little Pacquaio earned a one-sided victory at these London Olympics against Italy’s Manuel Cappai on Tuesday. Barriga earned his nickname “Little Pacquaio” by training at Pacquaio’s camp. At 5-foot-2, Little Pacquaio will use his punching power and quickness against bigger fighters just like Manny Pacquaio.

Philippines’ young boxing talent usually choose a professional career and not compete at the Olympics, as this is the case for Manny Pacquaio, who turned pro at age 17.  Philippines’ total Olympic medals to date is nine, five won in boxing. It’s nice to know Little Pacquaio chose to compete in the Olympics and is now advancing to the Round of 16.

Let’s go Little Pacquiao!

For more information on Team Philippines:


 

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*Image courtesy of: (PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP Photo)


Little Pacquaio comes up big at Olympic Boxing

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Team Philippines: 2012 London Opening Ceremonies

27 Jul

 

The 2012 London Olympics have begun! Are you excited? Here’s a picture of  Team Philippines during the opening ceremonies with flag bearer Hidalyn Diaz.

Athletes with Filipino background representing Team USA include Kyla Ross (Gymnastics), David McKenzie (Volleyball), and Page McPherson (Taekwondo).

Let’s cheer for all of these athletes! Let’s Go!

For more information on Team Philippines:

http://www.bakitwhy.com/articles/team-philippines-eleven-olympic-hopefuls

 


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*Image courtesy of: (Reuters.com)

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Twitter: @Olympics @London2012

Team Philippines: Eleven Olympic Hopefuls

20 Jul

With the 2012 London Olympics fast approaching on July 27th, it’s interesting to note the various athletes competing for Team Philippines. From swimming, boxing, archery, skeet shooting,weight lifting, track & field, judo, and bmx, these Olympic games will give us more reason to watch and cheer. The Philippines has never won an Olympic gold medal and last won a medal was in 1996 when boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won a silver. Maybe this is the time for Team Philippines to bring home the Gold.

SWIMMING

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Jasmine Alkaldi is a 19-year-old Filipino-Saudi Arabian born in Paranaque. Alkaldi’s major achievements include holding the Philippine swimming record for the 50m and 100m butterfly. Alkaldi secured a spot in the Olympics through the World Championships and will be participating in the 100-meter freestyle event in the Olympics.

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Jessie King Lacuna is a 18-year-old swimmer from Pulilan, Bulacan who secured a spot in the Olympics through the World Championships. Lacuna will be participating in the 200-meter freestyle event. Lacuna’s major accomplishments include winning two gold medals at the national games. Lacuna is the youngest competitor on Team Philippines.

SKEET SHOOTING

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Paul Brian Rosario is a 29-year-old from Manila. Rosario will be participating in the skeet shooting event and qualified as a wild card.  Rosario’s major accomplishments include which being one point shy of the Beijing Olympics gold medalist score of 120 during a competition in Belgrade.

BOXING

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Mark Anthony Barriga is a 19-year-old light flyweight (49 kilograms) boxer born in Panabo, Davao. Barriga qualified during the 2011 World Championships and is considered Team Philippines’ best chance at a gold medal. Barriga is also the only boxer representing Team Philippines.

 WEIGHTLIFTING

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Hidilyn Diaz is a 21-year-old weightlifter from Zamboanga City. Diaz qualified in the Korea Open and the London Games will be her second Olympics. She is Philippines’ first Olympic weight lifter. For the 58kg category, Diaz is he ranked ninth. Diaz will be Team Philippines flag bearer.

TRACK & FIELD

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Marestella Torres is a 32-year-old hopeful born in Negros Oriental. Torres will be competing in the long jump and qualified with 6.71-meter national mark. Torres’ major accomplishments include winning a silver medal at the 2005 Asian Championships and breaking many records. Torres has been competing for Philippines since age 12.

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Navyman Rene Herrera is a 33-year-old hopeful from Guimaras Island, Iloilo.  This will be Herrera’s first Olympics and will be competing in the 5000m steeplechase.  Major accomplishments include winning a gold medal at 2011 Southeast Asian Game.  Herrera is the oldest competitor on Team Philippines.

BMX

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Daniel Caluag is a 25-year-old Filipino American BMX hopeful from California. Caluag secures a spot for the 2012 Olympics held in London. Caluag secured the spot at the UCI BMX world championship, which was held in Burmingham, England. Caluag is a definite medal contender.

JUDO

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Tomohiko Hoshina is a 25-year-old Filipino-Japanese judoka based from Japan. He will be competing in the 100 plus kilo category. Hosina’s major accomplishments include winning silver at the 2007 Thailand Southeast Asian Games. Hoshina was given an automatic spot on Team Philippines. Hoshina admits that it would have been hard to make it on the Japanese team.

ARCHERY

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Mark Javier is a 31-year-old from Dumaguete City. Javier will be competing in the archery event and earned a spot at the World Archery Championship and will be his 2nd Olympics. Javier’s major accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and National record holder.

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Rachel Cabral is a 27-year-old from Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley. She will also be competing in archery and qualified at the World Archery Championship in Utah along with Mark Javier.  This will be Cabral’s second Olympic games and Philippines’ first female Olympic archer since 2004.


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*Image courtesy of: (Jerome Ascano/Spin.ph)

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Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez Wins Street Fighter Vs. Marvel World Championship

11 Jul

In the world of fighting games competition, there is no event more prestigious than the EVO Championship Series, widely considered the World Championship of fighting games. World Warriors from all over the world get to compete annually in Las Vegas. For the popular game Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (UMVC3), Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez needed to win after being knocked into the loser’s bracket by his opponent Infrit. After some tense moments, Filipino Champ fights his way winning 6 games in the grand finals against Infrit to become World Champion here .

Filipino Champ is a well-known name among the Fighting Game Community (FGC). He has won major events including SoCal Regionals held in Los Angeles winning the Super Street Fighter 4 event defeating Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, the greatest Street Fighter player of all time from Japan. Over the past few years, Filipino Champ has had plenty of media attention including TFC’s Balitang America segment here.

Filipino Champ travels extensively all over the US and internationally as a professional gamer. Filipino Champ had trips to Japan, Australia, and most recently to the Philippines. He is sponsored by Complexity Cross Counter and  currently participating at San Diego COMIC CON.


Follow Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez

Twitter @fchampryan

(Photo: Karaface)