Friday, April 11, 2008

escape into a book

One of my favorite campaigns won big time in the recent ADFEST.
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Gold Single Press Lotus - Penguin Books "Train"
Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore

Silver Single Press Lotus - Penguin Books "Bus stop"
Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore

Gold Campaign Press Lotus - Penguin Books "Bus-Stop/Train/Airport"
Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore

See the rest of the ADFEST winners at: Adobo Magazine

(Would be nice to do a campaign promoting comic books, yes?)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

painting people's house

“ … I probably need to explain once again why I don't stay long on company-owned works. It's as simple as this -- if I don't own it, I'm not going to spend my life on it.

“Or, if you like: you can only paint someone else's house for so long before you start thinking that it might be nice to own your own house one day.

“I'm okay with painting other people's houses for short periods, because I'm good at it and it pays well and on nice days it's fun. But I never ever confuse painting a house for owning that house. And if I spent every waking hour painting other people's houses, I wouldn't be able to build houses of my own.

“The more creators who only took on housepainting as a part-time gig, the healthier this medium would be.” – warren ellis

Which made me think about the work we do in the agency.

Client comes to us and tells us to paint their house.

Make it look pretty!

Make it red!

Make it blue!

Make it look bigger and bigger!

Make it look new and improved!

And sometimes, we do forget that we don’t own the house and we try to renovate everything or make a room for ourselves. (I’m guilty of that sometimes.)

It's also funny how sometimes client lets you get away with the most creative way of painting the house, but then requests, “Can you paint that doorknob pink?” -- and it just kills you because it wasn’t part of your plan. It wasn’t part of the color scheme you had in mind.

There are creatives who see the work as “just another paint job”. Paint it and get it over with.

There are creatives who believe that they are about to paint the next Sistine Chapel.

There are creatives who get the job done and do it great. They take a step back to look at the house and say, “Good job.” They take their break and wait for the next job to come in.
see fox run, see fox read

April seems to be shaping up to be a busy month for readers and book lovers and comic book collectors. On April 14, FOX BOOKS launches its first batch of titles at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street.

Their second batch of titles will be several comic books / graphic novels, scheduled sometime mid-year.

More details at:
See you in the bookstores!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

mystery girl

As news of the cancellation of two local comic book titles are mentioned in the blogosphere, it's great to receive news that a new company will venture into comic book publishing.

The company is called BLUE COW and their comic book is called PRIVATE IRIS. Their first comic book project will definitely get a lot of buzz since it was created by the team behind CAST: Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre.

SYNOPSIS : “Private Iris” is a mystery comic series that challenges kids of all ages to match wits with MacGuffin Plains’ brilliant but secretive super sleuth, Private Iris. When Danton, the most popular boy in school, joins forces with Private Iris, the most intelligent loner in town, you get a crime-solving team that can’t be beat! Iris’ genius level intellect and high-tech gadgets combined with Danton’s winning personality and his amazing athletic skills will show that there’s no case that can’t be cracked and no villain that can’t be caught. So join Private Iris and Danton as they right wrongs while discovering the importance of learning and friendship.

babbling real-time

... where I mostly post links to stuff I find online and tell you really useless stuff (e.g. "I'm stuck in traffic!", "I'm eating!", "I just got a new comic book!", "I'm eating!", "I need to loose weight.", "I'm eating!!!")


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