RIGHT, I'M DEAD
I've been confused by the many
messages I have received lately saying something to the effect of "Hey,
man, are you DEAD?" They would continue saying "See, I was reading Stone
#4 and it says you're dead!". I haven't gotten a copy of it yet so I went
over to the comic store and true enough, there I was, dead! I had worked
on all issues of Stone, including all 4 issues of Volume 1, and 3 issues
of Volume 2. This was the only issue I had not worked on. It
was already the time when I was devoting much of my time inking over Whilce
Here to the right is a scan of
that tombstone which confirms it! It's drawn by Whilce, Lan Medina, inked
I believe, by Alejandro Sicat. So, what's up with that? See, long before
any issue of Stone came out, Whilce told me that the character's real name
is in fact, Gerry Alanguilan. Well, I just laughed at that. Once
you get to know him, you'll realize how much of a kidder Whilce is. Ha!
Ha! Ha! I said. Whoooboy! A character named after me! Wheee! Obviously,
I was having fun with it.
Ok then so issue #1 comes out and
holy crap! They really named the character after ME!!! To be honest, I
actually broke out in cold sweat. I thought that people will get
confused as to who the character is and who the inker is. I'd be walking
a con and Avalon readers would come up to me and say, hey, why did you
name yourself like the character eh? Getta life!
Turns out it was an OK thing after
all. It's cool having a character named after you. Cooler still that it's
one of the first Filipino comic book characters in an international comic
book (The first one was Grail, aka Joel Alonday, named after Whilce's old
So now the character Gerry Alanguilan
is apparently dead now, as to why, hey you gotta check out the comic book
yourself! I'm sure there are still some copies floating around out there.