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Interview: Filipino Artist Ryan Pasibe

Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner

Presented by SnappingTurtleGallery.Com

The Philippines has been a wellspring of incredibly talented and dazzlingly stylish comic-book artists for decades, from Nestor Redondo to Mico Suayan. And besides their impeccable craftsmanship, they have something else in common: They're largely underrated. Ryan Pasibe is a young Filipino illustrator who hasn't broken through the Big Two - Marvel and DC Comics yet - but with his powerful, two-fisted art, it's only a matter of time before he busts the door down. I interviewed Pasibe about his roots and dreams.

Q: When did your interest in comic-book illustration begin? How old were you then?

A: My first interest on comic-book illustration begun when i was in elementary days. I saw some superhero comics like Marvel and DC Comics. They caught my attention and dreamed of working in comics when I grow up.

Q: What attracted you to drawing?

A: My brother was an artist; he's 10 years older than me. He was doing projects, lettering, backdrafts and drawing some comic-ish portraits. He was doing all my drawing assignments when I was in elementary school. But he told me that it is annoying that it is him who's doing drawing projects and said "you better learn how to draw." I kept that in my mind and begun drawing like he used to.

Q: Did you receive any formal training?

A: I was joining a poster-making competition in our schools since elementary school up to high school. I guess that helps train me. and in college, I studied and majored in fine arts major in advertising.

Q: Who would you say are the primary influences in your style?

A: My influences are Leinil Francis Yu, Stephen Jorge Segovia and Mico Suayan. but whenever I draw, I dont see any ressemblance of their style in my style. I don't know why, but I hope I'm doing just fine.

Q: Do you remember what your first illustration was? If so, what was it?

A: My first illustration was Conan the Barbarian. it was done using watercolors, but I didn't get a chance to keep it or have a picture because that time was just my primitive days and I don't have cameras.

Q: What are some of the lessons you learned on a creative level since your earliest days?

A: Never mock somebody's art.

Q: What publishers have you worked with, both in the Philippines and abroad?

A: Pross Comics. Zenescope Entertainment, but just two.

Q: Have you done any interior art besides covers?

A: Yes, I have; they were Super Pros and Apheenx.

Related: Showcase: Ryan Pasibe's Megatron – Transformers Decepticons

Q: Do you feel it is tougher to get noticed because you're in the Philippines?

A: To be noticed, it takes a lot of time. but some are fortunate, some are not, and I'm counting myself unfortunate for the moment. but it's okay. As long as I have commissions, I have no worries.

Q: How did you get involved with Snapping Turtle?

A: The owner of Snapping Turtle Comics was our long time client way back Pross Comics days and now, he's my friend. We help each other even though we're maps apart.

Q: Your Wave print for Snapping Turtle is absolutely beautiful. What was your reaction when you discovered that Marvel Comic was introducing a major Pinay superhero?

A: This made me excited that time. At that same time, amazed. Having a Filipina superhero is just like having Manny Pacquiao. Makes us proud.

Q: What characters do you dream of working on?

A: I dream of working for Marvel or DC comics. If i'll be fortunate, I would like to work on Wolverine or Hulk sequentials. They are my long-time favorite characters to draw.

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