Site Background and Character Bios

If you are new to the site and are wondering what it is all about, I encourage to you to read this page first.

This site is meant to show the comic strips I do and have done throughout the years and the theme is mostly the same: humor (I try).  The strips do not have complicated storylines and most are stand-alones, meaning you should be able to understand one strip without any background about the characters or the previous ones I have created.  From time to time, I do a set of interconnected comic strips but those are few and far in between.  Of course, this is subject to change.  I try to be flexible.

While I do create comic strips centering on Greek Mythology, this site mainly focuses on Filipino Folklore/Mythology characters, aka "The Capiz Gang".  I try to make them as relatable as possible since I want other people from other nationalities to read it too and hopefully learn more about our creatures and culture.  And while the characters are patterned after Fil myth and folklore, the strips are written for everybody to understand and enjoy.

Now, some people have asked about my Filipino folklore characters and while I have my character profile cards and glossary page, I thought it would be nice to have some sort of explanation in a single page on who my characters are and which folklore creatures they are patterned after.  So I'll be making a brief summary here:

Kat is an entrepreneurial "manananggal".  Manananggals are the Filipino version of vampire.  During mornings they are normal human beings, but they turn into winged monsters at night.  Plus, when they're on their "vampire mode", their upper torso gets separated from their legs.  Manananggals are my favorite folklore creatures!
Like Kat, Mutya is a manananggal.  She's Kat's best friend and the first character I've ever thought of, trying to pattern her after the stereotype Filipina, if there ever is one.  "Mutya" in Filipino means "muse".
Kap is short for "Kapre" -- his folklore type.  They are smoking giants usually said to be living in trees.
Jake is a mummy basketball jock.  Not a Filipino creature at all since he's an immigrant!  I mentioned that in my second cartoon.
Richie is a half-horse, half-human being creature called "Tikbalang".  They are pranksters that make people get lost in the woods.  That's why I try to portray Richie as lightly as possible.
Lovejoy is a smart and bookish "puting dwende" or in english, a "white dwarf".  White dwarves are usually depicted as rational, helpful dwarves to human beings. 
Unlike LoveJoy, Anger, Fury and Contempt are triplet "itim na dwende", or in english, "black dwarves".  They are creatures who punish human beings who offended them, sometimes irrationally.  True to their type, this trio loves causing trouble!
Neko is a marketing-guru "aswang".  He also hails from a tech-savvy "lost tribe"There are a lot of aswang varieties but in my comic strips, Neko is the animorph type and I have yet to expound on this.
Billy, like Jake, is a mummy.  He appears rarely since he just visits Jake from time to time but whenever he visits, he's bound to get into an adventure!
Sarah is Jake's too smart, trouble-making little sister.  She's the worst charge a baby-sitter could ever hope for and so far the only one up to the challenge is Kap.
Stripes is Richie's "cat".
The Lion is Kap's ferocious pet... not!  He was formally living in a zoo but he took such a special liking to Kap that the zoo officials let him keep him!  The Lion is a vegetarian and has a soft heart, just like his master.


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