Edgar Tadeo Interview
Following is an old interview I conducted with Edgar Tadeo back in January 31, 2012. Ed is a Filipino comic book artist born in Taytay, Rizal in November 1974. Edgar is a multi-talented artist dabbling in coloring, inking, and pencilling.
How long have you been making comic books?
Professionally it has been more than 16 years but I’ve been in love with making comics for 25 years. Before that however, I wanted to be an animator.
Are you a full-time comic book creator or do you have a day job?
Ang tunay na lalake, walang day job. He he he! Seriously, I’m a freelance comic artist. I also create my own comics but most of the time I do work for international comic companies.
If you have a day job what is it?
I tried. I don’t like traveling back and forth for work.
What comic book project are you most known for?
Mostly, Marvel X-books – probably Wolverine ‘coz that’s the first on-going comic book I ever worked/inked on. Second was Iron Man as a colorist.
How did you discover comic books?
Our neighbor in our old place let me borrow their old locally published komiks. The second time I borrowed stuff, he gave me old DC and Marvel comics. I got excited ‘coz they were fully colored not like late 80’s Pinoy komiks which were mostly in monotones.
How did you get started in comic books?
Quite a long story. There was a school of comics somewhere in QC where, Whilce Portacio once visited for a talk. Whilce’s first secretary lived near the school so we asked for permission to drop by at Whilce’s condo to submit a few drawings which included mine. Gerry Alanguilan and Roy Allan Martinez was working with Whilce at that time so they also looked at my work and asked me to have a try out. Whilce asked me what I wanted to try; pencilling or inking, so I said INKING. I did some tryouts over Whilce’s pencils and the next week I was working with Roy and Gerry on Grifter #10.
Who are your greatest influences?
When I was borrowing Pinoy komiks, I got familiarized with Jun Lofamia’s work. I suddenly got intrigued by Alfredo Alcala’s work when I first saw his rendering of Swamp Thing. Then John Totleben’s Swamp Thing. Then in the mid-90’s I saw Jim Lee’s work. That changed everything on how I draw. The list goes on – Whilce Portacio, Mark Silvestri, Rob Liefeld…almost all of the Image guys, really.
What is the greatest comic book of all time?
Hmmm. That’s hard ‘coz I’m a fan of every comics I read. I haven’t finished reading Watchmen, the Swamp Thing compilation written by Alan Moore. It’s like a beauty pageant. I can’t decide.
Who is the greatest comic book creator of all time?
Like I said, it’s like a beauty pageant. We all have our tastes.
What’s the best thing that can happen to the Filipino comic book industry?
I see no problem with the comic biz in general. I’m peeved off by some people who don’t understand why comic books are now Php 30.00 – Php 60.00 instead of the old Php 10.00 per copy. The best thing that can ever happen is that non-regular readers will start reading komiks again. But who cares if they read or not. If they rather spend their Php 30.00 on cellphone load than read a comic book, I don’t mind.
What’s the worst thing that can happen to the Filipino comic book industry?
The worst thing already happened. Some creators made some great komiks and then sold them to a TV network and the work disappeared. I just wish it never happens again especially to the great creators of our time.
If you weren’t making comic books what would you be doing for a living?
Maybe an animator, ‘coz that was my first dream. Also, maybe a painter.
What is the best advice you can give to a comic book creator who is just starting out?
Live the dream.
Hope you enjoyed the interview with Edgar Tadeo!