Archive for the ‘TPop Alumni’ Category

Tokyopop Alumni Set 4

April 24, 2009

In the rare instances of free time, I managed to squeak out a bit more of my former co-worker portraits…

This is Bobo, aka Bowen Park, the former production artist also known as Postino, the world’s first Post-It Mutant. He was able to create artistic masterpieces with post-its. All the while able to sing songs and ask me to ‘take it away’, when I did NOT know what the hell he was singing. And he was somewhat deaf, after asking “Huh? What?” to everything I would say… He went on to work in his parents’ “import/export” biz, which has mafia written all over it. But whatevers. Haven’t heard from Bobo since he left, but sure he’s misquoting songs somewhere or another.
TPOP Alumni: Bobo

This is Candice Uyloan… She’s at Viz Media now, and she’s Candilicious. Very Candilicious. She’d be up in the gym, just working on her fitness. He’s her witness. That’s all I have to say about that.
TPOP: Candice

Carol Fox, a big fan of Sgt. Frog. She went to Tpop, to Viz… And then she went abroad for vacation. We collaborated to make an awesome “Witch of the Red Pooh” logo. And it was great seeing her again in SF when I went to visit Viz’s offices…
TPOP Alumni: Carol Fox

Jessica Chavez is one of the peeps that hung out with my supposed BFF John Lo, aka Mr. Phone, aka JLowah. I think she shared the same opinion of him that I did (I hate him and I want him to die). One of my favorite stories he told me about her was that she whooped him in ping pong, and I believe she actually said what I had in the word balloons to him. She’s good peeps.
TPOP: Jessica Chavez

Jennifer Asuka Mori Tun, is one of my favorite people that I worked with TPop. She loves Miyavi, so I put him in the background. And she cos-played once as Dark Haruko from FLCL. The pic was interesting so I drew her as that.
TPop Alumni: Asuka Mori Tun

Elain Chang is my favorite MISSING cover girl. She and I had many conversations, but I never felt the same way about her as I felt for Esther Kim. I hate Esther Kim. I want her to get hurt, like that time she chokeslammed me. That was uncalled for. But I like Elain. I like her a lot. Maybe the reason we got along so well, was because she wasn’t like Esther Kim. And she never chokeslammed me. One of these days, I’m going to get her back for that…
TPOP ALumni: Elain Chang

Eric Pineda was one of my favorite fellow retouchers. As another illustrator, he inspired me to go on to work on things that I never thought I’d be able to. We’ll have different opinions from time to time, but he’s still one of my favorites, and still I’d recommend him in my top 5 of any illustrators that I know. He rocks the casbah. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
TPOP Alumni: Eric Pineda

Gavin Highlight and I used to ride the bus together to get to and from TPop when I wasn’t driving. He wrote a comic called, “Motor City” which he managed to get published and reviewed. It was a good book, and I’d love to be able to work with him somewhere down the line, creating some good stories. I did some artwork for flyers for his brother promoting “Tune In Tokyo”, which I’ve posted before. And most of the girls around him are from the artwork I did for the flyers.
TPOP: Gavin N

Mike Estacio was also known as Gundam Mike and Toshi. He and I shared many a wrestling joke, and we still wonder why the Macho Man Randy Savage isn’t wrestling anywhere anymores. And why Heero Yuy always told his closer friends that he wanted to kill them all the time. And why the God Gundam in G-Gundam’s main attack was the perverse-sounding “Burning Finger.”
TPOP Alumni: Mike Estacio

This is Grace Sun. I didn’t actually know Grace all that well when I worked with her at Tpop. But I always heard nice things about her, and when I set out to draw her pix, I just pilfered images from her facebook profile that I thought would be fun to draw. And she came out looking super sexy. Because I picked the super sexy images to draw from… Because I’m evil. I got to her know her afterwards, at the occasional TPop get together, and she’s a great person. So I hope these pix do her justice.
TPOP Alumni: Grace Sun

Courtney Geter and I love the cartoon Metalocalypse. Daily Dethklok quotes were the thing with him and I. AND we even attended the Dethklok concert when they hit up LA together. It was METAL! They make everything METAL. Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity. But he’s an excellent photographer. I only wish he took a picture of me being evil so I can also post it up and relish in my evilness.
Tpop Alumni: Courtney Geter

Tim Beedle was one of my first friends working at Tokyopop. I had the fortune of distracting him in the middle of his work many a time, and working with him on many of his titles when I started out. One of my better friends in the biz. And yes, I had the fortune to letter that issue of Battle Royale where Keith Giffen exchanged the original japanese sound FX for the dialogue, “Shot the kitty.” Which became a running gag in the office with me and some of the peeps for quite a while.
TPop Alumni: Tim Beedle

Paul Morrissey was another one of the first friends I made at Tokyopop. His attention to detail and work ethic often inspired me to greater things. And now we work together on projects for BOOM! comics. I guess there’s something to be said for building some sort of reputation… LOL.
Tpop Alumni: Paul Morrissey

This is Yoohae Yang! One of my favorite letterers that I had the fortune to show the ropes. We hung out and had a lot of fun. She went on to get married and onto better things. She’s a great karaoke singer. She can do a brilliant rendition of Hikaru Utada’s song “First Love” that made John Lo bust out in tears, openly weeping.
TPOP Alumni: Yoohae Yang


Tokyopop Alumni Set 3

February 23, 2009

This is a big one, and probably the last I post for a while unless I do more. Soooooo… Moving along…

This is Abelardo Bigting, AKA Ab (Hope I spelled that right). This was the first one of these I ever did:
TPop Alumni: Ab Bigting
The next up is Jennifer Nunn… AKA “The Girl Who Eats A Lot” AKA “Eats”. The names were given to her by the VP of Production who we called “The Eye of Sore Ron.”
TPop Alumni: Jenn Nunn
This one is of Samantha Y… I forget her last name and I don’t wanna butcher it. She was in layout, and my old co-worker John Lo saw it and said, “Not even close.” Oh well. It was only my 3rd one I did…
TPop Alumni: Sam Y
This is one of Thea Willis. She was a designer that I didn’t know too well, but we had some laughs:
TPop Alumni: Thea Willis
This is designer turned editor, Aaron Suhr. Big Transformers and Rurouni Kenshin buff. Also good at Street Fighter. I only beat him once, and for one round. And I think it’s because it was one of his characters that he wasn’t good with:
TPop Alumni: Aaron Suhr
This portrait is of another designer, Raymond Makowski. He left TP and went on to Mattel. He also had a webshow up for a while called, “Life in LA.” You can see it here:
Interestingly enough, in his Triad Code: 25, I make an appearance at 1:03 to the left. And a little after that, I get to meet Crom. Awesome opportunity!
TPop Alumni: Ray Makowski
This one is of Christian “CLownds” Lownds, one of the better bosses I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
TPop Alumni: CLownds
This is Lindsey… She got married and I forgot her new last name. I’m bad like that. She liked Gundams and Sgt. Frog, and she was production coordinator, I believe:
TPOP Alumni: Lindsey
This one is of Sophia Hong, AKA Sooooooooofeeeeeeeeeeee AKA JiHye Hong AKA Candy Mountain. She was going through a Kingdom Hearts 2 phase, so she got 3 pics, Her Master Form, Her Heartless and her Nobody, Fiexso. Any fan of Kingdom Hearts may get that, and if you don’t, I’m sorry:
TPop Alumni: Sophia Hong
This one is of the Great Fawn Lau. One of the hardest working artist/designers I know. I used to call her, “Sephifawn,” referencing the ever-popular FF VII villian:
TPop Alumni: Sephifawn
This one is Erika Terriquez, AKA Skooter! One of my favorite people at TP, and a good example of how hard work pays off. Both of us are fans of the Hardyz:
TPop Alumni: Skooter
This one is of Jennifer Miller, AKA Junior. She always was a favorite of mine, because she was the one who hired me in spite of my evilness. This is her with Coach Z, because the two of us liked the songs from the Homestar Runner CD.
TPOP Alumni: Jen Miller
This is Kimmie Kim! She actually left TP, to go back to school, but I used to always drop by her desk and post up print-outs of SGT. Frog all over it. And I placed a lot of my pokemon plushies there, too… LOL:
TPop Alumni: Kimmie Kim
This one if of Jason Milligan, AKA Chinny. He’s still working for the Manga Revolution, so I can’t exactly say he’s an alumni… But I like the SOB so much, he belongs with the rest of us:
TPop Alumni: Chinny
This one is of Mona Lisa De Asis. She was one of my first friends at TP, and the one who I was always afraid of to get mad at me. Because she was fiesty. Actually, she still is… LOL:
TPOP Alumni: Moner Liser
This one is Esther Kim, named after my zapakuto. She worked in Marketing and she made my life a living hell. I hate her. She’s number 2 on my list of people to put in the Crippler Crossface. I’m half-serious. No, I’m not. I’m totally serious. LOL.
TPOP Alumni: Esther Kim
This one is of one of my closest friends, James Dashiell. We were hired around the same time, and he went on to become my boss when I was a production artist at TP. James Dash is one of the best people I know. He’s Production Manager at Go! Comi, now:
TPOP Alumni: James Dash
And last but not least, it’s ME! JoeMac! If you’re wondering about the halo and the devil wing, it’s because I tell everyone I’m evil, but they say I’m nice. Go figure. And the line is from a Ghost Rider comic, because I’m a follower of Vengeance.
TPop Alumni: JoeMac
And that’s it for now. I still don’t know what to do with all these pics. I want to make a huge poster for sure. Maybe make a artbook? I’ve been thinking it’d really be neat to have a gallery for a while, and put all these things up! It’d be a great excuse to get everyone together again!

Tokyopop Alumni Set 2

February 19, 2009

More TP Alumni art found for posting!

This is of Mina Sung, who I thought looked like Yuko from xxxHolic:
This is El Rey, Vince Rivera who greeted me everyday with the Booker T “5X!!” taunt:
TPop Alumni: El Rey
This one is of Terri Fernandez, one of the old HR peeps who went on to start a pilates thang:
TPop Alumni: Terri Fernandez
This is Mutsumi Miyazaki, who went on to Del Rey:
Tpop Alumni: Mutsumi Miyazaki
Adriana Rivera AKA Shank Guhl, who we sat next to me for a while and started every day by sharpening her shank, and making a hash mark on our “wall”:
Tpop Alumni: Adrianna Rivera
Mr. and Mrs. Hori. I worked with Mrs. Hori, Rhona Medina Hori. She had a cool pix of her with a sword that I ripped off:
This one is “Lukie” Lucas Rivera:
This one is of Louis Csontos, one of the better designers I had the pleasure working with. We got a kick out of John Cena when he was doing his rap gimmick:
This one is of Kyle Plummer, one of the bigger Captain America fans I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Rivaled only by one other in the office, but his pic isn’t done yet:
This one is of Kara Stambach, manga novel editor extraordinaire. We had a running gag about a copy of Episode 3 with bad subtitles, when Vader yelled: “NOOOOOOOOO~!” it translated to “Not want!” Ah, yesssss… Such good times:
This is Diva Eva, Eva Han. She did a cool rendition of “Dance Magic” with her band. She also kept getting made fun of by Steve Harvey on the elevator for some reason:
This one is of another HR manager, Dana Lee. She loved Hello Kitty:
And last one for now is of Allison Stetz… Don’t even know if I spelled that one right. She gave me some Southern Comfort on my birthday, to relieve me of my pain. That was exciting:
Hopefully I find more and I can post them up! I know I have a lot more.

Tokyopop Alumni Set 1

February 19, 2009

When I still worked at Tokyopop fulltime, I made a lot of friends and people came and went. Since I didn’t have much monies, I tried making them a drawing as a farewell gift. I was digging out materia for my new DeviantArt account and unearthed several of them. So I’m gonna start posting them. 🙂
This one is of Irene (Princess Irenie) Choi:
TPop Alumni: Irenie
This one is the Great Jeannie Lee:
TPop Alumni: Jeannie Lee
This one is Jason “HaWhat” Alnas:
TPop Alumni: Jason Alnas
This one is of Gloria Wu AKA Lil’ Glo-Glo:
Tpop Alumni: Lil' Glo-Glo
This one is of Vera S. AKA Giggles:
Tpop Alumni: Giggles
A Great Portrait of the Non-Believer, Gary Shum:
TPop Alumni: Gary Shum
And last but not least, a portrait of Christina Wun:
TPop Alumni: Christina Wun
As I find more of these, I’ll make sure to post them. I have quite a few…