Manila 2017 ⋅ Comic Artists

Alan Quah
Carl Potts
Rodney Ramos
Stanley Lau


Bishop creator joins Asiapop Comicon!!!

Bishop (of Uncanny X Men) creator WHILCE PORTACIO broke into the comics industry by inking Marvel Comics' classic book Longshot in 1985. Quickly he became a sought-after inker at Marvel, then proved that he was more than ready to headline as a penciler on The Punisher in 1988.

In 1990, Whilce's artwork and popularity would reach a new turn with his triumphant work on X Factor and Uncanny X Men. He was given the chance to create his own character for “X-Men” and created Bishop (who recently headlined the movie “X Men: Days of Future Past").

Whilce was also a co-founder of the Image Comics, an American comic book publisher founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators. At Image, Whilce launched “Wetworks” and released the successful independent book Stone (based on Filipino myths).

In 1996, he returned to Marvel to draw "Heroes Reborn: Iron Man" followed by X Force. In 2000, Whilce signed up with DC Comics and released the second run of Wetworks and worked on Batman Confidential, Authority, Stormwatch and Batman/Superman.

To date, Whilce has returned working independently for Image, Marvel and DC. He did Spawn, Artifacts, Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X Men and graced various Marvel covers and has launched his new creator-owned book called Non-Humans for Image with Glen Brunswick (writer of new Line Cinema's Frequency) and a new scifi book from this team is due this year.

Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau

Co-Sponsored by:

Creative Director / Program Director – WSQ Diploma in Digital Design

Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios — a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Square Enix, Riot Games and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley’s art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle Artgerm, Stanley’s art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world of almost 300,000 Facebook followers. To date, Stanley’s deviantART gallery has been viewed more than 50 million times.

Alan Quah

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Alan Quah is an artist from Malaysia whose first comics pages were published in a 1984 fanzine, APAzine from Berita Publishing. His art there was awarded the best inker of the book by readers of Daniel Chan's Friday comic newspaper. He received degree in Advertising in 1992 and opened a design shop in 1997. In 2005, he returned to illustration and was hired by California based Comics Conspiracy to draw the black and white series THE ELDRICH. Later that year, he joined Heroverse to produce art for the title ANYWHERE.

In 2006, Alan won the Devil's Due talent search competition and later that year he won the 24hr CEDKO Comic Challenge. In 2008, he was chosen into the top 50 finalist in Marvel's CHESTERQUEST.

He founded Komikaki Studio, a comic art and colouring company which has produced a few projects for DC, MTVN, Top Cow, Capstone, Heroverse, DDP, Webtoon and Titan Comics.

He has worked for DC Comics' The Vampire Diaries and Legendary Comics' Godzilla: Awakening, a prequel comic to this summer's blockbuster Godzilla and RAGE, a french comic book series by Glyphs Production. He has also worked on Nike's Footwear Illustrations for DarkHorse, Space Goat Presents Anthology, ShadowGirls, Evil Dead 2, IDW's Orphan Black, Titan Comics' Dark Souls mini series.

Currently working on Titan Comics' Quake Champions miniseries based on the gameplay by Bethesda.

Carl Potts

During his 13 years at Marvel Comics, Carl Potts was Executive Editor, overseeing 1/3 of Marvel's publications.

Comics creators Carl mentored include Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Art Adams, Larry Stroman, Jon Bogdanove Terry Shoemaker, June Brigman and Mike Mignola.

He wrote and drew comics, covers and posters for Marvel. Among Carl’s projects was a celebrated run as writer/layout artist on Punisher War Journal. He also wrote Venom, Prowler and Shadowmasters. Carl created Alien Legion and Last of the Dragons.

The Alien Legion screenplay Carl wrote was bought by Bruckheimer/Disney.

Watson-Guptill published Carl's book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling.

Carl has given his visual storytelling seminar at Princeton University, Syracuse University, Pixar, Google, The Society of Illustrators, Blizzard, Blue Sky, LucasArts, SCAD, NYU, Tecnológico de Monterrey, FIT, Comics Uncovered, Story Summit, Ogilvy & Mather and Psyop.

He teaches in NYC at School of Visual Arts and online for Academy of Art University.

Carl is teamed up with Bill Reinhold on his current graphic novel project, The Flying Column. It is based on his family’s experiences in the Philippines during WWII. It will be published by the Naval Institute Press.

Rodney Ramos

Rodney Ramos has been a professional penciler / inker in the comic book industry for over 15 years, starting at Marvel Comics working as one of John Romita’s Raiders. He started penciling on such titles as Thundercats, Marvel Presents, What If, Conan and Toxic Avenger. He also started inking on a wide variety of books such as Gen-X, Ironman, Gambit, Punisher War Journal, Spider-man and Peter Parker the Amazing Spider-man. He when on to Valiant to work with Jim shooter to pencil Legend of Zelda and inking titles Armorines, Bloodshot, X-O Man Of War.

While he was over in England he starting working for Marvel Comics UK on Black Axe, Super Soldiers, Death,s Head . He has worked at Marvel. Marvel Comics U.K, DC Comics, Valiant, Acclaim comics, Malibu and Continuity Comics. His inks have graced many titles such as Spider-man, X-men, Iron-man, Peter Parker, Batman, Wonder Woman and the critically acclaimed Transmetropolitan. Recently he has worked for DC Comics on 52, Countdown, Green Lantern, Batman, JSA, Magog, Vertigo,s Bang Tango and many more titles. Recent work also features "Independence Day," and "Doctor Who."