Aaron Felizmenio has been penning Gwapoman 2000, his own independent comic, since 2008 (pre-social media webcomic boom). Now, you can buy his comic books, Gwapoman 2000 and Minkowski Space Opera, at National Bookstore. When I dived into creating Preview's 'Revenge of the Geek' chapter this March, I really wanted to collaborate with an actual comic book artist. So before you go on reading our 'why is geek cool now' piece, Aaron's feisty geek girl greets you in action pose. Decked out in Gucci, no less. I talked to the young artist, who's developed a following through Komikon and on the web, about how and why he got into the comic biz and what he thinks of fashion's "geek shift".
What really pushed me, besides the love for the medium, is that I have stories to tell, and the way to do it is do it on my own. These stories won't be heard or be known about if I don't do it, and there's no one else to do it but me so there's that. Addition of interests is what they call it, I think.
When did you start doing comic books professionally?
I started doing comicbooks professionally around 2008 or 09, I really don't remember the exact date because things were a blur back then, I was also busy at school.
It's not easy to do, though, but it's the kind of challenge illustrators look forward to since not everyone gets to draw other things - I never thought I'd get to do this kind of illustration! It's kind of an honor, really, especially trying my hand over those really stylish designs by Gucci.
Oh, of course, Gwapoman would date the geek girl! Assuming he's not busy fighting crime. Haha!
Gwapoman and our chic geek.
Read our Revenge of the Geek feature in our March issue here.
Main image photographed by Koji Arboleda
In-article images by Aaron Felizmenio from aaronfelizmenio.com