Maraming salamat sa mga tumangkilik at umalalay sa Askals 1&2
Ngayon ay sigurado na may issue 3 na.
Totoong naging matagumpay ang kaunaunahang Komikon.
Yun ang unang pagkakataon kong makaranas
ng ganoong klase ng "Pakana" (yun din ang unang lagda ko
sa mga komiks ko he he he).
Wala man akong basehan ng paghahambingan,
sa nakita kong pakikiisa at pakikisaya
ng bawat grupo na narororon ay nasaksihan ko
ang lubos na kasiyahan. Hindi ako magtataka
kung sa mga susunod pang mga taon ay maulit
at mas maging matagumpay pa ito.
Ako man ay nalubos ang kasiyahan ng makadaupang palad ko
ang komik superstar na si Leinel Yu,
Salamat din kay Edgar Tadeo, Marco Dimaano,
Arnold Arre, Budjette Tan , kay Reno Maniquis na naghain ng tulong
para mapakawalan sa booth ni Maskarado ang Askals.
At kay Gerry Alanguilan na totoong laging nariyan at handang magbigay ng suporta sa mga gustong magkomiks.
Ang puna na ito ay nabasa ko sa journal ni Gerry, salamat sa pagbigay-pansin
sa guhit ni: mangguhit
"Manning the booth kept me pretty busy and I never really had a chance to go around and check out what the other groups have come up with. I did manage to get some mini comics from some booths, and one of the most remarkable ones I got was Askals #1 and 2 by Dodo Dayao and Bong Leal.
Bong Leal is one of the most remarkable Filipino artists I've seen in a while. Budjette Tan recently uploaded a pre-hispanic story that Bong illustrated that just blew my socks off. So when I learned that he was drawing Askals, I made sure I got copies.
The attention to detail is amazing. Their depiction of Quiapo is authentic and well executed. If I can offer anything constructive, it would be 2 things. First would be my wish to see all of the pages inked. The uninked pages contrast heavily with the pages that have been inked, as the latter all look excellent. It gives an impression that the world is somehow unfinished, and makes you wish you could go back at a later date until it's done.
The 2nd would be the appearance of the gangsters cruising the Quiapo streets in a topdown, an image that seems more consistent with African-American gang culture rather than Filipino gang culture. The imagery is a little distracting, specially when contrasted with the authentic Quiapo backdrop.
Aside from that, I think this is a pretty good effort, and I'm definitely there for the next issue".