How To Blog When You're A Sleepless New Dad


I suppose the answer can't? 

I mean if there are dads out there who seem to be able to do so, then by all means, I am open to suggestions. But ever since we gave birth in January, I've had to continue working, leading Pushpin Visual Solutions into our new phase (in itself akin to caring for a new baby--lots of demands on time, attention, and energy), and supporting the wife however I can. "However I can" here means being as much of a hands-on dad as possible, and doing the lion's share of the house chores so that mommy can focus on breastfeeding the baby and recovering from her CS operation.

It's been seven months since. Maybe now I can get back in the saddle again. But I've learned my lesson: no more bold proclamations like "Hello world! I'm back to blogging again! Expect a new post twice, three times a day!"  This time, I'm taking a cue from my own child, Liam Oliver: baby steps, daddy, one at a time.


Selfie Cliche

I did a series of illustrations parodying Instagram and selfie cliches, featuring the carabao character from my The More The Manyer series of books on Filipino linguistic cliches. From #duckface to #beachfeet, the images comprise some of my biggest internet pet peeves.

Did I miss anything? Feel free to suggest more Instagram and selfie cliches!

Life Adventures, in Comics, as Comics

One of my favorite ongoing projects right now is, bar none, my collaboration with wifey Lorra on our weekly comic strip, Homeycomb: A Married Life. It started out as a slice-of-life, ripped from our life experiences series of comics, but has since evolved into a sort of parallel universe, wish-fulfilment kind of comic, with dinosaurs and robots and all sorts of other weird and fun adventures we wish we actually got ourselves into. Except earlier this year, we found ourselves in the middle of one of the greatest life adventures of all:


Wild Things - Artwork for the Ang InK Exhibit

Inspired both by Maurice Sendak's original picture book, and Dave Eggers & Spike Jonze film adaptation, Wild Things is a set of postcard-sized illustrations I contributed to Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's Paper Clips exhibit, which launched last May 30, 2015 at PRISM Gallery.

Artwork was created with watercolor and graphite.

Wild Rumpus
Wild Treehouse
And I Love You So