Monday, July 15, 2013

Artist Vergil Espinosa Battles Kidney Failure

A real hero fighting the good fight
HE was at every meeting and every KOMIKON, met all of his deadlines, and wowed us with the incredible detail of his artwork every single time. It didn't matter if what he was doing was entirely gratis, Vergil Espinosa, aka daverge, delivered with a wallop. Even now, more than a month after being diagnosed with kidney failure, Verge continues to be dedicated to his art. We asked his cousin Etey Buendia who has been organizing a a fundraiser for Verge, what else he needs at this time and Etey told us, "Maybe some comics, and a few sketchbooks."

 So, we're mailing Verge a little package tomorrow and hopefully we'll be able to send him another later on. Those of you who would like to send Verge comics and sketch pads too can mail the package to 78-B Don Ramon St., Talayan Village Q.C. If you are a local creator and can spare extra issues of your work, we're sure he'd love to see your books too.

Gifts for a good friend
Donations can also be made to Vergil's personal savings account -- BPI Savings acct. name “Vergil Aaron Espinosa” 3249007306. Thanks again to Etey Buendia for providing us with the information.

Other comics creators are doing what they can to lend a hand too. International comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan recently auctioned off the original inked art to Indestructible Hulk #2 Page 12 for Vergil's benefit. The auction ends today, but if the deadline will be extended, we'll post an update here. You could also check out the related Flipgeeks article.

We're looking forward to seeing Verge again at the next comics event. Just like old times. 

Rock on, Verge. Mahal ka namin!
Verge with fellow Bayan Knights creators Renie Palo, Nidgel Bailon, and Jon Paloma

At a Bayan Knights meeting with the Sarge himself, Gilbert Monsanto

Verge and Lapis Ko To co-founder, John Becaro at the 2010 Metrocon

Verge at the 2011 Summer Komikon with inker Ray Ferrer

Verge and the Bayan Knights roster of creators at the 2011 Komikon (Photo by Renie Palo)

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