In the general scheme of things this is lots funnier because this came out a month after Christmas (view at least the last 5 previous strips to see what I'm talking about). Anyhow, this one's the last for this storyline, at least until further developments. Hope y'all like this. You can read the submitted strip written in the colloquial here if you want. Thanks for viewing.
* This strip was published Jan. 24, 2007.
Only minor revisions for this one You can see the original strip that saw print here (written in Filipino but that one's translated almost verbatim so no worries)
Things are starting to pick up from here. I haven't yet established how many siblings there are in the Ibarra clan (I've yet to establish the exact number of brothers and/or sisters between Ben, Sr. and Henry) but the one coming in from the U.S. is the eldest of the brood. This is also marks the first time in the history of the strip Debbie is shown with her hair down. Haha!
* The original version of this strip was published Jan. 17, 2007.
The revision of this old strip took longer than I expected. The reason being because of the amount of revisions on the visuals in this one. The flash backs were originally supposed to be torn photographs but it didn't fly when translated onto the computer. The idea for the final format came after watching, "Silent Hill".
You can see the original strip that saw print here (written in Filipino but the context of the dialogue's still very much the same). By the way, to those not familiar with the terms used in the strip: the term "ka" is short for "kapatid" or brother and/or sister, a term used mostly by northerners to refer to older siblings (from what I know by experience anyway). While "Ina" is "Mom".
I hope to be able to upload the next one fairly quick since I only need to do one minor revision and just color the rest.
* The original version of this strip was published Jan. 10, 2007.
Sorry this one took so long. I won't make any excuses just the hope I can stick to a weekly schedule this time. Hope you like this one.
* This is an unpublished strip.
Resumption of the West Side strips continue after a 2 year hiatus. I aim to post one strip a week, more if there are bonus strips which didn't come out in the paper. Anyhoo, I hope you guys like this one for the new year!
* This is an unpublished strip from the first week of January, 2007.
Here's the last strip for the 2006 set. Yaaaaayyyy!!! Here's something I stumbled on yesterday while looking for references for the background (I mistakenly thought I lost the pictures I took after the firecrackers and the celebration died down around these parts). Interesting thoughts on how we celebrate the New Year, really:
"It is the loudest in the world but the most dangerous since anyone can buy the most extreme firecrackers. It is an exciting event in the Philippines that you won't want to miss." ~ Best and Worst New Year is in the Philippines!!! By A Yahoo! Contributer, 11/04/06 Hehehe... No truer words were ever spoken.
* This strip was published Dec. 27, 2006.