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BABYMETAL - One Year Later

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Saturday, August 1, 2015,

BABYMETAL with Babybones circa 2012 (from tvqc.com)

    Around March 2014, I first heard of the "metal" musical group known as BABYMETAL.  I immediately dismissed it as something I'd probably never get into.  If other people were into it, good for them, but I certainly wouldn't be.  The premise just sounded like something that could not work.  Even the name sounded ridiculous.

    Then around a year ago, in July 2014, I chanced upon the music video for Doki Doki Morning through my Facebook time...

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The Movie (and Music) that Changed My Life

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, January 4, 2015,
    We hear it often: "That was a life-changing experience!"  In 1991, while the verbal exclamation was not expressed, I thought the same after watching a certain movie.
    Not many people remember it but 1991 was a GREAT year for movies. Look at what came out: The Silence of the Lambs, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Beauty and the Beast, Hook, The Addams Family, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Boyz n the Hood, Thelma & Louise, JFK, City Slickers, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (my perso...
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My Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Tuesday, August 5, 2014,

    Well hey, I really enjoyed the Guardians of the Galaxy movie!  And now there's a trending topic going around my various timelines... sharing your own awesome mix tape!  Heck, I'm a sucker for nostalgic stuff like this so here's my mix!
    This should certainly come as a surprise to those who didn't know me from high school.  Here are some rock and metal tracks that came to me from the top of my head.  There's no real sense to the songs selected, I just enjoy them!  I hope you do too!

  1. Led Z...

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Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Tuesday, July 29, 2014,

    I talked about how much I admired the concept and theme of the band itself in my previous blog post, but how good is their music?  That's what it should be about, right?  So here, I review their debut album, the self-titled BABYMETAL.
    The titular trio are SuMetal, YuiMetal, and MoaMetal.  The first of which is the band's lead vocalist while the other two are the resident "screamers".
    The group, no doubt, is a genre-mixing monster.  It can become a bit jarring once you get to some of...

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A band called BABYMETAL

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Saturday, July 12, 2014,
    Three little teenage girls are taking on the heavy metal world with a... unique take on the sacred genre.

    Just a few days ago, my high school metal days returned to me when an old metalhead friend posted the above music video on Facebook. He had previously introduced me to the Japanese metal group Maximum the Hormone so I take his recommendations seriously. But... "Babymetal"?!

    Admittedly, I didn't know what to think of this group at first.  A trio of Japanese Idol girls fusing Bubb...

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Coming Up: Singapore Toy, Game, and Comic Convention 2012

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Thursday, August 23, 2012,

Callous Comics

    Yes, you read it right!  Callous Comics is going to Singapore!
    This is the first time I'll be appearing outside my own country in a convention, so I'm really excited!  I have no idea what to expect as I haven't even attended STGCC before.  Braving the world, indeed!
    It's also quite heartening to discover that many of my friends from the Philippine comic community will be there as well.  So be sure to pass by my booth (F48) and that of the incred...

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Coming Up: The First Komikon Indieket 2012

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Wednesday, July 11, 2012,

    Callous Comics is part of another first and an exciting one at that!  This Saturday, July 14, 2012, the first-ever Komikon Indieket will take place in the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City.
    You can find Callous Comics at table I15 along with Komikon 2011 Webcomic Readers' Choice awardee Work in Progress (WIPComics) and the incredible folks of Happy Lockjaw who bring with them their book, Drop Dead Dangerous!

    I've talked about my thoughts on this epic event before so I'll jump straight ...

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My Summer Komikon 2012: Woot!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, May 28, 2012,

My spot at the Independent Komiks Tiangge

    "Oh my! A BEL BEAN figurine!"
    That was the delightful exclamation of a regular reader as he spotted the figurines made by Rommel Estanislao displayed on my table.  Another fan adored the duckling plushie I recently purchased from a bargain bin and instantly knew it was supposed to be Ling Duck!  It was a wonderful feeling to see secondary characters like Bel and Master Ling get as much, if not more, love than Rianne and Cal Duck.
    And those we...

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Coming Up: Summer Komikon 2012

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : News, Announcements, Events 

Hey everyone!

    It's summertime once again here in the Philippines and the premier comic event of the season is just around the corner!  On May 26, 2012, all roads of fantasy, adventure, humor, and superheroic excitement lead to the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City!  Here comes Summer Komikon 2012!

    Once again, Callous Comics will be at the independent comics area, known in Komikon events as the Indie Komiks Tiangge (see the other indie comic creators in the area)!  Here's what's in store fo...

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Coming Up: KOMIKON 2011

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, November 6, 2011,

    On November 19, 2011, Callous Comics will be in the Independent Komiks Tiangge of Komikon 2011!  Here's what's in store for you from our tabletop!

1. Callous - The Comic Strip Series: Chocolate Chip Wishes and Caffeine Dreams (Php150)

    The webcomic doctor is in!  Dr. Rianne Nicah is a struggling new physician who braves the world with her Guardian Duck, Cal Duck!  Meet Rianne and her friends in the first-ever Callous Comics compilation!  Book is A5 size (5.23"x8.27"), saddle-stitched,...

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GTMACCON 2011 - My Report

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : News, Announcements, Events 

    I'm a relative newbie when it comes to the cosplaying culture.  However, last October 22nd, 2011, I was immersed in it more than I have ever been in the past.  The first-ever Games Toys Manga Anime Cosplay Comics Convention (GTMACCON, pronounced "jee-tee-mah-con") event decided to do something different and feature a cosplaying competition that showcased only indie comic characters created by Filipino artists.
    I admired the vision of GTMACCON founder Kit Perez and Andrew Villar of Ambu...

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My Report: Metro Comic Con 2011

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, May 9, 2011,

    My experience with Metro Comic Con in 2010 was so overwhelmingly positive that I absolutely had to take part in MCC again in 2011.  I had far more material this time for con-goers to enjoy so I was pretty excited!
    Once again, like last year, I was the first among the artists in the Indie GO! Valley to arrive.  This was the area for Independent comic creators such as myself to set up shop for the convention.  The indie tables were located this year in the venue's periphery, albeit right...

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Coming Up: 2011 Metro Comic Con and Free Comic Book Day!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Wednesday, May 4, 2011,

    Wow this weekend is going to be awesome for comic lovers in the Philippines.
    First things first:  This Saturday, May 7, 2011, is Free Comic Book Day!  This is a worldwide event and Callous Comics along with many other Filipino Independent Komiks have something great in store, The Indies Maximus Independent Comic Sampler/Anthology!  2011 Eisner-nominee Gerry Alanguilan did the fantastic cover and talks more about it on his website.  He also talks about the importance of Free Comic Book ...

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Summer Komikon 2011: My Report

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Wednesday, April 20, 2011,

Callous Comics and Webcomics: What's Cooking? at
Summer Komikon 2011 (Photo by Tepai Pascual)

    The 2011 Summer Komikon is done!  My second comic con (behind a table, that is) was a good one and Callous Comics did reasonably well considering I was essentially only selling one book.  Overall, this has been the most "chill" comic con I've ever been to, in more ways than one.  To me, that's a great thing!

Where I was situated during the event.  I was sharing one of many free exhibitor
tables for i...

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Coming Up: Summer Komikon 2011

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Saturday, April 2, 2011, In : News, Announcements, Events 
    Summer Komikon 2011 is coming up fast!  This would only be my second comic convention appearance (behind a table, at least) and I'm thankful to say that I'm at least not as blind in my preparations as I was prior to my first 'con.  Nevertheless, my excitement has escalated quite significantly after this morning's exhibitor meeting.

    This year, the event has been given the alternative name, 2011 Komikon Summer Bayanihan.  A "bayanihan", originally, was a term given to the Filipino commun...

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Comic Book Stores and Conventions

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Thursday, March 10, 2011, In : News, Announcements, Events 

Hey everyone!

Got some Callous Comics news!

Callous - The Comic Series: Chocolate Chip Wishes and Caffeine Dreams
is now available in the following comic book stores:
  1. Comic Odyssey - 3rd Level, Robinson's Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  2. Planet X Comic Shop - Level III, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines
And I'll be at the following comic conventions:

1) Komikon Summer Bayanihan 2011 - April 16, 2011, Bayanihan Center, Pasig City

2) Metro Co...
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Callous Comics Store!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Friday, February 11, 2011,
    As you can see on the main navigation bar, there's a page under construction for the store!  However, I'm having problems figuring out the shipping of the items that will be on sale there, so for now I'll be selling Callous Comics books and merchandise via PayPal e-mail invoice until things become more streamlined.  Look at the items for sale below then send me an e-mail by clicking HERE (caz@callouscomics.com) with the following information:
  • Name
  • Delivery Address (Please write exactly as i...

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Guest Art by Andrew Villar

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Art 

Whoa! What a surprise!
The fantastic Andrew Villar who does the comic strip Ambush sent me this brilliant drawing of his titular character bloodied and bruised with doctors Rianne Nicah and Aimee Queens tending to her wounds, seemingly in mid-battle too!

Ambush is published in the Manila Bulletin, the Philippines' largest broadsheet newspaper by circulation.  You can follow Andrew on Twitter as @ambush007!

Thanks Sir Andrew! You rock!

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My (AWESOME) Birthday Gift

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Thursday, December 23, 2010,

I love December.  This month, the humid heat of this little nook in the tropics I call my home gives way to a nice, cool breeze.  Even as you walk down the street there seem to be a lot more happy faces than usual.  It's a great time to be in my part of the world!

December, as you all know, is where the holiday season reaches the peak of it's soaring crescendo.  You see, in the Philippines, the build-up toward Christmas begins in September.  It's that big of a deal here and the festivities are...
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Cal Duck Pendant!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, November 29, 2010, In : Callous 

The great Rommel Estanislao, Philippine indie comic star and brilliant sculptor, was gracious enough to make this fantastic Cal Duck pendant for me!  Isn't it AWESOME?!  Thanks Sir Omeng!

Before you ask me if I'm planning to mass produce these... not just yet. I don't feel that there's enough demand to invest in such an endeavor yet.  But I may commission him to do full bodied figures of Rianne and Cal one day (when I can afford him).

Check out more of his work at his Deviantart page and Multip...
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My 2010 Metro Comic Con Experience

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, August 30, 2010,

Early 2010 while my fellow webcomic creators were having a grand time in comic cons around the world, I felt a twinge of jealousy.  At the time, however, I felt Callous was not ready for a comic con debut especially in my home country where it was practically non-existent in the local narrative illustration scene.
When Callous began its daily run in August 2009 after thirteen years of on and off publishing in various print and online carriers, I did the cookie-cutter motions of online comic pr...

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A Comic By Any Other Name

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Monday, May 10, 2010, In : Callous 

I'll be the first to admit that considering the content of my comic series, Callous is not exactly the perfect name for it!  The title has little to no relation to the comic series itself!  Nevertheless, I stuck with it. Truth is, much like naming your dog something silly like, "Cat", over time it does become endearing.

In July of 1996, I was a fresh face in my university's student newspaper.  I submitted my first comic strip as a new artist in the staff.  That comic strip didn't make it to pr...
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The Silent Frame

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, In : Comics and Webcomics 

One of the narrative techniques I sometimes use is the "silent frame".  This can be used for several purposes such as the passage of time, a jarring pause in thought, a contemplative moment, or even just a moment of silence.

I can't speak for other artists but when I choose to use such a frame it takes me quite a bit of planning to pull off properly.

Let's look at today's (March 30, 2010) comic strip, "Tomorrow", as an example.  I wanted the third frame, which is silent, to depict quite a lot. ...
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Patient Care?

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, February 28, 2010, In : Callous 

I've said before that a lot of my comics are based on personal experiences.  Sad to say, the above strips are no exception.  Sure, I've put some humor into it and a lot of patients are gracious enough to not make a big deal out of it but I have encountered some who long for that one-on-one with their doctor.

I was still a medical student at the time when I encountered a similar situation.  We were on rounds with a notoriously impersonal physician who walks into a patient's room, discusses his ...
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Cal Duck in "Deer Me" again!

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Sunday, February 21, 2010, In : News, Announcements, Events 

The Chanceborough News reports Callous-related news, announcements, and events!

Callous comic strip writer and illustrator, Carlo Jose San Juan, whipped up another gift comic for Deer Me by Sheryl Schopfer!  Check it out here!


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About the Author

Carlo Jose Caz is a practicing licensed physician, professional voice actor/talent, writer, and cartoonist. He has been working on the Callous comic strip since 1996, winning several of The LaSallian's Silver Quill awards for his work. He has written several published short stories. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two children.


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