Marvel seeks Pinoy talent in Asia thrust


MANILA: Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the pantheon of larger-than-life Marvel universe mainstays Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, a company official said as the comic book giant makes a major thrust into Asia.

As part of a push to grow its Asia fanbase, the Disney-owned franchise has released mobile games in China,

opened “Marvel Stores” in South Korea and is searching for artistic talent in the Philippines, Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski said.

This photo taken on January 10, 2018 shows Marvel’s new editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski, speaking at a forum in Manila. Chinese superheroes will soon be joining the pantheon of larger-than-life Marvel Comics mainstays Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, a company official said as the US comic book giant makes a major thrust into Asia. AFP PHOTO

“We have been making great strides especially in Asia. We try to hire more Asian creators, writers and artists to bring a piece of their culture to Marvel comics,” he said in Manila where he visited a major university for fresh talent.

The comic giant plans to introduce two new Chinese superheroes: “Sword Master” and “Aero” who will be based in China, Cebulski added.

“They are going to be heavily based on Chinese culture and Chinese mythology but set in the modern world and they will interact with the other heroes (in the Marvel universe),” he said.

These new characters will be drawn in the ‘manga’ style of Japanese comics that is more popular in Asia, he added.

Cebulski, who has lived the last two years in Asia, serving as Marvel’s vice president for the region, conceded that Marvel had not given Asian…



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