I first met Andrew Villar during Collection 2016. Back then, I had this grand idea of having different artists work on several 11×17 jam pieces that would feature members of Batman’s famed Rogue’s Gallery. Participating artists had a free hand to select from a comprehensive list the villain or villains that they wanted to illustrate. It was a long list that include some of the more obscure rogues like Abattoir (Arnold Etchison) and The Mad Bomber (Ted Dymer).
When Andrew’s turn came, several of the more prominent villains had already been commissioned, so he decided on Clayface. I then inquired, “Would it be ok if it looked like the Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series?”
Andrew flashed a smile then said, “Ako ang bahala.” (I’ll take care of it.)
By the time Andrew was done, not only did it look like Clayface from The Animated Series–it was better.
Certainly more than I could have ever envisioned it to be. It is the highest compliment that I could give him.
At that moment, I became a fan.
When I entered the local Indie comics book industry in 2017, Andrew was one of the first local creators to show support for my book. I’ll always be grateful for that.
We were also in the process of developing an online zine with the intention of publishing once we had a good number of them. This one below was supposed to be the first of many.
I’m still in shock at the news of your passing but I just wanted to take this moment to thank you again for this chance to collaborate with you. Thanks for taking a chance on my script and making it a reality. Most of all, thanks for being my friend.