My name is JINKY CORONADO. I was born in Iloilo, Philippines, and I lived there most of my life with my family. My birthday's May 29th. My parents are Pepito and Judith, and I have a sister Michelle and two brothers — Pejee and Jhopet. I moved to the U.S, several years ago to work as an artist, a writer, and a model, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work pretty steadily as all three.

 

I was graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of San Augustin and a minor in art. I’ve also taken all the Glass House Graphics seminar courses in comics and commercial illustration and carefully studied STAN LEE'S HOW TO DRAW COMICS, which is written by my agent David Campiti and based on his Seminars. Plus I’ve learned so much over the years from such terrific artists as Wilson Tortosa, Larry Tuazon, and Tina Francisco. I also count Mike Deodato and Will Conrad as two of my dearest friends, and I’ve learned a bit from them, as well.

 

I began modelling when I was turning 15; that's when I was on my first magazine cover. My most recent photo shoot was last week. As an artist and writer, I'm doing BANZAI GIRL. As an artist, I'm currently drawing EXPOSURE. Both of those series on on Keenspot.com. And awhile back, I drew three volumes of Meg Cabot's AVALON HIGH for HarperCollins publishers. I also draw covers for various projects and lots of private commissions. My only job besides modelling and comics was a summer job behind the counter of a “Greenwich Pizza” shop in the Philippines. As a model, I’ve been in various issues of FHM, MIRROR, PLAY, FEMME FATALES, WIZARD, assorted calendars, websites, and so on.

 

How did I break into the comics biz? My agent at Glass House wanted me to experience first-hand the concept of selling not only my project, but the concept of “Jinky Coronado” as a cover model and character. I developed BANZAI GIRL as a fanciful version of my real-life story growing up as an Asian schoolgirl mixed up with my country’s own urban legends, which put me in the unique position of being the cover model, main character, writer, and artist for a project I created, and I could do convention appearances as myself and the character, all rolled up into one. That unique “package” enabled me to sell BANZAI GIRL in a matter of weeks from first submission. Of course, I was thrilled finally to see it in print, after working so hard to get it right.

 

My parents are proud of everything that I do. Some people thought my Dad would be upset when I did multiple lingerie shoots for FHM Philippines. On the contrary, my Dad had blow-ups made of the photos and hung them in our home! They get a kick out of being characters in my stories, too.

 

My art studio is, these days, in the Glass House Graphics offices; I used to work at home, but it's more interesting to work in a studio environment because sitting there drawing can be a lonely thing. I used to draw in one room in my home, where most people’s dining rooms would be. I still have a big, heavy, sturdy light table that I imported from Brazil, and I work on an iMac, as well. The shelves are loaded with books. I still draw everything by hand; I've not mastered working on a Wacom Cintiq.

 

I don’t think I’m embarrassed by anything I’ve had published, because each piece is a good as I can possibly make it at the time. I’m proudest of the work I’m doing right now, because I continue to learn and grow with each job I do.

If you're wondering about one thing I always have in my refrigerator? Sprite! Does Smirnoff Ice count? If not, then: rice! My favorite foods? Filipino foods! I love to shop for shoes, clothes, and purses.

My favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings films, probably followed by The Avengers. I also love such movies as The Devil Wears Prada, and Pirates of the Caribbean. On TV, I watch Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, CSI, and a lot of shows in the Filipino Channel.

 

Please check out my BANZAI GIRL series on http://banzaigirl.keenspot./com -- and my EXPOSURE series at http://exposure.keenspot.com, where I took over from the late, great Al Rio.

I'm on Facebook under Jinky Coronado's Banzai Girl.

 

If you're interested in hiring my for projects or private commissions, please contact my agent David@glasshousegraphics.com.

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