Bong Dazo, Comic Book Artist, Dead at 53

By | July 2nd, 2018
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Bong Dazo (left) with David Campiti
Bleeding Cool reports that Filipino comic book artist Bong Dazo (real name Angelo Ty Dazo) passed away on Friday. Dazo died of liver cancer on June 29, 2018, less than two weeks after his 53rd birthday. He is survived by his wife Jessica, and their two children, Johan and Jianon.

Dazo was born in Meycauayan, Bulacan, on June 6, 1965, and grew up in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. His parents were both lawyers, but as he put it, he “hear[d] a different drumbeat,” and by 2000, he was an established comics artist in his country’s comic scene, when he became the first Filipino artist to sign with the newly established Glass House Graphics Asia agency. In an obituary at Bleeding Cool, Glass House CEO David Campiti recalled Dazo explaining, “My nickname’s based off of Bong-Bong Marcos, a Filipino Senator… and it always makes me sound like I’m high.”

Dazo drew several issues and story arcs of Dark Horse Comics’s “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” series (written by John Jackson Miller) from 2007 to 2009; he also contributed to the graphic novelization of The Force Unleashed video game in 2008. He drew several titles for Marvel from 2008 to 2011, including Daniel Way’s “Deadpool” run, and the 2009 maxiseries “Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth” (written by Victor Gischler):

From 'Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth' #5. Colored by Jose Pimentel.

He penciled two ‘Darkseid War’ tie-ins for DC in 2015, as well as that year’s “Flash Annual.” He also branched into creator-owned work with David Lawrence and Terry Keefe’s steampunk series “Tesla,” originally published by Red Giant Entertainment.

As well as penciling comics, Dazo worked in storyboarding and directing animation, and was an actor and production designer in the Philippine Educational Theater Association. A wake for Dazo will be held at St. Peter Memorial Chapel, in Bancal, Meycauayan, Bulacan. Tributes have come pouring in from several of his creative collaborators:

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Christopher Chiu-Tabet

Chris is the news manager of Multiversity Comics. A writer from London on the autistic spectrum, he enjoys tweeting and blogging on Medium about his favourite films, TV shows, books, music, and games, plus history and religion. He is Lebanese/Chinese, although he can't speak Cantonese or Arabic.


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