Marvel writers Whilce Portacio and Carl Potts hold a drawing session at the Office of Public Affairs, where they showcased their sketching prowess. Photo by M.T. Provido

Two of the greatest minds behind Marvel Comics paid a visit to the University last Aug. 24 to “find inspiration” for their forthcoming World War 2-inspired story.

Whilce Portacio, a Filipino-American comic book writer and Carl Potts, former Marvel executive editor, went to the country to visit war locations, and the University was included in their itinerary.

During World War 2, UST was turned into an internment camp by the Japanese for foreigners, which included Pott’s mother and grandmother.

“[Producing] comic art means to have an idea, a story, and a character to communicate that story,” Portacio told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Potts and Portacio held a short drawing session at the Office of Public Affairs, where they showcased their sketching prowess.

Portacio said he views comic writing as “one of the hardest” yet lightest jobs in the world.

“You just have to keep going. The concept of making heroes, building and maintaining them —that’s something we really need in here. Heroes give you the hope to overcome problems,” Portacio said.

The illustrators partnered with Joselito de los Reyes, chairman of the University’s Department of Literature and Public Affairs Director Giovanna Fontanilla for the visit.

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