Carlo Vergara

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Visconde Carlo San Juan Vergara, simply known as Carlo Vergara or Carver(born January 25, 1971) is a Filipino graphic designer, writer, editor, and illustrator. Carlo is one of the hottest figures in the Philippine comics industry today. He is best known for creating the comic book character Zsazsa Zaturnnah.


The son of a tax lawyer and an English teacher, Vergara began to draw even before he started school. He considered drawing a hobby, and did not want it to be part of his profession. Though he had been accepted in the College of Architecture at the University of the Philippines, he opted to take Marketing Management at the De La Salle University, and graduated in 1990.

It was during his stay at the De La Salle when he won his first literary award in the university's annual awards for literature for Solitude, which bagged third place in the English poetry category. He was also a member of the art staff of the university news publication The La Sallian. A few years after graduating, Vergara joined the university's theater organization, the Harlequin Theater Guild, where he acted in productions of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, Susan Glaspell's Trifles, Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, and Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's Forever.

Beginning in 1993, Vergara spent almost a decade working in public relations and corporate communications as a staff writer, photographer, graphic designer, and on occasion, special events host. It was during this time when he began to take serious interest in graphic design.

In 1994, he auditioned for a part in the New Voice Company production of the Asian premiere of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He bagged a part, alternating the role of Louis Ironson with Philippine theater veteran Bart Guingona. Though reviews to his professional debut were mostly lukewarm to negative, Vergara continued his acting training with the New Voice Company. He subsequently performed in the independently-produced productions of David Gobeil Taylor's Waiting for Homo and Anton Chekov's The Boor.

In 1999, he went back to the De La Salle University to teach a website design course for a term.

His first foray into self-publishing was in 2001, when he produced, wrote and illustrated One Night in Purgatory, a short comics tale about homosexual love. The comic book was nominated by the Manila Critics Circle for a National Book Award the following year, and was cited by the Sanghaya Yearbook of the state-run National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

In 2002, Carlo produced his second graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah), which was adapted into a musical and feature film in 2006. Zaturnnah eventually won the Manila Critics' Circle National Book Award.



Flashpoint #1 to #4 - illustrator, letterer, colorist, art direction, editing (published by Straight Lines International)


Pantheon: Horus #1 to #2 - illustrator (independent production)

Pantheon: Avatar #1 - illustrator (independent production)


One Night In Purgatory - producer, writer, illustrator, art direction


Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah, parts 1 and 2 - producer, writer, illustrator, art direction


Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah, collected edition - writer, illustrator, art direction (contains bonus material, published by Visual Print Enterprises)

Siglo: Freedom - art direction (published by Quest Ventures and Kestrel Studios)


"Palawan: 1944" for Siglo: Passion - writer, illustrator (published by Quest Ventures and Kestrel Studios)


"Captain Blood" for Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini - illustrator


"The Myteries of Udolpho" for Graphic Classics: Gothic Tales - illustrator

External links

  • GayLeague - Interview with Carlo Vergara by GayLeague
  • INQ7 - Interview with Carlo Vergara by the Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Manila Bulletin - Article about Carlo Vergara by the Manila Bulletin