Anthony Francisco, erstwhile Marvel Studios Artist, Shares Today His Art and Journey at 1st Philippine Blockchain Week  

Credit: Anthony Francisco.

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Filipino-American Anthony Francisco, former Marvel Studios artist. (Image from his Facebook page)

MANILA — Filipino-American Anthony Francisco, former Marvel Studios senior concept artist, shares today, December 1, his art journey at the First Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) 2022.

His turn to speak at the hugely attended international tech event comes at 10:15 a.m. on Day 3 (Thursday) of the plenary sessions at the Grand Ballroom of Manila Marriott Hotel, Newport World Resorts in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Francisco’s talk will revolve around “NFT in branding Filipino artist to Marvel movies: From artist to now, launching NFT”, during which he is expected to regale his audience at the PBW, which will be highlighted on Friday night with the first Philippine Blockchain Awards.

He will be one of a battery of guest speakers at the event being held from November 28 to December 4.

Francisco shared that he is excited to be part of the event, which is the first for the Philippines as the country aims to be the next blockchain capital of Asia. The seven-day event features conferences, NFT exhibits, gaming expos, and more.

“Web3 is the next stage of technology development, and artists should start learning more about it, because it’s a place for you to really own your content,” Francisco said.

The former Marvel Studios artist will talk about his new Creature Chronicles, whose NFTs sold out in 90 minutes.

Apart from the speaking engagement, Francisco will do on-the-spot artworks that will be immediately minted into NFTs. They will later be made available to the public for bidding.

Francisco was born in the Philippines, spending his childhood in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, and studied at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). At 17, he migrated to the United States.

A long-time comic book fan, Francisco was a concept artist and illustrator for Marvel Studios for nine years. He is known as the “Visual Father of Baby Groot” of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Credit: Anthony Francisco.

His work has also appeared in Black Panther and its sequel, Wakanda Forever; Thor: Ragnarok; Doctor Strange; Ant-Man; Avengers: Endgame; The Chronicles of Riddick, among others.

“I’m lucky in the sense that I knew what I wanted to do early on, and it’s in art. I was lucky enough that I found comic books early when I was younger. That helped with my artistic journey, storytelling, and visualization. I played a lot of games like Street Fighter and role play games. Those helped nurture my art,” Francisco shared.

Even as he left Marvel in 2021 to join Dolphin Entertainment, Francisco’s creations will still be seen in the upcoming movies Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania and Captain Marvel 2.

As Creative Director for Dolphin Entertainment, he is currently developing Creature Chronicles for the company. He promised to show some of his NFT art in development during PBW.

“In the event, I’ll be sharing some of my work, the designs I’ve done for Marvel, and other things in development,” he said.

The Philippine Blockchain Week is powered by the following major sponsors 1inch, Tetrix, NChain, GCash,,, DVCode, Ark of Dreams, iPay88, and Maya. (✓)

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