riel Atienza is a cartoonist, short story writer, amateur script writer, and graphic designer. He started his drawing career at the age of 6 during the first wave of Mecha anime before former President Marcos cut it short in its prime. 

While Japanese anime ruled the airwaves, Ariel also grew up in the company of Marvel and DC comics and like his peers during that time, comic collecting became a serious hobby. He also frequented the school library pouring over books about Japanese, Chinese, and Greek mythology completely captivated by the art and the fantastic stories narrated therein. His love of reading developed early on when his Dad bought hundreds of books including the works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen. In time, while most kids preferred most of their time playing outside, he stayed mostly indoors creating imaginary worlds and a menagerie of characters. 

A turnabout during his High School years was brought about the explosion of American sitcoms, Britain’s new wave music and graphic designs derived from the covers of the albums and singles made him lie-low from creating any more comics and was reduced instead to doodling when the time permits. He only came back right after graduating when he finally heeded the persistent call of his first love. 

He took up Fine Arts majoring in Advertising in the UST and it was there when he finally understood what his life’s calling is all about. And so in the midst of  young artists wanting to be the next Jim Lee, he took the road less traveled and become a cartoonist. After graduating he worked in the corporate world only once and never looked back. He has contributed articles and illustrations in various teen magazines and is presently managing an Internet Café cum hobby shop in Mandaluyong City and he’s also a contributing artist for Philippine News, a newspaper geared for the Filipino community in the US. He still hopes to make a killing in the cartooning world and eventually make his magnum opus, a full length historical comic inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump,” which details the travails of a wealthy man caught in between the war between the Filipino Revolutionaries and the Spanish Government.