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His first foray into self-publishing was in 2001, when he produced, wrote and illustrated One Night in Purgatory, a short comic 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, Vergara produced his second graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of Zsazsa Zaturnnah). The graphic novel earned recognition from the Manila Critics Circle in 2003, giving Vergara his first National Book Award. The book was later adapted into a musical and feature film in 2006. On the nominees list of the 30th Gawad Urian (an award-giving body composed on film critics), Vergara was cited along with Dinno Erece in the screenplay category.
He is currently employed full-time as art director for Real Living magazine, an interior design and decor periodical produced by Summit Publishing, where he does graphic design and, occasionally, writing and styling. At the same time, he is developing the sequel to the Zsazsa Zaturnnah story.
Art by: Carlo Vergara