INITIAL CONCEPTIn November 2015, Escariote was contemplating on writing a blog. He noted however how young people care less about written content and tend to focus more attention to memes. In December that year, he rediscovered Bitstrips; a website he once used for Facebook updates. Since he didn't have any drawing skills, Escariote figured, he could create characters using the platform and write stories for an online Pinoy komiks strip.
The first character that came up was Abby. Originally, she was supposed to personify a freestyling, easy-go-lucky brat. It was later decided to just make her in the mold of a Chrissy Snow of Three's Company. Angie and Selina then followed shortly after, Other characters were created to revolve around the lives and career of the three characters.
Social media accounts were created for campaign support. A KomikSerye Facebook page was opened in December. Followed by Google+ and Twitter accounts. A Girly Tips - KomikSerye YouTube channel was also established for the purpose of hosting all the strips and teasers.
Teaser pics were posted on social media accounts in late December 2015. During this time, Escariote was already creating content for the pilot episode. The first video teaser was posted on YouTube on December 29, 2015. It opens with the words "Girl Power is Back" and with New Order's "Thieves Like Us" drum intro playing in the background. And it closes with an announcement of the first release in January 2016. On that same day, the much shorter and controversial "Undies Teaser" was also posted. The pics were originally intended as the intro for a backstory on Selina's past. But, Escariote decided to put that project off for special episode in the future.
The PilotAs promised, Escariote came out with the pilot strip, titled The Interview, on 3 January 2016. The story covered Abby's final interview at Idlecombe Solutions. The entire episode is 3:43 long. It features three other characters from the human resources department of the company. Martina Chavez, the HR Assistant; Sebastian Pastrana, the Recruitment Specialist; and the creepy HR Manager, Tristan Saludes.
Second and Third Full-StripsThe second episode is titled Flirtations, and was released on 22 January 2016. The location of the episode is at The Mamaba; the favourite hang-out of the girls. Angie and Selina -and their personalities- are introduced in this episode. In this episode they exhibit strong contempt towards Saludes. Dennis Guzman also makes his first appearance towards the end of the strip. He eventually becomes the love interest of Abby in future episodes. "Cars and Girls" by Prefab Sprout plays in the background inside the Mamba.
The third strip was released on Valentine's Day 2016, and is aptly tiltled, The Date. The episode revolves around Abby and Dennis' plans for the night. The location is inside the pad of the girls. The background music is "There She Goes" by The La's.
Idlecombe TVCOn 18 March 2016, KomikSerye created an ad for Idlecombe Solutions, titled "You Already Have A Website?". Escariote displayed his talent in music by creating the background with DJ Akolero.
New personas have also been created for no initial specific roles. These were introduced to the series as extras; often as laughing backdrops. From the series a new character, Moka Poks emerged. She is the parody character of the insanely popular pseudo-blogger, Mocha Uson. Moka is poised to be a recurring, but influential character in the Komiks series. It is also projected she would have her own full-strip exposure in the very near future. To enhance the parody, Moka Poks Blog was established on 2 July 2016. Blogger suspended the blog-site immediately after some unknown parties falsely reported it. But, after appeals were made, it was re-instated on 6 July 2016.
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The turn of events was devastating to Escariote and KomikSerye. Without a cartoon generator, there won't be any strips; not even SingleStrips. In its short statement posted on the landing-page, BitStrips announced that all characters can be downloaded in the near future. The situation opened another opportunity for the series to evolve.