DYLAN BALDE is a freelance artist and writer from the Philippines. She studied History in college, and healthcare documentation some few years after that, but neither panned out, so she switched to journalism in 2016.

The awesome folks over at Moviepilot took her in, and she trained with them for at least a year before eventually being verified in July 2017. She wrote news, features, editorials, and mock-academic pieces about entertainment topics and pop culture, specializing in film, TV, video games, comic books, celebrities, anime & manga, and Western animation. Most were miraculously well-received. (To go from absolutely dreadful to weirdly acceptable — she couldn’t believe it either.)

That split second decision to switch from academia to journalism completely changed her life and she reports she’s never been any happier. No more aimless soul searching for this dork! Her more accommodating journal entries suggest she’s finally discovered her life’s passion.

Alas, she couldn’t honeymoon forever. The rollercoaster had to end sometime. Shortly after being verified, Dylan was offered a chance to go up a level into Masterclass, and would have if the company hadn’t closed prematurely last November 30. (See “Goodbye, Movie Pilot” for the juicy, gut-wrenching details.) Because of this, her articles are no longer viewable through Creators.co (the team behind Moviepilot), but copies of her best ones can be still be found in Vocal Media. The team behind Vocal offered to export everything no strings attached, in a last-ditch effort to keep the dream alive.

The months after proved extremely rocky. Dylan applied at The Inquisitr shortly after Moviepilot shut down and was accepted for work in their news internship program, but decided to withdraw after several problems with engagement. It was a good 3-month run however, fairly educational as far as training is concerned.

Dylan found her way into Valnet soon after. She was accepted at TheThings, one of the company’s newer partner sites, and passed the trial period after only a few weeks. She was assigned to the senior and junior editors, and worked with them on geeky topics like Cobra Kai, cosplay, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe until her unfortunate exit about 3 months later. Not her fault though; she was actually doing fairly well until the site itself ran into a myriad engagement problems. Still, it was an incredible run, the first time Dylan’s ever had to work with editors, write full-time, and pretty much work actively with a deadline.

Dylan is presently hard at work scouting jobs currently based in Manila. She is keen on finally landing one after years of only home-based work; on the one hand, it’s about time she gets out of the house; on the other, she’s hoping this will help her find her way into the States, where her boyfriend, and several close friends, happen to live. She has a personal reason for needing an on-site, better paying job, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, no developments yet, but she’s hoping to snag at least one physical job as part of her New Year’s resolution for 2019.

The good news is Dylan wasn’t unemployed for long, at least journalism-wise. She was accepted at Comic Book Resources last July 2018 as a probationary news writer. She managed to impress the editors after just four days of work — it was completely out of luck, she swears, because San Diego Comic-Con had been going on that weekend — so they bumped her up to features, editorials, and reviews, pretty much to see if she’s capable of more. She recently covered AsiaPOP Comicon for CBR as well, meeting actor Finn Jones face-to-face and writing about his time shooting Iron Fist Season 2. She covered both San Diego Comic-Con International and New York Comic Con remotely this year, and sporadically writes news weekly. She is also active on Twitter, discussing movies, comics, and TV with film producers, showrunners, fellow writers, and comic artists, as part of her job.

Small step for CBR, big step for Dylan. Here is the link to her CBR Author’s Page: https://www.cbr.com/author/dbald/

So far, she has written over 63 articles, mostly features and editorials. She hit 100,000 views last year and is probably already at 500k and counting (CBR doesn’t have a view counter anymore). She passed probation last year and has way more control now over her articles. Her 1500-word editorial on Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is currently her best performing piece to date. It is currently #49 in Comic Book Resources’s Top 60 Features list (Jan. 12, 2019).

As for everything else, Dylan keeps her work neatly compartmentalized nowadays — Vocal has her creatives (basically everything CW, both fiction and nonfiction) and her old Moviepilot articles, Instagram, Pixiv, WordPress.com and Facebook have her art, while TheThings and IQ have both her lists and news articles. She is officially also affiliated with Movie Logic (the brainchild of several of Moviepilot’s best writers) but hasn’t written anything so far. The site seems to be presently on hiatus.

Here are the links to her TheThings, Inquisitr, and Vocal Media author pages, where you can read her work:

TheThings: https://www.thethings.com/author/d_balde/

IQ: https://www.inquisitr.com/author/dylanbalde

Vocal: https://vocal.media/authors/dylan-balde

Dylan is still looking to pitch in for a few more pubs, preferably somewhere that could help pay the bills and settle monthly costs. It’s not cheap living the PWD life, what with all the doctor’s visits, various therapy sessions, and laundry list of medications. It’s even more expensive when you’re viciously trying to keep a dream alive.

The good news is Dylan is finally willing to start illustrating for a fee. Last year, she worked with some writers on an adult cartoon pitch. She received an offer around the same time to illustrate for children’s textbooks and has been considering taking it. There was also a plan to start commentating on YouTube and Twitch while playing video games. She figures it’s an excellent way to burn through her mania, so why not? She comments on games way too much anyway, can’t stop yapping like a Chihuahua whenever she screws up, can’t stop yelling at the screen when she’s close to tasting defeat, can’t stop making retarded jokes in response to the most insignificant details — the list is ginormous and it’s best channeled in front of a camera and an aptly working microphone.

But the thing is, friends, followers, family, and readers no longer have to wait. Dylan officially launched her YouTube channel on January 11, as part of her New Year’s resolution for 2019, and has already uploaded 4 videos so far — one on The Division, two on Monster Hunter: World, and a full-length Let’s Play on Marvel’s Spider-Man. Her gaming channel only has 3 subscribers at the moment, but it’s progressing faster than she could ever have anticipated. More videos are coming in the next few hours and the offers are piling. Dylan was approached by an independent game dev last year to play the beta version of Seers Isle on Steam in front of a live audience — and the first video will likely be up today (January 12). Keep a lookout, and maybe help a girl out and subscribe? Every YouTuber starts small, and it always begins with you guys. See “comte dylantagnan” for the link.

When not writing, Dylan cosplays and attends comic cons with friends and family, usually dressed up as a merc with several mouths, a geeky idiot, or a variant of both. She also draws in her free time and has recently decided to sell prints of her best artworks on Etsy. (Incidentally, do drop by if you’re interested. They’re only like 3 to 4 dollars each.) Otherwise, she moonlights as a cat-obsessed dork and innocuously wrapped human nitroglycerin, hoping to god the next chapter of her life (or the next hour) isn’t going to be another Westchester incident.

Dylan currently resides in Manila, but travels to Hong Kong from time to time. She’s been going there since she was 6 and considers that beautiful kung fu dumpling noodle utopia her second home. She lives in the city with her mother, grandmother, uncle, and four cats.

Dylan is 26 years old this year.