Philippine Comics

Last Saturday, I attended a Demo-Workshot about Philippine Comics led by Mr. Hugo Yonzon, a Political Cartoonist and Publisher of Yonzon Entertainment, at the Ayala Museum. Mr. Yonzon was assisted by Mr. Barry Jose, also a Political Cartoonist who is known for his water color based caricatures. I attended the event because I wanted to know more about Philippine Comics in general.

AyalaThe Philippine Comics started in 1920’s when the Philippines was colonized by the Americans. However, it should be noted that our very own Jose Rizal also published several comics on his own, one of which is “The Monkey and the Turtle”, which he published in 1885. In early 1920’s, when the Americans bought with them copies of their comics, Filipinos started copying them. Soon, they were creating and publishing their own, and comics became popular throughout the country. The Philippine Comics reached its “Golden Age” during 1960’s and lasted until Martial Law was declared in the 1970s. Media censorship caused the the dwindling of publications. With the arrival of different technologies such as the radio, television, and  then the internet, comics suddenly disappeared from the mainstream media in the early 1990s.

Today, comics take its new form. While newspaper-printed comics continue to exist (e.g. The Philippine Star’s “Prof” and The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “A. Lipin”) majority of cartoonists have also embraced the digital media platform. (e.g. Rappler’s Pugad Baboy) The Japanese-Mangga-inspired comics became popular too and are now being published and made available in the local bookstores. Our speaker, Mr. Yonzon is one of the local publishers of these kind of comics through his Yonson Entertainment.

During the workshop, I met Mang Romy, a PWD who was seated in front of me. Mang Romy used to work as an  comic artist/ illustrator in 1990s, at the time when the market (for comics) was on its way down. He even showed me copies of his works and we talked a bit about what transpired in the 1990s and how comic publications suddenly disappeared. Mang Romy informed me that he did not finish Grade 1 but because he loves to draw, he found a job in the comics industry. He inspired me when he said, “He did not care about his disability but only on his ability”. Thus, he was thankful that he was given such a gift. Now, he designs wooden art crafts in Rizal.

Mr. Barry Jose was also gracious  to go to our table and chat with us. Mr. Jose also did not finish College but used his talent to become a Creative Director of several corporations. When he was younger, he used to work in a newspaper company as a lay-out artist and cartoonist. I asked about his works as a cartoonist and he informed me that life as a cartoonist was difficult but it was satisfying. During his time, an Editorial Cartoon would only cost Php2,000.00/work and a comic strip would cost Php50.00. He would make six (6) strips (for the daily newspaper) each week and submit them every Sunday, then get the check from his previous week’ works. I asked him how difficult it was to create story lines for each of his strip and he told me that it was not easy. Most cartoonists find humor and story lines in unusual places,  in riding a jeep or just hearing what people say while commuting in a bus. He found his inspiration in his child who was five years old at the time.

The whole workshop was for young kids wanting to learn about Editorial Cartooning and Philippine Comics. Since I am a kid at heart, I know it was for me. =)  But seriously, I was happy I gained different insights not just from the workshop but also by listening to older artists who have been in the industry before. I hope they will have more workshops like this.

Werewolves

I’m still learning how to create three-panel strips that can independently exist from one another and at the same time can also relate from the previous strips. The Barber and the young kid are back and I am still in the process of building their characters. I don’t even have names yet. Any suggestions?

Barber9

Barber10

Queen’s Wrath!

In the game of Chess, the “King” is the most important piece. However, it is the “Queen” who can make moves like no other, making her the most powerful piece.

Catapult

Yesterday, the COMELEC Chairman’s wife went public exposing his husband’s alleged unexplained wealth which include several bank accounts and real estate properties. These properties  were not included in the COMELEC Chairman’s 2016 Statement of Asset, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) which should could be a ground for impeachment. Will it be the King’s downfall?

This is not one of my best works. However,  I like to play with lines.  This is my attempt to  just play and experiment with my pen.