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Kinamay na Obra mula sa Malikhaing Imahinasyon sa Kultura at Sining

I didn’t know that the word ” KOMIKS” is an acronym of “Kinamay na Obra mula sa Malikhaing Imahinasyon sa Kultura at Sining”

I just found it out after reading an article in the net. Im posting a copy of it here, but I like to invite all to read the original source posted below

Source : The Makati Collegian

COMICS: On the evolution of time

By Merlou Cape Reniva

Liwayway, Darna, Hiwaga and Aliwan – Are you familiar with these? Most probably not because these are some of the popular comics magazines decades ago. If classical comics will be placed side by side with today’s popular comics and anime magazines, we might not be interested with such comics anymore.

Currently, Filipinos continue to support television fantasy series such as Darna and Captain Barbel and superhero movies like Lastikman and Zuma. These stories are crafted by a popular comic creator named Mars Ravelo.

What is Comics?

Comics is a reading material for entertainment and recreation. It is a favorite collection because readers are following the series of stories. It is a media for expressing sensitive and critical issues but the presentation is witty.

Kinamay na Obra mula sa Malikhaing Imahinasyon sa Kultura at Sining or KOMIKS. The masterpiece of a writer and an illustrator which is collectively coined as comic creators. It is a form of media reflecting the lives of the people. It describes things that exist in our society in which it depicts issues on politics, economics, social life as well as our culture and religion.
Comics History

For those who do not know, Dr. Jose Rizal was the first Filipino who created drawing and put letters on it. He created a fable entitled �The Monkey and the Tortoise� in 1886 and essentially made the very first Filipino comics in the year 1889.

In 1920, Liwayway magazine was born wherein a comic strip ran the story entitled � Mga Kalbalan ni Kenkoy�. It was created by Romualdo Ramos and Tony Velasquez and was the first comic strip released in the country.

After the Japanese year, American comics’ strips were influenced the Philippine literature. In 1950’s, Filipino creators were able to create comics counterpart of American superheroes like Tarzan as Kulafu and Og, Darna as Wonder woman and D.I. Trece as Dick Tracy.

A popular movie Director Carlo J. Caparas was also a former comic writer. He was remembered for putting up �Panday� series. He was with other veteran comic creators like Rod Santiago, Nar Castro, Perry Cruz, Ding Abubot, Nar de Mesa, Rey Arcilla, Czar Bote and others. While in 1970�s, �Pinoy Manga� was introduced which were inspired by the Japanese Anime and Manga.
Comics Survival

More or less 33 to 40 percent of Filipinos were inclined in reading local comics However, it decreased sufficiently because of the rivalry between media forms. Time changes in immediate flow of time. We can say that comics remained there and continue to survive. New generation comes, new comics, new concepts and styles.

Newly born comics were very far from those old ones. By now, it cannot clearly represent the true concept of life because of fiction and different images brought out by tricky minds. Still, comics pursue to entertain people. Even the concepts, designs and colors evolved, the distribution continues and Filipinos still prefer to value those. There were Filipinos like Alfredo Alcala, Mar Arrongo, Alex Ni�o and Nestor Redondo who are now in American comic industry. As well as David Campiti, Jeffrey Huet, Jonathan Lau, Carlo Pagulayan and Wilson Tortosa who made names as Best Local and International Artists.

Contemporary comic samples are being patronized by comic readers and these comic works were reformatted to go with the rising demand. Some of these are Archie, Pugad Baboy, DC, Marvel, Image, Naruto, Winx at Witch, K-Zone, X-Men, Civil War Wildcat, Spawn and Spider man, the top best-sellers comics in our country.

Classical comics are timeless. We still appreciate stories which appeared and became popular decades ago. Philippine comics had evolved but we can still relate on it. Because Filipinos are imaginative, we are able to produce distinct comics that may last forever.

Atlas Publishing Company (komiks department),
Mr. Jae Fernandez (Photoshop Professor, Art Director of Toys for the boys and comic collector),
Manila Bulletin (life & Leisure),
Komikero Komiks @ yahoo.com,
National bookstore (Market Market,
SM Megamall, Rustan’s),
Mio magazine,
Mag Net plus,
Booksale (SM Megamall and Star Mall),
Comic Quest,
Comic Alley and World Treasure


January 24, 2008 - Posted by | feature, komiks | ,

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