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American Komikeros- The Documentary’s Blurbs

thanks to Budj for the twitter news 🙂
I haven’t seen yet a documentary film about Filipino komiks, I guess this might be the first that will start it all.
I was told by Alfredo Alcala Jr.  about an old documentary film about our Filipino artists and it features a great interview
with our comic artist masters, but too bad that there’s no other copy of the film. Also I saw a short documentary and interview with Tony Velasquez, comic creator of Kenkoy komiks in Knowledge Channel, I sent them a note years ago to replay it, but its sad that I haven’t receive any reply from them. But the docu film American Komikeros is a great start to archive it and save it for future references.


American Komikeros ©2007, LeRoid E. David

For over 30 years, hundreds of Filipino comic book artists (also known as “komikeros”), from major to independent publishers, have been contributing their amazing talents to the American comic book industry. Beginning in the early 1970s, Tony DeZuniga became the first Filipino artist to break into the American market starting with DC Comics; he is the co-creator of DC’s Jonah Hex and Black Orchid. Tony also led the first wave of Filipino immigrants to work for American comic books.

Get to know his story along with many other fellow Komikeros- Alex Nino, Ernie Chan, Danny Bulandi, Whilce Portacio, Philip Tan, and Leinil Francis Yu. This short documentary project will introduce some of the history and profiles of these underappreciated Filipino artists, past and present, America and abroad. Plus insight from some of today’s biggest names in the comic book industry- Frank Cho, Mark Wheatley, Jose Villarrubia, Brian Philippson, Alex Saviuk, and more!

Directed and Produced by LeRoid David with Matthew Abaya.


February 23, 2008 - Posted by | feature, komiks |

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for the post and pardon my late comments. Please stay posted as we’re currently working on cutting trailers for the doc. I’m still filming interviews as well. As a first time filmmaker and longtime comic book fan, I saw that something was missing about these Filipino artists… I’m hoping this project will shed some light and encourage more fans to look into our rich history of Philippine comic books and comic artists.

    Comment by LeRoid D. | May 22, 2008 | Reply

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