A review of "The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons"

Finally, a resource book on Pinoy komiks and cartoons
By Lynett Villariba
Philippine Daily Inquirer

American scholar and ‘komiks’ aficionado John Lent writes a book that is a loving paean to a dying art form
ENTHUSIASTS HAVE NOTED the lack of reference material on the history of Philippine komiks. Finally, a book that fills up that lack: “The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons,” by John A. Lent (10”x11,” 160 full-color pages).

The book seeks to trace the birth, blossoming, decline and rebirth of comics and cartoons in the country—and it accomplishes even more. It showcases the depth of komiks talents the country has produced—from visual artists Nestor Redondo, Francisco V. Coching, Alex Niño, Alfredo Alcala, Nonoy Marcelo, Larry Alcala, to comics novelists Mars Ravelo and Pablo S. Gomez.

Published by Boboy Yonzon, “The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons” is written by noted world-comics historian and journalism scholar John A. Lent, with contributing authors Beth Chionglo, Aileen Casis, Glady Gimena, Orvy Jundis, Joy Del Mundo and Boboy Yonzon.


US author’s book on ‘komiks’ launched at RP cartoon fest
By Oliver Pulumbarit
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Some of the most popular local feature films and teleseryes originally started out as komiks serials. The works of Pinoy comics luminaries were exhibited at the first Philippine International Cartoon, Comics, and Animation (Picca) Festival held recently at SM Megamall and other venues.

Various aspects of the art forms were discussed in talks, book launches, film showings and other activities. Picca founder Boboy Yonzon expounded on the importance of the event:

“We would like to give a forum for comics artists, a channel or watershed venue for them and the cartoonists. This is an advocacy intended to energize what is supposed to be a dying craft or industry. There are many talented Filipino creators; we just have to make people aware of what we can offer.”