Aside from EL INDIO and the Life and Art of Francisco Coching books published by The Vibal Foundation this year, a third book on the history of Philippine comics is going to launched on the 2nd day of the PICCA (Philippine International Comics, Cartoons and Animation) Festival on October 16, 2009 at Powerbooks, Megamall, at 6:00pm.
Published by Boboy Yonzon, “The First One Hundred Years of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons” is written by noted world comics historian Dr. John A. Lent with contributing authors Beth Chionglo, Aileen Casis, Glady Gimena, Orvy Jundis, Joy Del Mundo and Boboy Yonzon.
The book will be 160 full color pages on coated paper, 10″X11″ dimensions, and hardcover. It will retail for P1500.
For many years I’ve been writing on this blog about the desperate lack of readily available reference material on the history of Philippine Comics, and it’s looking like at the end of 2009 I will now be considered wrong. And that’s great! Finally, there are books that Filipinos can buy to see the works of Nestor Redondo, Francisco V. Coching, Alex Niño, Alfredo Alcala and all our great masters.
I’ve seen the working layout of the book and it looks fantastic! It’s by no means a complete document as it gives just a glimpse of the remarkable material that’s yet to see the light of day. But what is made available in this book will certainly give readers a taste of how rich our history of comics really is.