One of the things that make me excited about Sterling Paper entering publishing comics is that not only will comics will be more widespread beyond Metro Manila, I was also hoping that it could encourage other companies to invest in comics.
As I’ve always mentioned before, a lot of us have been making comics in the last 15 years, but our financial resources are limited. It takes millions of pesos to produce comics that are inexpensive and distributed to all corners of the country. Before Sterling paper came along, no one had that kind of money, or at least was willing to invest that kind of money into comics.
But at last someone did pony up the money, and here we are. The Sterling published komiks have finally reached San Pablo City. I saw them at our bus terminal yesterday. Johnny reports having seen them in Davao, and other people have reported buying them in their respective areas.
Sterling is even seriously going ahead with a SECOND line of comics, which will have younger creators. And I think it’s about time. But I do have my own concerns about that, but I’ll find out more about it before saying anything further.
All this has encouraged ANOTHER company to invest in comics, which they say will be competitive with Sterling. We’ll see how they do when their comics come out, but for now, I think it’s fantastic that we’re on the verge of a large scale boom in comics.