Some of you may remember me talking about this title back in September 2009:
Philippine Adventure and Romance Stories Preview
The first issue has finally been printed and was soft launched during Renaissance at SM Megamall on February 21. A few local creators were on hand to promote and sign copies including Rico Rival, Abe Ocampo and Clem Rivera.
From Left: Abe Ocampo, Rico Rival and Clem Rivera
The title will be officially launched at Summer Komikon on April 17, 2010, and will have more of its creators on hand to sign copies.
I was able to get a copy during Renaissance and I have to say it’s a pretty nice package. I think this comic book is remarkable in that it represents a significant leap in the evolution of Philippine komiks.
While Carlo Caparas and Sterling Publishing released new komiks in 2007 which offered nothing new in terms of format, storytelling, production values from how komiks were published decades ago, the publishers of PARS (Philippine Adventure & Romance Stories) took its cue from the younger generation and released their comic book in graphic novel format, full color in glossy paper, and what’s more, it’s completely in English. It’s in English, I’m told, because the comic book will actually be distributed more widely abroad.
The publisher for this is Goldenlife Development Foundation, Inc., who is basically Art V. De Guzman Jr., editor and one of the contributing writers. For all practical intents and purposes, this is a self published comic book by a veteran komiks creator.
When Rico Rival signed my copy “To Gerry, We’re now in the same boat!”, I took it to mean that we’re all independent publishers now, and I think it’s simply fantastic.
The contributing writers include: Sarah Villanueva, Ed Galang, Jun Malgapo, Melo P. Soberano, Victoria Urbina, Romy D. Bohol, Flor Salanga, Marie F. Ruiz, Ramon Sedonio, and Art V. De Guzman Jr.
Contributing artists include: Nestor Malgapo, Manding De Guzman, Rico Rival, Abe Ocampo, Noli Panaligan, Nardy Cantillo, Clem Rivera, Tor Infante and Ferdee Bambico (colorist)
Editors are Art V. De Guzman and Nestor Malgapo
Art Director is Nestor Malgapo
Consultant is Arovel L. Jundis
Circulation Manager is Mitzy G. Velasco
The comic book is standard sized at 7″x10.5″, 112 pages, full color, glossy paper. Regular retail price is P950, but they promised to have a special convention price for Summer Komikon.
Sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Philippine Adventure and Romance Stories, Mabuhay Kayo!