Martin Cadlum, a very strong driving force behind the revival of Komiks has left as Sterling Publishing’s Business Manager, leaving a lot of speculation as to his reasons, and the fate of Sterling Komiks.
I’ve met Martin and I know how progressive his mind can be when it comes to comics. He is open to new ideas, and new ways of doing things. We talked about the kinds of comics that will be produced and how such comics will be handled. I was thrilled at the possibilities.
I was rather surprised then, when I saw the comics that were published and saw komiks that could have been published back in the 1980′s. Indeed, when the industry declined in the early 90′s, it’s as if the people involved now in 2007, simply picked up where they had left off, ignoring the fact that comics in the Philippines has evolved in the last 20 years. Except for a few rare instances, hardly any young creator was hired to write or draw stories.
It is clear that Martin’s vision was overshadowed by a personality much more influential than him. And in this kind of situation, one has to give out.
I sincerely hope that Sterling Komiks continues, but I hope they would be more open to new ideas and new ways of doing comics. Indeed, a whole different mindset is required. Comics has to be regarded as something more than “cheap entertainment”. If that is how these komiks are perceived by it’s creators, then cheap is the kind of work that you will create. Respect is due komiks, and respect is due to it’s creators.
Although I am privy to a lot of what’s happening behind the scenes, I feel I don’t know enough to give a full and accurate picture. I do have to say that much of what I had written before on this blog turned out to be right, and I am simply overwhelmed and appalled at those things I have discovered since.
I can however say this:
-Young independent creators need not worry. If you are good enough and talented enough, your time will come sooner than you think.
-Now that komiks has returned, the time has now come for it to evolve. And it will.
-I am extremely excited at what 2008 will bring with regards to the Philippine komiks industry.
-This is not an ending. This is simply the beginning.
Mabuhay tayong lahat!
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