P-Noise, obviously a take on “Pinoys”, first came to my attention through an “ashcan” or a small photocopied preview in the form of a mini comic. Their stuff came complete with trading cards, which I thought was kind of coo. I think I still have those somewhere. A year or so later, they finally came out with a full fledged comic book, and managed to come out with two.
P-Noise has a variety of creators who worked on both issues including the immortally curly, but extremely talented Edgar Tadeo, who illustrated #2, who really contributed a lot to making that issue particularly good looking.
Aris Lim, Rommel Tamayo and Antonio Bucu
Aris Lim, Jaime Rodriguez, Antonio Bucu, Edgar Tadeo, Aldin Viray/Belo, Tonio
Both P-Noise comic books came back to back with the first and second issues of Indigo Valley, previously discussed earlier. During the time of Pagan Press, I was right in the middle of Wasted, and I was still in quite a nasty mood, although playfully so. I sent in some fan art to the creators of Indigo Valley where I had my character ERIC huge and angry, just about to stomp on the heads of the innocent and happy Jerry and Monty.
Surprisingly enough, they did publish that drawing of mine in the second issue. In a way, it was truly a compliment to them, in spite of the fact that ERIC wants to stomp them, I really liked them. So there you go.
The ever mysterious RICKY continued to write and draw Indigo Valley #1. He did the story and breakdowns, as well as inks on issue #2. (I never learned what his last name was). The rest of the credits are as follows:
Eric Santos – Editor
Mack Wyman – Cover colors (issue #1)
Lee Yan Marquez – pencils (issue #2)
Jaime Rodriguez and Mike Abueva – Ink Assists
Ronald “Kevin’s Dad” Somido, cover painting for #2
Mack Wyman- Digital FX
The second issue also carried a back up story, running alongside the main Indigo Valley story written by Eric and illustrated by Brandie Tan.
Indigo Valley is created by Ricky, Eric, and J.E.M.S.
Budjette Tan asked my why I am going on a nostalgia trip of 1994 and 1995 Alamat comics. It really is a fair question. I’m a very nostalgic, sentimental person. But honestly, I don’t do this for nostalgia.
I’ve been reading a few articles online and a few printed articles written about Philippine comics, and I feel that this era of Philippine comics history is rarely being acknowledged. In one particular article I read on the Spring 2008 issue of International Journal of Comics Art no less, the writer talks about the recent history of Philippine comics, but omits any information about the early to mid 90′s era. For that particular writer, the independent comic book scene began with photocopied manga comics from UP, leading to Culture Crash and goes on to create the impression that manga is the only kind of comics being produced currently in the Philippines.
It truly is unbecoming of what I assume to be a scholarly article on the state of Philippine comics. I’ve already said enough about local manga so I’ll make no further comment on it. I concede that it’s a rather overwhelming influence locally. It’s very popular. If that’s the way it is, then well, so be it. You guys do what you want to do. Like I said earlier, I really no longer care.
But I do care if us who don’t do manga are wiped out of existence by things like this pretending to be scholarly articles on Philippine comics and yet curiously deficient in research and information. Hopefully, the articles on this site and those posted elsewhere like on Budjette’s site will help researchers find more information about the early years of the Philippine independent comics movement.
In a way, I am glad I was able to talk to Dr. John Lent, the editor in chief of the International Journal of Comics Art (and no, he’s not the writer of the article) so I could at the very least fill in some of the blanks. Manga is now an undeniable part of Philippine comics history, but there are also other things in there as well.
So yeah, if people think I’m just living in the past here, then please bear with me. I’m only doing this so that our past won’t be forgotten.