I’ve got a very busy weekend up ahead. I’ve still got a page of comics to draw and color tomorrow before I head off to Manila on Saturday to be part of a panel judging of students’ thesis at the College oF St. Benilde. There are a lot of students so it’s definitely going to take me the entire day.
On Sunday, Studio 23 will be coming over to interview me about comics and the comics industry. Sometime ago I expressed hesitation for interviews but lately, I’ve started to realize the value of them with regards to the many issues about the comics industry I want to express. I’ve come to the realization that just blogging about it isn’t enough. Worldwide this medium may be, I’m not just reaching the people I want to reach with the stuff I want to say about komiks. Most of these people aren’t connected to the Internet, but watch TV or read newspapers on a regular basis.
The things I really want to say mostly centers around current efforts to revive the komiks industry, and the komiks awareness drive that many people are involved in. I want to express the notion that those two things, the revival of an industry, and awareness drives, are two distinct and different things. Although much effort and success there are in the latter, there’s hardly anything being done about the former. This is something I still want to write about here, as my final thoughts on the Komiks Congress held early in February.
I’m also thankful to my friend Oliver Pulumbarit, who is now a writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He asked me my thoughts about the current komiks industry, what I thought about the komiks congress and Carlo J’s efforts for an article he is writing. I wrote a pretty lengthy reply, with the idea that it’s up to the editor what actually goes in the article. Since it’s an ensemble interview, I’m quite sure some of my important points might get lost in the editing, so once the article comes out, I’m reprinting my complete answers here.
Nevertheless, I’m very grateful to Oliver for the opportunity.