There has been an increasing interest in the study of Philippine Comics history, which only increases the awareness that there is very little material readily available for research. You go to any local bookstore, and there’s nothing there that will teach you even the most basic history of komiks or profiles of even its most prominent creators.
In this post, I will try to put together external links that could be useful to a researcher, as well as links to scans I’ll make available right at this site.
You can always search this blog by scrolling down to the lowest portion of the left column to see the Search feature. You can also visit my earlier blog for more material. A tip for doing searches: Use Google Search’s “Search This Site” option to search for keywords on any particular site you are on.
Other sites I recommend to komiks researchers:
Dennis Villegas’ Pilipino Komiks
One of the best resources online for Philippine Comics History. As with any blog hosted on Blogger, you can do a search in the upper left corner of the page.
The Philippine Comics Art Museum Online
Simon Santos’ Video 48
Although Simon’s site is primarily geared towards film, he posts material on komiks stories that have been adapted to film, as well as occassional features on artists like Francisco V. Coching and Tony De Zuniga.
Jose Mari Lee’s Pinoy, Comics, TV, Movies
Arman T. Francisco’s Komix Page
Randy Valiente’s Usapang Komiks
KOMIKLOPEDIA: The Philippine Komiks Encyclopedia
For a short but concise retelling of Philippine Comics history, I’ve scanned a few pages from Comic Book Artist Magazine #4, particularly “The First 75 Years of Philippine Comics” written by Dr. John A. Lent, along with spot biographies/artwork by various prominent Filipino komiks illustrators written by Manuel Auad. You can download the scans, enclosed in a zip file, below:
If you have any other legitimate sources of comics history online, “legitimate” meaning sources written by people whose identity can be verified, please feel free to comment or write in.