Monday, June 26, 2006


I asked permission from my boss early last week that I not come in today, one of those quick-fix days just to give the Rubic's Cube in my head some sort of order. First task of the day was to pay my credit card bill--a reasonable P500. Next was going to Starbucks Katipunan to meet Tuxqs, who graciously volunteered his free time to accompany me to a little talk sponsored by the UP Lingua Franca. The talk allowed me to share my insights, in some amourphous manner, about Philippine graphic novels.

I don't know how effective I was, or whether my blather bore any kind of weight, but I did my best. It's difficult to talk about Philippine graphic novels since there aren't a lot out there, moreso about an "industry" that hardly exists. And I'm the last person to approach for any kind of academic input. I hope the org can send me a little note about what went on, at least for me to know what to elaborate on if ever another talk like that comes up.

Later, Tuxqs and I caught the Reeves/Bullock mushflick The Lakehouse, directed by Argentina-born Alejandro Agresti. Many critics attacked the film because of its time-travel loopholes, which I think barks up a wrong tree. "Mushflick" is the keyword, and the lapses in logic aren't that disorienting anyway, unless you're one of those people who mix egg yolks with circuit boards and expect leche flan. To me, the only thing that The Lakehouse proves is that Keanu Reeves isn't the best actor in the world. But his chemistry with Bullock is solid--they're a great onscreen couple--and this factored in wonderfully until the end credits. It got me and Tuxqs teary-eyed, the way such films are supposed to.

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Flutopia Unchartered said...

It's such a great shame, Philippine Komiks died. It was the dramatic-themed stories that were the staple of most Philippine komiks back then and the rising popularity of the early telenovelas on TV delivered a mighty blow deadlier than Pacquiao's left hook to the industry or perhaps people stopped appreciating these graphic literary gems. For me i think Martial Law was one of the crucial factors that contributed to the demise of the industry, economy wise we were struggling and we can no longer afford or appreciate such small leisures. I firmly believe that the industry might have adapted to the times, i mean just look at western comics much of the stories have evolved to meet the ever-changing taste of the public. Unfortunately, our own industry wasn't able to cope with the times and it was greatly overwhelmed by it rivals. If only the public never gave up on the medium then perhaps today we could've had a much more competent and deadlier komiks industry capable of sinking Marvel or DC in a heartbeat, i mean just look at the wide and unexplored possibilites for a story, it was just a shame Whilce's Stone never prospered, he should've picked a filipino writer who is adept to the Philippine aswang or tikbalang mythologies i was very thrilled back then i thought the series would pack a whallop on the existing horror genre in western comics, the artwork was very superb it was just the writing that came short no offense to Whilce he could've capitalized on the rich genre of our own Philippine mystical creatures of the night.


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