in an article posted on thepoc.net, fidelis tan discusses the state of pinoy indie komiks, which, according to her, still has quite a ways to go:
Despite the flourishing of comics in the Philippines, pundits invite both readers and makers to take a more critical standpoint. It’s true that more titles are coming out, and those who frequent comics conventions have more Pinoy superheroes, enkantos, slice of life and anime knock-offs to choose from. According to comics aficionados and critics Adam David and Carljoe Javier, it takes far more than a healthier show of comics produced to signal a true elevation of Philippine comics.
tan points out three long-standing problems of local indie creators: aping western comics and manga, lack of techinical know-how, and "first-issue syndrome".
now all of that is true, but also, i think, like saying that society's problems are poverty, crime and lack of education.
look. there will always be copycats. there will always be sloppy writers and artists who lose interest after making a single issue. preaching to the lost is not going to 'elevate' komiks.
the bigger question is, how do we get more people reading the authors who get it right?