in its october 2012 isssue, glossy lifestyle mag preview acknowledged indie comics as one of 2012's noteworthy publishing trends. they also included rob cham, the QBCCC crew, rommel estanislao, noel pascual, a.j. bernardo, and myself in their "creative it list" for 2012, "the who's who of up-and-coming talent in the culture scene"!
says the blurb:
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"We don't really have a proper comics industry anymore. The days of Darna and Captain Barbell are long gone, and it doesn't look like the economy is willing to support a return any time soon. But the comics fan looking for local flavor won't suffer a shortage of things to check out: The new breed of Filipino Komiks resembles the 'zines of the '90's, with crude black-and-white printing and stapled binding, But the content is great--most notable of the new creators is Macoy, whose books Ang Maskot, Operasyon, and School Run employ simple, cartoonish art to tell stories uniquely rooted in Filipino reality. Watch out for Rob Cham, who journals in his comics much like Adrian Tomine or Jeffrey Brown. The anthology Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium also provides an easy entry way into this growing movement, featuring the work of many young creators who just want to tell their stories."
many thanks to philbert dy, section editor kissa castaneda, and everyone at preview for spreading the word!