Thursday, June 17, 2004
The Very First Comic Book In The Philippines
Album Ng Kabalbalan ni Kenkoy
ni Tony Velasquez
Contrary to popular belief, Halakhak Komiks #1 (1946) was not the very first all comics magazine/book that was published in the Philippines. It was "Album Ng Kabalbalan ni Kenkoy" by Tony Velasquez,published in 1934. It was a compilation of Kenkoy strips that previously appeared in Liwayway Magazine.
A pristine original copy of this book recently resurfaced and Filipino komiks collector Dennis Villegas worked immediately to get the book widely available again. Dennis had 1,200 copies printed,95 pages, black and white on thickset quality paper. Each copy will be numbered and will be limited to only 1200 copies.
The book will be officially launched on June 27, 2004 at the 3rd Philippine Toys and Collectibles Convention at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall, Metro Manila. Regular retail price is PHP 130, but for the convetion, there is a special discount price of PHP 100.
After the Toycon, it will be first be made available at Old Manila Bookstore, 4th Floor Megamall, and the Angel Thrift Shop at 17 Marikina Shoe Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao. It will eventually be available at Filbar's, National Bookstore, ComicQuest, and possibly Booksale.
If you wish to order in advance (for Philippine buyers), or just for any info about the book, you can get in touch with Dennis Villegas at his cell: 0921-5312888
Posted by Gerry Alanguilan at 6/17/2004 09:44:00 PM