Saturday, December 11, 2004

Nestor Redondo's DIWANI

Nestor Redondo's DIWANI

Written and Drawn by Nestor Redondo
Hiwaga Komiks, 1953

Diwani is regarded as another one of Nestor Redondo's masterpieces. The illustrative quality and realistic amount of detail remains impressive to this day. Nestor was never so detailed before or since.

I strongly believe that he was inspired to try this manner of illustration with the arrival of Fred Alcantara in the local komiks scene from the advertising field. Fred was at the time highly regarded for his ultra-realistic and profusely rendered ads of Coca-Cola, Ginebra San Miguel and various other ads. He did very few comics stories, but what few he did so staggered not only that generation of comics artists, but generations that followed.

His influence on Redondo in Diwani is remarkably evident in this story. But while Fred's figurework was somewhat stiff, with Redondo employing this style accompanied by his graceful figurework he produced a piece of work that is extraordinary.

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