Saturday, March 15, 2008

Early Philippine Cartoons

Jorge Pineda and Fernando Amorsolo belonged to the first generation of Filipino cartoonists to have emerged during the early years of the American occupation. Most of their cartoons were published in popular news magazines like the Free Press, The Independent, Lipang Kalabaw, and Telembang. Amorsolo and Pineda, of course, eventually developed into great painters that somehow overshadowed their massive body of cartoon works.

When art patronage became a fashion among the elite during the 1920s, Amorsolo and Pineda eventually gave up doing caricatures and concentrated on painting portraits of rich people and commissioned landscapes, which was of course, more profitable. This shift in art, though, can hardly deny the fact that in the 1920s, the Philippines may have the two most talented batch of cartoonists ever to have graced the pages of news and comic magazines.

The cartoon strips shown below are a typical example of elegant Philippine cartoons from these two great cartoonists. The first is by Fernando Amorsolo, and the second by Jorge Pineda.

Simbang Tanan by F. Amorsolo

Balasubas sa Diario by J. Pineda


mella said...

Good art... although I'd like to know what it tell. I don't speak that language!

cartoon blogger said...

It's interesting to learn that the great Fernando Amorsolo was also a cartoonist.

Pepe said...

Hello.... Natalisod at bumagsak dito sa blog mo he-he....! I dream of becoming a comic illustrator too kaya lang wala talagang break.... By the way, bisita ka naman sa art-blog ko, madami rin akong arts dun na pinoy na pinoy ang dating.... Ingatz....! =D

Aldrin said...

salamat sa site mo. i myself is a lover of pinoy komiks. i had heaps of it when i was in grade school (ninja, action, funny, silangan etc). sayang nga lang, nawala along the way.

i hope na ma revive ang komiks industry and i would love to collect again. like the old paper and the old stories that goes with it.

hahay...ang sayang balikan

God bless.

Filpinztuy said...

Kamusta Dennis Villegas

Narito ako sa Pilipinas pero wala akong makitang stores na nagtitinda ng Pinoy Komiks. Sabi di na raw uso. Pero kung meron pa, paki-direk nalang ako sa Pinoy Komiks stores. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action ang genre na hinahanap ko. Paki-tugon nalang po ako sa email ko ( Salamat po sa tulong nyo.

Pinoy Komiks fan,
Dennis Capistrano