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Inside the Industry: Making comic books your business with Komiket's Paolo Herras

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:25 PM

We dive into the world of local comic books, conventions, and its future in TV and movie adaptations

From 10 cents to $1.26 million: First Marvel comic sets auction record

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:21 PM

1939's 'Marvel Comics No. 1' issue was produced in 1939 and is considered the ‘Big Bang’ of the Marvel Comics Superhero Universe

LOOK: 'Ignited' comic book series tackles mass shootings with superheroes

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:00 PM

U.S.-French comic book 'Ignited' is penned by former Marvel and DC writers and tells the fictional story of 6 teens who survive a high school shooting and develop superpowers

Explainer: The Sandman Comics Series

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Here’s a beginner-friendly guide to the critically-lauded series

Comic book writer Marjorie Liu: 'Comics have never been just for boys'

Mar 02, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Who else can say that she's the first ever female to win the Best Writer Eisner Award? Only Marjorie Liu, bestselling author of the 'Monstress' comic book series

Visprint Inc to close in 2021

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:45 AM

Visprint published the work of authors such as Manix Abrera and Bob Ong

LOOK BACK: Stan Lee's iconic Marvel movie cameos

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:24 PM

Which cameo appearance of the great Stan Lee was your favorite?

FAST FACTS: Comics legend Stan Lee

Nov 13, 2018 - 12:22 PM

From why he changed his name, to how he almost quit writing comics – here are some interesting things to know about Stan Lee

LEGEND. Stan Lee lived a long and storied life. Photo from

WATCH: Marvel stars, Pinoy art, endless cosplay at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:57 PM

The comic convention is a celebration for the Pinoy geek community

SPIDER-FAN. Cosplayers come in droves to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cosplayers come full circle at Netflix's 'Riverdale' booth

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Tiny Trio take their Josie and the Pussycats cosplay to the next level

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. The Tiny Trio take on the singing group from Archie Comics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

APCC 'closet cosplay' tips from Canvas Cosplay

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:32 PM

If you want to dress up for AsiaPop Comicon but haven't been able to plan it, all you need are some wardrobe basics and your imagination

CANVAS COSPLAY. Philip Odango, also known as Canvas Cosplay, is known for cosplaying as Maui from Disney's 'Moana.' Photo from

Black Panther's sister Shuri gets own spin-off comic

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:29 AM

The comic spin-off features Shuri stepping into a bigger role

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Shuri (Letitia Wright)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Neal Adams' advice to aspiring artists, and what he thinks of 'Arrow'

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The artist, know for his works with various DC Comics and Marvel characters shares what he thinks is important to be a comic artist

Toycon presscon at Mall of Asia. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Jessica Henwick cancels appearance at AsiaPOP Comicon 2018

Jun 29, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The 'Game of Thrones' and 'Iron Fist' actress will no longer attend due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

JESSICA HENWICK. The actress cancels her appearance at APCC Manila 2018. Photo from

Marvel's Leinil Francis Yu talks Pinoy Easter eggs and late-night work habits

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Plus, some sage advice to his younger self

34 Filipino web comic artists to follow

May 06, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Check out some of the best local comic artists and their work

Comic book 'heroes' during the 2016 #PHVote campaign

May 08, 2016 - 6:17 PM

For some comics may just be a medium for entertainment but for others it is a way to retell or distort a story

Comic book will not make us vote for Roxas - Yolanda survivors

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:06 PM

Mar Roxas has been hit for his alleged incompetence in the aftermath of the storm

Roxas shrugs off criticism, thanks supporters for comic book

Mar 29, 2016 - 11:08 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas says the criticisms come from rivals camps because they have apparently realized that the comic book is effective campaign material

In Cavite, comic book 'campaigns' for Roxas

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:44 AM

A comic book distributed during LP provincial chief Ayong Maliksi s birthday tells the story of Typhoon Yolanda and party standard bearer Mar Roxas role during the devastating storm

American comic author inspired by PH folklore

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Travis became enamored with Philippine folk tales when he was searching for some gruesome monsters to use as art

Gundala Putra Petir kembali ke layar lebar dengan harapan baru

Sep 22, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Kembalinya tokoh superhero Gundala Putra Petir ke layar lebar bangkitkan semangat komikus lokal

PAHLAWAN NUSANTARA. Nusantaranger mencoba memperkenalkan kearifan lokal yang terinspirasi komik Jepang dan superhero Amerika. Foto oleh

Things to do: May 2-8

May 02, 2014 - 10:00 AM

No plans for the coming week yet? We have some events and movies lined up for you

Afterlife with Archie #1: Riverdale in a darker light

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:27 PM

The premise is simple enough: Archie characters plus zombies

POWERHOUSE CREATORS. 'Carrie' 2013 screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla are behind this new series. Screenshot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

Haunting Halloween reads

Oct 31, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Up for a scary read that will give you the creeps and sleepless night? Here are comics we recommend

SUPERNATURAL INVESTIGATOR. The hero fits into the modern times. Cover image from

Beloved comic Calvin and Hobbes gets a docu

Oct 24, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Joel Schroeder makes a Kickstarter funded docu about Calvin and Hobbes one of the most beloved comic strips of all time

Trese: Magic under the manhole

Aug 27, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Comics creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo set out to reinvent Manila in Trese

Conflict, controversy: Marvel's 'Untold Story'

Aug 26, 2013 - 4:00 PM

It also goes over the major storylines and movements in the Marvel Universe

EXCITING READ. It writes its stories with a sense of urgency and excitement, as if it can’t wait to tell you what happens next. Book cover image from 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story' Facebook page

Why don’t we pay artists more?

Jul 15, 2013 - 3:31 PM

One of the things that is commendable about our local creators is that they keep creating

MORE INCOME, BETTER PRODUCT. We have to let go of this glorification of the starving artist and we have to reward the efforts and sacrifices that our creators make to produce work

Comics writing 101

Jul 08, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Our comic book expert shares his game plan for his comic book writing class

SCOTT MCCLOUD'S 'UNDERSTANDING COMICS.' Plain required reading for anyone who likes comics, because it provides us with a framework through which to read and think about comics. Screen shot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

New mutant in upcoming 'X-Men' film?

Jul 06, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The director of the second X Men prequel movie tweets a tease

NEW MUTANT ON THE BLOCK? A well-loved superhero may soon join the the X-Men in the second prequel. Photo from Twitter (@BryanSinger)

Are you ready for 'Man of Steel'?

May 13, 2013 - 12:08 PM

There are some great Superman stories out there that recast the Last Son of Krypton

SUPER GUY. While waiting for 'Man of Steel' to open in theaters on June 12, read these comics suggestions. Screen shot by Carljoe Javier

More than Mark 42: Iron Man comics to read

May 11, 2013 - 5:35 PM

Liked Iron Man 3 ? Here are some comics that you might want to pick up

IRON MAN FEVER. If you're still high on the 'Iron Man 3' movie, keep the momentum by checking out these comics suggestions. Screen shot by Carljoe Javier

FCBD 2013: Long lines and love for comics

May 08, 2013 - 3:23 AM

I think at the heart of all geekery is a passion and love for something In its best manifestations this translates into a desire to share that passion and love with more people

ANG PILIPINO KOMIKS SA KASALUKUYAN. With its Gerry Alanguilan cover and eclectic mix of creators, it was clearly a collector must-have. Photo by Carljoe Javier

Free Comic Book Day 2013: Comics overload

May 03, 2013 - 6:08 PM

Love comics? Don’t know a thing but want to start? Either way this day’s for you

LINE UP, GET COMICS. Best of all, you can have your comics signed by the artists and authors themselves! Image from the Free Comic Book Day Facebook page

Superman vs Iron Man: From comics to film

Apr 27, 2013 - 8:45 AM

Supes and Shell head face off in American summer movies Who do you think will fare better?

HEROES WITH FLAWS. Marvel's superheroes battle demons not just outside of them but also within. Screen shot from Carljoe Javier's Comixology collection

Free Comic Book Day 2013: Setting the record

Apr 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM

Year after year Free Comic Book Day shares the joy in reading comics In spreading the word that comics make for fun enjoyable reading it helps raise awareness in the fight against illiteracy

MAKING READING FUN. Free Comic Book Day aims to raise awareness in the fight for illiteracy.

Why Summer Komikon 2013 was a blast

Apr 18, 2013 - 11:51 AM

A comic book fan shares why Summer Komikon 2013 was a blast and why you should attend it every summer

TICKET TO HEAVEN. A ticket to Summer Komikon 2013 cost P100. All photos by Mariella Bustamante

Comics, costumes, crowds: Summer Komikon

Apr 17, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Comics are a great medium that crosses age and class divides

COMIC GEEK HEAVEN. Kubori's Michael David, 'Bagsik' Marco Ho (aka Bogart the Explorer) and Carljoe Javier. Photo courtesy of Michael David

Rembrandt's dark genius in graphic novel

Apr 14, 2013 - 12:37 PM

He could have had it easier if he d been less outspoken fallen in with the tastes of rich people But he just didn t have the social capacity for that

DARK TIMES, DARK MAN. 'Rembrandt' by comic book artist Typex shows the painter as you've never seen him before: cantankerous, obsessive, and unfaithful. Image from

Homestretch to Summer Komikon 2013

Apr 12, 2013 - 11:12 AM

We’ve got to keep our comic book community alive and the best way to do that is to buy their comics and support these creators

BE THERE AT SUMMER KOMIKON! There are so few opportunities to see so many local Komiks available in one place. Image from Facebook

Marvel Unlimited: Navigate the universe

Apr 08, 2013 - 7:17 PM

Considering that it lets you read comics meant for standard size pages on such a small device it’s a good thing

ONE STOP SHOP. The Marvel Unlimited app may be the perfect way to navigate that universe. Screen shot from

Pax Romana: Timely and striking

Mar 29, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Rappler reviews a philosophical comic book on the Roman Catholic Church

QUESTION OF HUBRIS. Pax Romana keeps us asking questions and challenges us to think. Screen shot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

New Avengers and juxtaposition

Mar 25, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Comics expert Carljoe Javier critiques the New Avengers comics

DIFFERENT WAY OF STORYTELLING. How a comic book takes you through the journey is dependent on the artwork, words, and pacing. Screen shot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

Comic book history the fun way

Mar 18, 2013 - 5:33 PM

Our comics expert reviews a comic book on the history of comic books

THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS. Great book for anyone who has an interest in comics, books, or publishing history. Image by Rappler from the author's Comixology copy screen grabs

A collector speaks: Comics commitment

Mar 11, 2013 - 12:54 PM

Are you a comic book collector? Can t live without comics? You ve come to the right place

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE COMICS? How much do you commit to your passion? Our expert shares his story with us. Image from Batgirl #18 at the DC Comics Facebook page

The stars fell on Summer Komikon

Jun 21, 2012 - 1:03 PM

Ahead of the typhoons it rained comics fans and stars at this year s Summer Komikon

COMICS THIS TIME, although a little cosplay was, well, involved. Photo by Jerald Uy

The gospel according to Mark Millar

Jun 16, 2012 - 3:00 PM

A RAPPLER exclusive chat with the creator of the hit comic book Superhuman Civil War

AN INSPIRATION, HE IS. Mark Millar comic book-ed his way from being a university dropout to being one of today's real-life comic book heroes. Photo by Jerald Uy

The secret life of Tony de Zuñiga

May 14, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Mang Tony may have gone but his legacy will always live on

LIVE ON FOREVER. Mang Tony will live on forever in the hearts of comic book fans. We salute you for raising the flag for Filipino comics artists! Photo from

Free comic books, anyone?

May 01, 2012 - 8:26 PM

Free Comic Book Day FCBD Philippines is all set What titles are you looking to get?

COMICS GALORE. Comic book lovers have reason to rejoice anew for FCBD this Month. Photo from FCBD Philippines' Facebook page.