On the Spot: Cartoonist Manix Abrera
Appearing every day in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Kiko Machine Komix” riffs on pop culture, class structure, sci-fi concepts, corny jokes, Taglish, the daily Pinoy grind, and even far-out touches of surrealism. Not bad for a strip that’s nominally about a bunch of college students with bad haircuts just trying to get by. “Dun siya nag-start, pero ngayon, parang sumabog na,” artist Manix Abrera says of the strip’s subject matter. “Tungkol na siya sa Pinoy culture.”
Also a featured artist in the just-released comic anthology Kwentillion, and creator of GMANetwork.com’s “News Hardcore”, Manix Abrera’s broad humor and distinctive style has earned him quite a following, though he’s always quick to shrug it off with a good-natured modesty. Here, he talks about the creative process that goes into every panel of Kiko Machine.
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