2008, November 17. National Stamp Collecting Month
Featuring Comics Superheroes by Carlo J. Caparas
Litho Offset. Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40 (4 x 10); Souvenir Sheets of 2
Carlo J. Caparas, born Magno Jose J. Caparas, is a director, producer, writer and a comics strip creator. He is the person behind many Filipino superheroes and “komiks” characters such as Panday, Totoy Bato, Gagambino, Panday and many others.
When the comics industry took a dive in the 1990s, Caparas turned as producer and director of several movies. In 2006, Caparas spearheaded the Komiks Congress, a massive effort to revive the komiks industry in the Philippines. To help spread awareness that komiks is still a popular reading material amongst Filipinos, he toured the country with his Komiks Caravan, an exhibit of original comics issued across the country.
The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of Four (4) stamps and a souvenir sheet for the 2003 National Stamp Collecting Month (November), featuring some of the great achievers in Philippine art (cartoonists).
After briefly passing by the Philippines on an observation trip which took him to China in 1838, the French traveler Jean Mallat, took a serious interest in the Philippines. Mallat later returned two times and traveled more extensively. He compiled notes about his travels in the archipelago which were published in a book entitled Les Philippines.
The range of subjects in Philippine contemporary painting can be as wide and varied as the artist's imagination. Even scenes that appear "typical" may be re-interpreted and given new treatment. How often have we encountered landscape paintings with churches, or images of jeepney's, women in groups. or sidewalk vendors? And yet.