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AFP Reports on Struggling Philippine Comic Industry


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The AFP news service is reporting that the Philippine comic book industry is struggling.  They once dominated the publishing industry but now are relegated to specialty shops with cheap photo copies.  The outlets are drying up.

Dozens of titles hit the newstands every day and popular comics (called komiks there) easily sold 400,000 copies a week with total komiks circulation in the millions.  The comics sold for pennies and were much cheaper than movies as a form on entertainment.

But as modern entertainment moved in, the popularity of this form of media waned.  Movies, television and video games took over.

What once was a thriving industry is now a struggling labor of love.