Themes of Filipino Komiks Short Stories: a Content Analysis Themes of Filipino Komiks Short Stories: a Content Analysis Themes of Filipino Komiks Short Stories: a Content Analysis

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THEMES OF FILIPINO KOMIKS SHORT STORIES:
A CONTENT ANALYSIS

ABSTRACT

This study is a content analysis of the various themes, sub-themes and the types of endings contained in the short stories in Filipino comic books, thereafter referred to in its vernacular form, "komiks."
The study sampled 30 komiks from two of the top komiks publishers in the Philippines. There were 10 samples of EXTRA (Special) komiks by the Atlas Publishing Company, thereafter referred to as "Atlas Publishing," and 20 samples of United (Super Stories) komiks by Graphic Arts and Services, Inc., thereafter referred to as "GASI." The dates of the komiks analyzed covered the period May to September 1992.
Using frequency counts, it was determined that there were 18
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There were Pilipino Komiks, Hiwaga Komiks, Espesyal Komiks, and Bulaklak Komiks. Their publication was twice weekly.
The late 60s and early 70s saw the increase of komiks, which contained sex, crime and violence. The proclamation of Martial Law in September 1972 ended the proliferation of these comic books referred to as "bomba" because of the explicit pornography they contained.
At present, there are more than 88 komiks titles issued weekly by publishers such as Atlas Publishing and GASI.
Topics are many and varied; be the stories short or serialized, their subjects have dealt with all aspects of life—faith, friendship, family, love, sex and others.
The komiks' immense popularity with the majority of the Filipino public makes it a force to be reckoned with. For some time, the industry has been downplayed as a medium of communication—as an instrument for public education and influence.
Thus, this research aims to contribute more knowledge about this most pervasive print medium in the country by analyzing and identifying themes in these short story-komiks. This study may be of help, someday, to those who may wish to dig into the Filipino psyche and discover in the pages of these komiks how he or she sees life.
Hopefully, this research provides material which will add to the understanding of the Filipino and his culture. After all, the komiks is

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