Czech Comics in Manila

In celebration of the 100th year of Czech Comics, famed works of notable Czech artists and writers of both mainstream and alternative comics from the last century is on exhibit at NCCA Gallery in Intramuros, Manila. 

The show entitled Meanwhile, Elsewhere is a grand cultural collaboration between the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The exhibition forms part of the commemorations of the major anniversaries of 2018 – the centenary foundation of Czechoslovakia (1918), 70 years from the establishment of the infamous communist regime (1948) and 25 years of the creation of the Czech Republic (1993).

The exhibition not only shows the themes and authors in all their respective historical periods until today, but also recaps a tumultuous national history through comics that aptly reflects the historical, political and cultural changes of the Czech Republic.

Samples of different illustrations are showcased to depict the history and evolution of Czech Comics and how they were affected by the times.  Popular works like Kája Saudek’s superheroes, Jaroslav Foglar’s five-generation classic Fast Arrows, as well as pre-World War II artist Ondřej Sekora’s early comics precursor Ferda the Ant(in-illustration) are also seen.   

One of the illustrations for Czech comics on exhibit

One of the illustrations for Czech comics on exhibit

Furthermore, a selection of contemporary avant-garde comics of sorts such as Jaromír Rudiš’s Alois Nebeland Jaromír 99 encapsulate all young comic-enthusiasts. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the exhibition as it contains numerous original comic books and magazines.

The fate of Czech comics reflects not only the periods of high creative freedom, but also the times of stagnation and control, as there was a political ban during the Communist rule in Czechoslovakia that was only lifted when democracy was restored in 1989 and the boom of comics recommenced.

The exhibit is at the NCCA Gallery, 633 Gen Luna St., Intramuros Manila until the end of September.

For details please contact the gallery secretariat at 527-2192 loc. 308, 324 and 328; email:nccagallery09@gmail.com,