Saturday, June 3, 2006

Alfredo Alcala Legacy Exhibit

The Philippine Tour of the Alcala Legacy will be at the 5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, thanks to Christian Alcala and Alfred Jr., the sons of Alfredo Alcala for participating our convention. Comics ART and comic strips will be exhibited and display at the convention.

and here are some links that we got about the Alcala Legacy

(Published twice: August 16 and August 23).

DAD/He was known for comic book superheroes."

August 16, 2002 San Francisco Chronicle NEWS Article.
(with photo).

August 23, 2002 San Francisco Chronicle NEWS Article.

San Francisco Chronicle (without photo).

Paul Allen CIS Building. Stanford, CA 2005.
"Philippine Art at Stanford Art Spaces"
-The largest gallery and in the Bay Area. First
Philippine Art Exhibition at Stanford Art Spaces.



USS HORNET (June 11, 2005)
ALCALA LEGACY: Father and Son Exhibit 2005.
"First Filiipino Freedom Fighters Day Celebration".

ABOUT Alfredo Alcala


August 23, 1925 - April 8, 2000
Filipino Master Illustrator
A memory by: Christian Voltar Alcala
In this cycle of life and the tides of time, challenges come and go like famous artists that once walked the earth. On April 8, 2000 the world lost another Great artist and I lost my father. It was the turning point of my life and a challenge that I have to accept in this world of unlimited horizons.

My father had been a long contributor to the fictional realities of fantasy in the comic art world. He worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics and other Comic book Companies with titles such as Savage Sword of Conan, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, The Incredible Hulk, Batman, Ultraman, Masters of the Universe and newspaper comic strips such as Star Wars (Los Angeles Times), Rick O' Shay (The Tribune), and Conan the Barbarian(Chicago Tribune). He also worked for children's books such as The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Tale of Two Cities, Around the World in 80 Days and animations ranging from Rambo, The Centurions, Peter Pan, Dungeons & Dragons, X-Men and also designed toys for Mattel, Inc.

He worked on a book with writer/actor Henry Gibson commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty: The Gift -An Illustrated History of the Statue of Liberty. He was also the artist for the comic book about the space flight of Apollo 12 for it's 25th Anniversary entitled: Moonshot with astronaut Pete Conrad and writer DC Agle. The book: "Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master-The Art of Alfredo Alcala" was written by Heidi MacDonald and Philip Dana Yeh with introductions by Gil Kane and Roy Thomas is highly recommended for serious art fans which was published by International Humor Advisory Council in the US in 1994.

Here's what Roy Thomas has to say: "In the late 1960's, all of us in the comic book field were suddenly knocked out to learn that there were so many talented artists, and indeed an entire comics industry, flourishing in the Philippines. And no one made a more lasting impression than Alfredo Alcala."
During the Second World War, my dad was hired by the American GI's to be a spy since he had knowledge about the Japanese language and had a powerful memory and talent, which he used to penetrate the Japanese Camps. He memorized the routes; located where the bombs are found and gave the exact locations and his sketches to the guerilla unit leader that was handed to the American GI's and then the American Bomber Planes will do the rest. His tools were his bicycle, pencil and his photographic memory.

After World War 2 he made a living doing portraits of the American soldiers and painted signboards for stores, designed chandeliers, crafted a wooden church pedestal and iron works such as fancy lamp stands. His first published works appeared in Philippine Scouting Magazine (1947) and in 1948, he was the Official Artist for the National Council of Boy Scouts in the Philippines.

His works graced the pages of Bituin Komics (1948) and later for ACE publications, which earned him the title of "The Fastest Artist" (1949) in the Philippines.

In our native country, he was known for his works such as Ukala (which was made into a feature film), Yamato, Kondor and his sword and sorcery masterpiece, VOLTAR- a Viking Saga, which my dad created, wrote, illustrated and published in his own comics Alcala Fight Komix.
In 1963 Voltar and several of my Dad's Comic Strips won several Awards both in the Philippines and the US. In that same year, my Dad was Top # 3 on TOP ILLUSTRATORS in the Philippines, which had a news article on Asia weekly Magazine.

He dominated the First Place Awards in 1962, 1964-1966, 1970-1971 at the Society of Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists (SPIC) sponsored and judged by Jaime Zobel de Ayala . In 1971, a Voltar illustration again dominated the First Place Awards in Fantasy Art category in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Competition in the U.S. and was praised as the “Masterpiece of the Genre” in "Comics: An Illustrated History" and other books such as The World Encyclopedia of Comics, Tips from Top Cartoonists, and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

In 1972, his first international work appeared in the horror stories of DC Comics wherein the scripts was mailed to the Philippines and later he worked for Marvel with titles such as Tales of the Zombie, Vampire Tales, Planet of the Apes and Frank Baum's The Land of Oz with script-writer Roy Thomas (script writer for Conan the Destroyer Movie) and for other comics-magazines that was published in France and other European Countries.
In 1974, he was featured in Cartoonists PROfiles magazine as the Famed Philippine Comic Book Artist written by Manuel Auad and published by Jud Hurd which was distributed all over the US.

In March 1976, my dad arrived in the U.S. starting in San Francisco, and then New York and Los Angeles to work full time for the American Comicbook Industry and the U.S. Army PS magazine--a Preventive and Maintenance Manual published by Will Eisner.
In July of 1976, I was born wherein he and my mom named me after his masterpiece, Voltar and J.Christian Leyendecker -an artist that my father truly admired. From that time until his death, my dad never returned home to continue his passion for arts and for his fans that love his works so they may cherish it and admire. I never had the chance of seeing him alive and it was the first and the last time that I saw him which was at his funeral that was held last April 2000 in Torrance, California.

In 1977, he revived Voltar with writer Manuel Auad published in the US and that same year; he was Awarded the INKPOT AWARDS in San Diego International Comic Convention. In the following years, Voltar was published for several advertisements and was revived and serialized in the 1980's for The Rook magazine by Warren Publishing.

During my younger years, I remember him telling me that I should always look up to great artists and learn art by observing everything around me, which is the art made by the hands of God. He was fascinated with the works of Harold "Hal" Foster, Lou Fine, Franklin Booth, and deeply respected the murals of Sir Frank Brangwyn and Dean Cornwell.
Now, as I grew more accustomed to the Comicbook Industry and the Art World, I was greatly influenced and inspired by my dad and have admired Alphonse Mucha, Gustave Dore and Franklin Booth’s works.

I was a senior student Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and my father's death was the turning point of my life. I realized how his death has deeply changed my life and how I miss his voice over the phone. I'm now following my father's footsteps and will continue his legacy as I have vowed on his funeral that I shall live to see, that my father's legacy will be treasured for all the people who loved my Father's art and for the future generations to emulate and be inspired as it has inspired me.

In 1993, Cartoonometer ranked my Dad as TOP # 5 on TOP INTERNATIONAL CARTOONISTS for the COMIC STRIP category published by Witty World Books.
In 1995, he was awarded the SANDIWA AWARDS by Phil-Asia Expo, produced by the International Manufacturers and Exporters for exemplifying the Best in the Filipino Talent and for showing the way to Filipino Artists in the Field of Comics Illustration in America given at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

In 1998, his Conan art works was reprinted and published in Spanish in Barcelona, Spain by Editorial Planeta-De Agostini.

May God be with you my beloved father…although you and I are not destined to meet, but someday we shall be together in a place where music and the Light of the celestial spheres of God dwells and where we shall be entwined with the eternal hands of time.
He was born on August 23, 1925 in Talisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
And it was lung cancer that took his life.

I will miss you Dad...more than anything else in this world.


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