Vincent Kua Jr.
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DENNIS VILLEGAS
Tributes

Vincent Kua Jr.
Remembering Vincent
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RANDY VALIENTE
Tribute
Vincent Kua Jr.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Vincent Kua Jr.
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Vincent Kua Jr.  took Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University and has some background in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He genuinely likes to interact and communicate with people and considers his visual storytelling as a way of sharing his thoughts and ideas with others.

He wrote and drew his first komiks nobela sometime in the late 1970's entitled: "Ad Infinitum: The Coldest Ice Cream" which talks about life and death, inspired by the sudden and unexpected death of his father at the age of 52. Vincent's favorite work however, is his second komiks nobela entitled: "Cecilia's Lullaby" which is set in the 1930's in a distant and conservative barrio where responsible parenthood is taught by a woman of grey repute. Some of the other serialized komiks nobelas written and drawn by Vincent are: Rena Siera, Dalawang Mansanas ni Adan, Ahas sa Paraiso and Halik sa Apoy. Some of the horror, romance, mystery, and human interest stories written and drawn by Vincent are: To You From Me, Gallery of Terror, Best Loved Stories, and 3 minutes of Horror (with Vincent Kua).

Significantly, Vincent has ventured beyond the storytelling aspect of sequential art and is exploring its potential as a communicative medium by doing various "info-komiks" for governmental and non-governmental cause-oriented groups, informing the public about their respective programs of action, views on certain issues, and other matters of social concern. 

-From Vincent Kua Jr.'s Official Site

Vincent Kua's most famous komiks strip was Pokwang: Ang Maarteng Anak ni Aling Kikay. The author's hilarious byline was "Nagkakamot ng bukong-bukong na magdamag na binurire ni Vincent Kua, Jr."
In the 1980s and well into the 90s, Vincent proved to be one of the Philippines most popular writer/illustrators. He was a master of genres, particularly, period horror and historical romance. His drawing style was best loved by komiks readers because the characters he created were Venuses and Adonises: beautiful, handsome, cute, but not stone figures. They seemed to become movie stars in komiks, and people loved to see them grace the pages of their beloved komiks.

Yet people will always remember Vincent for his Pokwang strip, arguably the most popular cartoon strip of the 1980s. Its star, of course, is Pokwang, the diminutive smart-aleck girl whose wit and humor endeared her to komiks fans. Vincent admitted to me that one of his influences in the Pokwang strip was Tony Velasquez' Kenkoy, and indeed, Vincent took the four-mirrored windows on Pokwang's hair from that of Kenkoy.

-From Dennis Villegas' online tribute.

Vincent Kua Jr. passed away in October 2005.

Thanks to Randy Valiente and Dennis Villegas.