The Cartoonist: Pol Medina and his work “Pugad Baboy”
About Pol Medina Jr.
What started out as a side job to fill in financial needs became this man’s way of expression and its readers’ wake up call.
Mr. Pol Medina Jr., Solo’s current Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia featured cartoonist is best known for creating Pugad Baboy, a black-and-white comic strip which was first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 18, 1988.
He graduated with a degree in Architecture and amidst his 2-year architectural work in Iraq, the Philippines was under martial law. During these times, he claimed that it was “the most maddening” two years of his life.
In 1986, he started scripting and drawing characters for a new cartoon about a community of fatsos and a dog named Polgas. He got inspired to create Pugad Baboy essentially because “everyone was restrained to even think about criticizing the government in a cartoon,” he says.
It was after this year that his stint at PDI started with Pugad Baboy. Currently, his work can be seen at Rappler.com as a webcomic and through his comic books, the Pugad Baboy series. There are a total of 26 Pugad Baboy compilation books as of today, which are available at any major local book stores.
Pol Medina has three children with his wife Susan: Maia Cecilia, Eladio Jose, and Pablo Jose.
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