When the order of the suspension of Pugad Baboy‘s creator Pol Medina, Jr. came to a news, we didn’t bark immediately along the stream of voices from people who supported the artist. The rather harsh comic strip that came out on June 4 about a gender bending satirical story-line quickly drew mixed reactions and the ire of the institution that felt discriminated for a yet factual observation and perspective of the cartoonist. The father of Pugad Baboy almost lost a home for his child as its result.
On the following day, Pol was sanctioned with a suspension order and it attracted minions of followers to come to his aid of his almost dying hours. The academe that requested for the ‘cleaning of the act‘ seemed vindicated as the broadsheet that cuddled the comic strip of fat people for 25-years, abide with them. His publisher, the Philippine Daily Inquirer apologized to St. Scholastica’s College, a Catholic all-girls schools run by nuns, on June 6.
It was a week of chaos and social media went crazy. Left and right interviews gave Pol a chance to speak for his side. He apologized for that matter. Subsequently, he resigned.
Soon, talks of the town went a buzzed. Where will Pugad Baboy’s new pigpen’s gonna be? Ultimately, netizens threw throwbacks of their PB collections and series books. Pol decided to continue his work, online.
But the clamor of his fans waved like oceans, swerving for another round, another broadsheet perhaps. Behind that, we were not privy to whatever negotiations might have brewed. Was he being offered by a rival broadsheet? Was he going back to daily print media?
Speculations stirred as far as Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Even Yahoo! Philippines and local news channel gave Pol a favorable new media airing spot.
But one thing they never thought of. Pol was eager to come back, on a new media platform he is also familiar with.
June 16, on the morning of Father’s Day and while everyone’s preparing to celebrate this special day, Rappler.com came with a ‘bang‘ online. With a teaser photo of Polgas* trademark shadowed face that says “I’ll be bark,” Pugad Baboy embarks for a new home, that is Rappler. The father has survived with his child on Father’s Day.
“The world has gone digital. Paper is being replaced by glass. Obviously, the future of information is in cyberspace,” captioned Rappler in one of it’s photo release with the cartoonist.
Starting tomorrow, June 17, and as Rappler teased, Pugad Baboy will be barking on their turf. Did the other local online network missed that part? We don’t know. One thing’s for sure, Pugad Baboy going digital signals the revolution of new media. A broadsheet’s loss, is cyberspace’s gain. The demise is inevitable. And yes, we will be seeing Polgas, Mang Dagul, Brosia, Sergeant Sabaybunot, Patrolman Durugas, and the rest of the fat asses, this time, on Rappler.
Read full announcement of First Pugad Baboy issue on Rappler which comes out tomorrow, June 17. “Daily, from Mondays to Saturdays, #PugadBaboy will pop up on the Rappler site at exactly 5 am, to greet early risers in this part of the world, and Filipinos on the other side of the planet just heading home from work“.
All photo credits via Rappler.com.
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