Manuel Luis Lorenzo Abrera, popularly known as Manix Abrera, (born on 8 February 1982) is a Filipino komiks artist, author, and musician. He is best known as the author of the daily comic strip Kiko Machine, which appears on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He is the son of long time komiks artist Jess Abrera, who also works for the Inquirer. He is a nominee for the 2011 WikiPinoy of the Year of WikiPilipinas.
Abrera graduated in 2003 with a degree in fine arts, major in visual communication, at the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD). He is currently taking his master's degree in fine arts in the same university.
Kiko Machine komiks
Abrera started as a komiks artist and writer with the Philippine Collegian, where he served as graphics editor from 2001 to 2003. He, along with friends and band mates JP Cuison and Bheng Densing, joined the Inquirer for the comic strip Garapata Blood. Abrera then went solo and created Kiko Machine, which was also the name of the Diliman-based rock band where he played as guitarist.
Kiko Machine was then compilied into seven book compilations, the first of which (Mga Tagpong Mukhang Ewan at Kung Anu-ano Pang Kababalaghan!”) was released in 2005 while the latest—Sorrowful Sorrowful Mysteries--was released in October 2011.
In 2009, Abrera released his first silent comic-graphic novel 12. 12 and the seven Kiko Machine book compilations are published by VisPrint, Inc.
Kiko Machine komiks also appears on Asintado Marikenyo, a community newspaper in Marikina City.
Kiko Machine band
Abrera was one of the founding members of the band Kiko Machine, which was popular in UPD in the early 2000s. In 2005, the band released its eponymous full-length album under Star Records.
Aside from Kiko Machine, Abrera is also the author of Pressed Freedom, which appears monthly on the Philippine Journalism Review of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and News Hardcore, which appears on GMANetwork.com. Both comic strips tackle the news media and the life of a news reporter.
Abrera was a contributing artist for the book Renaissance: Ang Muling Pagsilang, which was for the benefit of victims of Tropical Storm Ondoy. He is also a member of Dakila Artist Collective.
- Manix Abrera's resume. (Submitted on 10 December 2011)
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- Sta. Maria, Ofelia. Manix Abrera’s 12: A review. The Philippine Online Chronicles. (Accessed on 10 December 2011)
- History of Kiko Machine. FilipinoMusica.com. (Accessed on 10 December 2011)
- Abrera, Manix. News Hardcore. GMANetwork.com. (Accessed on 10 December 2011)
- Kiko Machine komix forums. (Accessed on 10 December 2011)