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#SalimbalSketches: Best Picture

#SalimbalSketches returns! It's been a while since the Oscars -- guess you can tell we've all been kind of buried in work -- but for those of you planning a movie marathon over the next few days (the tail end of Holy Week is a public holiday in the Philippines) here are some tributes by Salimbal members to their favorite films of 2014… and a picture of a girl and a dog form Cristina, because when she saw "Best Picture" as our theme, she immediately thought that it simply must be an image of a cute dog with a cute girl. Never change Tina ;)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings

Genre: Young Adult / Heist / Science Fiction / Coming of Age / Detachable Limbs

What if the creatures from Philippine folklore — the tikbalangs, nuno, kapre — were inspired by sightings of actual alien races? That’s the question that fuels the Mythspace stories.

In "Unfurling of Wings" part 1  (of 2),  Ri-En, Books, and Zu are orphans who eke out a living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor, Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health is deteriorating, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him — one which places them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the dreaded, immortal, Sixths.

Art by Borg Sinaban and Story by Paolo Chikiamco

Reading Notes: A stand-alone story, which spotlights the Tan'gal race (to which Val-is-ya, from the Lift Off stories, belongs) and their unique biology. The target of the heist in the story also ties in with a plot point from Lift Off.

Folklore Notes: The Tan'gal are based on the Manananggal, or Viscera-suckers, of Philippine folklore, known for their ability to self-segment. 

Marco's Delivery Service

This is a throwback comic, created by Koi Carreon and edited by Paolo Chikiamco.

=UPDATES EVERY THURSDAY=

 

The year is 2446. Humanity has spread across the stars. However, central authority in the Milky Way Galaxy is hard-pressed to maintain its hold on far-flung colonies. Anarchy and feudalism reign in business and governance, with only the strong surviving—at least until the crafty can stab them in the back. And at the heart of trade activities – legit or shady—is Marco’s Delivery Service and its 100% success rate. But will that success rate still hold with this latest commission?

 

Mythspace: Black Mark

What if the creatures from Philippine folklore — the tikbalangs, nuno, kapre — were inspired by sightings of actual alien races? That’s the question that fuels the Mythspace stories.

In “Black Mark”, readers gain insight into the fractious society of the crafty Nuno, where political zealots (who tint their skins to signify their party loyalties) have the government in a persistent state of gridlock. Yet, legend has it that there is a faction that transcends politics: the legendary Black, a task force that is authorized to go to extreme measures to safeguard Nuno society. Helmless Mang, a pariah on his home planet, is about to find out that the Black are very real — and both more powerful and more terrible than that the stories would have you believe…

Story by Paolo Chikiamco, art by Paul Quiroga.

Reading Notes: Stand-alone story, but provides insight into the Nuno, the race of Qu in Lift-off. Nunos also play roles in Humanity and Devourers of Light.

Folklore Notes: We combined the Nuno and Dwende from folklore to form the Nuno race — the idea of different Nuno types being distinguished by skin color comes from stories about the dwende. The Bungis were one-eyed giants in our folklore.

High Society

Story by Paolo Chikiamco

Art by Hannah Buena

Take your first step into a world of automata, magic, and alternative history! The year is 1764, and, for the first time in nearly two centuries, the Spanish forces have been repelled from the great walled city of Manila. While the Spaniards are quick to lay the blame at the feet of the invading British and their clockwork machines, the secret to the success of the Filipinos may lie closer to home, with an ally that is both ancient and new, mythical and mechanical. “High Society” is a stand-alone steampunk comic book, a non-canon story in the Animata universe.

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You can buy the whole story of High Society (published by Flipside Publishing) from the links at the bottom of this page.

If you want to embed the story on your site, you can grab it from Storylark.ph-- all I ask is that you link to the Indiegogo and Buy Links above:https://storylark.ph/titles/high-society/high-society-1-of-3

“The last time I had that emotional reaction to a comic was in The Watchmen… The comic does a good job of immersing the reader in the setting while still keeping it accessible for readers who aren’t familiar with the Philippines. xxx Buena’s art is expressive and dynamic, with a subtle manga influence that makes everything extra adorable.” — Frida, Adarna SF

“High Society is a creative take on Philippine history, and anyone who’s a history buff, or at least interested in alternate histories and steampunk, should pick this up.” —Tina Matanguihan, One More Page

I found the story engrossing, interesting, and very original. What a unique concept…” — Monique, Bookish Little Me

“This is a fun steampunk comic, following Rita as she completes a mission for the Carpenter. I enjoyed the way the mythic elements were woven in and the artwork is great… Highly recommended.” Polenth Blake, Goodreads