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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: Devourers of Light

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 “Devourers of Light”, we learn why the Kapres and the Laho (the reptilian race that inspired the Bakunawa legends) loathe each other. The Laho lead an inter-species alliance to punish the Kapre for violating a galaxy-wide taboo… but when Supreme Apex Barkarilkarilmon loses his patience with the other races, the Laho take independent action — with disastrous consequences for the Kapre race.

Reading Notes: A stand-alone story, this explains why the Laho are the most powerful race (aside from the Lewen’ri) in the Mythspace universe, and also shows why the Kapre are the most unfortunate race. It also gives the reason why no two races hate each other like the Laho and the Kapre, which is important for a future Mythspace story — Mythspace: Common Ground.

Folklore Notes: The Laho are based on the moon-swallowing monsters from folklore, such as the Bakunawa.

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.

Please support the SEA is Ours Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/…/the-sea-is-ours-tales-of-steamp…

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

Mythspace

Kapre. Nuno. Manananggal. They are monsters of the past, remnants of primitive fantasies.

UFOs. Aliens. Extraterrestrials. They are hallucinations, creations of modern science fiction.

Or are they? Evidence unearth is debunked…or disappears. Witnesses who speak are ridiculed…or silenced.

We are alone, say our leaders. There are no Manananggal that consume our children. There are no Kapres who watch in the night. There are no aliens that abduct our neighbors. There are no UFOs with dazzling lights.

We were never alone. These are not your Lola’s monsters. These are not your children’s aliens.

They are one and the same. They are here. Mythspace features a young Filipino searching for his family, in a galaxy populated by the aliens that inspired his culture's legendary monsters; a galaxy where Earth is a quarantined backwater, and any humans found off-planet are considered to be slaves or terrorists. 

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