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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: 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.

The Other Half

"It was a dark and stormy night..." No one starts stories that way anymore. Just like no one believes in the monsters of old anymore. But sometimes, the old forms exist for a reason, and the old stories reveal hidden truths... for it's during those dark and stormy nights when the old stories come true...

Part of the Shiver, Jangle, and Spin trilogy of short horror comics, "The Other Half" is the first collaborative work under the Studio Salimbal banner by the duo of Noel Pascual (Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents) and Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po)."

Come With Me

This title is a Throwback Comic, featuring Salimbal member Butch Mapa, and reposted with permission: 

Frustrated by the narrow minded thinking of the military he works for, scientist Dr Shima takes a chance on a mysterious strangers invite. Finding himself in a strange and exotic subterranean world he’s offered the chance to help those in need, but is unaware of how his skills are being exploited once more. Come With Me is a loose adaptation of the Urashima Taro folk tale.

Come With Me, originally appeared on Challenger Comics and is written by Dan Hill, with art from Butch Mapa, Tim Switalski, and E.T Dollman.

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