Wednesday, April 11, 2007

freedom and passion for you

Two of the comic book anthologies I put together with Vin Simbulan are available digitally, courtesy of PullboxOnline. You can even see some sample pages.

The Siglo series ("siglo" is the Filipino term for "century") was one of our most challenging and rewarding endeavors. We sought to produce comics that went beyond what people expected Filipino comics to be.

Siglo: Freedom (2003) was our first salvo, with 10 authors and artists creating 10 stories set in 10 decades of Philippine history. The roster of comics creatives who explored the idea of freedom in a Filipino context included Gerry Alanguilan, Marco Dimaano, Carlo Vergara, Arnold Arre, Elbert Or, Honoel Ibardolaza, Andrew Drilon, Nikki Alfar, Vin Simbulan and Dean Francis Alfar. These are the same people who created Elmer, Wasted, Angel Ace, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Mythology Class, After Eden, The Lost, Cast and other Filipino comic books. Siglo: Freedom went on to win the National Book Award in 2004.

Siglo: Passion (2005) was more ambitious. We basically went full color, broke the rule of 10 stories and 10 creators and explored the darker aspect of passion through the lens of Philippine history. We invited notable fictionists (and a filmmaker) and gave them the opportunity to write comics, put together a gallery of artwork from both respected and new artists here and abroad, and asked one of the leading young poets in the country to provide front and end poems for the collection.

Storytellers and artists include Andrew Drilon, Angelo Suarez, Antonio Abad, Ariel Atienza, Camille Portugal, Carlo Vergara, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Dean Francis Alfar, Edgar Tadeo, Elbert Or, Gerry Alanguilan, Hiyas de Guzman, Honoel Ibardolaza, Jac Ting Lim, Jamie Bautista, Jason Banico, Jeremy Arambulo, Joel Chua, Jonas Diego, Lan Medina, Leinil Yu, Luis Katigbak, Ma-an Asuncion, Marco Dimaano, Michelle Soneja, Nikki Alfar, Oliver Pulumbarit, Paolo Manalo, Quark Henares, Rafael Kayanan, Red Berger, Reno Maniquis, Vin Simbulan and Vincent Groyon.

Siglo: Passion won the National Book Award for Best Comic in 2006.

When I look back at these two books, I still can't believe we pulled it off. It would have been impossible without all the creatives and Nautilus Comics - I am simply proud to have been part of it all.

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