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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.

The Comeback

This is a Throwback Title with art by Butch Mapa, republished with permission.

The Comeback is a 48 paged comic, telling the story of a group of ex-teen-superheroes making their big comeback, and getting dragged into a media slugfest by the current superhero It Girl.

It's about people trying to overcome personal differences, fears and insecurities in order to fullfil their dreams.

It is also about two gay lovers, a nympho coke-head, and one superstar Gorilla.

The comic, originally published in2009, is written by Ben Gilboa and drawn by  Butch Mapa.

UPDATES EVERY WEDNESDAY.

The Friendzone

"This comic book story is so disturbing it made me want to watch "Frozen" twenty times just so I'll feel happy again. THE FRIENDZONE... is one of the best horror stories I've read this year." - Budjette Tan (Trese)

There's a line that divides one's friends and one's lovers, or so some say. A space of heartbreak and heart-blindness, or guilt and patriarchal coercion, depending on whom you believe. But to pull someone across this place... this Zone... may be more horrible than any truly understand...

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

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?