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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: Humanity

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 “Humanity”, the descendants of humans abductees (taken from Earth centuries ago) labor as slave-miners in the asteroid fields of the materialistic Kataw. Danny and Marta are two young miners, thrust into dire straits when a stroke of good fortune leads to a calculating betrayal. When salvation comes in the form of the legendary Dalakitnon — Free Humans — both of them must decide for themselves what they would give up, to be free.

Story by Paolo Chikiamco, artwork by C.R. Chua.

Reading Notes: A stand-alone story, this expands on the plight of humanity in the galaxy, which is touched upon in Lift-off. Also gives you a glimpse of the culture of the Kataw, and why they have the reputation that they do (as seen a bit in Devourers of Light and Black Mark).

Folklore Notes: The Dalakitnon are one of the “elves” mentioned in Philippine folklore. Kataw is another name for Sirena/Mermaid.

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)."

Filjoshi

"Fujoshi" is a Japanese term referring to female nerds who, let's say, are into the queerer sides of fandom. They're the girls you'll find using terms like "Sasuke x Naruto", debating BL (Boys Love) ships, and dissecting the homoerotic undertones of Dr. Who. Think they're only hiding in the dark and murky corners of Tumblr? Think again! Fujoshi are alive and well in the Philippines, and they're queering up your pop culture. There is no escape. Now meet Tintin Pantoja- Filipino, fujoshi, and rotten to the core. In other words, a true FILJOSHI.