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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.

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?

 

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)."

Studio Salimbal FCBD 2014

Uncommon Ground and Devoirers of Light are two separate stories in the Mythspace universe, but for Free Comic Book Day 2014, we've woven previews of each into a single tale, to give you an idea of the interconnectedness of our stories, Also included are excerpts from our Design Works sections on both stories, and finally a few images that tease what Studio Salimbal has in store for you in the coming year.

Cover by Borg Sinaban!