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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

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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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)."

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 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.

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