Creating A Metropolis of Art and Memories: An Interview with Jay Pillerva

by KB Meniado She makes art, she writes stories, she puts them together, she self-publishes her first book. Meet 21-year-old Jay Pillerva, or better known as @jaaychaan online, and learn about how she began creating and how she made her first illustrated novel Quinn and the Metropolis happen. Jay Pillerva is an independent illustrator, novelist and animator from the Philippines who has been writing and drawing her whole life. She aspires to contribute professionally to the creative industry with her stories and illustrations. The Metropolis Series has been her passion project for years. It is a loose account of her teenage years and her overall…

Bookbed recommends: Island-based Filipino Children’s Books

by KB Meniado My beautiful country, the Philippines, is made up of about eight thousand islands. To portray, let alone discuss, the abundance and diversity of our people’s experiences is a challenge so great it might just take another hundred of lifetimes before we get to the bottom of it. But there’s always trying, and so witnessing how our creators and the local publishing industry as a whole continue to make a dent on that, be that individually or as a collective, is always inspiring. Whenever I see the range of locally authored and published books available for sale not…

Bookbed reviews ‘Private Iris #1″ by Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre

by Nitoy Gonzales THE STORY Danton Cord is one of the most popular boys in MacGuffin Elementary. His friend, Iris Able, is a loner whom people think is weird. Because she doesn’t talk to anybody, the kids in school have given her the nickname “Private Iris”. However, Iris is also the smartest and most observant person in town. When the money of a class’ cashbox is stolen, Danton sees this as a chance to make people see how special Iris really is. If he can convince her to solve the crime and get the class its money back, maybe he can…

Catching up with Komiks at Komiket 2017

by Allana Luta To say that I am ignorant of the local comic scene is a gross understatement. My exposure to local comics when I was a kid was limited to the newspaper’s entertainment section, with Pugad Baboy, Love Knots, and later on, Kikomachine, as well as Culture Crash Comics, a bi-monthly comic magazine that featured five original titles from local artists. When Culture Crash ceased publication in 2004, I stopped reading local comics as well. So when we went to the third Filipino Komiks Arts Market, or Komiket, on October 14, I honestly had no idea what to expect. According…

Brave(he)art: An Interview with Shai San Jose

by KB Meniado One of the most important facets of growing up and learning who you are as an individual is being able to express yourself. It can be as diverse as the clothes you wear to the music you listen to down to the words you choose to use. For Shai, watercolor is her weapon and art is her game. Shai San Jose is a 17-year-old Animation and Game Development student. Creating art is more than just a hobby for her. When she’s not drawing, she’s drowning herself in books, movies or TV series—any of those three, or she’s probably…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for May

Welcome to the fifth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Check out our picks for May below! 1. Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman by Paolo Herras and Jerico Marte What I liked: The reason I bought Strange Natives back in April was that the artist behind the booth selling local comic books recommended it, saying it would make me feel empowered as a woman. And that’s what you get even in the first few pages of the story, which centers on Grasya, an ageing…

Hoarding Comic Books at Komikon 2016

by Tricia Gervacio In the Philippines, Komikon is one of the biggest bi-annual event that comic dorks (and by dorks, we mean awesome people!) look forward to every April and November. Last November 19 and 20, we had two days packed and loaded with comic books, panel talks and movie screenings. Although I wasn’t able to attend and see all the panel discussions and movie screenings, I was able to get—or maybe, hoard?—a number of good releases this year! There are a lot of budding artists, too! No wonder there was a big crowd last weekend! I got the following from…