Summary of books (indieket 2017)

notes - studies

A list of books I came across at this year's Komikon Indieket.

The visual communication is often commendable independent of a clear story.
But favourites have best recall.

Let's have a look.


Light
by Rob Cham

visual communication: A+
story/message recall: A+

A picture book of a hero's journey. Our hero sets off to collect five gem stones listed on a scroll he inherited. Early on he makes a new friend who joins his quest. They face obstacles, giants and monsters at each location, fleeing successfully until they come across the penultimate and last stone, where they learn a different approach to succeeding. On their way back, they bump into the same adversaries and manage to make allies of them. When they reach home and inspect the five gem stones, it coalesces into a bright ball of light and changes their black and white world into a colourful one. Superb sequential art (78 pages). Wordless with excellent story recall.

More from them:
robcham | robcham.me | robcham


Stories Without Titles (2 stories)
by Roberto V Wong

visual communication: A-
story/message recall: B

Interesting social experiment. An attempt to see if people would be curious enough to read through without a cover art/title that could communicate a bias to the reader. Bias is par for the course when it comes to actions taken. In this case, there tends to be a bias for mysterious content. Later, I realised a book with a title has better recall for the reader. I had to re-read the stories to write a little summary. On one side we have an archetypal story of someone stuck in a Sisyphean cycle and doesn't know how to get out of it until she comes across a dissenting view. On the other side, we have a story about selfish love and intolerable debt, where our main characters choose a solution that has the most dramatic consequence.

More from them:
evaguy01 | eva.guy01


Mahirap Palang Magisa (Guisadong Gulay #2)
by Cathy Poblete

visual communication: B+
story/message recall: D

The line work and unconventional panels caught my eye. This is issue two. I haven't read the first. I don't know what is assumed in the second based on the first chapter so there are gaps in understanding the story. This chapter appears to communicate regret for choosing to end a relationship and our main character is caught in the weeds of hindsight.

More from them:
capo_illy | capo-illy


Almond Milk & Sea Salt Scrub (compilation)
by Kaila M.

visual communication: C
story/message recall: D

The scratchy art inside caught my eye. This is a short compilation of thought nuggets and sketches. The collection appears to communicate raw emotions from the perspective of a lonely child.

More from them:
_kailatte


Mushroom Movie (web comic collection)
by potato-chop

visual communication: B+
story/message recall: C

The short-format comic and cute mushroom caught my eye. Plenty use of silly puns in the series. 'Thinking', 'Optimism' and 'Art' are a few exceptions. Our main 'shroom does not appear to have a special affiliation with specific topics or occupation. There is something in here for anybody or nobody.

More from them:
mushroommovie | mushroommovie | mushroommovieee


What Am I Doing with my Life? (comic strips)
by Carl Cervantes

visual communication: C+
story/message recall: C

The short-format comic caught my eye. Drawn in refrigerator-art fashion, we have four comic strips that appear to communicate a young man's status anxiety and need for responsibilities.

More from them:
OfficialCarlCervantes


Cresci Prophecies: Book of Sancread (#1-2)
by Joanah Tinio-Calingo

visual communication: A-
story/message recall: B

A mythos about two warring tribes that worship different gods. The first two issues set the premise of a period of peaceful co-existence until the god of one king returns to the land and tells him to bring the other tribe under his worship. The king's friendship with the leader of the other tribe is put to test and eventually tragedy pushes him over the edge and he starts a war with them. The story is fully written in Tagalog. I may have missed out on some key points due to my lack of practice. The world is interesting and there appears to be a much bigger story to follow.

More from them:
joanahcalingo


Examination
by Jamie Cabatit

visual communication: A+
story/message recall: A

The artwork and visual composition caught my eye. Lots of care in it. We have here a cautionary tale about pubertal naiveté, youthful curiosity and the consequences of acting on them. For mature readers.

More from them:
jamiecabatit | jamiecabatit


The Friend Zone
by Mervin Malonzo & Noel Pascual

visual communication: A+
story/message recall: A

Haunting artwork. Painterly panels and delicate attention to distinctive character faces remind me of Bill Sienkiewicz. It's an archetypal story of unrequited love and the emotional turmoil that comes with resentment and discovering one's own inner demons. Story has good recall for its use of archetypal characters that connect with universal truths/experiences.

More from them:
mervinmalonzoart | mervinmalonzo.com | noelvpascual