These zines will convince you to start your own collection

When the #VisibleWomen and #artPH hashtags were circulating, local Twitter was, for the lack of a better word, shookt. Suddenly it was so easy to see just how much talent we have locally. The likes and RT’s helped lots of aspiring artists get connected to people who appreciate their work.

But before Twitter (and social media in general) became an avenue for artists and creators to widely share their work, we had events like Indieket. Established in 2012, Komikon Indieket was meant to be a venue for independent writers and artists to share their work. We got a hold of some zines that were sold at the recently concluded Indieket at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig.

We’ve reviewed five zines from YS contributors Ross Du and Mich Cervantes, new faces Anna Marcelo and Kaila M., as well as an oldie but a goodie from Oliver Pulumbarit and John Toledo.

baboon brain banana smoothie by Kaila M.

Kaila’s use of basic colors with abstract shapes and figures provides a whimsical background for her inner monologue. Using a play on letters and words at the beginning and end (bb/bs) it’s an almost poetic illustration of one person’s personal struggles, a documentation of a fall. Though baboon brain banana smoothie ends unresolved (so many questions!), Kaila still provides us readers with a sweet and hopeful parting note in the form of a Saturday memory and light illustrations.

Follow the artist @_kailatte.

Penpals by Mich Cervantes

From the creator of Itch comes this modern penpal story that depicts a late-night conversation with an old friend. The catch here is that the conversation is one-sided, and that old friend is someone the narrator met on the Internet seven years ago. What’s amazing is that though the story is told using illustrated browser screenshots and chat box excerpts, we still manage to follow the developments as with any comic. Expect to finish this zine Facebook searching that childhood friend with a weird nickname who you haven’t seen since elementary.

 

Follow the artist @themichlife.

quiet thoughts (2017) by Ross Du

Ross’s zine is a compilation of, well, quiet thoughts. That is, the things you think of but don’t verbalize (which makes these candid phrases similar to what you’d find being tweeted at 2 a.m.). quiet thoughts exhibits Ross’s signature style, echoing tones of melancholy amidst awkwardness. You can tell from the detail that goes into each illustration that she spent some time letting all these observations simmer for a bit in her head. Some of my favorite pages include anecdotes like “varied interests make the best conversations” and “can i load a save on life?”

Follow the artist @rossduu.

 Pia the Teenage Albularyo by Anna Marcelo (annasshole)

Ever wonder what Sabrina the Teenage Witch would be like if she were Filipino? The zine follows a teenage albularyo named Pia, who helps her friend solve a mystery involving a lost and found agimat. The title might make it seem like a serious mystery treading towards horror, but in reality, the story injects a bit of the humor that you would expect from a comic like Sabrina. Here’s hoping that she turns this into a longer series.  

Follow the artist @annasshole.

Lexy, Nance & Argus by Oliver M. Pulumbarit 

Though this comic zine has been around for a while (over 13 years, to be exact), that just goes to show how its artists were way ahead of their time. This collection of stories about a group of liberal friends shocked some people back in (the arguably more conservative year of) 2004. Though some of the references are a little dated, the mature content and issues they tackled are all mostly relevant today.  

Collect new zines at Komikon 2017 on November 11-12.

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