SIGLO: PASSION, the newest book in the Siglo series, is one of the most ambitious comic book projects in Philippine publishing and literary history. While the first book, Siglo: Freedom, had been hailed by critics for pushing the envelope in the realm of graphic novels, Siglo: Passion has raised the bar even higher. Where Siglo: Freedom was published in black and white andSIGLO: PASSION, the newest book in the Siglo series, is one of the most ambitious comic book projects in Philippine publishing and literary history. While the first book, Siglo: Freedom, had been hailed by critics for pushing the envelope in the realm of graphic novels, Siglo: Passion has raised the bar even higher. Where Siglo: Freedom was published in black and white and featured 10 stories by 10 different creators, Siglo: Passion arrives in full color on high quality glossy paper, showcasing 12 stories by over 30 different writers and artists. Siglo: Passion also doesn’t pull any punches by tackling complex and relevant topics such as family, lust, death, homosexuality, and of course, love. As mentioned in the National Book Award’s citation for the comic anthology, “That it defies easy classification is part of its significance, as is the fact that Siglo is closer to a literary anthology than it is to the funny books. That it emerges so full-formed in the category that features such exemplary finalists shows that comic books have indeed come of age. It shows that valor lies in trying to do what has not yet been done before and Siglo: Passion does it with pride.”(from http://komiklopedia.wordpress.com)...
|Title||:||Siglo: Passion: A Grafiction Anthology|
|Format Type||:||Graphic Anthology|
|Number of Pages||:||100 Pages|
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Siglo: Passion: A Grafiction Anthology Reviews
I have not read the Passion 1 so I don't have an idea how this second book compares to that. I am also not a big fan of comic books and neither do I really dig fantasy and paranormal literary genres. However, I have only positive things about this book. The only reason why I cannot give this a full 5-star rating here on Goodreads is that the stories are too short to be fully appreciated. Most, if not all, of the stories here can be expanded to full-length comic book series.The reason why I bought this book was Carlo Vergara. I was browsing this book then I saw that one of the 12 stories was written and illustrated by him. Carlo Vergara was our guest in Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books. His talents, evidenced by his works, and his eloquence, evidence by the way he answered our questions, really won us over. I must have felt a bit of a "hangover" so even if this book is costly (P900, if I remember it right), I had no choice but to buy. The book is a good way to sample Pinoy comic book writers and illustrators. There are so many well-known (well, those that I've heard from friends who love comic books) names here: Dean Francis Alfar and his wife Nikki Alfar (who is obviously the inspiration in the first book as the lady character looks exactly like her), Cyan Abad-Juico (who I am still to read), Gerry Alanguilan (who I really liked in his work "Wasted"), Vicente Garcia Groyon (whose "Sky Over Dimas" I have been postponing for the longest time), Quark Henares (a popular name), Elbert Or (there was a book about Ondoy that after reading I gave away to Tina M during my TFG days), Angelo Suarez (whose name appears in the credits but I tried reviewing each story's Written by or Illustrated by and did not see his name appearing in any of them) and then of course Carlo Vergara.I will never forget three of the stories:1) Palawan 1944 Carlo Vergara, story and artThe illustrations are more artsy compared to the now-popular "Tabi Po" by Mervin Malonzo. The story about a gay man who falls in love with an American soldier during WWII and the tree that becomes a witness and later a sanctuary to the man when he is looking and missing the soldier. The slow unfolding of the kind of love, the pain of longing for a lost love and the mystery of the tree all make the reading worthwhile.2) San Pablo 1978 Gerry Alanguilan, story and artI did not appreciate his popular work, "Elmer" as much as I appreciated his seminal work "Wasted." This one has a character looking very much like the angry male protagonist in that killing machine ambusher (GR highlights that work meaning it does not exist in the spell check but it exist in my mind haha). Anyways, what makes this story memorable is that aside from the man that reminded me of "Wasted" the setting of the story is in Lake Padin, located in San Pablo that our book club visited during the book discussion and interview with the author, Edgar Calabia Samar for Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (4 stars).3) Philippines 2222 Dean Francis Alfar, writer and Jeremy Arambulo, artistHaha! I did not expect that I would like this. Sci-fi. Robots as masseurs. I liked it when the robot girl called "Hollow Girl" asks the client when he is about to get the massage: "Do you expect to find it (love) here?" I do go to reflexology centers sometimes with my wife or with a friend especially before (now, very seldom) and I do not see love there. Kidding aside, the illustrations are wonderful. They do depict the story being futuristic. The imagination of Dean Alfar is tops. I am looking forward to reading more of his works. Shame, I needed a comic book to be introduced to his works. Why did I not hear any of my friends raves about this guy?Overall, I really liked this book and I intend to keep this copy of a glossy, expensive and worth-keeping work of art.No, I will not sell this to you, John "Ang Kawangki" Adrian!
Passion is dangerous. You can live and die in the name of passion. It can make you whole and tear you apart, all in one second. This graphic anthology presents us with 12 stories of this "passion", each with a different art and air. Personally, I savored each page, gripping each story lovingly and carefully. Great read.
Book #51 for 2012: Headtrip tong librong to. Yung opening poem, hindi ko alam kung ang deep, nangtitrip lang or kailangan lasing ako habang binabasa ko yun. And I mean that in a good way ha. Nagustuhan ko pano nila pinakita ang iba't ibang passion / pag-ibig.