Comic book and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE takes readers on an astonishing galactic journey to the heart of a mythical and folkloric word, transformed into a captivating space opera… in the Filipino way, by announcing the acquisition of MYTHSPACE: IGNITION and the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its publication.
MYTHSPACE: IGNITION is a 6-story graphic novel collection exploring a universe where ancient tales and folk creatures from the Philippines – Tikbalangs, Kapres, Manananggals – were inspired by real extraterrestrial civilizations. From a young man’s journey into myth, to a Kapre war, to the coming of age of a Manananggal, these stories (now depicted in full color) will take readers on a
unforgettable journey both strange and familiar.
The collection was edited and written by Paolo Chikiamco and features stories from a cadre of acclaimed Filipino illustrators including Koi Carreon, CR Chua, Borg Sinaban, Jules Gregorio, Paul Quiroga, and Mico Dimagiba.
Mythspace: take off with Koi
Monsters are myth and aliens are fiction – that’s what Ambrosio Magkalas believes, not his crazy Lola stories about Nuno and Kapres riding robots from space. But now she’s dead, and Ambrosio is about to learn that she wasn’t so crazy after all… Artwork by Koi Carreon and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
Mythspace: Black Mark with Paul Quiroga
A story that gives readers a glimpse into the shrewd Nuno’s restless society, where political fanatics (who tint their skin to signify party loyalty) have the government in a persistent state of stalemate. Yet legend has it that there is a faction that transcends politics: the legendary Black, a task force authorized to take extreme measures to protect Nuno society. Helmless Mang, an outcast on his home planet, is about to discover that black people are both more powerful and more terrible than the stories would have you believe… Art by Paul Quiroga and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
Mythspace: Devourers of Light with Jules Gregoire
The reasons for the age-old hatred between the Kapre and the Laho are revealed in this tale. At a turning point in history, the Laho lead an inter-species alliance to punish the Kapre for breaking a galaxy-wide taboo…but when Apex Supreme Barkarilkarilmon loses patience with the other races, the Laho take independent action – with disastrous consequences for the Kapre race. Art by Jules Gregorio and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
Mythspace: Uncommon land with Mico Dimagiba
It’s hard being a detective on a planet of shapeshifters. But Inquest Haskra’s life takes a turn for the worse when he is hired by a Laho to find a missing gem to prevent the outbreak of civil war. But does Haskra really want to help a member of the race that destroyed his home planet? Art by Mico Dimagiba and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
Mythspace: humanity with CR Chua
In a galaxy where humans have no rights, Danny and Marta work as slaves in the mines of Kataw. But when they are miraculously saved by something out of legend, they must decide what freedom means to each of them and what they are willing to pay for it. Art by Cristina Chua and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
Mythspace: Spreading wings with Borg Sinaban
Ri-En, Books and Zu are orphans who earn their living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor, Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health deteriorates, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him – one that puts them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the fearsome and immortal “Sixths”. Art by Borg Sinaban and lyrics by Paolo Chikiamco.
To support the project, go to the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/223713900/mythspace-ignition
Source: press release