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10 Good Finds from University Presses

Your alma mater is producing wonderful works that should be on your reading list, from Palanca awardees to National Artists

In need of book suggestions? Instead of scouring the mall, it’s time to head back to school. We’ve put together a list of books written by produced by local university presses that make for great leisure reads.

 

UST PUBLISHING HOUSE

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Breaking Ground: Cebuano Women’s Writing
Hope Sabanpan-Yu;
P550 regular (on sale now until Feb 15, less 20%)

Sixteen authors, including Maria Kabigon, Remedios del Mar, and Florentina Tan Villanueva come together to empower Cebu and all women in this collection.

Maskara’t Pambata: Malatulambuhay
Edgar Calabia Samar
P200 (on sale now until Feb 15; less 20%)

Palanca-award winner Samar’s collection of poems plays with words, meanings, and forms, using everything from a Chinese garter to punctuation marks.

UST PUBLISHING IS AT BEAT ANGELICO BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS, MANILA, 406-1611 LOC 8252, PUBLISHING.HOUSE@UST.EDU.PH, AND ON FACEBOOK

 

ATENEO PRESS

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The Quiet Ones
Glenn Diaz
P470

This Palanca Grand Prize winner is told through the interlocking narratives of call-center agents going through the humdrum of life.

May Titik Sa Bubong, May Sigbing sa Silong
Allan Derain
P425

An anthology by 21 different authors including Severino Reyes and Nick Joaquin, it explores almost every imaginable concept of aswang there is.

 

ATENEO UNIVERSITY PRESS IS AT BELLARMINE HALL, ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY, LOYOLA HEIGHTS, QC, 426-5984, ATENEO.EDU/ATENEOPRESS, AND ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM

 

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES PRESS

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Pag Mabilis Na Umalis Baka Di Naman Talaga Dumating: At Iba Pang Kuwento
Rolando B. Tolentino
P300

In this collection of his own short stories, Tolentino muses about sudden and fleeting encounters.

Sapantaha: Kalipunan ng mga Maikling Kuwentong Spekulatibo at Imahinatibo
Luna Sicat Cleto
P550

Through this anthology, Cleto aims to capture the imagination of the Filipino, foreboding the shattering of reality.

 

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES PRESS IS AT E. DELOS SANTOS STREET, UP DILIMAN, QC, 926-6642, PRESS.UP.EDU.PH, PRESS@UP.EDU.PH, AND ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM

 

FEU PUBLICATIONS

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The Complete Poems and Plays of Jose Rizal
Translated by National Artist Nick Joaquin
P395

Joaquin’s translation of Rizal’s work is masterful—from his grasp of the Spanish language down to his understanding of Rizal’s personal history.

Adios, Patria Adorada
Alfredo Roces
P850 (hardbound), P485 (softbound)

Now on its second printing, Adios, Patria Adorada studies how the Ilustrados crafted the Filipino identity.

 

FEU PUBLICATIONS IS AT THE ARTS BUILDING, FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY, SAMPALOC, MANILA, 736-0036, TAMSBOOKSTORE@FEU.EDU.PH, AND ON FACEBOOK

 

DLSU PUBLISHING HOUSE

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Kurap sa Ilalim
Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles
P230

Arguelles examines “cruel tenderness,” and writes about how hope is a weapon through his collection of poems.

Notes for the Filipino Playwright
Malou Jacob
P180

This collection ruminates on questions such as “What is my writing for?” and “Should the writer be an advocate of an ideology?”

 

DLSU PUBLISHING HOUSE IS AT YUCHENGCO HALL, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY, 2401 TAFT AVENUE, MANILA, 524-4611, AND DLSU.EDU.PH

 

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Ica Rivera
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art + music by Javier Reyes

The Age of Creator-Owned Comics

The real beauty of comic books is bursting in places far, far away from the super powers and tights.


It’s second nature at this point that when you think “comic books”, you think Marvel and DC. Both companies have captured the hearts and imaginations of true believers for over half a century now. Their pages are populated by countless characters considered to be worldwide icons. But as these heroes continue the struggle of good versus evil, the real beauty of comic books is bursting in places far, far away from the super powers and tights.

Enter the wide and independent world of creator-owned comic books.

In recent years, the popularity of creator-owned comics has grown exponentially. This is largely thanks to the work being done at Image Comics. Whose entire business structure is centered around giving writers and artists total freedom to ideate, create, and cultivate bold new stories. Today, the independent publisher is home to the zombie outbreak of The Walking Dead, the star-crossed and foul-mouthed lovers of Saga, the pop-fueled gods of The Wicked + The Divine, and the morbidly hilarious crime cases of Chew. It’s become the go-to place for comic creators, both new and old, looking to express ideas that go well beyond super-powered face punching.

At the ComicsPro Meeting last February, Eric Stephenson, Image’s head publisher, addressed his fellow comic creators with a clear message: it’s time to revitalize the comic book industry with new stories, new characters, and new worlds. And he believes that this can only be done through creator-owned comics.

The cast of creators that Image has built in the past 5 years is a testament to Stephenson’s vision. Today, more and more creators are putting greater focus into their independent work. Industry rockstars like Matt Fraction, Rick Remender, and Ed Brubaker all now work mostly on their creator-owned books after having successful runs at Marvel. It was their shift into Image that birthed stories about time-stopping nymphomaniacs (Sex Criminals), a high school of secret assassins (Deadly Class), and the most dangerous woman alive (Velvet). The possibilities of what readers can expect out of a comic book now seemingly feel endless.

Simply put, creator-owned comics today feel like what comics once were. They’re complex, engaging, and inspiring. But most of all, each series treats readers to a totally new experience. Not to say that Marvel and DC have gone stale or anything. There’s no comparing to the spectacle of seeing Superman or Spider-man zip through panels delivering the ol’ one-two to unsuspecting baddies. But because both companies are locked within their own mythos, the readers’ imaginations are actually left with very little room to wander. With creator-owned books however, you can always expect to be introduced to new characters, welcomed to new worlds, and immersed into new stories. And it’s these fresh stories that readers today are looking for.

In the big picture, the upswing of creator-owned comics has brought more readers into the industry. While the superheroes of Marvel and DC will forever reign supreme on the mainstream market. Leave it to the creators at Image, Dark Horse, or IDW to attract entirely new audiences into the medium. With the growing success of independent works, creators will continue to treat comics as their proverbial wells of creativity for many years to come. And the best part about all of this? It will be us, the readers, who benefit the most.

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Javier Reyes
Javi is a writer and the most-hacked person in all of Manila. He was formerly a copywriter at JWT Manila.