Beyond the Box pushes limit through Tech Powered Comic Art and celebrating the amazing talent and creativity found in Filipino comic book artistry. Bringing together some of the country’s most respected and known comic artists to create a one-of-a-kind comic book compilation, the first in the Philippines made solely using the Apple iPad Pro and hopes to empower Filipinos to do just that—to go beyond their limitations by exploring the possibilities of their creativity using power of modern technology. The three comic artists, namely Harvey Tolibao, Manix Abrera, and Mervin Malonzo have been challenged to write and illustrate under the theme “beyond”, as an ode to Beyond the Box as a brand that encourages pushing limits and exploring possibilities.
Harvey Tolibao is a Filipino comic book artist who has gained recognition by pencilling and inking for Dark Horse, Marvel and DC Comics. He is currently a cover artist at Zenescope Entertainment, a comic book artist at IDW Publishing, an artist at Nautilus Comics, and a cover artist for DC Comics. Manuel “Manix” Abrera is a Filipino comic artist best known for his daily comic strip Kikomachine for The Philippine Daily Inquirer and his webcomic News Hardcore! on GMA News Online. Mervin Malonzo is a Filipino freelance designer, artist, animator, illustrator and cartoonist for web, video & animation, print and comics. He is known for writing and drawing the National Book Award-winning comic TABI PO, and his work with writer Adam David for ANG SUBERSIBO, a comic adaptation of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.
Had a chance to encounter the 3 comic artist and look what I got from them:
The project is a creative collaboration between the CEO of Digits Trading Inc. Charlie Paw and Graphic Designer Dan Matutina, who jumpstarted the idea. Matutina explains the project's theme, “To go beyond is all about creativity, discovery, and adventure. I can't wait to see the worlds and stories the artists will create.” Paw enthuses, “The art of comics has evolved. Technology not only makes the entire process easier, it also emboldens the artists by empowering them to take more risks.”
Beyond the Box will be launching the comic book compilation along with artist signings with Harvey Tolibao, Manix Abrera, and Mervin Malonzo at the AsiaPOP Comicon this August 26-28, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
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