After Lambana: A Graphic Novel: Myth and Magic in Manila (Paperback)
Philippine mythology finds its home in supernatural noir. Beautiful, imaginative, sometimes even breathtaking, After Lambana brings creatures of Philippine myths to the modern streets of Manila. Lambana, the magical realm of the Diwata, has fallen and the Magic Prohibition Act has been adopted. A mysterious new malady has started to spread through humanity, one that might be connected to magic, and young Conrad and his mysterious friend Ignacio spend one night traipsing through Manila dodging authorities while looking for a cure, sometimes resorting to using magical doors. The streets of Manila in this graphic novel are dotted with supernatural beings, some lurking in urban shadows, others walking amongst humans. But Conrad is the heart of the graphic novel, and he discovers his own backstory while we do, as we’re all propelled through the events of this one night together. The art is haunting and ethereal, and the story will latch onto you long after you put this one down.— From Karen's Picks
Immerse yourself in a fantasy world of Filipino myth, magic, and supernatural suspense Lambana--the realm of supernatural fairies known as Diwata--has fallen, and the Magic Prohibition Act has been enacted. To add to his troubles, there's something wrong with Conrad's heart and only magic can prolong his life. He teams up with Ignacio, a well-connected friend who promises to hook him up with the Diwata and their magical treatments--a quest that's not only risky but highly illegal On the shadowy, noir-tinged streets of Manila, multiple realities co-exist and intertwine as the two friends seek a cure for the magical malady. Slinky sirens and roaming wraith-like spirits populate a parallel world ruled by corruption and greed, which Conrad must enter to find the cure he seeks. He has little idea of the creatures he will encounter and the truths to be revealed along the way. Will Lambana spill its secrets and provide the healing balm Conrad needs? Or will he perish in the process? Fans of Neil Gaiman, Emil Ferris and Charles Burns will love this new graphic novel.
About the Author
Eliza Victoria is the author of several award-winning novels including the Philippine National Book Award winner Dwellers (2014), Wounded Little Gods (2016), and her science fiction collection Nightfall (2018). Her stories and poetry have appeared in online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, The Best Asian Speculative Fiction, The Dark Magazine, Dark Regions Press's Strand-ed: Lone Survivor Deserted Island Horror Stories, and The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5. Mervin Malonzo graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Painting. He is a designer, painter, and cartoonist. He has his own design and web development team, Pepe & the Polygons, based in Paranaque, the Philippines, and is the co-founder and lead designer for The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium, or the QBCCC anthology. His design and animation work can be seen at www.mervinmalonzo.com and www.pepeandthepolygons.com.