LOOK: Free Filipino comics in Philippine-UK anthology for climate action

Free Filipino comics Philippine-UK anthology
Artwork from Filipino authors Manix Abrera, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Ren Galeno, Emiliana Kampilan, Budjette Tan, and Kajo Baldisimo via Ten Years to Save the World website, Netflix.

Five Filipino artists have released free new comics in the international comic book anthology project “Ten Years to Save the World” which calls for climate action and saving the planet.

The digital comic art anthology features a total of 10 comics – five comic book and graphic artists in the Philippines and five in the United Kingdom.

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The 10 comics represent each of the ten years left to save the world, enabling readers to tackle different issues and different climate actions.

The Ten Years to Save the World comics include the works of Filipino authors Manix Abrera, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Ren Galeno, Emiliana Kampilan, and “Trese” creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo:

  • Famed cartoonist Manix Abrera’s work “Sound of Silence” explores the perils of water pollution.
  • Kevin Eric Raymundo’s comic “Wild Wild West Philippine Sea” likewise carries the call to stop marine pollution and save the Philippine seas.
  • Filipina artist Ren Galeno’s surreal comic strip “I pray you are born with gills” is about an expectant mother, while Emiliana Kampilan’s “Climate Action” follows a female climate advocate.
  • Fans who are waiting for a possible second season of “Trese” on Netflix can read Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “The Siren’s Executioner”, an 8-page story following Alexandra Trese on a new adventure.

Ten Years to Save the World was launched in late September with the support of the British Council’s Creative Commissions programme which are a series of creative commissions exploring climate change through art, science, and digital technology in the build-up to the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

The project is a collaboration between The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the United Kingdom, Komiket in the Philippines, and Creative Concern, a Manchester-based communications agency specializing in sustainability.

The Ten Years to Save the World comics are available to read for free online on the website.

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SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Filipino artists Manix Abrera, Kevin Eric Raymundo, Ren Galeno, Emiliana Kampilan, and “Trese” creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, for releasing new comics in the Ten Years to Save the World international comic book anthology project to call for climate action and save the planet.

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