--THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO NOMINATED AND VOTED FOR THIS BOOK IN THE 1ST "FILIPINO READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!" TO CELEBRATE, WE ARE PUTTING "HIGH SOCIETY" ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME. ENJOY!--Take your first step into a world of automata, magic, and alternative history! The year is 1764, and, for the first time in nearly two centuries, the Spanish forces have been repelled from t--THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO NOMINATED AND VOTED FOR THIS BOOK IN THE 1ST "FILIPINO READERS' CHOICE AWARDS!" TO CELEBRATE, WE ARE PUTTING "HIGH SOCIETY" ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME. ENJOY!--Take your first step into a world of automata, magic, and alternative history! The year is 1764, and, for the first time in nearly two centuries, the Spanish forces have been repelled from the great walled city of Manila. While the Spaniards are quick to lay the blame at the feet of the invading British and their clockwork machines, the secret to the success of the Filipinos may lie closer to home, with an ally that is both ancient and new, mythical and mechanical. “High Society” is a stand-alone steampunk comic book in the “Wooden War” series....
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high society Reviews
Quick note! I'm giving away a Kindle copy of this book on my blog! Just a leave a comment on this entry and I'll pick one lucky winner on November 18. :)Original post at One More PageI'm really all for supporting local authors and content, so when Honey told me that they will be releasing Paolo Chikiamco and Hannah Buena's High Society under their publishing company, I bought it without blinking. Local content for the win, plus I really enjoyed Kataastaasan, so I was excited to read more about this alternate steampunk world.Thing is, High Society is really the same as the Kataastaasan I read a year back...but also a little bit different. High Society is a stand-alone comic set in Cebu City circa 1770, and tells an alternate history of the Philippines’ struggle for independence from Spain. Here we meet someone called "The Carpenter" telling our main character Rita about the location of a treasure that they need to recover. Rita goes undercover in a party with the Spanish colonizers to retrieve the treasure. Now you'd think Rita is just your normal undercover agent and all, but then she's also not. I won't reveal what the twist is, but I remember I was pleasantly surprised when I found out about it on my first read. Even if I knew about it then, I really liked how it was illustrated and revealed this time, and I think it's the part of the story that hooks the reader the most.I think the improvement on this one compared to the ARC I read was how Rita was given a more human aspect. There's a hint of romance in the story that made me smile, and it made me want to know more. This version also had a little more background on how Rita came to be as well as why their mission was important. I'm not a big judge on artwork, but I liked how it had that dark and authentic Philippines in Spanish era vibe.So yeah, I liked this one on the second round as much as I liked it during the first. Too bad it's a stand alone, but I kind of have high hopes with what they mean with the "Wooden War" series. More please? High Society is a creative take in Philippine history, and anyone who's a history buff, or at least interested in alternate histories and steampunk should pick this up.
I will admit: I am not all that fond of graphic novels. I can count on the finger(s) of one hand the graphic novels I've ever succeeded reading (i.e., Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons), and my attempt to read the Sandman series by my favorite writer (yes he is!) Neil Gaiman has been an utter failure. I just couldn't get the hang of reading the text, looking at the illustrations, AND putting together the story all at the same time. You know? I mean, I read, and I have no problems with picture books, but having them meshed together in full-page spreads with the texts encased in balloons over or below the characters' faces? Ah, I have a hard time with that. Of course, there were the local komiks (read: Aliwan, Hiwaga, etc.) during my time, but that's a different thing.So I had mixed feelings as I was about to read High Society, written by panero Paolo Chikiamco and illustrated by Hannah Buena. I won the Kindle edition of the novel at a giveaway hosted by Tina, and I've been waiting for inspiration all this time to read it. So when it struck, I decided to plunge in, mixed feelings or no. I figured it was high time, as well, that I attempt to read picked up another graphic novel.High Society is set in the 1800s, during the Spanish occupation of the Philippine islands. It opens with the Carpenter requiring more "raw materials" from Rita, a vixen of a woman who would appear to be the main protagonist and narrator of the story. In search of these "raw materials", Rita had to seduce an important Spaniard, and as the story unfolds, the reader will be introduced to local folklore - but with a twist.It was a very quick read: it took me just a few minutes to go through the text and illustrations, but those few minutes were quite enjoyable for me (despite the minor difficulty entailed by reading very small text from an e-reader). I found the story engrossing, interesting, and very original. What a unique concept, taking Philippine folklore and intertwining it with Philippine history and, finally, giving it all that very awesome twist. I recognized the scary manananggal and the "strict" nuno sa punso, and was transported to grade school reading about the indios and alferezes of the Spanish times. In fact, I liked it so much, I felt disappointed when I realized that I was at the end of the story.So, I am looking forward to more similar stories and work from these creative minds. I already have a copy of Alternative Alamat, edited by Paolo, as well, waiting to be opened on my Kindle (thank you Tina!), and I can't wait to get to it. Nothing like reading about local stories, myths and lore that we've grown up hearing about from our elders, but reinvented this time.Not bad, either, for this non-graphic novel reader, yes?Also posted here.
(Cross-posted from Adarna SF)High Society is an excellent start to a steampunk comic series set in Spanish colonial era Philippines, an alternate history take on the struggle for independence. The issue is in black and white and only 24 pages long, but it’s packed with adventure, creative world-building, and an inspiring spirit.Chikiamco’s 18th century setting weaves together steampunk and Filipino mythology in an innovative way, but it’s not done for novelty—they’re part of the post-colonial themes that the series promises to explore. It’s not post-colonial merely in the strict historical sense (in the fight against Spain), but it’s also about reclaiming a people’s humanity and self-determination.[Did you know, that before the Spanish arrived, we had a goddess of lost things? I wonder if everything we’ve ever lost is still out there somewhere…]When the Carpenter whispered that line, my eyes welled up. The last time I had that emotional reaction to a comic was in The Watchmen, during the final conversation between Doctor Manhattan and Laurie Juspeczyk. Maybe High Society has such a strong tug on my heart strings because I am both a Filipina and an immigrant, but I’m confident that readers of all backgrounds will find the characters and their aspirations compelling.Rita is an intriguing heroine, skilled at both courtly intrigue and whoop-their-ass action. It’s delightful that the story is told from her point of view, clearly illustrating how she feels about the Spanish. I’d love to learn more about her.The comic does a good job of immersing the reader in the setting while still keeping it accessible for readers who aren’t familiar with the Philippines. I love details like the use of Filipino sound effects (e.g “bog!” instead of “wham!”). There are a few Filipino and Spanish terms thrown around, but they’re not used excessively, and you’d be able to infer the meaning from context. What non-Filipino audiences would need some getting used to is the mythology, but that’s what Wikipedia is for. There’s a mini glossary of terms at the end, which is helpful, but not necessary to enjoying this wonderful issue.Buena’s art is expressive and dynamic, with a subtle manga influence that makes everything extra adorable. It has a bit of of a sketchy feel because some of the pencils are visible, but it I think it’s aesthetically pleasing. I’m not an expert on comic art, but there were a few panels that would have benefited from more value contrast. The art is bursting with life, the composition is great, but there’s a lot of detail which sometimes overwhelms the primary action. Using more contrast would help the reader figure out what to focus on. That’s my only teeny nitpick.Also, a technical consideration, the Kindle version of the comic is meant to be read for e-readers/tablets with higher resolutions than the Kindle 3. Sample it first to see if you’ll find it readable on your device, but I had a better experience just reading it on my computer.High Society is a rich alternate history adventure with a dose of post-colonial badass. I’m eager to read the next issue coming out in May 2012!Note: a free review copy was provided by the author
High Society is an entertaining little graphic novel with an unusual plot. If it has one major flaw, it is that it is far too short.Set at the end of the Seven Year's War, the book focuses on the magical machinations of the Philippine resistance movement. Here the Filipinos have much more effective resources than they did in our world. Instead of limited firearms, the British have supplied steam-punk style mecha; the Filipinos themselves also have a slew of magical creatures on their side. The story revolves around the exploits of one of these resistance fighters and her interaction in Spanish high society.The artwork in High Society consists of well-drawn pencil sketches that are adequate, though not perfect. The characters in the sketches themselves are well-drawn and the world feels immersive. However, in the day of highly detailed digital color art in comic books, this book's art is nice, but could be better. In the end, High Society is worth picking up and reading. It is short, creative, and immersive. While the art is not perfect, it is nice enough in its own regard. Fans of steam-punk, alternative history, and historical fiction should most definitely give it a try. Despite its flaw's, the book's biggest problem is that it is far too short and leaves readers wanting more.
An alternative Philippines history. It is year 1764. Post-Spanish Era.Unique. Peculiar. Strange. And all synonymous words. This masterpiece is Unique to its highest level. A strange view on the lower Ph Mythology, where in the story they are called Anitos, but Rita, the main character, introduced themselves as Animata. (I urge you to read to know and understand the reason behind the name).Peculiar Animatas, paolo took me once again into another plane of his world. He never ceases to amaze me with his premise and twist of the plot along the way. He proved once again that Ph Mythology can have different branch in entertainment, rather than the mundane horror stories.Kudos!
In 1764, the Spanish have been driven from Manila in the Philippines, and place the blame on the British selling clockwork automatons to the locals. But the truth is closer to home.This is a fun steampunk comic, following Rita as she completes a mission for the Carpenter. I enjoyed the way the mythic elements were woven in and the artwork is great. It's a short comic - about 24 pages - and comes with a glossary at the back explaining some of the locations, mythology, etc. Highly recommended.
The setting (colonial Philippines) was intriguing, but there wasn't much meat, here, just fairly anonymous characters doing puzzling things for undisclosed reasons. I thought requiring the use of a glossary was a pretty ballsy move as well. This project could be just getting off to a rocky start--over time it might develop into something really unique--but I don't think I'll bother sticking around.
I really like this book, it has good notes and translation of words at the back of the book, also teaches you some things about Philippine history!
I wish it was longer!