Official Press Release
The Chemistry Set is pleased to announce that Filipino comicker Andrew Drilon and his series, Kare-Kare Komiks, is joining it’s line-up. Previously displayed at Warren Ellis’ forum The Engine, Drilon is bringing his unique and emboldened take on comics to a bigger semi-monthly starting September 19th, 2007.
“These are wonderful,” says Warren Ellis. “I swear, the Pinoy make comics in the same way that the Icelandic make music … Fucking genius.”
‘Kare-kare’ is a traditional Filipino dish that incorporates various assorted ingredients into a delicious, meaty stew. ‘Komiks’ is a term for sequential art made in the Philippines, referring to Pinoy mass-produced newsprint comic books. Put these two together and you have Kare-Kare Komiks, the new semi-monthly webcomic at The Chemistry Set. Kare-Kare Komiks is an ongoing collection of self-contained short comics by Andrew Drilon that explores new flavors of the sequential art experience.
Andrew Drilon is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer from the Philippines.He has been featured among The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “22 under 22 Avant-Guardians” and Meg Magazine’s “Top 50 Achievers”, as one of the country’s hottest young voices. He has contributed to two National Book Award-winning anthologies-Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion-and is the co-editor of the PBBY-recommended graphic anthology, Project: Hero. He has self-published a series of ashcan comics, is a regular contributor to K-Zone Magazine, and maintains a weekly Sunday strip at The Philippine Star.
“Andrew Drilon does beautiful, otherworldly work– he makes comics like nobody else,” says Matt Fraction, writer of Casanova and The Immortal Iron Fist. “Kare-Kare is one of my favorite things on the internet ever. It’s even better than that one time where they blew up that whale everywhere.”
The first comic will debut on September 19th, and is entited ‘Mang Tomas the Storyhunter’. Drilon will post favorites from his run on The Engine starting with ‘The Legend of Caraboy!’ on Sept. 26, ‘Secret Heart’ on Oct. 3rd, ‘Two Tiny Things’ on Oct. 10th, and ‘What Will You Bring?’ on Oct. 17th. After that, Drilon will begin a semi-monthly posting on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of every month.
The Chemistry Set is a destination for webcomics in a variety of styles from a variety of up & coming and established talent. Founded in 2006, The Chemistry Set boasts three Xeric Award winners and a combined bibliography including work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Random House, Image Comics, SLG Publishing and many others. Visit The Chemistry Set at www.chemsetcomics.com.
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