Kalayaan 4: GioP's bold, unprecedented move

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Kalayaan 4: GioP's bold, unprecedented move


I'm almost 100% sure of this -- no one has ventured even close to the territory the latest issue of :icongioparedes:'s Kalayaan* now explores.

Without giving out any spoilers, I think it's safe to say that the dilemma the hero now faces hasn't even been touched on in Western comics. And it's brilliant that way, apart from being an incredible though gutsy gamble.

Many stories today would open up discussions about women's identity and conceptions of self-worth. What gioparedes has done with his narrative  provides an opportunity to examine the male concept of self, moreso that of the Asian male.

There is a value system that the story brings to light that makes one look hard at what it takes to diminish a person, to diminish his own view of himself, or to disregard everything that he is entirely.

I don't know how other readers will react to this development, but I do know this. It was immensely brave of Gio to take the story in this direction, and I'm talking of the kind of courage that would make a lesser individual turn tail and run to the hills.

As a comics creator, he's also shown the determination to continue improving his craft; raising the bar, so to speak, with every issue. For that alone, I'll always have complete faith in him and his work.

He also said in this issue that he hopes to create 100 issues of Kalayaan. To that, I say simply --  Lead on, Gio, lead on :)

*Kalayaan is the Filipino word for "freedom"

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Support Pinoy comics! At the Toycon from June 14-15 in SM Megamall, be sure to grab the works of these awesome creators:

:iconnerp:'s Sanduguan: Himagsikan, featuring the cover art of :iconjohnbecaro:
:icongioparedes:'s Kalayaan
:icongammaknight:'s Tropa and Rambol

I'm not sure if he'll be there, but if he will be, absolutely do NOT miss out on
:iconbudjette:'s Trese



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radioactivespider1's avatar
this makes me think that i've been missing out a lot. i wish i could read kalayaan too.

too bad! i just couldn't find any copy here at dagupan.
storyseamstress's avatar
You could note Gio and see about ordering by mail. Dunno if he'll be able to send the comics that way, but it wouldn't hurt to ask :) You might also want to read the review by :iconjaybhoi: That kid's sharp, I tell you.
radioactivespider1's avatar
yeah, i guess thats my final option. maybe order to him thru g-cash or something. either way, i just got to have kalayaan.
storyseamstress's avatar
Rock! Pinoy indie comicbook creators need all the support they can get :)
radioactivespider1's avatar
Kalayaan 1-4 finally arrived by mail yesterday and man!.. I was blown away - blown away into many pieces :D.. Im still trying to pick up my remains heheheh..
storyseamstress's avatar
:laughing: Try to reconstitute yourself then ;) Do let me know when you've uploaded a review, eheh.
radioactivespider1's avatar
Heheh.. I definitely will write a review about it. Yup. I'll let you know, of course :D
nerp's avatar
very nice review my dear! congrats gio.
storyseamstress's avatar
Thankies, Ner! :hug: I plan to review Sindak next when the second issue comes out.
jaybhoi's avatar
such a well-written review miss writer. sana nandun pa ko sa manila sa darating na toycon... i look forward to meeting sir gio and finally getting to read kalayaan.. all these reviews are kinda making me think whether or not kalayaan will join the federation (gay) for some reason.. hehehe
gioparedes's avatar
Hoy bruhha, hindi bading si Kalayaan anow...

Wala syang balak na agawan si Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

Pag nakita kita sa Toycon kukurutin kitahhh si singit...
grrrrrr....
jaybhoi's avatar
hahaha! nakow pag buti nalang wala kang balbas kundeh aahitan kitah... gamit ang dila ko!
storyseamstress's avatar
:rofl: Ayus din kayo sa trip ha :laughing:
jaybhoi's avatar
hahaha, si master gio kasi, bading... hahaha, joke lang master!! baka anjan ka nakikinig...
storyseamstress's avatar
lagooooot! There goes your autographed copy :lmao:
jaybhoi's avatar
hahaha! joke ra uy...
storyseamstress's avatar
Nyahak, miss writer na naman ako :laughing: I'm glad you liked the review. Hope you'll like Kalayaan even more. And nope, that's not the twist I'm talking about. You'll see when you get the issue :)
jaybhoi's avatar
yeah, andito ko sa manila actually.. at timing may toycon, i'll get my copies of kalayaan there diretso autograp. wahooo!
storyseamstress's avatar
Kewl! Hope we get to meet :clap:
jaybhoi's avatar
wansworld's avatar
hey hey hey thats pretty awesome review!!!! , , , , and I agree I reacted weirdly on the development . . but I realize it is really a courage taking that storyline but then in the end it was really good
storyseamstress's avatar
Thanks for saying all that :) Pinoy comics deserves all the support it can get. :w00t:
wansworld's avatar
hell yeah!!! support pinoy raw talent!
gioparedes's avatar
Na weirdohan ka ba? hehehe..
:-)
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