Philippines fortieth Nationwide E-book Awards finalists introduced

The Philippines’ Nationwide E-book Improvement Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) have declared their finalists for the nation’s prestigious fortieth Nationwide E-book Awards and there have been some modifications – the “Graphic Literature” class has been renamed “Graphic Novels and Comics” and cut up into two linguistic classes (English and Filipino).

Graphic Literature turns into the business commonplace Graphic Novel and Comics award class

Whereas the awards themselves have had a “graphic literature” class for some years (since at the least the 28th edition in 2008/2009 ), this yr’s two modifications may very well be vital – indicative of the rising variety of books and a spotlight within the area, and the popularity of an “business commonplace” – in keeping with one observer.

One other fascinating growth is festival-runner Komiket Inc. is behind the publication of 4 of the 5 listed finalists: J. Philip Ignacio and Alex Niño‘s Alandal, Tori Tadiar‘s Twinkle, Twinkle, Kevin Eric Raymundo‘s Tarantadong Kalbo [tr: Scared Bald] vol 2, and RH Quilantang‘s Ang Mga Alitaptap ng Pulang Buhangin [The Red Sand Fireflies].

As famous by Komiks Reader, a blogger and critic, on Facebook:

“Two impactful modifications on this yr’s fortieth Nationwide E-book Awards given by the Nationwide E-book Improvement Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle:

“1) “Graphic Literature” award class was modified to the business commonplace “Graphic Novel and Comics” award

“2) Separate awards will probably be given to komiks in English and in Filipino similar to in different classes.

“Oh and by the best way, Komiket, Inc. printed 4 out of 5 komiks nominated for the 2 classes. Wonderful! Congrats Komiket and naturally to our esteemed komiks creators…It’s a great time to purchase and browse komiks!”

The Nationwide E-book Awards have been operating since 1982. They’re comprised of literary, non-literary (often tutorial), and design class teams. Within the literary, graphic novels (or “graphic literature”) sit alongside poetry, novels, anthologies, literary criticism, biography/autobiography, to call a number of. Over the previous decade classes have more and more been cut up into separate linguistic teams – with every one often reflecting work printed in English and Filipino languages. The awards had been created and run by the Manila Critics Circle and since 2008 administered by the Philippines Nationwide E-book Improvement Board, a authorities company.

The finalists for this yr’s awards:



Alandal, Author: Jay Philip Ignacio; Artist: Alex Niño (Komiket, Inc.)

“Kidnapped by Iranun pirates, Sabina discovers she is the granddaughter of the Sutan of Sulu. There, she meets a mysterious warrior named Alandal.”

Twinkle, Twinkle, author/artist: Tori Tadiar (Komiket, Inc.)

“Manila, the Golden Age. Twins Alta and Signa use their mystical skill to catch stars, hoping to promote the stardust to a mysterious patron. The twins uncover that catching falling stars has a value, and prices greater than what they bargained for.”

— with synopses courtesy of Google Translate

Li’l Bertong Badtrip!, Author/Artist: Manix Abrera (Self-published)

“Be part of the smallest and most intense thriller of the villain within the numerous interactions he and his colleagues have with the mysteries of the academy, the cosmos, hell, and different merciless schemes of burning challenges of destiny! As a result of Berto was as soon as a baby. Li’l BERTONG BADTRIP!”

Tarantadong Kalbo [tr. Scared Bald] vol .2 – Author/Artist: Kevin Eric Raymundo (Komiket, Inc.)

Second quantity of Tarantadong Kalbo which,

“…options an irreverent bald protagonist who provides razor-sharp social commentary throughout the pandemic-era.”

Ang Mga Alitaptap ng Pulang Buhangin [tr. The Red Sand Fireflies] – Author/Artist: RH Quilantang (Komiket, Inc.)

“To what extent are you able to be liable for guarantees made? That is the story of father and youngster Jon and Stella Mandaluyong in a world shrouded in darkness and vacancy.”


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