Diwata Komiks Brings Philippine Mythology to Comics With New Series

AbraxasOctober 8, 2021

Publisher Diwata Komiks will launch with Carmina: A Filipino-American Urban Mythology, a comic that follows the daughter of a goddess.

Publishing startup Diwata Komiks is set to launch its first initiative with an exciting new lineup of urban fantasy series. The publisher hopes to foster the growth of their Komiks — that is, unique comics stemming from Philippine mythology, with Filipino creators — on a global scale.

The publisher is founded by a team of global creatives, including Emmy Award-winner Mark A.J. Nazal, producer Joe Arciaga, actor/writer/producer Erica Juliet and the award-winning Filipino comics artist Roland Amago. Their first title will be Carmina: A Filipino-American Urban Mythology, which follows a young biracial woman living an unassuming life in New Mexico. She quickly discovers she is the daughter of a goddess and is part Diwata — a mythical being from indigenous Phillippine folklore and religion. More titles are currently in the works.

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“I believe that just as we’ve traveled to this country, so have our stories that now have a foothold here in some of the most unexpected places,” Nazal said in a statement, ahead of Carmina‘s release.

Diwata Komiks Director of Community Engagement Joe Arciaga shared in the same statement that, “We believe there is a space for these stories today with an ever-growing population of Filipino-Americans looking to see ourselves represented in our own narratives and a new generation of international readers looking for new sources of lore.”

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Carmina: A Filipino-American Urban Mythology goes on sale Oct. 30 digitally and physically.

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