Awkward, funny, and oddly relatable: these are themes that make up a comic strip daily reflections of Hulyen. With her recent work entitled as “Ugh,” she portrays relatable everyday circumstances in a witty approach that she generally uses. With her own unique sense of humor, she illustrates situations that millennials face on a daily basis that will make you chuckle, cringe, and relate to death. With the rising number of local indie comic illustrators, Hulyen is definitely a gem stone you will keep in your pocket.
Not only for entertainment but to represent things that are occurring in our society, Hulyen came up with her top comic book picks that are worthy to be seen:
Dead Balagtas Tomo 1 by Emiliana Kampilan
Being the first comic book that narrates the history of the Philipines, Emiliana Kampilan illustrates beautiful and imaginative works of art that depict tales of natural forces that molded the nation of Philippines.
Hari ng Komyut by Lizette Daluz
If you are one of the million people who commutes in the Metro everyday, you might want to check out “Hari ng Komyut.” It portrays the struggles of the crazy traffic, the dreadful experience of waiting in line, and other funny yet painfully relatable situations when conquering public transportation.
Ella Arcangel by Julius Villanueva
In the narrow and crowded streets of Barangay Masikap is a young girl named Ella Arcangel. She may be poor in a place of poverty, but she is a warrior in defense of supernatural predators lurking in the community. Illustrated by Julius Villanueva, this is an action-packed comic book that explores the mysterious world of paranormal as well as issues of our society.
Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo
Mysterious and blood-sucking creatures who wants nothing but your flesh…is that a vampire? Nope, think “aswang.” In this horrific, brutal and gory comic book introduces a man who had a mysterious birth and went on his journey of uncovering his own nature and intention. Mervin Malonzo creates a masterpiece that translates old tales of Philippine Mythology and turn it into illustrated scenes that show a lot of bloodshed with a meaningful story.
Kabuwanan Anthology Comics by Haliya Publishing
With works by Trizha Ko, Laraine Gazmen and Hannah Puyat, Lizette Daluz, Mich Cervantes, Pauline Rana, Kay Aranzanso, Emiliana Kampilan and Hulyen herself, this is an all-girl collaboration of short stories depicting femininity, womanhood, menstruation, and gender issues that women go through in a single comic book.
By: Abby Atienza