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  1. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    Very innovative piece of art. It's graphics but there are absolutely no words. Composed of 12 edgy short stories and characters that I've never seen in reading the first 4 books of the KikoMachine komiks series by a Filipino writer and komiks illustrator, Manix Abrera. Then the characters and illustration styles vary from one story to another. However, the mood is the same across the 12: edgy, tragicomic and even downright sad. The unifying themes are either existentialism or our being part of t Very innovative piece of art. It's graphics but there are absolutely no words. Composed of 12 edgy short stories and characters that I've never seen in reading the first 4 books of the KikoMachine komiks series by a Filipino writer and komiks illustrator, Manix Abrera. Then the characters and illustration styles vary from one story to another. However, the mood is the same across the 12: edgy, tragicomic and even downright sad. The unifying themes are either existentialism or our being part of the vast universe. Imagine how you could depict those themes if you would not use words. My favorite story is that of the young girl and the balloon. The girl and her mother are walking on a street full of people. The girl asks her mother to buy her a balloon. The mother gives in. Then a horde of people rushes in and the girl loses her mother. So, for the girl to see her mother, she puts her eyes on the balloon. However, she loses grip on the balloon string so it goes up up in the air. The girl enjoys what she sees through her eyes on the balloon. Because her body is blind, she walks and walks until she stumbles on her dead mother on the street. But she does not know that her mother is already dead so she excitedly tells her mother about what she is seeing in outer space. I will not tell you the last frame of the comics strip as it is the most heartbreaking frame that I've seen in any comics strips. However, that's only one or two stories that I liked. I laughed in the one about the girl who is in the laboratory dissecting a frog but it is not as well-thought off as the story of the girl and the balloon. All the others are just okay teetering on being quite predictable and pointless. However, since you can finish this book in 30 minutes or less, there is no room really for boredom. Thanks for another nice work, Manix Abrera. Thanks immensely to DC for lending me this book. Mabuhay ka!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ayban Gabriyel

    ewan ko kung kasama ba ito sa kategoryang babasahin, pero masasabi kong isa ito sa pinaka magandang graphic novel na nabasa o nakita ko, pwede mo ring sabihing kompaylesyon ito ng mga maiikling kwento. 12 ang titulo, doseng ewan na istorya, at ang malupet, ikaw ang mabibigay interpretasyon sa nakikita mo, ikaw ang bubuo ng kwento . Ang ibig sabihin kanya kanyang depinisyon kanya kanyang pakiwari at opinyon :) Tinatawag nila itong silent komiks, kasi walang dialogue pero damang dama mo ang mga nak ewan ko kung kasama ba ito sa kategoryang babasahin, pero masasabi kong isa ito sa pinaka magandang graphic novel na nabasa o nakita ko, pwede mo ring sabihing kompaylesyon ito ng mga maiikling kwento. 12 ang titulo, doseng ewan na istorya, at ang malupet, ikaw ang mabibigay interpretasyon sa nakikita mo, ikaw ang bubuo ng kwento . Ang ibig sabihin kanya kanyang depinisyon kanya kanyang pakiwari at opinyon :) Tinatawag nila itong silent komiks, kasi walang dialogue pero damang dama mo ang mga nakadrowing sa mga panel nito at ikaw na rin ang susupply ng sinasabi ng kwento. Tsaka full colored ito kaya madali kong maiinterpreta ang lahat. :) *P.S. Ito ang inabangan kong libro ni Manix nung Komikon 2009, at pinapirmahan ko pa, ang masaklap ang pangit ng pagkakabind ng first publish books,at matapos ang salinsingang hiraman ayun luray-luray na sya at puro dahon na lang, ahaha. (may anunsyo naman ang visprint ukol sa pangit at di matibay na pagkabind ng libro, at sinabi nila na papalitan daw nila ito basta dalhin sa main office nila, eh ang siste, may autograph ung akin, sabi nila babalik nila ung autographed page di bale nalang . hahahaha!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    DC

    Kahit walang nag-sasalita rito, damang-dama mo 'to, pramis! Tila ipapasakay sa roller coaster ang mga emosyon mo-- iiyak ka, tatawa ka, magagalit ka, gugulong-gulong at mag-oover-da-bakod pa! Pero hindi lang ito mga kwento ng lungkot at saya; may mga isyu rin gaya ng pag-ibig, pag-hahanap ng sarili, at pagiging kuntento. Minsa'y may elemento rin ito ng pantasya at alamat, pero halos lahat nito'y nag-mistulang napakatotoo sa'kin. Sarap ulit-ulitin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    12 Silent Comics is a collection of, yes, twelve stories told in illustration-only panels. It is drawn by the brilliant Manix Abrera, author of the widely successful Kikomachine Komix. Although the idea of a silent comics has a great potential, the stories themselves are serviceable, which is IMHO not worth the 500 Pesos you have paid for the book. The stories are either an existential trip or one that has a twist, often a tragic one at the end. Silent Comics is nonetheless entertaining, especiall 12 Silent Comics is a collection of, yes, twelve stories told in illustration-only panels. It is drawn by the brilliant Manix Abrera, author of the widely successful Kikomachine Komix. Although the idea of a silent comics has a great potential, the stories themselves are serviceable, which is IMHO not worth the 500 Pesos you have paid for the book. The stories are either an existential trip or one that has a twist, often a tragic one at the end. Silent Comics is nonetheless entertaining, especially if you are familiar with Kikomachine Komix humor, a fun read that you can finish in a couple of minutes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jayvie

    12 --- PG-13 , Bawal Kj, Bawal pa-deep, at bawal ang hindi mag-enjoy. Unang komiks na nabasa ko mula kay Manix. Mahusay, mahusay , mahusay at napakahusay. Isang obra maestrang maituturing ang librong ito ni Manix na may titulong 12. Koleksyon ng labindalawang malulungkot na kwento ng kahangalan. Mala children's book na di-pambata ang tema. Siguradong kukulot ang utak ng sinomang bata na magtatangkang buklatin ito. At siguradong sasang-ayon sakin ang sinomang may muang ang magbabasa nito. Sa totoo 12 --- PG-13 , Bawal Kj, Bawal pa-deep, at bawal ang hindi mag-enjoy. Unang komiks na nabasa ko mula kay Manix. Mahusay, mahusay , mahusay at napakahusay. Isang obra maestrang maituturing ang librong ito ni Manix na may titulong 12. Koleksyon ng labindalawang malulungkot na kwento ng kahangalan. Mala children's book na di-pambata ang tema. Siguradong kukulot ang utak ng sinomang bata na magtatangkang buklatin ito. At siguradong sasang-ayon sakin ang sinomang may muang ang magbabasa nito. Sa totoo lang , parang hindi naman pagbabasa ang ginawa ko. Tinitigan ko lang ang mga larawan at inintinding mabuti ang bawat kilos at emosyon ng mga karakter sa bawat kwento. Dahil nga Silent Comics kung tawagin ang libro, parang storyboard tuloy ang kinalabasan. Iginuhit ni Master Manix ang bawat mahahalagang kilos ng mga karakter na sigurado namang maiintindihan ng mga gustong intindihin. At kapag naintindihan mo na, siguradong mag-eenjoy ka. Pramis yan. Sa loob ng 30 minutes na nakasalampak sa tabi ng Filipiana shelves sa Fullybooked - Bonifacio High Street branch, pinagtyagaan kong basahin ang 12. Wala akong biniling libro, tambay lang talaga. Nasita pa nga ako kasi nakaharang yung paa ko sa daan, pero pagkaalis nung naninita, Ok na, salampak ulit sa sahig. Medyo natagalan nga ako gumawa dahil binubuod ko pa ang bawat kwento. Pero mas minabuti ko na lang na hindi sabihin dito para may thrill. Kung balak mo mang buklatin ang 12, kelangan mo lang ihanda ang malalim mong pag-iisip, matibay na sikmura at wagas na ngiti.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Victoria

    12 is a collection of twelve wordless stories in comic book form. Since all you have are images, this is a book you can read in one sitting, and the kind you can share to a wider audience. The collection, like most short story collections, does not stick to a single genre, mood, or emotion (funny, sad, existential, horrifying, just plain weird); this makes the stories unpredictable. One of the stories here won the grand prize (but was disqualified for getting published before the results were an 12 is a collection of twelve wordless stories in comic book form. Since all you have are images, this is a book you can read in one sitting, and the kind you can share to a wider audience. The collection, like most short story collections, does not stick to a single genre, mood, or emotion (funny, sad, existential, horrifying, just plain weird); this makes the stories unpredictable. One of the stories here won the grand prize (but was disqualified for getting published before the results were announced) in the recently concluded 3rd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards, sponsored by Neil Gaiman. It’s one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever read, and there aren’t even any words. Brilliant.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ✦ Maica ✦

    It's amazing how Manix can tell a multitude of stories without using any words. 12 narrates the lives of 12 individuals as they go through their normal (and not so normal) routine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Didz

    Is 'read' really the right verb for this? Maybe 'saw'.. haha XD For me, letting the readers interpret each panel is fun and amusing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this wordless collection of 12 bizarre short stories, which I'm kind of at a loss to describe. The stories are told mostly in pages of nine panels, and Manix Abrera shows that he has a good grasp of visual story-telling. The art isn't super detailed, but the characters are cute, and Abrera manages to communicate a lot mostly through his cartoons' eyes/eyebrows and body language. Abrera has an odd, slightly morbid sense of humor, and several of these stories include death or weird protr I enjoyed this wordless collection of 12 bizarre short stories, which I'm kind of at a loss to describe. The stories are told mostly in pages of nine panels, and Manix Abrera shows that he has a good grasp of visual story-telling. The art isn't super detailed, but the characters are cute, and Abrera manages to communicate a lot mostly through his cartoons' eyes/eyebrows and body language. Abrera has an odd, slightly morbid sense of humor, and several of these stories include death or weird protrusions or eyeballs where there aren't supposed to be eyeballs. As a bonus, I thought the story in which the father and daughter each take off one chinela (slipper in Tagalog, since Manix Abrera is Filipino) to try to kill a bug, was pretty funny.

  10. 5 out of 5

    M G

    It took me a year before I got a copy of this. As usual, pa-deep, creepy, lots of dark humor and ill-fated love affairs at the right dose of everything. Just as expected from Manix Abrera. Absolutely nice!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chinny Basinang

    KAHIT MAHAL TINIIS KO MABASA KO LANG TO. Worth reading! sosyal yung papel, may kulay pa! Rak en rol

  12. 4 out of 5

    C. Archae

    Silent comics are interesting, and Manix made it an amazing experience. It gives the readers the chance to say something about the material through their imaginations. The Filipino context is so accurate that you can't help but laugh at its accuracy. Silence gave greater depth to this work. Manix Abrera is a great artist.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kiko

    I loved this book since I first read it. I sold my copy of the first edition because the pages were disintegrating. Purchasing the second edition and reading the stories all over again was such a joy. The stories have an existential quality to them. They are overall funny, dark, and explore the depths of the human experience. I loved stories 1-3, 8-9, and 11 most.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aphro

    Idol! :D

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gieliza

    3.5 odd stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leanza

    After "reading" and reviewing Light by Rob Cham, I started thinking about this book again, as well as 14. Because while I did enjoy Light, it didn't grip or impress me as much as these other two silent comics have. I wondered what exactly was it about them that amazed me, and I also realized that I didn't have a review for 12 yet, so I reread it. And here are some reasons I've concluded as to why I love it so much: 1. Novelty. I've never read any silent comics prior to this. Certainly there must After "reading" and reviewing Light by Rob Cham, I started thinking about this book again, as well as 14. Because while I did enjoy Light, it didn't grip or impress me as much as these other two silent comics have. I wondered what exactly was it about them that amazed me, and I also realized that I didn't have a review for 12 yet, so I reread it. And here are some reasons I've concluded as to why I love it so much: 1. Novelty. I've never read any silent comics prior to this. Certainly there must have been similar stuff done before, but I believe this is the first major actual book of its kind made by a well-known author/artist in the Philippines, but I'm not too sure. Regardless, it's the first one I've heard of, so it was definitely new to me and I was easily impressed and fascinated by this style. 2. Manix Abrera. I guess the fact that I've been a fan of Kikomachine Komix, and Manix himself, for years is a major factor too. Everything I love about his work — pa-deep, philosophical, witty, creepy, bittersweet, weird humor — is all in here, and done without words. 3. Stories. I know some people prefer one big story rather than several short ones, but I think that collections like this offer more variety and leaves more things open for interpretation. If you didn't like a story, there are several others and surely at least one of them will be of some interest to you. I personally enjoy little vignettes like these that Manix does, so I enjoyed the many stories. I think he really excels in short format which is why his comic strips are such hits. Though I would still be interested to see him do some longer stories, like a full graphic novel, or series even. (Unless he already has and I'm just not aware of it.) 4. Execution. After reading Light, I really have a much better appreciation of the way Manix Abrera tells his stories visually. I'm not saying that Rob Cham didn't do a good job, because he did. I just personally like the way Manix does it more. With his incredibly simple art style (every person is just a silhouette with only small details to differentiate them from others, and there are a lot of blank backgrounds with subtle gradients & shadows), he still manages to convey emotions with distinct facial features, show the passing of time through repetition and alternation, and make the characters believable (even in unrealistic situations) with little nuances. Lastly, I just want to share my personal favorite story from this collection. After rereading it, I realized that, though I love some more than others, there isn't a single story I didn't enjoy. But there is one story that really stands out and has stuck with me ever since the first time I read it about five or six years ago, and that is Story #8: the girl with the balloon. I still think about it every now and then. I know that this is a long review and it sounds like I'm exaggerating or over-analyzing this, and maybe I am, but I just really wanted to share my appreciation for Manix Abrera and his craft. If you haven't read this yet, you should give it a try, though I hope I didn't overhype it for you!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Manix Abrera never fails to make AWESOME comic strips and this time, no words at all.. and much funnier :) I admire his imagination and creativity! yehey! rak en rol! \m/ mabuhay ng walang hanggan!!! My favorite part is the last chapter wherein the guy had a brother through his arm, it looks like a skin disease blah blah so on and so on and it has a sad ending :c all of the chapters are so exciting to read! :)pati pala yung ipis part. Si mama lagi pinapapatay ko ng ipis tapos ako lang lagi yung t Manix Abrera never fails to make AWESOME comic strips and this time, no words at all.. and much funnier :) I admire his imagination and creativity! yehey! rak en rol! \m/ mabuhay ng walang hanggan!!! My favorite part is the last chapter wherein the guy had a brother through his arm, it looks like a skin disease blah blah so on and so on and it has a sad ending :c all of the chapters are so exciting to read! :)pati pala yung ipis part. Si mama lagi pinapapatay ko ng ipis tapos ako lang lagi yung taga-sigaw at taga-takbo. Ah basta sobrang epic! true to life story. haha sobrang relatable. Yun nga lang, binigyan nung babae ng second chance para mabuhay yung ipis pero samin, nagkakasecond chance lang yung ipis kapag nakawala siya eh hihi PS: Sobrang bilis mo siya matatapos, wala pa sigurong 30mins. Mga 15 mins (or less) lang ata tapos mo na agad yung buong libro. (maliban na lang kung gagawin mong isang kabanata per day) hihi unti-unti para intense! >:D

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Cortes

    This is the first wordless Kikomachine Komix anthology made by Manix Abrera. It features 12 silent comics. I would say that my favorites would be the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th story. This is a nice collection of stories made by Manix. Some stories are really dark. But as with any work, it is the differences in the points of view that will elicit different responses as to the lightness or heaviness of the message of the story being imparted. Especially since these stories give us an image of how our This is the first wordless Kikomachine Komix anthology made by Manix Abrera. It features 12 silent comics. I would say that my favorites would be the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th story. This is a nice collection of stories made by Manix. Some stories are really dark. But as with any work, it is the differences in the points of view that will elicit different responses as to the lightness or heaviness of the message of the story being imparted. Especially since these stories give us an image of how our current society functions. These are stories seen in our everyday life. We just don't see it since most of them are just ignored. More of my review at: http://onemantra.blogspot.com/2014/08...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Joy

    Life-changing (if you know what I mean) is all .

  20. 4 out of 5

    gelowmichael

    Without words, it is enough said! A piece of art!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Armando

    full of humor, deep and 'artistically' brilliant.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eissenn Downey jr.

    WAZAK!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Elaine

    Ang Mahal!! Hahah pero enjoy!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Honeypie

    Funny. Intellectual. Morbid.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vim

    I like some of the stories here. Reading books through illustrations is FUN! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ultimotomasino

    Silence is the weapon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Mariel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeriko ortega

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grace Delos Reyes

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