After Lambana by Eliza Victoria and Mervin Malonzo

After Lambana has been nominated by ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table in the category, Best Graphic Novels for Adults. ALA’s mission with this reading list is to “increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.” Winners will be announced in 2023.

Immerse yourself in a fantasy world of Filipino myth, magic, and supernatural suspense!

Lambana—the realm of supernatural fairies known as Diwata—has fallen, and the Magic Prohibition Act has been enacted. To add to his troubles, there’s something wrong with Conrad’s heart and only magic can prolong his life. He teams up with Ignacio, a well-connected friend who promises to hook him up with the Diwata and their magical treatments—a quest that’s not only risky but highly illegal!

On the shadowy, noir-tinged streets of Manila, multiple realities co-exist and intertwine as the two friends seek a cure for the magical malady. Slinky sirens and roaming wraith-like spirits populate a parallel world ruled by corruption and greed, which Conrad must enter to find the cure he seeks. He has little idea of the creatures he will encounter and the truths to be revealed along the way. Will Lambana spill its secrets and provide the healing balm Conrad needs? Or will he perish in the process?

About the Author:
Eliza Victoria is the author of several award-winning novels including the Philippine National Book Award winner Dwellers (2014), Wounded Little Gods (2016), and her science fiction collection Nightfall (2018). Her stories and poetry have appeared in online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative FictionThe Best Asian Speculative FictionThe Dark Magazine, Dark Regions Press’s Strand-ed: Lone Survivor Deserted Island Horror Stories, and The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5

Mervin Malonzo graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Painting. He is a designer, painter, and cartoonist. He has his own design and web development team, Pepe & the Polygons, based in Paranaque, the Philippines, and is the co-founder and lead designer for The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium, or the QBCCC anthology. His design and animation work can be seen at www.mervinmalonzo.com and www.pepeandthepolygons.com.