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COMIC BOOK COMPILATION
Apple Premium Reseller Beyond the Box is collaborating with three diverse and talented female artists — Julienne Dadivas (also known as Hulyen), Mika Bacani, and Rian Gonzales — for the second issue of Beyond, a comic book compilation drawn entirely on the iPad Pro. To learn more about the project visit facebook.com/beyondthebox.ph.

The compilation hits the shelves in October.

Gonzales landed in the international scene after doing covers for Archie Comics (Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats), IDW Publishing (Jem and the Holograms), and Valiant Comics (Faith). Recently, she held her first solo exhibit, Rainbow Candy Girl, in Singapore, showcasing her pieces that feature anime-like portraits of women in vibrant avant-garde fashion. Today, she is a contributing writer and artist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Known by her comic book moniker Hulyen, Julienne Dadivas is popular for her homespun visual trademarks and non-conforming humor. Her first ’zine was UGH #1 which depicted a character’s wry reactions to daily encounters. This was followed by two more issues that equally received good reviews.

Today she has thousands of social media followers who follow her funny comic strips on her Facebook page. Some of her works have also been published in Komikon’s Sulyap comics anthology, Scout magazine, and Young Star.

A graphic artist for restaurants by trade and a children’s book illustrator by passion, Mika Bacani’s dream came true when she worked with Adarna House for the children’s book What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food. She is also known for her Instagram project “100 Days of Summer Strangers” in which she collated her illustrations of strangers she met on her daily grind. Her other work has been published by such publications such as Candy, The Philippine Star, and L’Officiel Manila.

For more information, visit beyondthebox.ph.

BOOK ON HAPPINESS
The book Happiness 365 and ¼ Days, written by Canada-based Filipino writer Lucy Lombos, features motivational stories about Jimmy Belleza, a man who rose from dire poverty to become an entrepreneur, a business consultant and trainer, a radio anchor, a public speaker, and the Philippines’ “Happiness Guru.” According to the book, happiness lies within each person; the source is not from the outside. However, it is also innate not to be separated from others who can help enrich us. It is crucial to capture as much optimism and blessings that we can from the sea of life. Once one has harnessed and controlled one’s inner feelings, then they will be able to share that overflowing joy externally. The book will be released very soon. Proceeds from sales will go to Childhaus Manila.

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