On sale date: June 21, 2022
This haunting, nostalgic collection of short comics by Filipino American illustrator and author Bong Redila is at once an homage to childhood and a simple wish that tomorrow everything will be fine.
Welcome to Meläg, an eerily fantastic town located somewhere between dreamland and the real world of B. Redila's childhood hometown in the Philippines and where love, joy, and heartbreak hold hands. Travel on a train with singing, blob-like beings, spy a shack that floats above the treetops because of a "borrowed" magical broomstick, romp with futuristic creatures on a playdate, roam a carnival with two goofy boys, dance the father-daughter dance at a wedding with a robot, and cry with two lost souls who come together as friends in the rain.
Originally published in the Philippines, where it is an award-winning bestseller, Meläg: Town of Fables marks the English language debut of Filipino American illustrator and author B. Redila. Drawn in a spidery, cross-hatched pen-and-ink style reminiscent of Edward Gorey, this charming collection will transport readers of all ages.
"Wonderfully creative, visually inventive. As a fellow creator and artist, I'm deeply, deeply inspired." — Gerry Alanguilan (Wasted, Elmer)
"It's a beautifully illustrated journey into worlds where anything could happen; it fills you with wonder, and it hurts to leave." — Rob Cham (Light, Lost)
"As a storyteller, Bong Redila can be profound, whimsical, hilarious, heartbreaking, and nostalgic all at the same time." — Mark Rosario (Sikami Editor)
"I've been accused of writing comics. Nothing I've written comes close to this. Meläg is visual poetry: it's art; it's heartbreakingly beautiful; it's a dream you can hold in your hands. It is what you need, right now." — Chelsea Cain (NYT bestselling author and Eisner nominated comic book creator)
"Bong Redila's Meläg exists on a map of the fantastic in that space where our world and our dreams meet. It's a short train trip from Edward Gorey's house, only a ferry from Where the Wild Things Are. Like me, you will want to visit often." — Kelly Sue DeConnick (TV writer and writer of comics books, including Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel, Aquaman)
- Paperback / Softback
- 6.5" × 9"