Haiyan Anthology – crowdfunding appeal launches

We’re pleased to report that the crowd funding appeal to produce a Haiyan Benefit Anthology to raise funds for victims of the natural disasters in the Philippines is now live.

The brainchild of comic creator Phil Woodward and the team behind the Sequentially British project, the Haiyan Benefit Anthology will feature creators from all over the globe, brought together to complete an anthology, with one goal in mind – to raise money for the victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Creators signed up include Grant Perkins, Jeremy Biggs, Jonathan Clode, Richmond Clements, Jay Faulkner, Marcelo Ferreira, Rick Hudson, Chris Johnson, Eva Perkins, Sam Roads, Peter Rogers and Jonathan Wyke.

“We have been struck by the magnitude of the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has brought upon the Philippines,” says Phil. “Our goal is to raise money for the relief and response efforts in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan.”

Haiyan Anthology art by Jonathan Wyke

When the category-5 super typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday 8th of November 2013, with speeds ranging from 190-195 mph, it achieved the rank of the strongest storm to ever make landfall. Typhoon’s Nancy, Violet and Ida all generated speeds in excess of 200 mph while out at sea but slowed prior to encountering land.

Haiyan is the second category 5 typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2013, following on from typhoon Usagi in September.

Allied with the destructive power of the winds, the storm surge of a typhoon often causes extensive damage. Despite the extreme nature of the winds during Haiyan, the storm surge contributed most to the destruction and loss of life. The worst area of the Philippines to suffer from the storm surge was Tacloban City, where the surge rose to a height of 2.3m, destroying vast swathes of property and devastating the population. Prior to the typhoon 220,000 people resided in Tacloban City.

The Haiyan Benefit Anthology is the result of a collaboration of independent comic book creators from around the world who wanted to help raise awareness and funds for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The comic book creators whose work will be featured in this anthology and art book all came together through various Facebook groups which act as a nexus point for international creatives to collaborate and educate each other to form a working community of like minded individuals.

“The idea was to bring together comic creators from all over the globe to produce 150 colour pages of monsters and myths from Filipino folklore,” says Phil. “This collection of stories includes work many published creators all of whom have given up their time and talents free of charge to raise money for those affected by the Haiyan disaster.”

Haiyan Benefit Anthology artPhilippine mythology includes a collection of tales and superstitions about magical creatures and entities. Some Filipinos, even though heavily Christianized, still believe in these tales. The prevalence of belief in the figures of Philippines mythology is strong in the provinces.

Because the country has many islands and is inhabited by different ethnic groups, Philippine mythology and superstitions are very diverse. However, certain similarities exist among these groups, such as the belief in Heaven (kaluwalhatian, kalangitan, kamurawayan), Hell (impiyerno, kasamaan), and the human soul (kaluluwa).

The stories of ancient Philippine mythology include deities, creation stories, mythical creatures, and beliefs. Ancient Philippine mythology varies among the many indigenous tribes of the Philippines. Some groups during the pre-Spanish conquest era believed in a single Supreme Being who created the world and everything in it, while others chose to worship a multitude of tree and forest deities (diwatas).

The crowdfunding aspect for this project will enable printing of the books. Once printing costs and shipping have been deducted from the fund, all proceeds from the Anthology will then go to the Philippine Red Cross who will determine the best allocation to resident victims impacted by the event.

“This is a not-for-profit endeavour,” says Phil. “All creative effort, art, design, editorial and managerial contributions made in the creation of this anthology were donated by those involved.”

• Back or promote the project on IndieGogo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/haiyan-benefit-anthology

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