Comic Book Review: Lipad

Story and art by Rommel “Omeng” Estanislao

“Dito ako sa aking mundo. Ako ay lilipad…”

Every kid wonders what it’s like to fly. Every kid grows up and begins to wonder what it means to fly. Lipad‘s genius lies in it being able to ask both questions in a simple, endearing and haunting way.

Lipad is about a boy who continues to dream of flying despite its seeming impossibility . “Hindi kasi sila naniniwala na kaya kong lumipad.” But in the pursuit of his dream, the boy encounters the “real world” in the person of an unwitting hunter.

Drawn in what is characterized as Filipino style, Lipad speaks from a time when life was so much simpler. The clean and detailed art lends an air of innocence and simplicity to the story. It brings back memories of when dreams were real possibilities and imagination was a free ticket to a perfect world, a personal utopia.

Lipad doesn’t just tell the story of a boy who dreams of flying. With a little bit of imagination, it can become a very personal story or a comment on society, all told with the ease of the absence of judgment only a child can possess.

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