“Golly jeepers” is Robert Magnuson’s favorite expression. It’s an endearingly anachronistic utterance straight out of a Saturday morning cartoon. But though the award-winning writer/illustrator grew up with a steady dose of those cartoons, he is no two-dimensional figure.
Every life establishes connections with others along the way-but then there is that singular life which touches and transforms every life it encounters.
[tibak] Like the pages of an old diary, the years gone by since martial law come in different conditions. Some are dog-eared from constant scrutiny. Others are ripped from forceful amnesia, while others are brittle from having been dried after an encounter with water, most probably the business end of a water cannon. The handwriting can be smeared by tears and entire pages can be blank or gone missing.
Extremely shy and low-key, casual and sporting a goatee, Manix Abrera is the last person you’d imagine leading a cult. But he is—in a sense. The 30-year-old cartoonist is the creator of the “Kikomachine” comic strip, whose books are among the country’s best-sellers.
What one remembers the most about Cyan Abad-Jugo is her remarkable gentleness. There is a winning shyness in her eyes and in the quiet way she speaks. It’s like the lilting voice of a precocious child, and being able to see things from that angle is something she has always treasured. “The child’s voice is my default voice,” she says. “I like writing from a child’s point of view.”