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Award-winning authors kick off BA Comm talk series with “Comic Comm"

The BA Communication Audiovisual Communication classes under Dada Ulili and Gilbeys Sardea launched a talk series called “Working Wednesdays: Talks by Communication Professionals” on February 6, 2019.

The talk kicked off with a loud Kablam! as it featured “Comic Comm” at the Miriam College Paz Adriano Building, PA 102 and 104.

Fourth year students listened to multi-awarded authors Manix Abrera and Sarge Lacuesta. Abrera is the winner of several National Book Awards and author and creator of the popular Kikomachine comic books while Lacuesta is a four-time Palanca Award winner for short story writing and author of “Stay,” a breakthrough book of 21 short stories in graphic format.

The talk series is set to provide senior students with professional perspectives and practical tips in creating audiovisual communication materials to equip them better for their future careers.

“Comic Comm” focused on comics’ expression of meaning and its creation. “Stories come from an image, a memory, a word,” said Sarge Lacuesta. While Manix Abrera urged the students to find stories from observing others and drawing from personal experience.

Coming right on the heels of “Comic Comm,” is “Cine Comm,” a talk on visual language in film by successful digital filmmaker and entrepreneur Mark Putian of Wonderlast held last February 13. Putian taught students to take chances and not be held back by lack of equipment.

Last February 20, the series introduced “Sounds Great,” a talk on sound design by sound designer and audio engineer Francesco Amante who holds an MFA in Sound Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and worked on films such as Heneral Luna, Kid Kulafu, and Honor Thy Father; and Miriam College alumna Kat Salinas (AB Communication, 2010), sound editor for films such as Siargao, Nervous Translation, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, Never Not Love You, Etiquette for Mistresses, among others.

Sound on film will be further discussed in a coming talk by the creator and the voice talents of the animated series “Isang Araw, May Halimaw” on March 20, 2019.


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