Absolution (Senior Thesis, 2010-2011)
Absolution (alternately titled "The Miracle Seller") is a side-scrolling animated graphic novelette about Dolores, a woman who sells illegal abortifacient pills in front of a historic church in Quiapo, Manila. Deriving its visuals stylistically from the traditions of comics and sequential art, Absolution is done in single, continuous panorama, making use of simple animations that serves as a constant visual motif that enhances the narrative’s mood and setting. Absolution is an exploration of my fascination for telling stories about the marginal aspects of society-- particularly those concerning big political and cultural issues that affect women on a microscopic level. The narrative engages with this fascination through the exploration of the character’s (Dolores’) personal history and relationships as her primary motivations apart from their socio-political implications. Apart from breaking away from the traditional form of print comics, Absolution also plays on the notion of stories as a documentary record of otherwise obscure and ignored perspectives that are often lost in the dominant cultural narrative. Absolution is part-fiction, part-documentary, part-manifesto, a tribute to women in the fringes, an examination on the nature of redemption in the context of survival.