Filipinos take pride when they see a representation of their culture on media and entertainment channels. Well, I’ll give another reason for Filipinos to be proud of: ‘Percy Jackson’ series publisher, Disney Hyperion, is set to release content on mythological creatures from the Philippines. The said graphic novel will be entitled Highsummer.
The flag is raised by Filipino author and illustrator, Tori Tadiar. The trilogy will focus on Mika, a 12-year-old student at Ilustra Junior High School. To erase a curse she unwittingly set on her students, she wakes ancient gods and a sun-devouring monster. Mika must work with her bullies to save humanity.
So excited to finally share that?HIGHSUMMER? will be published by @DisneyBooks!— ? Tori (@haitori) June 2, 2022
A GRAPHIC NOVEL series set in a Filipiniana junior high school? A girl who can wake ancient gods and creatures from PH MYTHOLOGY? From the publisher of the Percy Jackson series?! THREE BOOKS!?! pic.twitter.com/9DJ9AzfSId
Teo, a member of the choir, Halle, a member of the varsity team, and Raha, their instructor, are all characters in Highsummer.
According to the concept artwork, the school is subdivided into four distinct courses, each of which has its own unique uniform that draws inspiration from regionally significant apparel, such as the barong Tagalog and Indigenous garb.
For the new followers who joined the Highsummer ride: introducing choir boy Teo, varsity queen Halle, and our main protagonist Mika (+ their teacher, Raha) as well as some concept art on Ilustra Junior High: the home of the ilustrados! pic.twitter.com/JAbseO1BlH— ? Tori (@haitori) June 5, 2022
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It is anticipated that the first book will be published sometime in 2024. Tadiar is also the creator of works that have received critical recognition, such as the fantasy graphic novels “Sagala” and “Twinkle, Twinkle,” the latter of which was a finalist in the Official Selection category of the first Philippine International Comics Festival.