Panaginip by Allen Michael Geneta

by - September 05, 2012




For the past few days, I've been trying to catch up on reading the comics in my bookshelf that I still haven't read. So far, I am very satisfied with the titles I've gotten from previous Komikon events... until I pulled the next one for me to read last Tuesday night. That is, "Panaginip" by Allen Michael Geneta.

I think I got this one back in 2011. The cover, ooh, the intriguing title superimposed on a pitch black background, oh how I love it so much. That is what made me buy it.

"Panaginip" presents the limbo state of a girl in a coma, basically telling the audience that those will be the horrible consequences of having such irresponsible actions.

This night I was excited to finally read it. The cover really thrilled me. I thought it was going to be a good read.

I thought.

Darn. I was so disappointed. The artwork was really good, there's nothing bad I can say about it, BUT THE STORY?! Oh no.

I did not understand the flow during my first reading, and even after rereading it, I was still not sure if I understood it right. The delivery of lines was also not exciting; they turned out to be cliche scenarios with cliche lines.

I really do not want to bash this comics but I am just really disappointed. I am hoping every indie komiks will be enjoyable coz I do have high inclination to local indie komiks. I am not really just expecting this. I feel like I want to cry because I think I am turning my back or being cruel to a medium I am so fond of by giving a negative feedback to this title.

On a positive note, since the artwork was really good, one spread really creeped me out. The spread showing the baby crawling from the dark, oh shoot! It reminded me of the movie poster of "The Grudge", and I was reading it at around 11 in the evening. Darn!


To Mr. Geneta, I apologize for giving this response. I know you are a good artist, evident with your artworks. I do not intend to really bash your work but I just got really disappointed. I'm sure you still have other works that I have yet to see that I can appreciate and make smile.

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