Arriola’s “Pelikulang Komiks” awarded 2021 NAST Outstanding Book/Monograph

The book entitled “Pelikulang Komiks” by Professor Joyce L. Arriola, PhD of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the Graduate School was awarded a 2021 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Book and/or Monograph recognition.

Pelikulang Komiks tackles the major assumptions of a proposed/emergent Filipino komiks-to-film adaptation theory based on archival texts from the 1950s. The main concern of Arriola’s work is to present the concepts and assumptions about komiks-to-film adaptation that will constitute the proposed Filipino film adaptation theory. 

“At a time when comic book characters appear on the big screen with some regularity, and American research on comics-to-film adaptation is ripe, Joyce L. Arriola’s book is most welcome. Not only does Pelikulang Komiks…offer a non-Western perspective on film adaptation, but it does so with systematic research, thorough analysis, and clear expression. Professor Arriola has made a significant contribution to both cinema and comic art theory for which we are grateful,” writes John A. Lent, publisher/editor-in-chief International Journal of Comic Art.

“Joyce L. Arriola’s new book is a remarkably prescient study of Filipino popular culture. Combining in equal measure historical imagination, cultural understanding, and sensitivity to film and komiks, it generates numerous insights and pathways of inquiry that the interested reader can pursue with profit. Carefully researched, lucidly written, cogently argued, and theoretically sophisticated, this book will make a distinctive contribution to the growing body of critical literature on Asian popular culture.” Professor Wimal Dissanayake of the Academy for Creative Media-University of Hawaii writes in the blurb.

Arriola, a multi-awarded academic and the 2018 Research Council of the Philippines Achievement Awardee for Humanities Research, is a research fellow of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities, where she was also Founding Director. She teaches at the Graduate School and the Faculty of Arts and Letters, where she used to head the Department of Communication and Media Studies and the Department of Literature and the Humanities.

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