There comes a time in the life of every Filipino “Percy Jackson” fan when they start thinking, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we had a story like this based on local mythology?” Well, folks, good news: Those wishes have been granted.
Disney Hyperion, the publisher of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series and its spin-offs, is set to release a Philippine mythology-centered graphic novel series titled “Highsummer.”
So excited to finally share that🌻HIGHSUMMER🌻 will be published by @DisneyBooks!
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
— 🌟 Tori (@haitori) June 2, 2022
Created by Filipino author and illustrator Tori Tadiar, the trilogy will center around a 12-year-old girl named Mika, a student in Ilustra Junior High School. In an attempt to undo a curse she accidentally cast on her classmates, she awakens ancient gods in the process, alongside a sun-devouring monster that will bring the world into darkness. In order to bring humankind back into shape, Mika will have to team up with the last people on her list—her former bullies.
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
“Highsummer’s” characters include choir boy Teo, varsity player Halle, and their teacher Raha. Based on the concept art, the school is divided into four different tracks, with their uniforms taking inspiration from local traditional wear such as the barong Tagalog and Indigenous clothing.
The first book is set to release sometime in 2024. Tadiar is also the author of acclaimed works like fantasy graphic novels “Sagala” and “Twinkle, Twinkle,” an Official Selection finalist at the first Philippine International Comics Festival.
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Photos from Tori Tadiar’s Twitter page