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Kwentong Bayan

Toronto, ON


Kwentong Bayan Comic


Kwentong Bayan Comics is a collective of visual storytellers. We draw words and write pictures.

We facilitate community arts workshops on storytelling, visual language as literacy, and the rich history of Filipino Komiks!

Current projects include: Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, a community based comic book project, created by Althea Balmes (Illustrator) and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo (Writer) in close collaboration with caregivers and supporters, about the real life stories of Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program.

Thoughts about art and community:

Our comic book will be an accessible resource to highlight the realities caregivers experience. These are stories of community and friendship, love and struggle, and women's empowerment. These are the stories that rarely make mainstream media or academic research.
Why is the comic book named, Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love?

In the Filipino language, Kwentong Bayan is the literal translation of "community stories"; and Labour of Love reflects our understanding that community-based artwork and caregiving work is rooted in love, is valuable, and deserves respect.
When can we read the comic?
We will publish a 10-page mini-comic as part of an anthology produced by the Graphic History Collective in Fall 2013.

Our full-length comic book will be launched in 2014. Please visit our website at for updates!

- Thanks to the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Foundation for supporting our work!


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