Joanah Tinio Calingo is a Filipino independent komiks writer and illustrator. She created Cresci Prophecies, an ongoing fantasy comics series. She is also a member of an independent komiks group called Point Zero.
She's an alumnus of the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts.
Indie Comics and AnimationEdit
Joanah T.C.created Cresci Prophecies during her College freshman year (1996), with manga as her influence for comic production. Comics was only done or her spare time. She was also influenced by other local indie creators at the time.
A few years later, she worked on the animation short,"Pangitain" . Pangitain was a college project she did together with Liz Jocano, Faith Faminial, Aprill Orallo, Joey Quintanar and Andrew Ibay. The said film was based on a chapter of the then unpublished CP. She undertook direction, and was responsible for most of the animation.
Soon after (1999), she joined Point Zero Comics to formally release Cresci Prophecies as an independent comic.
In 2000, she wrote the script for Blind Beauty , another animated short. She worked on the project together with Melvin Calingo (Director and Co-writer), Michael David (Animator), Robi Villagracia (Animator), Dexter Lira (Voice), and Rai Lim (Music). The film won recognition from Gawad CCP, for it's alternative film awards.
She made her comic-con debut in C3Con, 2002.
Aside from Cresci Prophecies, she has released two other titles under Point Zero, namely D-koi Junkie (a daily comic strip published in Manila Times, around 2002), Curtains for Hire , and Empress 9.
She has also conducted several art workshop for kids, including comic making workshops under the Lopez Memorial Museum, and Japan Foundation.
In 2007, she, together with Melvin Calingo and Michael David, was invited to be part of the Musibitsuki Exhibit, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, where illustrations from CP were exhibited.
In 2009, Point Zero organized their first group exhibit in the Jorge Vargas Museum, where Joanah T.C. made a 9 -page piece with a mural depicting an untold chapter of CP. The piece was later included in the third volume of CP.
She is currently co-writing the new comic series, Kanto Inc., with comic book creator and husband, Melvin Calingo.