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Elmer is a story set in a world where chickens suddenly gain human-level intelligence and the ability to speak, and focuses on one particular chicken, Jake Gallo, as he explores the trials his father, Elmer, went through in his struggle for equal rights.
Elmer's author, Gerry Alanguilan, grew up in San Pablo City, Laguna, a city in a fairly rural area of the Philippines where chickens roamed freely through the streets. Alanguilan was mystified by the behavior of these chickens and wrote a short minicomic about them called Stupid Chicken Stories. Later, Alanguilan decided to create a sequel called Ultimate Chicken Story, but in the process of creating this story it began to shift into a more serious project that would eventually develop into Elmer. Alanguilan has described Keiji Nakazawa's manga Barefoot Gen as one of the inspirations behind Elmer.
Jake Gallo, an intelligent chicken who is easily offended by humans, is called to attend his father Elmer's funeral. Afterward, as part of his father's will, Jake receives a diary Elmer had kept.
Through the diary, Jake discovers a first hand account of how the world reacted when chickens gained intelligence in the 1970s. As he realizes the trials his father endured, Jake reflects on his own feelings and eventually overcomes his prejudices towards humans.
- Winner (For Elmer) Quai des Bulles – Ouest France 2011, St. Malo, France
- Winner, Best Asian Album (For Elmer), Prix-Asie ACBD, France 2011
- Nominee, Best New Album (For Elmer), Will Eisner Industry Awards, USA, 2011
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