Komiks as Survival Kit

May 17, 2019

6:30PM to 8:00PM

The Luggage Store Gallery: 1007 Market Street, SF 94103


A stage reading of Isugid Pinoy! by Don Ellis Aguillo and Rafael Salazar, directed by Joe Cascasan and performance by Bindlestiff Studio.



Rafael Salazar (PuG, ReGrBl [with Digo Salazar], Isugid Pinoy!) is a Bay Area freelance artist who, by day, focuses his skills on illustration and design, and by night, is perched on rooftops as this city’s ally of justice. He's worked on a number of games, comics and co-created the long running webcomic ReGrBl with his twin brother Digo. When not working, he spends his time daydreaming, procrastinating, and watching too many cartoons for a man his age.


Don Aguillo (Rise, Winter, Isugid Pinoy!) is a comic book illustrator, writer, and creator on several titles as well as partner and co-founder of San Francisco Bay Area-based In Hiatus Studios. A Penn State grad with Honors in Fine Art in Drawing and Painting, he spent time in school and later years formalizing experience in digital illustration, production design as well as graphic design to round out his freelance portfolio. He has worked years as a concept artist and illustrator with experience in production design, pre-visualization, and is currently re-discovering to his roots in traditional art.


Joe Cascasan is a Bay Area based theater actor and director. A few acting credits include Los Altos Stage Company's Grapes of Wrath, Bindlestiff's Pinoy Midsummer and There's the Moon and Then There's You. His directing credits include Dark Heart, All Bets Off, Ang Bata Sa Drum, Opportunity, Night Shift, and Love is a Verb. Joe also recently directed No Country for Old Henchmen which won at Pianofights's Shortlived theater competition. Joe continues to volunteer, providing guidance to incoming generations of artists and sustaining valuable artistic representation of the Pilipino American community.


Bindlestiff Studio cultivates artists who reflect and celebrate the diverse values, traditions, and histories of Pilipino and Filipino American cultures through bold artistic expression and community engagement.

Originally opened in 1989, Bindlestiff Studio became the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. Bindlestiff Studio provides the often under-served Filipino American community access to diverse offerings in theatrical productions, music and film festivals, workshops in directing, production, acting, stand-up comedy, and writing, as well as a children and youth theater program.