CARPOOL is a comic strip created by Syeri Baet. The strip is actually based on Syeri's clique: three guys and a gal who hang out together for years now. 4 more guys have been added to the whole wacky bunch. Saturdays are their gimmick days. There was a time when they went swimming every Saturday. The group also spent much time in road trips, although it was only around the Metro. CAR + POOL = CARPOOL!!!
The first few sketches of Carpool were done in June 2002. The group had thought of making the comic strips for quite some time. The first few strips were inked in January 2003. The strips came out online in Syeri's website (www.syeri.tk) The first compilation came out as an independent comic and was sold for only 25Php. It was sold in small shops and available during selected conventions and campus tours. 3 compilations were made before it was published in The Manila Bulletin. The first strip that came out in The Manila Bulletin was on February 14,2004.It started out as a filler but it later came out as a daily comic strip. Due to some circumstances, the strips will only be published once a week. After a year of being published in the newspaper, Syeri published her own book. Carpool First Trip was released March of 2005. A fellow cartoonist and friend, Lyndon Gregorio of Beerkada, tagged Syeri as the first Filipina cartoonist to ever publish a book. Just perfect for Women's month, which was on March. The second book, Carpool Second Wave, was released August of 2006.
The Carpool Books are available in the following bookstores: Comic Quest, Comic Odyssey, National Bookstore (selected branches in Metro Manila) and Powerbooks
The Author Syeri is a Fine Arts graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, major in Advertising Arts. She has worked in several companies as a graphic artist. Syeri is a member of the Samahan ng mga Kartunista ng Pilipinas (SKP). She is also a member of the Artists' Den, where she was one of the organizers of the KOMIKON (The Filipino Komiks Convention). Her officail site is www.syeri.tk and other works can be seen in her Deviant Art account.