Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

Call for Submissions: Philippine Speculative Fiction X (Volume 10)

It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys! Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please! ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers [...]

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Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

The latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, already available digitally, will be having a launch event on November 22, Saturday, from 2-4pm at the CBTL at Shangri-La Plaza. PSF launches are always fun, so do try to pass by!

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Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Co-editor Andrew Drilon brings word that the flagship book of local spec fic, still going strong. Congrats to Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, and all the contributors! Lots of new names here, always a good thing: A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels [...]

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Alternative Alamat: Expanded Print Edition, Launches on July 25

Alternative Alamat: Expanded Print Edition, Launches on July 25

It’s been a long time coming, but the much-requested print version of Alternative Alamat is heading to bookstores near you — and sooner than you think! The good folks at Visprint are launching it on July 19,   Saturday,   [EDIT: LAUNCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 25, FRIDAY, 4PM, SAME VENUE] part of a four-title launch that [...]

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Studio Salimbal Website Launch

Studio Salimbal Website Launch

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks to Mervin Malonzo’s herculean efforts… WE ARE LIVE! http://www.salimbalcomics.com/ Consider this an active beta of the site. Webcomics by/involving Filipino creators, on a weekly basis. Please, if you have any affection for me — or more likely, my studio mates Mervin Malonzo Cristina Rose Chua John Michael Carreon Robert Sinaban Jules [...]

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It’s the most… wonderful time… of the year — if you’re a Filipino spec fic writer that is! Have at it you guys!

Call for Submissions: ‘Philippine Speculative Fiction 10′ – your atTENtion, please!

‘Philippine Speculative Fiction’ is turning ten this 2015! Yes, it’s been X years of eXtolling, eXploring, and eXpanding what Filipino writers have done, are doing, and can do in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things betwiXt, between, and beyond.

Editors Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar would love for you to be a part of this year’s landmark volume of this trailblazing annual anthology, which has repeatedly been shortlisted for the National Book Award, and multiple stories from which have frequently been cited in roundups of the year’s best speculative fiction across the globe.

First-time authors are more than welcome to submit; good stories trump literary credentials any time.

Submissions must be:
1. speculative fiction—i.e., they must contain strong elements and/or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, superheroes, and/or related genres and subgenres
2. written in English
3. authored by persons of Philippine ethnicity and/or nationality

Submissions are preferred to be:
1. original and unpublished
2. no shorter than 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500
3. written for an adult audience
In all cases, these preferences can be easily overturned by exceptionally well-written pieces. In the case of previously-published work, if accepted, the author will be expected to secure permission to reprint, if necessary, from the original publishing entity, and to provide relevant publication information.

Submission details:
1. No multiple or simultaneous submissions—i.e., submit only one story, and do not submit that story to any other publishing market until you have received a letter of regret from us. But we don’t mind if you submit to contests.
2. All submissions should be in Rich Text Format (saved under file extension ‘.rtf’), and emailed to philippinespecfic@gmail.com, with the subject line ‘PSF 10 submission’.
3. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015. Letters of acceptance or regret will be sent out no later than one month after the deadline.

Editors’ notes:
1. Please don’t forget to indicate your real name in the submission email! If you want to write under a pseudonym, that’s fine, but this can be discussed upon story acceptance. Initially, we just need to know who we’re talking to.
2. If you’d like to write a cover letter with your brief bio and publishing history (if applicable), do feel free to introduce yourself—but not your story, please. If it needs to be explained, it’s probably not ready to be published.
3. We advise authors to avoid fancy formatting—this will just be a waste of your time and ours, since we will, eventually, standardize fonts and everything else to fit our established house style.

Authors of selected stories will receive PhP500 compensation, as well as digital copies of the book.

Please help spread the word! Feel free to copy this and paste it anywhere you see fit that happens to be legal.

Thanks,
Dean Francis and Nikki Alfar, co-editors

 

Interested in manga and how the form is engaged with and perceived in other Asian countries? Interested in how women in particular create and engage with comics? This month, Ateneo de Manila hosts the 15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies & the 6th Women’s Manga Conference – Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture –  and it may be right up your alley.

Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture
15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies and the 6th Women’s Manga Conference
22-23 January 2015
Ateneo de Manila University

PROGRAMME
Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium

8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:30 Welcome Remarks
Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Opening Remarks
Sh?ji Takatori, Director, The Japan Foundation

10:00-12:00 Plenary Session 1: Manga and the Manga-esque

Considering the ‘Mangaesque’ as a Cultural Condition: Where Japanese Studies and Manga Studies May Meet
Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University

The Role of National Mediators in the Construction of the Global Meaning of Manga
Zoltan Kacsuk, Kyoto Seika University

Manga-esque in a Single Frame: An Exploration of the Bounds of Japanese Irasuto and Cartoons
Ronald Stewart, Prefectural University of Hiroshima

12:00 – 12:30 Artist Session 1: Philippine
Moderated by Elbert Or
Elbert Or, Robert Magnuson, Ace Vitangcol

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Artist Session 2: Women’s Manga in Singapore
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
FSc

2:00 – 3:30 Paper Session 1: Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

The Domestication of Japanese Manga Representation in Malaysia : The Universality of Visual Language and Cultural Characteristics
Suraya Md Nasir, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Manga in the Philippines: from niche market to an (invisible) market
Ma. Victoria Cayton, University of Asia and the Pacific

“OTAKU NO RIKO”: Gratifications Derived from Filipino Anime Engagements
Thea Pamela Pauline A. Javier, M.C., San Sebastian College Recolectos – Manila

3:30 – 4:00 Artist Session 3: Vietnam
Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt
Nguyen Thanh Phong

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-4:45 Artist Session 4: Women Comics in the Philippines
Moderated by: Kristine Michelle Santos
Tin Tin Pantoja, Black Ink Comics

4:45 – 5:30 Paper Session 2: Frameworks in Popular Culture Studies

Performing 2.5 dimensional characters: Cosplay as a Practice in Hybrid Reality
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University

Glocalizing Appearance: Filipino Cosplayers and the Mukokuseki Aesthetic
Tiffany Lim, University of Tokyo

Quantitative research in manga/anime studies: Methodological considerations and three Europe-based surveys
Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University

Day 2 Venue: Leong Hall

9:00 Registration

9:30-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Women’s Manga in Japan

Manga-esque Hybridity Coming out of Women’s Manga
Fusami Ogi, Chikushi Jogakuen University

On Sexual Issues of Aging Women: Shungiku Uchida and Challenges in Women’s Manga
Kotaro Nakagaki. Daito Bunka University

“What Female Manga Artists are doing with Shakespeare”
Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Artist Session 4: Women’s Manga in Indonesia

Moderated by Febriani Shihombing
Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and Stephani Soejono

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Artist’s Session 5: Malaysia
Moderated by Gan Sheuo Hui
Shieko

1:15-2:15 Plenary Session 4: Manga and the Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

Analysis of the Terminology “Komik Indonesia” in Indonesian Comics: A Discussion Case Study of Three Indonesia Comics Exhibition after 2000
Febriani Sihombing, Tohoku University

Locally Made! – The Gag Comics in Malaysia
Gan Sheuo Hui, National University of Singapore

2:15 – 3:15 Paper Session 3:Women and Manga Beyond Japan

Girls’ D?jinshi in the Philippines: Challenges and Transformations in Local Girls’ Culture
Kristine Michelle Santos, Wollongong University

Kartoon-y: Boys’ Love Manga Flourishes in Conservative Thailand
Poowin Bunyavejchewin and Ormwajee Pibool, Thammasat University

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 Paper Session 4: Women and Japanese Manga

Defining Yuri Fandom in Japan: Women and Men Reading and Writing About Girl–Girl Romance Media
James Welker, Kanagawa University

On the role of characterization and engagement in sh?jo-manga as a genre
Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University

4:30 – 5:00 Artist Session 5: China’s Artist Panel

Moderated by Jaqueline Berndt
Luo Rongrong

5:00 – 6:00 Paper Session 5: Gender and Japanese Manga

Winry, Hinata, Mikasa: Feminine Imagery in Sh?nen Manga and Japan’s Masculinist Cultural Nationalism
Hansley A. Juliano, Ateneo de Manila University

Sex Tourism, Filipina Brides, and Japanese Comics
Ryan Holmberg, The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

6:00 – 6:10 Ending Remarks
Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director, Japaese Studies Program

6:10 – 7:30 Special Screening of “Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of US Comics”

REGISTRATION FORM

Illustration in Conference poster by Kiko Dans
Conference poster layout by Elbert Or

 


This morning, I was asked by the NBDB to give a reaction to the Report on the State of the Book Industry Address given by Ma’am Neni Sta.-Romana Cruz, speaking from the perspective of an author-creator. I’ve received a few requests for the text of the speech, and since this is one of the few times I didn’t extemporize (much), here it is. (Weird to post it without the speech I’m responding T) but I’m not sure I have the permission to post that one.)

I’ll be back there tomorrow for the Contract Consultation activity, then all day for the Filipino Reader Con and, of course, the Mythspace launch.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the speech:

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Libraries: 10 reasons to carry Philippine Spec Fic

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

A report from last month’s library-and-spec-fic panel at the Philippine Literary Festival, is up over at GMA News: 10 reasons why libraries should carry local speculative fiction. Alternative Alamat’s print cover makes an appearance in the article, hooray! Here’s an excerpt:

3. It provides hope and escape from the mundane.

“Do not look at the word ‘escapist’ as a negative term. We all need to escape from reality from time to time—why? Because we’re not animals,” said Dean. “We can have physical cages whether we are political prisoners or held in cages by our politicians in some other way—but we can escape these with our dreams and imaginations of change. And then we make the change and watch reality come to pass.”

4. It reflects the human condition.

Spec fic can comment on what it means to be human, or to be Filipino, just as well as any other piece of literature can.

5. It has didactic and educational aspects.

There are stories and books specifically for this purpose, but Dean stressed that one can take any story and use it to teach. He cited classic examples from Philippine mythology and folklore.

6. It offers alternate ways and different perspectives of seeing the world.

Spec fic can give marginalized persons—such as LGBT, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous cultures—a voice for their concerns. If one is in a position of privilege, Dean said, one should consider themselves lucky and take up the burden of helping voice those concerns or give voice to those who do not have any.

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9 Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 29 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

The latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, already available digitally, will be having a launch event on November 22, Saturday, from 2-4pm at the CBTL at Shangri-La Plaza. PSF launches are always fun, so do try to pass by!

Damiana Eugenio, Mother of Philippine Folklore, has Passed Away

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Damiana Eugenio, the Mother of Philippine Folklore, has passed away. Her anthologies of myth and folklore opened the eyes and hearts of many, including myself. Everyone who loves Philippine mythology and folklore owes her an immense debt. She has shaped generations. Our sympathies go out to those who knew her and lover her.

I’ve been told that the wake is at Claret Funeral Chapel, QC.

Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 9 - 2014ADD COMMENTS



Co-editor Andrew Drilon brings word that the flagship book of local spec fic, still going strong. Congrats to Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, and all the contributors! Lots of new names here, always a good thing:


A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels the universe to officiate sacraments in outer space; a murdered girl returns unscathed to the home of her perpetrators. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases the rich variety of Philippine literature. Between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.

Stories from this series have been included in the Honorable Mentions list from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.

I’ll update this post as more links become available, but you can already pick up your copy at the following places:

Massive thanks to David Ong and the rest of Flipside Publishing for helping us put the book together!

Charles and I are so proud of the quality of the stories in this volume, and we’re very excited for people to finally read it. We are planning a book launch to get all the amazing authors in together in one place, so stay tuned for details on that.

In the meantime, please enjoy the book! We hope that it thrills, frightens, amuses, saddens, endears and entertains you!

Alternative Alamat Book Signing at the MIBF

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 15 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Alternative Alamat and other Visprint titles will be sold from the Precious Pages booth at this year’s Manila International Book Fair, and both Mervin Malonzo and I will be there for a signing on Friday, the 19th, at 1PM. Merv will primarily be there as the creator of the bloody awesome “Tabi Po” but as he provided illustrations for Alamat as well, readers of AA can get a rare two-for-one signing. So come on down if you’re free :)

Alternative Alamat Interview: Budjette Tan

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

For the digital release of Alternative Alamat, I ran interviews with several of the contributing authors, asking them about writing in general and their stories in particular. I wasn’t able to interview everyone, however, so for the print launch today– yep, the 25th — I went back to the contributors I wasn’t able to interview last time.

 

BUDJETTE TAN

 Without spoiling anything essential, could you tell me a bit about your story?

One of favorite bits from Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS was this vignette of how Egyptian Gods now run a small funeral parlor in Middle-America. Which made me wonder, where are the old gods of death from Philippine mythology? What are they doing now in the city? I then remember a story my mom told me, about a story she heard from the sales lady in the mall, who heard it from the security of the mall; about how, every now and again, senior citizens were found dead in the movie theater of the same mall. Obviously, they died of natural causes. Well, maybe they did.
This one was also a bit different, in that it didn’t start with a call from the police, but from Spunkmeyer…
I guess I just wanted a break from the usual way Trese gets brought in for a case (Captain Guerrero calling her up). It was also an opportunity to shed more light on Spunkmeyer of the City Morgue, who’s actually patterned after fellow author, David Hontiveros.
How different is it, writing a prose Trese story as opposed to a comic book script?

Whenever I write a TRESE prose story, it allows me to immerse myself (and the reader) in her world more.
When I’m writing the comic book script, I can easily just tell Kajo, “Page 1, Panel 1: we are inside The Diabolical. It’s a Saturday night. Full of people bouncing up and down the dance floor.”

But when I’m writing a short story, I need to guide the reader into that world and get to spend more time talking about the details of Trese’s Manila. So, I end up knowing more about it and at the same time the reader comes along for the ride.

What part of the story–or the writing process–was the most fun for you?
I had fun revealing those bits about Spunkmeyers’ back story.
What part of the story–or the writing process–was the most difficult for you?
Usually, it’s the middle part. I usually know how things will end and sometime I know where things start. So, it’s trying to figure out how to get there that’s the problem.
How were you first exposed to Philippine mythology?
Oh wow! I have no idea. Does the legend of Malakas at Maganda count? That was probably my first exposure to a “creation myth”, which confused the hell out of me, since as far as we were taught in school, we all started from Adam and Eve. So, who the heck were Malakas at Maganda? Took me awhile before I sorted all that out.
Is there any myth, epic or legend that you wish would be adapted into a novel, or comic, or movie?
Unfortunately, I can’t really name a specific one. I think all of our major myths and epic poems should be adapted into some new form. I recently attended a book conference in Singapore and the featured country of the year was India. One talk specifically focused on the Indian comic book market, which has numerous adaptation of their myths. It seemed like every couple of years, they’d have a new version of their myth, retold for a new generation. It would be great to see that happen for the Philippines.
Who is your favorite character from Philippine mythology, and why?
What about the myth of The Honest President? No? That doesn’t count?

New Alternative Alamat Book Launch Details

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 22 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Here’s the new poster and some new details for the new launch date of the expanded Alternative Alamat print edition. It will be on July 25, Friday, from 4PM onwards, at Powerbooks Greenbelt 3 (2nd floor). Here’s the official Facebook event page.I’ve also updated the Book FAQ page to reflect the suggested retail price of PHP250. See you there!

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