Archive for May, 2011

This Weekend: Free Comic Book Day 2011 and Metro Comic Con

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 4 - 2011

This coming weekend is a big one for comics lovers, and I just thought I’d remind everyone (as if you guys don’t have the dates encircled in your calendars yet).

May 7 is Free Comic Book Day, as is every first Saturday of May. As has become the case in recent years, Comic Odyssey in Robinson’s Galleria seems to be the place to go, if you absolutely must raid only one store on that day, with plenty of guest artists arriving, and exclusive FCBD comics from local creators. For those wondering what the big deal is (although why one would need to go farther than “free” “comics” is a mystery to me), Gerry Alanguilan (should I say Eisner-award nominated Gerry Alanguilan now? ^_^) has a great post that places the event in context.

May 7 is also the first day of the Metro Comic Con, which lasts until May 8 and takes place at SM Megamall. Special guests at the event are David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Tony DeZuniga (creator of Jonah Hex) and Philp Tan (Batman and Robin, Green Lantern)

Podfiction: “Reunion” by Eliza Victoria

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 3 - 2011

Pakinggan Pilipinas recently released their May story: “Reunion” by Palanca Award-winner (and Usok contributor) Eliza Victoria. You can find the story here. Here’s some background to the story, from the author herself (from the Pakinggan Pilipinas Facebook page):

I remember I was ironing my clothes one day and, as what usually happens during empty, boring hours, I began thinking of a story I might write next. I realized then that I haven’t actually written anything “epic” – meaning, anything big in scope, a story with a long timeline and several settings.

I’ve always been fascinated by the Children’s Crusade, and I wanted to write a story that would start with that. I read about the cholera outbreak in Manila while at work, and I wanted to put that into the story, too. I thought it was a mess.

At the time I only had this vague story idea involving two young men trying to look for each other through the centuries. For several weeks I wondered what their relationship might be. One day I decided they would be brothers. But who are they? I asked myself. And why are they looking for each other?

When I was able to sufficiently answer these two questions, I hunkered down to write the story.



Launch: Philippine Speculative Fiction 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 1 - 2011

I’ve just received word that the sixth volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology, edited by Nikki Alfar and Kate Aton-Osias, and published by Kestrel DDM, will be launched on May 28, 2011, Saturday, 5PM at the UView Theater, Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street.

If you’re at all interested in science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by Filipinos, do try to come — it’s one of the rare times local authors, editors, and fans are gathered in one place. The launch also traditionally occurs before the volume sees widespread distribution, so if you want to snag a copy, this is the best time to do so. The launch itself is an informal, informative, and typically hilarious affair — you can check out some videos I took of last year’s launch to see for yourselves.

The anthology includes my steampunk (woodpunk?) story “On Wooden Wings”, which is set in the same world as the upcoming “Kataastaasan” comic. Here’s a complete list of the contributors to this volume (or you can go here for a text version):



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