Archive for February, 2012

Manga Creation Live! Art Workshop: ComiPa

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 29 - 2012

Information taken from Comipa’s post:

International art provider and experimental creatives network Gunship Revolution kicks off a new line of intensive art workshops with Manga_Creation Live! featuring the noted Filipino manga icon Paolo Aguasin, better known to a world-wide fanbase as ComiPa. Drawing from his experience as an internationally-published artist and studio art director, ComiPa has an afternoon of ingenious training techniques and insider information to give aspiring manga artists. Also onboard for the workshop would be veteran manga inker and toner Rafael Cal-Ortiz and digital coloring expert Brian Valeza. Also making an appearance is international award-winning manga artist Kriss Sison who will be pitching in his comments at the folio reviews.

The workshop will be held on March 10 at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street from 1pm to 6pm. Tickets are P1,000 and attendees are encouraged to bring their own art materials. To inquire or register, you may contact Gunship Revolution at (02) 998-8478 or at gunshiprevolution@gmail.com. Original artwork from ComiPa will be raffled among attendees. See you there!

 

BLTX Talx: Conversations on Independent Publishing

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 28 - 2012

Everyone remembers that the small press and indie komiks event “Better Living Through Xeroxography” is this Friday right? Well, for those who’d like more insight into the world of independent publishing, the organizers have also put together a series of talks/panels for the next day, March 3. Here are the details from panitikan.ph:

BLTX, small-press expo is on 2 March 2012, Friday, at Ilyong’s on Kalantiaw, Project 4, QC, 8PM onwards. BLTX Talks in on 3 March 2012, Saturday, at Chef’s Bistro at 94 Sct Gandia cor. Tomas Morato, 2PM to 8PM. Better Living Through Xeroxography or BLTX is a small-press expo now on its second incarnation, the first one a success by indie standards: 30 small press publishers and 200 buyers on a rainy December day in 2010.

The goal of BLTX is simple. Bring together independent self-publishers from Metro Manila (hopefully from elsewhere, too), in a one-night event that will allow them to sell their wares: books, yes, but also zines and other printed materials like shirts, postcards, posters, and this year, CDs from musicians more indie than indie. It’s about selling, but also about meeting like-minded individuals who believe in literature and creative work that might not ever get into the mainstream of commercial bookstores and galleries, but for one night is the star of the show. You can also just imagine BLTX to be the coolest meet-and-greet between writers and readers, one that involves beer, some music, and plenty of creativity you rarely see. This year though BLTX will also be space for productive discussions on the making | marketing | selling of the self-published book, where practical aspects of actual independent book production will be shared by those who have survived it with sanity intact.

BLTX Talks will happen the day after the BLTX small-press expo, a full six hours of four different panels that will answer central questions about PRINT PUBLISHING, ONLINE / WEB PUBLISHING, RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION, and COMMUNITY. All necessarily in light of the industry of independent self-publishing, and all against the traditional forms of cultural production as we know it in these shores.

Confirmed speakers for the BLTX Talks are Mabi David (HighChair), Tweet Sering (Astigirl), Honey de Peralta (Flipreads), Oliver Ortega (hal.), Ime Morales (FWGP), Mike David (Kubori Kikiam), Feliz Perez (Mt. Cloud). Participating small-press and indie publishers for BLTX include The Cabinet,? Gelo Suarez,? hal. ?Heights,? High Chair,? Kubori Kikiam,? Macoy,? Omeng Estanislao, Pantas, Paper Monster Press, Patrick Rawwrr, QBCCC (The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium), Rob Cham, Silent Sanctum Manga, Tapat Journal, Tilde Acuña, UP Writers Club, Zigzag Animals, UP Music Circle, Migi de Belen. BLTX is the brainchild of the Youth & Beauty Brigade. Check out the BLTX FB Event Page for updated lists of participating small-press and indie publishers and BLTX Talks speakers! See you at BLTX and BLTX Talks!

Here are more details about the venue for the BLTX Talks: Chef’s Bistro, your all-in-one hang-out place for dining pleasures and memorable experiences. Away from the traffic noise and the hassle and bustle of city streets, Chef’s Bistro’s location is perfect for focused events. Its function rooms are the perfect venue for your corporate or private meetings, with our delectable set meals served. Or just come as you are and lounge with us outdoor or on the veranda.

Tels.: 414-4515; 359-9975 Mobile: 0917-7989-811 Website: chefsbistro.wordpress.com Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/ChefsBistroFusions Follow us on twitter: twitter.com/#!/chefsbistroph Googlemaps: Just type: Chef’s Bistro, Scout Gandia

Date and Time:
March 3, 2012 – 8:01pm – 11:01pm

C.B. Cebulski in Manila

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 27 - 2012

Marvel Comics’ top international scout C.B. Cebulski will be in Manila, and National Book Store is offering a chance for artists to have their portfolios reviewed. There are separate guidelines for pencilers, cover artists/painters, and colorists. Good luck to those who choose to participate (as well as for those who choose not to–you know who you are).

PSF6 Review: On Wooden Wings

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 23 - 2012

Since the author’s not into self-mutilation (and for the sake of objective delicadeza), Paolo’s sitting this one out and my bold type is being turned over to Don Jaucian (critic and film buff, proprietor of pelikula.tumblr.com and geeksturr.tumblr.com/) who’s been steadily hanging out his critical cajones out there and here.

Don, I hope you charge Paolo Chikiamco for this because he really pays people to have fun while savaging his stories haha.

Wait, so I’ll get paid for this? Hahaha. Anyway, the beginning kind of threw me off. Too much jargon and terms that needed explaining, which can be a problem for the readers who aren’t really familiar with the culture discussed here.

The beginning did not hook me in at all, especially with the opening line. And just looking at the pages, I had to condition myself to read the story, sighing to myself, “Oh boy this is gonna be a long one…” I had to try several times to get myself to sit through it because it just wasn’t getting me.

I was actually afraid it’ll continue to be like that for the rest of the story. The approach is like a cloying hard science fiction story: here are facts, terms, historical allusions piling on top of each other. Quick, Google them!

— Hahaha! Well there’s that overload that shuts down my brain then onto a re-boot to make sense of it all. My problem was that this process was happening in a stumbling loop because my cliché bell was also clanging tsk tsk

But some of the terms become clear as you go along with the story or maybe some readers will just disregard some of the terms and stick with the flow of the story.

—- Sometimes I do react like the “some readers” that you’re referring to. Especially when I’m not so familiar with the terms. It’s like chatter and my brain says “Action na! Bilis!”

Exactly! But then again, I guess it’s also one way to familiarize with the Muslim culture, especially on their culture and education. You can tell Paolo did a lot of research on this.

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Better Living Through Xeroxography 2012

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 20 - 2012

Remember last year’s Better Living Through Xeroxography, small press and indie komiks event? Adam David and company are at it again on March 2, at Ilyong’s Cubao (same venue as last time). Here’s the official Facebook page and description:

A SMALL PRESS EXPO!!!

BOOKS / ZINES / KOMIX / FIRST 100 BOTTLES OF BEER FOR FREE / FREE VIDEOKE, TOO, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO SING ON STAGE

QBCCC! HEIGHTS! UP WRITERS CLUB! THE PATRICK RAWWRR! THE GELO SUAREZ! THE ROB CHAM! HIGH CHAIR! THE MACOY! PAPER MONSTER PRESS! SILENT SANCTUM MANGA! THE TILDE ACUñA! THE YOUTH & BEAUTY BRIGADE! HAL.! KUBORI KIKIAM! TAPAT JOURNAL! THE OMENG ESTANISLAO! THE CABINET! AND MORE AS THEY SIGN UP!

MARCH 2, 2012 // ILYONG’S, KALANTIAW, PROJECT FOUR, CUBAO

Maps to the venue:
from the Cubao area > http://twitpic.com/tr6ok
from the UP/Ateneo area > http://twitpic.com/tr6za

Poster art > http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150485850937717.367672.574957716&type=1&l=2dac22c2a3

For inquiries and such about signing up
and whatever else, contact Adam David
via eMail > juncruznaligas@gmail.com
or via text > 09163063173


PSF6 Review: “Villainoguing” by Joseph Montecillo

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 9 - 2012

This post is a part of our story-by-story review of Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6. You can see the introductory post, and our disclaimers here. Bold font is Mia Tijam, everything else is Paolo Chikiamco.

The traditional (think Golden/Silver Age) superhero story is one of those story types that draws from a small pool of highly recognizable elements, and requires a very healthy suspension of disbelief.

— sigh, I wish we weren’t gonna do this to this one… but hell yeah, especially if the reader were me, ayayay

That’s not to say that I don’t think you can write a good, straight-up one–Lou Anders’ “Masked” anthology has a few–but simply that few writers make that attempt. It’s tough, like writing a straight-up humor piece.]

— An attempt at a straight-up humor piece about superheroes and villains = ridiculous and funny reality. Right.

I think that it’s this combination of factors that makes it so common in contemporary literature/media to see attempts at deconstructing the genre and its tropes. In movies, this frequently takes the form of light-hearted parodies (Megamind, Despicable Me) where the ridiculous nature of many of the genre’s tropes are used for comedic effect (even works that aren’t straight up parodies take pains to draw a line between what works in a 1940s Batman comic, and what would work “in real life”–see the treatment of capes in The Incredibles).

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Manga Workshop with Koi Carreon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 7 - 2012

Koi Carreon (of Ravencage Studios) is, in my opinion, one of the most talented and distinctive Filipino komiks artists in the indie scene today. (You can read his recent Itsura Manga interview here.) “Marco’s Delivery Service” is due to come out in digital format soon (it’s a revised edition, which I had a hand in editing), and his art made the cut for Udon’s Megaman Tribute Limited Edition Hardcover. He’s holding a manga workshop in March, and you can find the details on the poster, or as, copy pasted from the Ravencage tumblr:

for more details, please call: 242-5741 – 50, call or text: 0922-7582439 or email us at: projectecourt@gmail.com and look for Jhen or Rommel.

• class schedules: March 03, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012
• time: 9:00am – 12:00nn
• age: 10 yrs old and up
• 5 sessions (3 hrs per session)
• place: Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Makati City (Ayala Triangle, across The Peninsula Manila)

Buhay Indie: The Life of Filipino Indie Komiks Creators

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2012

Buhay Indie” is a new blog that ill be featuring journal posts from different Filipino komiks creators, with the aim of giving the reader insight into their lives and artistic process. The first entry is by Dr. Carlo Jose San Juan, creator of Callous. Here’s the description of the blog from the very first post:

This is a journal about our life as comic creators and the stories behind the production of independent comic titles we enjoy reading.  Making comics is never easy. Most of us manage our time, balancing everything to make one issue in time for an event. More often than not, we encounter a lot of problems while making the pages, and it takes extra effort to get the job done.  And we each have our own stories to tell.  Each entry will be made by a different comic creator, featuring their comic projects and updates about their comic production… in a form of a diary.  The contributors for this blog are the members of Indie Comic Manila, a Facebook group composed of independent comic illustrators and writers from different comic circles. It’s also the same group behind the 100 Araw ng Komiks campaign.  It’s tough being an indie creator. But we love making comics, so we do it anyway…  Now we’re sharing our stories with you.

“The Soundless Ones” by Kate Osias on Bewildering Stories

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 3 - 2012

Author and editor Kate Osias has a new flash fiction piece in issue 464 of online magazine Bewildering Stories called “The Soundless Ones“. Go check it out!

PSF6 Review: “A Smell of Mothballs” by Maria Elena Paterno

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 2 - 2012

This post is a part of our story-by-story review of Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6. You can see the introductory post, and our disclaimers here. Bold font is Mia Tijam, everything else is Paolo Chikiamco.

Except for a jolting transition after the 3rd paragraph on the first page and “dull thud” making my bell wince, I found the story smooth, short, and sweet. There were still cliché phrases but this story showed when such articulation is just appropriate like in the usage of “woke with a start” or “…looked at him uncomprehendingly”. Because to do otherwise would make the story’s language suddenly turning verbose. Though the latter is still kind of making me wince given that it is an isolated line and therefore draws implied significance.

What I enjoyed craft-wise in this story was the ability of the author to hone in on very specific environmental/sensory details in order to give more reality and particularity to a scene. “…[s]troked the space between the inside of the elbow and the surgical tape that held the tube down…” If you’ve been in the hospital much/recently, you know exactly where that spot is. Another: “There was a smell of old coffee beans and spiders lurking in corners.” (I’d like to think that last is intentionally ambiguous.)

Man you haven’t been to old houses in the provinces much, huh? There’s a smell exactly like that in bodegas (or what we call in Bicol as zaguan). Can also be smelled in old aparadors. Think of the smell of old spiders as a thicker smell of dust, add that smell of coffeebeans, et voila! C’est par la:  It doesn’t make you sneeze.

[Pao: Our “ancestral home”, so to speak, is on a farm. I guess the spider smell was overpowered by the chicken poop, er, coop.]

One thing that bothered me about the opening scene–I’ve mentioned this before–is the non-identification of the POV character with a proper noun until the third paragraph. As I said, maybe it’s a bias from my time in the slush fields, but if basic information is withheld from me, I expect it to have been done for a reason, and there didn’t seem to be any need not to just say “So Simeon woke with a start…” (And I don’t think you sacrifice in media res by a clear identity.)

Double-checked that. The way I see it, if proper noun were used in the first paragraph, the beginning would lose that sensation of emerging from sleep. The use of proper noun would make the POV too conscious, because as it is the POV’s panning from internal subconscious to waking to groggy alertness.

[Pao: Ah, I see your point. But then why not introduce it in the second paragraph? Protagonist seems fully aware by then.]

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