Archive for May, 2013

Mini Komikon Night

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 24 - 2013

From the Visprint Facebook page:

Come one, come all!!!

Visprint, together with Komikon Inc., is sponsoring this year’s MINI-KOMIKON night for National Book Development Board – Philippines‘s Little Lit Fest

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Your favorite kiddie-comics and young_adult-comics creators will be there! Meet and greet, book signing, comicbook buying, photo ops — It’s just like your usual Komikon, mini version nga lang

Kitakits on May 31, Friday, 5-7PM at the Museo Pambata!

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Promotions/Events

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 3 - 2013

Tomorrow, May 4, is the first Saturday of May — which means that it’s Free Comic Book Day! There are two big events in Metro Manila to celebrate, one from Fully Booked/ Comic Odyssey and the other from National Book Store / Castle Geek / Neutral Grounds / Comic x Hub . The great Gerry Alanguilan has a good overview of both events, and the unique Philippine FCBD komik that will be given at each of the events.

Also ongoing is the FCBD promotion of Flipreads, featuring a mixture of new forever-free digital comics (such as the Mythspace Sampler) and digital comics that will only be free for a limited time. Check out the entire selection here.

Tor.com reviews Expanded Horizons April 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 1 - 2013

Tor.com just featured Expanded Horizons in their Short Fiction Spotlight, reviewing the April 2013 issue which includes two reprints from the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology series: “From the Book of Names My Mother Did Not Give Me” by Christine V. Lao, and “Waiting for Agua de Mayo” by Mia Tijam.

On “From the Book of Names My Mother Did Not Give Me”:

I appreciate the lyrical quality of these shorts, as well as the food for thought each offers on the changes, good and bad, in the lives of these women: how culture and society place their own pressures, and how women can connect, or lose connections, with each other (“Barbara”), are themes that interest me. This story is a handsome, small thing, made of parts smaller still, that does the majority of its work on the allegorical level rather than that of plot. As such, it’s the sort of piece that lingers, though it may not at first make a drastic impression.

On “Waiting for Agua de Mayo”:

The story itself, however, remains engaging thanks to its execution: Tijam’s attention to detail renders the protagonist, her “dragon,” and the setting vividly. The added tension of cultural conflict—where the idea of the “dragon” even comes from, and why she thinks of it primarily as that before thinking of it as the bayawak—is a further note that the story sounds, giving it a fresh take on a common theme.

Check out the full review here.

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