Archive for August, 2013

Mythspace #0: Free Until September 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 27 - 2013

The nomination phase of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 has finished, and we’re happy to announce that Mythspace #0 was one of the comics that were nominated — thanks to everyone who threw our name in the hat! Now comes the second phase of the awards, the popular vote, which will narrow the field down to a select few semi-finalists, from which the winner of the awards will be chosen.

To this end, we’re making a PDF copy of Mythspace #0 available as free download for the duration of the voting period, which ends on September 6. If you haven’t read Mythspace #0 yet, now’s your chance to do so — and our chance to win your vote, if you’re so inclined. If you’ve already read Mythspace #0 (or Mythspace: Lift Off [Part 1] — the 0 issue is Part 1 plus previews of the other Mythspace titles), then please, spread the word, so others can see if we merit their vote.

All read up? Great! If you like what you’ve seen, you can vote for Mythspace #0 here.You can also purchase Mythspace titles at Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galleria.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth the download, here are a few of our more favorable reviews:

First, from none other than Noel Pascual, the co-creator of the wonderful Crime Fighting Call Center Agents comic. Here’s an excerpt from his review, the full text of which is here:

Koi Carreon’s art is amazing. As I was browsing through the pages the first time, it’s the character design that really stood out. There’s quite a bit of a manga influence in there but the human characters— from the lead character to the secondary characters (especially the secondary characters!)— all look quite Pinoy. In a story dealing with Pinoy myths, that goes a long way when it comes to adding to the overall effectiveness of the piece.

The plotting really works, going from flashback to present day without confusing the reader. The scenes picked enhance the drama of the story without crossing into melodrama. The rebellious teen who is our lead also doesn’t come close to crossing the line into being an unsympathetic character. Chikiamco also manages to provide his life history without sounding like it’s being done for the sake of dumping info onto the reader. In Liftoff as well as in the other stories, we get a sense that this is a fully realized world, with one element resonating with the next.

Second, from EK over at Jumper Cable:

“Collectively the comics are all presented on a professional level rarely seen outside of the Sacred Mountain, Komikero, Gunship Revolution, and Point Zero groups. Some of the best inking and detail work among the recent komiks releases are here — and I’ve just seen partial results. The typesetting for the dialogue balloons are grammar-corrected and nearly faultless. The paneling is also professional, at par with the best of the Western comics.

On the script level, the two presented stories are as unique from each other as adobo and sinigang, even if they are made by the same cook. Be assured that there is much variety expected among the six presented stories, that it would not be boring even if they were all from the same writer. Both given stories are paced without a glitch, with a clear understanding of writing in general and the comic medium in particular. The author’s hand in the development process is also visible. There is almost no useless panel, and it is clear that the illustrators understand what to illustrate and how.”

Third, from from Francis at Hawkersmag.com:

“Just enough information is given about the main character, Ambrosio, leaving a lot of room for speculation and anticipation of what’s to come.

Although I tend to stray a bit away from angst-ridden teenagers, reasons for Ambrosio’s anger are justified, and it would be interesting to see how his character has changed now that his whole worldview has turned itself over.

There is scarce dialogue, which makes for very efficient story-telling. Chikiamco’s dialogue does what it is intended to do: move the plot forward and reveal character. It doesn’t get in the way of the action and suspense that spills throughout the pages, and that’s a very good thing when it comes to pacing.”

And last but not least, from Tina Matanguihan, from One More Page, where she gave it it 5 out of 5 stars! Here’s an excerpt:

This new series plays on the idea that the creatures we know from folk tales and movies not simply monsters from our grandparents’ stories, but you know, creatures from outer space. Sounds crazy, yes?

But you know what? It actually works.

I also liked reading the previews for the two longest stories there, with Liftoff having that mystery-in-space type of story with a somewhat angst-ridden hero, and Unfurling of Wings reminding me so much of the chimaera world in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

Selected Komiks Eligible for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Award

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 22 - 2013

Tomorrow is the last day to nominate titles for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, and I think that we can do better than four nominees in the comics category. REMEMBER, THE AWARDS ARE OPEN TO INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHED TITLES. That being said, maybe it’s hard to remember exactly which titles came out last year (and so are eligible for the awards) so I scrounged around the Internet and came up with this incomplete list, focusing on titles that I’ve at least heard of/seen, with links to a home page/ goodreads page/ preview/ or review. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

And most of all — go nominate! You can nominate MULTIPLE titles, so no need to choose from amongst favorites.

EDIT: New Additions:

Mark 9verse47 by Tepai Pascual

Codename Bathala #2 by Jon Zamar and Judd Abinuman

Patintero, Book 1 by Kai Castillo

Talaan ng mga Aparisyon by Carlorozy Clemente

Juanderlandia by sirwen(pazin-tave komiks)

Ang Morion Book 1 by Wan Malinao Mañanita

Dalawang Liham #1 by Ronzkie Vidal

LikeMan by Rasel Reyes

Puso Negro Teaching Good Values Through Bad Conduct by JP Palabon

Windmills V by Josel Nicolas

ORIGINAL POST:

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Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Sa Kalakhang Maynila by Carlo Vergara – [Goodreads]

Crime Fighting Call Center Agents #3 by Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo

Manila Accounts 1081: Good Criminals Wear White #1 by Wan Mañanita, Aaron Felizmenio, Alyssa Mortega, RH Quilantang

Kanto Inc. issue 4 by Joanah Tinio-Calingo, Taga-Ilog, Kilayman

Tatsulok: A Vision of Dust #1 by David Hontiveros and Xerx Javier

Ninja Girl Ko! indie special by Marco Dimaano and Kriss Sison

Angel Crush Vol.2 by Ace Vitangcol and Jed Siroy

Cubie ’n Bouncy by Jeciel Gaerlan

Bayan Knights: Nursery by Aaron Felizmenio, Donne Celadina, Jeff Benitez & Erico Calimlim

Bayan Knights #1 Heart of the Black Matrix by Donne Celadina, Erwin Ropa, and Renie Palo

Kamote Chunks #1 by CoRe Studios

Mukat #5 by Mel Casipit

Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles  by Erik Matti – [Goodreads]

Pilandokomiks: Ang Tatlong Sumpa by Borg Sinaban – [Goodreads]

Callous Comics – On Lighter Dreams by Carlo Jose San Juan

Segovia Solutions #1 by Jerald Uy and Jether Amar

Sean #1  by Nicoy Guevarra

Luzviminda Issue 0 by Ray Magbanua

The New Adventures of Kapitan Tog by Freely Abrigo

Sigaw Komiks – by Dommy Abrigo and Freely Abrigo

Pinoy Rangers #0 by Gerilya: Sigmund Torre and Brandon Relucio

Mona: Queen of the Babes by Dark Chapel

The Hotdog Prince by Francis Martelino

Zombinoy #1-3 by Geonard Yleana and Sid Santos

And now, some titles that I was personally involved in:

Mythspace #0 by Paolo Chikiamco and Koi Carreon (with previews by Borg Sinaban, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio, Cristina Rose Chua and Paul Quiroga) – [Goodreads]

Kwentillion also came out last year, and I think that’s the first print appearance of Skygypsies by John Raymond Bumanglag & Timothy James Dimacali.

 

An Oral History of Indie Komiks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 20 - 2013

Mervin Malonzo’s self-portrait.

Belatedly linking to an interesting post from the Philippine Star last week: Xerox, staples, starving artists: An oral history of indie komiks .

The indie komiks scene is full of raw talent. An uncensored creativity fueled by pure passion for the art runs rampant. To know more about underground comics, we asked some comic artists themselves to talk about the industry, where the scene is today, why life as an artist can be difficult, and where you can get your hands on these precious zines.

The creators interviewed are: Noel Pascual, Josel Nicolas, Robert Magnuson, Jon Zamar, Mervin Malonzo, and Rob Cham.

You may recall Estranghero Press’s web anthologies “The Farthest Shore” and “Diaspora ad Astra”, and, while the web versions are no longer available, both anthologies are set to be released this month in print from the U.P. Press. A book launch is slated for August 23 (by invite only I think) as part of a 10 book slate of UP, so hopefully they should be in bookstores soon. Congratulations to all involved! (On a personal note, I have a story in The Farthest Shore.)

Some links from my previous coverage of the anthologies:

Reminder: Nomination Period for the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 16 - 2013

 

The 3rd Filipino Reader Con is taking place on 9 November 2013, and during the event, the winners of the 2nd Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards will be announced, and I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that nominations are still open, and will remain so until August 23 ONLY. As stated in the rules, for 2013, the Filipino Readers’ choice awards will be open to books published from January to December 2012, in the following categories:

  • Children’s picture book
  • Chick lit
  • Novel in English
  • Novel in Filipino
  • Comics / Graphic novels
  • Short story anthology
  • Essay anthology
  • Poetry

I can’t stress enough how important it is that as many people as possible nominate (in Stage 1) and participate (during the voting in Stage 2). The Readers’ Choice Awards answers a dire need, because it’s the only annual Philippine literary award in which readers at-large can participate (that I know of — the Komikon Awards are not annual). One of the things I think that we local writers and publishers need to do better is connect with our readership and these awards are a great way for a wide bloc of readers to speak on a single stage (even while singing different tunes, so to speak), and the more people are on that stage, the better it will be at bridging that gap between writers, publishers, and readers.

So do take the time to nominate and vote for the categories that you read. It’s important.

Event: Indieket 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 7 - 2013

This year’s Indieket takes place this Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 7pm, at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig. Here are some useful links:

Timothy James Dimacali Interview at Adarna SF

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 6 - 2013

Adarna SF has just posted an interview with Skygypsies writer and Alternative Alamat contributor, TJ Dimacali. (Adarna SF also has a new review of Alternative Alamat here.) Here’s an excerpt, with TJ answering a question aboutthe audience for and nature of Filipino speculative fiction stories:

It’s a fact that we don’t yet have the means to produce our own high technology, and won’t be capable of doing so for at least a generation more to come, if at all.

This means that we’re completely at the mercy of whatever technology lands in our hands from first-world countries. Sure, they’re built and assembled in Asia, but the basic construction paradigms and even the basic marketing strategies stem from people who are of a different cultural milieu and world-view than ours.

And yet, we’ve proven time and again that we are capable of adapting these technologies to suit our needs and to use them in ways that the original designers never even thought of.

This happened a decade ago with SMS, and now with social media. But all of these are after the fact, merely reactionary to the arrival of foreign technologies.

So that’s where speculative fiction —particularly SCIENCE fiction— comes into the picture: it’s a way for us to dream our own future, to empower us with a vision of what we can become. So that we’re more than just blind adopters of foreign technologies.

You can read the full interview here.

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