Archive for October, 2013

Mega Mythspace Monday (October 28)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 28 - 2013

There are only three Mondays left until the Komikon! So the next three Mythspace Mondays will be something special, with a preview page from each of the three newest Mythspace titles: Unfurling of Wings, Uncommon Ground, and the finale of Lift Off!

Here’s the (tentative) cover for Lift Off part 3 by Koi Carreon!

Title: Mythspace: Lift Off (3 of 3)
Creator: Koi Carreon and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: Part 3 of Lift Off! Bros Magkalas is dead… or, at least, he should be. Instead, he has an alien artifact embedded in his chest, and power beyond his wildest dreams. But will that – and a few unlikely allies — be enough to take down the battleship of a Laho warlord? There’s only one way to find out.

Here’s a page from Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings by Borg Sinaban, with the main characters of the story. What’s it about? Here’s a description:

Title: Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings
Creator: Borg Sinaban and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: A sci-fi reimagining of Philippine folklore! Ri-En, Books, and Zu are orphans who eke out a living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health is deteriorating, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him – one which places them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the dreaded, immortal, Sixths.

Space Kapre Detective? Why the hell not?

Here’s Inquest Haskra, from Uncommon Ground (drawn by Mico Dimagiba), laying down the law for his “client.” Don’t hassle Haskra you guys…

Title: Mythspace: Uncommon Ground
Creator: Mico Dimagiba and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: A sci-fi reimagining of Philippine folklore! It’s tough being a detective on a planet of shapeshifters. But Inquest Haskra’s life takes a turn for the worse when he’s hired by a Laho to find a missing jewel, and prevent the onset of civil war. But does Haskra really want to help a member of the race that destroyed his home planet?

Event: Halloween Comic Fest from Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 25 - 2013


Folks, don’t forget that tomorrow is the Halloween Comic Fest from Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked. Free comics! Discounted GNs! Local creator signings/sketches! Here are the details:

JOIN US on Saturday, OCTOBER 26, 2013 for HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2013!


Attend HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST and receive (3) HCF special edition comics at our FORT Branch or (1) HCF special edition comic at our ALABANG Branch, absolutely FREE!

Take advantage of our yearly HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST SALE!
20-50% OFF all Graphic novels / Trade Paperbacks / Hardcovers
10% OFF all Action Figures / Statues / Collectibles
20% OFF Complete Comic Sets / Vintage & Premium Comics
and ALL BACK ISSUES in our bins – only P100 each*

*(we will also be holding a simultaneous HCF SALE at our GALLERIA Branch. All back issues at our GALLERIA Branch will be at P50 each)


BUDJETTE TAN – Trese, Demon Dungeon
CARLO VERGARA – Zsazsa Zaturnnah
MANIX ABRERA – Kikomachine
PAOLO FABREGAS – Filipino Heroes League


Doors open at 10AM and lasts until all the Free Comics are gone.

Postcolonial Twitter Fiction Contest for “We See a Different Frontier”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 24 - 2013

For everyone who enjoys writing #RP612fic twitter fiction, and would like a chance to win the excellent postcolonial speculative fiction anthology “We See a Different Frontier” (including a story from Alternative Alamat contributor Rochita Loenen-Ruiz) the editors are running a twitfic/microfiction contest. Here are the rules:

  1. Write your colonialism-themed SFF microstory from the perspective of the colonized (full story guidelines as per the original CFS) in 124 characters or less.
  2. Tweet your microstory with the hashtags #twitfic #WSaDF by midnight UTC, November 6th, 2013.
  3. Multiple entries per author are allowed.
  4. Stories will be judged by Amal El-Mohtar, Fabio Fernandes and Nisi Shawl.
  5. One winning microstory will receive a paperback copy of the We See a Different Frontier anthology sent in the mail (an alternative prize of a pb of Outlaw Bodies may be offered if you already own a copy), plus a signed copy of Ernest Hogan’s Smoking Mirror Blues, the new Crossed Genres superhero anthology Oomph, and the steampunk anthology Journeys in the Winterlands.
  6. Runners-up prizes will include e-books of WSaDF or Outlaw Bodies, and Oomph.
  7. The winning microstories may be reproduced by Publishing in promotion for the anthology, but beyond that they belong to the authors.

New Release: The Lost Amulets (The Amulets of Panagaea)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 23 - 2013

A speculative fiction book by a Filipino-Canadian author, which uses elements of Philippine folklore, was recently brought to my attention — because how could I ignore artwork by Usok artist K. Lapeña? So here’s a synopsis of The Lost Amulets (Kindle link here) by  Cindy Lapeña:

Four children are recruited to join a party of Littlefolk to search for the High King and are thrown instead into an adventure where they travel by land, sea and air all over the islands of Dapit-Adlaw to find three magical items that have to be restored to their rightful places. Their mission is conveyed to them by a spirit seer who gives them only a cryptic rhyme:

“Nine Kingseekers seek more than a King

Nine lives to save one

Nine nights by three tokens
Nine and nine and nine and three
or what there is will no longer be.”
Their only other information on what they must fulfill is to return “to the night the breeze, to the sky the bridge of colours, and to the hunter his magic spear.
Armed with only this information, the party of nine sets off to save Dapit-Adlaw and the High King.


The Pinoy Book Drop 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 22 - 2013

Like getting free books? Or, maybe you prefer being the one to spread the love by giving them away? The Filipino Reader Con is holding an event that may tickle your fancy: The Pinoy Book Drop!

Here are the instructions (as seen here):

1. Pick a book (or two, or three, or yes, four!) that you wish to give away, or that’s okay for you to part with, for one reason or another. Make sure to check the pages for important stuff – anything you may have inserted there and forgotten but you may want to hold on to.

2. Download and print the customized bookplates that you’ll find below these instructions. It doesn’t have to be in color – black and white will work just as fine! Paste or stick one bookplate on a clear page or area of the book/s that you wish to give away. Yes, you can sign your name there, too, if you want.

3. Leave or “drop” the book/s in a public place, or basically any place where people are sure to see them: in a café, in the office, at a restaurant, the gym, it’s up to you. (Well, maybe not inside a bookstore, yeah.) You know where someone is likely to see the book/s and pick it up, yes?

4. Before leaving the book/s where you “dropped” them, take a photo. If you’re leaving two or more books, be sure to take note of the date, time, and place where you left each one.

So how is everyone going to know that you have dropped a book somewhere? You can do any of the following:

(a) If you have a Twitter account, just tweet the title of the book, where and when you dropped it, and attach the appropriate photo. If you dropped two or more books, tweet about each title separately.

(b) You can also post about it on Facebook – on your own profile/timeline, if it’s set to public, OR on the Filipino ReaderCon page itself. Same details apply: title of the book, place and date of the drop, and photo. If you’re dropping two or more books, you have the option to include all the books in one go or post about the books individually. It’s up to you.

IMPORTANT: Please use the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and don’t forget to tag us at @PinoyReaderCon for every tweet!

5. The actual dropping of books will take place for an entire week, from October 21 – 27, but if you have your book/s ready for dropping before then, that’s good too – just go ahead and drop them. We will post another set of instructions for this activity on the third Filipino Friday, October 25th.

6. On the other hand, if you’re one of those who are lucky enough to find a dropped book, we encourage you to tell us all about it, as well! Tweet and Facebook any dropped book that you find – same instructions on using the hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging us at @PinoyReaderCon apply. ;)

Oh, and here are the Pinoy Book Drop bookplates courtesy of the lovely Tina. :)



Additional Instructions: Interested to know who found your book? Just stick or attach a note addressed to your book’s new owner to Tweet or post on Facebook about his/her newest find. As usual, hashtags #pbdrop and #filreadercon and tagging @PinoyReaderCon are encouraged. :)

Got it? Let’s do the Pinoy Book Drop! See you again on the third week of Filipino Fridays! :)

Preview – Trese: Night Gallery / Trese: Book of Murders

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 21 - 2013

Hey, Trese fans! We’ve mentioned the upcoming Night Gallery exhibit and Book of Murders collected edition before, but here are some preview pages and details, straight from Budjette Tan:

This Halloween season, the Crucible Gallery becomes a gateway to Manila’s supernatural underworld as they present TRESE NIGHT GALLERY, the first one-man show of Kajo Baldisimo, artist of the award-winning graphic novel “Trese”.

The exhibit will feature thirteen limited-edition digital prints featuring a modern take on creatures from Philippine folklore and myth, as well as original art depicting the cast of characters of “Trese”.
Dare to venture into the TRESE NIGHT GALLERY from October 22 to November 3, 2013 at the Crucible Gallery, 4th F, SM Megamall, Ortigas.
Meet the creators of “Trese”, writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, when they attend the official opening of TRESE NIGHT GALLERY on October 26 at 5pm.
On that same night, they will launch TRESE: BOOK OF MURDERS, a 360-page, 6.7” x 10.23”, hardcover collector’s edition compiling the first 13 Trese stories with digitally-updated artwork and new short stories with a cover price of P950.00.
The autograph signing session will start at 6pm.

Filipino Fridays 2013: Kids and Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 18 - 2013

It’s 22 days until the 2013 Filipino Reader Con, and as has become tradition, part of the run up to the event involves Filipino readers blogging about a particular topic every Friday, for the four weeks leading up to the event.  Today is the second Friday in “Filipino Fridays”, as the event is called, and the new topic is about the books of our childhood:

What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be?

I can’t actually remember many childhood books. I have it on good authority (hi, Mom!) that I read the requisite Dr. Seus books, Bible stories, and fairy tales, but I don’t really remember them. The earliest books that I remember really seeking out and obsessing over were the Choose-your-own-adventure books — not just those with the CYOA brand, but anything that any book that allowed me to affect the outcome — Lone Wolf, Wizards, Warriors & You, Space Hawks, Way of the Tiger… Comics were the other hallmarks, but I didn’t start with superheroes: Peanuts and Asterix, those were the books most often under my pillow at night.

I still read CYOA books, although not the same ones I used to read when I was a child, and usually in their new digital form (not coincidentally, I’ve also taken to writing them).

If I could give one book to my younger self… it would be either the Soul Book or A Treasury of Stories. I didn’t stumble upon the richness of Philippine mythology and folklore until Arnold Arre’s Mythology Class came out, and I’ve always wished it could have been otherwise.


Trese Night Gallery and Book of Murders Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 15 - 2013

Budjette Tan dropped a bombshell over the weekend with two announcements: first,  a one-man art show from Trese co-creator Kajo Baldisimo, at the Crucible Gallery (SM Megamall, Level 4), running from from October 22 until November 3. The exhibit, Kajo’s first one-man show, will feature 13 limited-edition digital prints, featuring the creatures and characters from the award-winning graphic novel Trese,  as well as the original artwork from the recently released illustrated shorty story collection, Stories from the Diabolical.

The second announcement is that, on the official launch of the exhibit on October 26, Budjette and Kajo will also launch a new collection of the first three Trese volumes, called the Book of Murders, with digitally updated art. Looks like Trese fans have a lot to look forward to, even before the new volume arrives.

Filipino Fridays 2013: What Reader Species Are You?

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 11 - 2013

It’s a bit less than a month before the 2013 Filipino Reader Con, and as has become tradition, part of the run up to the event involves Filipino readers blogging about a particular topic every Friday, for the four weeks leading up to the event. “Filipino Fridays”, as the event is called, are a great opportunity to do some self-reflection, and to learn more about other Filipino readers and bloggers. If you’ve got a blog or a social network account, do try and join — it’s a great way to support the convention and to meet new people who share your passion for reading. Although, maybe not exactly in the same way — there are many kinds of readers, as the first installment of Filipino Fridays aims to show:

Hello, Reader! Let’s get to know you, and more importantly, what kind of reader are you? Laura E. Kelly released an infographic about Reader species — under what Domain/Class/Family/Genus/Species do you fall under? Give examples, and feel free to talk about why you belong to that species. Who knows, you may find readers in your own genus. ;)

I’ve linked to the chart below, but this one’s pretty easy for me to answer: I’m a Book Abuser, specifically an Underliner and Scribbler. Even with ebooks, I’m a voracious highlighter, particularly when I’m reading non-fiction, but even fiction is fair game, as I love returning to well written passages or turns of phrase and figuring out what makes them tick. I’ve got a little bit of the Multitasker in me as well. I used to be a Book-Buster, but sadly no longer have the time to re-read a book 8 times in a year, so most of my current hardcopy favorites are pristine compared to my teenage infatuations.

What about you guys? What kind of Reader Species are you? Check the chart below, and write about it, then link your post to the Filipino Fridays (1) post so they can, in turn, link to you. If you’d like to get a head start on the other Filipino Friday topics as well, the complete list of forthcoming topics is here.

Please include attribution to Laura E. Kelly with this graphic.
(Click to view at original large size.)


Please include attribution to Laura E. Kelly with this graphic. (Click to view at original large size.)

What Species of Reader Are You?--Infographic

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Comics and Manga Workshop with Tintin Pantoja: November Batch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 7 - 2013

Tintin Pantoja (“Who is AC?“) is running another workshop at Fully Booked in November, this time a one day affair that focuses on character design. Says Tintin:

 In my Character Design Workshop, learn how to draw comics and manga-style characters, and then create your own. We’ll cover the basics of anatomy, inking, and coloring; how to draw different poses; the differences between drawing girls and boys; and how to draw hands and faces.

This is perfect for fans of comics, graphic novels, manga, and anime, and both budding and experienced artists. Open to kids, teens, and adults. Cost is P600. Some materials will be provided, but we also advice you to bring your favorite coloring materials (markers, color pencils, etc.) and materials. Slots are limited so please reserve early! The first five confirmed reservations get 10% off.

The workshop will be on November 24 at 2pm to 5pm, at  The Forum, Fully Booked BGC (Bonifacio High Street). Call/text Tintin Pantoja @ 0928-506-1046 or email her at for more info.



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