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Fully Booked FCBD 2012 + Comic Odyssey at Fort

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 15 - 2012

As is their usual practice, Fully Booked will be celebrating FCBD a few weeks later than everyone else, and this year that date is May 19. There will be free comics available at many Fully Booked branches, but the place is their flagship store at Bonifacio High Street, where a new Comic Odyssey branch is set to open within the Fully Booked premises itself. You can go to the Comics Cube for the details.

Why Is Diversity Important? Discussion at The Cogsmith

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 14 - 2012

A bit late to this, but over at The CogsmithDjibril Alayad and Fabio Fernandes (you may remember them from the “We See A Different Frontier” project) have compiled comments made in an online discussion about diversity in speculative fiction. As one might imagine, that’s a subject of particular relevance to me, and to readers of the site, not the least of which because Charles Tan was one of those who weighed in. Check it out here, and make sure to read the comments too (Filipino author and Alternative Alamat contributor Rochita Loenen Ruiz weighs in there)!

A Tour of the Philippine Fantastic (2 of 2)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 12 - 2012

Part 2 of my article on the Philippine fantastic for the “World Tour of Wonderment“ feature of Fantasy Faction is now up. (You can find part one here.) In this post, I give a brief primer on the fantastic in prose fiction and comics, by talking about prominent creators/projects in these fields. Check it out!

The Mind Museum Promo for International Museum Day

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 11 - 2012

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The Mind Museum is celebrating International Museum Day on May 18 with a cool little promo, with all day passes going at a discounted price of PHP500, and several special science events (some are free with the day pass, but for others you need to purchase access separately). The special all-day passes are limited in quantity, and they just went on sale today, so make haste if you want to reserve your tickets.

FCBD 2012: Free Komiks and Tony de Zuñiga Sketch Drive

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 2 - 2012

Art by Rommel "Omeng" Estanislao, from


It’s time for the annual Free Comic Book Day, which this year falls on the 5th of May, this Saturday. This year is extra special, because Andrew Villar has marshaled two groups of Philippine comics creators (including my High Society collaborator Hannah Buena) for a pair of FCBD issues featuring local talent, one for Comic Odyssey, and one for ComicXHub (you can check up the lineup for each here). Comic Odyssey will also have a limited edition Electromagnetic Tentacle FCBD shirt for sale.



Other comic stores that are likely to participate are Druid’s Keep, and Planet X Comic Book Shop. Don’t forget that Fully Booked (Metro Manila branches), as is their usual practice, will celebrate FCBD on a separate day, this year May 19.


Another reason to troop down to your local comic book shop this Saturday is that both Comic Odyssey and ComicXHub will be holding sketch drives for the benefit of Filipino comics legend Tony de Zuñiga.

For further information about FCBD, here’s the official Philippine FCBD Facebook Page.


Komikon-Flipreads 24 Hour Komixathon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 26 - 2012

Flipside Publishing has partnered up with the 2012 Summer Komikon to hold a 24-Hour Comic Creation contest, with three winners receiving publishing contracts with Flipside Publishing, for digital releases of their comics. Registration will take place on April 25, 2012 to May 16, 2012. Komixathon itself will be held between noon of May 19, 2012 to noon of May 20, 2012. Registered users will receive a username and password which will allow them to upload their comics to Flipside’s servers during those two days. Interested participants can email to register. You can read more details here.

Fabio Fernandes Interview at Silver Goggles

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 25 - 2012

Jaymee Goh has a great interview with Fabio Fernandes (Brazilian SFF writer/translator) about colonialism, translation, and the “We See a Different Frontier” anthology. Very relevant to the interests of Filipino writers and readers. Check it out!

Comics Legend Tony de Zuñiga Needs Help

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 24 - 2012

Filipino comics legend Tony de Zuñiga (co-creator of Jonah Hex) suffered a stroke a few days ago, and he is in dire need of financial assistance. You can read the details here, and donate  via Paypal at If you’re unfamiliar with de Zuñiga’s work and the debt owed to him by many Filipino artists, you can check out his entry at The Philippine Comics Art Museum here.

EDIT: A new site,, has been set up as another avenue for those who want to help.

[Image via The Philippine Comics Art Museum]

Congratulations to Kenneth Yu and Kristine Ong Muslim, whose works have been singled-out by editor Ellen Datlow for Honorable Mention in the upcoming volume 4 of “The Best Horror of the Year“. Kenneth’s inclusion was due to “The Kiddie Pool,” from Philippine Speculative Fiction 6, and Kristine was cited for her two poems, “The Invisible,” in Unspoken Water #1 and “The Seventh Stranger,” Paper Crow, fall. Huzzah!

EDIT: Seems Kyu and Kristine aren’t the only ones! Here are the others:

  • Tina del Rosario “Scars,” Heights Senior Folio
  • “Less Talk, Less Mistake” by Xin Mei, Philippine Genre Stories (Crime Issue)
  • “God is the Space Between” by Maryanne Moll, Philippine Genre Stories (Crime Issue)
  • The Departure” by Marianne Villannueva, Philippine Genre Stories Online

Congrats again!

“Alternative Alamat” on the Kobo and In-depth Review

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 16 - 2012

Thanks to Flipside Digital Content, “Alternative Alamat” (and my steampunk comic, “High Society” ) are now available at Kobo!

Speaking of “Alternative Alamat”, I’d like to thank everyone who has already bought a copy, and everyone who continues to spread the word about the anthology–we must have received a few sales over the last few days, as we jumped back up to #5 on the Kindle Fantasy Anthology bestsellers list last Saturday. For anyone who’s still on the fence about the anthology, maybe a very positive story-by-story review from Jaymee Goh will do the trick? Jaymee posted this almost a month ago, and while I re-tweeted it robustly then, I only just realized that I forgot to link to it on Rocket Kapre. Jaymee is a fellow Southeast Asian author and an insightful critic with a perspective that I think readers of Philippine speculative fiction will appreciate. You can also find her on Silver Goggles, her postcolonialist steampunk blog (which you may remember from the in-depth review of “On Wooden Wings”).



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