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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

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: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on twitter:!/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).

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:





Maps to the venue:
from the Cubao area >
from the UP/Ateneo area >

Poster art >

For inquiries and such about signing up
and whatever else, contact Adam David
via eMail >
or via text > 09163063173

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: 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!

Steampunk and Southeast Asian Historical Figures

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 31 - 2012

Laotian American steampunk writer Bryan Thao Worra has a neat post up on his blog, “On The Other Side Of The Eye” about incorporating historical figures in steampunk stories set in Southeast Asia, noting some special difficulties and enumerating a few interesting candidates. One of the reasons I decided to set my “Wooden War” stories (like “High Society“) in the time period that I did (even if it’s earlier than the typical steampunk story) is because there are a lot of interesting historical characters who take the stage at or about this time. Bryan’s post makes for good research, and if you’d like to suggest a few folks from Philippine history (here or there), you’d be more than welcome!

Two Writer Workshops: Mina Esguerra and Tim Tomlinson

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 19 - 2012

Just heard about two workshops that may be of interest to Rocket Kapre readers. First up is “PUBLISHING IN PAJAMAS: HOW I SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED MY BOOKS TO THE WORLD”, a talk on digital self-publishing by Mina V. Esguerra (who I’ll be interviewing next week about her new YA fantasy-romance, “Interim Goddess of Love“). The talk is this coming Saturday afternoon, and you can go here for details.

Next we have a workshop from Tim Tomlinson, co-founder of the prestigious New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. The workshop takes place over the course of three days andthe deadline for reservations is on January 23, 2012. You can read more details here.

[Links and images from Panitikan]

“Alternative Alamat” on the Nook and Three Reviews

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 17 - 2012

Good news for Barnes & Noble Nook readers–”Alternative Alamat” is not only available on the Nook, it’s also been discounted there to US$3.99 (B&N’s decision, not ours) so now would be a great time to check it out, or spread the word to a Nook loving friend.

I’d like to point to three recent reviews of “Alternaitve Alamat”. The first is by Filipina writer Kristine Ong Muslim, and is on the Amazon page of “Alternative Alamat”, Kristine calls it “fine volume which showcases the contemporary retelling of Philippine myths” and gives it 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Kristine!

The second review comes from GMA News Online (courtesy of Melay Guanzon Lapeña), and it’s a very positive review, and she calls the book “an impressive collection of stories”.  Of Rochita Loenen Ruiz’s “Harinuo’s Love Song”, Melay says it is “[b]eautifully told, the words swirl as the story unfolds” and she also says that “[f]ans of Budjette Tan’s hit graphic novel “Trese” are in for a treat” with the Trese prose story, “Last Full Show”. Melay takes the time to say a little something about each story, even if it’s just a brief description, and that’s greatly appreciated. Thanks Melay!

The third review comes from book blogger (and fellow lawyer!) Monique, who gives the book a perfect 5 out of 5 rating, and calls it “[d]ifferent, but clever. Brilliant.” Thanks Monique!

Don’t forget, you can find Alternative Alamat at these fine establishments:

Podfiction: “Coconut” by Marianne Villanueva

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 16 - 2012

After a bit of a break, Filipino pod fiction site Pakinggan Pilipinas is back with a new episode: “Coconut”, by the charming Marianne Villanueva, as narrated by Maryanne Moll. Listen to it here.



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