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Philippine Speculative Fiction 9: Now Available

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 9 - 2014



Co-editor Andrew Drilon brings word that the flagship book of local spec fic, still going strong. Congrats to Andrew Drilon and Charles Tan, Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar, and all the contributors! Lots of new names here, always a good thing:


A young tikbalang auditions at the country’s largest TV station; a priest travels the universe to officiate sacraments in outer space; a murdered girl returns unscathed to the home of her perpetrators. The Philippine Speculative Fiction series showcases the rich variety of Philippine literature. Between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.

Stories from this series have been included in the Honorable Mentions list from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant.

I’ll update this post as more links become available, but you can already pick up your copy at the following places:

Massive thanks to David Ong and the rest of Flipside Publishing for helping us put the book together!

Charles and I are so proud of the quality of the stories in this volume, and we’re very excited for people to finally read it. We are planning a book launch to get all the amazing authors in together in one place, so stay tuned for details on that.

In the meantime, please enjoy the book! We hope that it thrills, frightens, amuses, saddens, endears and entertains you!

Alternative Alamat Book Signing at the MIBF

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 15 - 2014

Alternative Alamat and other Visprint titles will be sold from the Precious Pages booth at this year’s Manila International Book Fair, and both Mervin Malonzo and I will be there for a signing on Friday, the 19th, at 1PM. Merv will primarily be there as the creator of the bloody awesome “Tabi Po” but as he provided illustrations for Alamat as well, readers of AA can get a rare two-for-one signing. So come on down if you’re free :)

New Alternative Alamat Book Launch Details

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 22 - 2014

Here’s the new poster and some new details for the new launch date of the expanded Alternative Alamat print edition. It will be on July 25, Friday, from 4PM onwards, at Powerbooks Greenbelt 3 (2nd floor). Here’s the official Facebook event page.I’ve also updated the Book FAQ page to reflect the suggested retail price of PHP250. See you there!

Alternative Alamat: Expanded Print Edition, Launches on July 25

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 10 - 2014

It’s been a long time coming, but the much-requested print version of Alternative Alamat is heading to bookstores near you — and sooner than you think! The good folks at Visprint are launching it on July 19,   Saturday,   [EDIT: LAUNCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 25, FRIDAY, 4PM, SAME VENUE] part of a four-title launch that takes place from 11AM to 6PM at Powerbooks, Greenbelt. Not only is this a print edition of Alternative Alamat, but it’s also an EXPANDED edition, with  a new short comic from Andrew Drilon, and a new story from Eliza Victoria, set in the same universe as “Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St.” I’ve also updated a bit of the bibliography to help with your Philippine mythology research needs.

Of course the rest of the book is still intact, with eleven stories that re-imagine Philippine myths and legends, each preceded by a gorgeous rendition of a Philippine deity by Tabi Po’s Mervin Malonzo. And in case you’ve forgotten what people said about the book when it first came out…

Winner: Best Short Story Anthology, Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2012: “Alternative Alamat does for Philippine deities what Neil Gaiman’s American gods did for the lesser-known gods of europe, Asia and Africa. Readers will find that the gods, goddesses and supernatural beings of the Philippines are as fascinating as those of any other nation’s pantheon. By turns shocking, tragic, even malevolent—the beings featured in this collection of stories are given new shape and form in stories that traverse the past and the present of Filipino culture. If myth is said to form a nation’s collective subconscious, then Alternative Alamat gives Filipino readers a much-needed injection of myths that are truly ours, and truly deserving of more widespread attention. Because of this collection, we’ll never view Filipino mythology the same way again.”

One of GMA News Online’s Notable Books from 2011

“[A] treasure trove of Philippine myths and legends reexamined and rendered for modern readers…lyrical…ground-breaking” Angelo Ancheta, Philippines Graphic (December 25, 2011 – January 2, 2012)

OK, if you only read one anthology all year, please let this one be it.” - Jaymee Goh(Scroll all the way down – this post reviews three books.)

“[B]rings Philippine mythology closer to modern readers like no scholarly book of myths possibly could… delightfully diverse.” - Meann Ortiz, The Girl Who Read

“Somehow, I felt that this book and the stories in this collection were mine — mine because I am a Filipino…” -  Tina Matanguihan, One More Page.

“…an excellent work indeed, well done!” – Catherine Batac Walder

“[A] marvelous attempt to gather in one volume some of the finest renditions of Philippine folklore.” - Kristine Ong Muslim (Amazon review)

“Different, but clever. Brilliant.” - Monique, Bookish Little Me

“This anthology came to me late in the year, but rocked my world on most counts. Between the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo and the intelligently done interviews at the back of the book, it was difficult to put this one down…” Katrina Stuart Santiago, Facebook

“I know nothing of Filipino culture, and these stories were all brand new to me. And I loved them!” -Robin Edman, Goodreads.

 

Guhit Kalinga is a charity fund raising event through auctions and sketches that will culminate on July 5, 2014 at Uno Morato, for the benefit of comic creator Rico Rival’s family and their immediate medical needs. You can see the official Facebook page here and a gallery of the artwork for auction here.

RP612Fic 2014 – Celebrate Independence Day with Twitter Fiction

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 5 - 2014

Next Thursday is June 12, Independence Day here in the Philippines, an occasion which I, and a growing number of Filipino writers, like to commemorate with a little something we call #RP612fic.

For anyone late to the party, here’s all you need to know:

  • What is #RP612fic?It’s Filipino authors coming together on Twitter to create tweet-length stories (130 characters, because you need to leave space for the hashtag) and sending them out into the wild with the #RP612fic hashtag. When the event is over, I’ll collate all submissions into a single post here on the site.
    • What’s a Hashtag? It’s a word/code you put in your tweet after the “#”. It acts as a label of sorts and makes it easier for me to find all participating stories.
  • When does this take place? At least once a year on Independence Day, but sometimes we participate in other events, such as a Blog Action Day. For any compilation or selection post I do, I’ll be looking for stories sent from 6PM on June 11, to 6AM of June 13.
  • What kind of stories should I submit? For Independence Day, I’d love to see alternative history stories, but it’s not like I’m going to tell you to delete your 130 character realist micro fiction opus.
  • What if I’m not on Twitter and I want to participate? Just send me your tweet length stories via rocketkapre[at]gmail.com and I’ll try to tweet them or include them in any  compilations of the stories that I do.
  • I may, time allowing, be doing a “Notable Stories” post, to highlight tweets/stories I found to be, well, noteworthy. The simple fact is, participation grows every year, and while this is a good thing, it’s reached the point that it’s no longer practical for me to compile everything.
  • That being said, I’ll try to throw up a RAW file of all tweets with the #RP612fic hashtag – I say raw because I won’t have the time to separate the actual stories from non-stories, or original tweets from retweets.
  • Artists are also free to participate. Just tell your stories with a single picture instead of a single tweet, and send it out on Twitter, or to my email account, with or without text (but if you put text, keep it to the Twitter limit, which includes the link to your image, if possible.) If you decide to illustrate one of the old RP612fic stories, from my previous compilations, please indicate the username of the original author, as found in the list.

Spread the word! For those who want to see the previous RP612fic stories, you can check out these links:

#RP612Fic 2013: The Stories

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 4 - 2014

So it’s that time of year again, and I realized that I never did get around to posting a “Notable Stories” list of #RP612fics from 2013. I thought a curated “best of” list would be easier for me to do given the sheer size of #RP612fic nowadays, but that very size made it difficult for me to go through each and every story, and by the time I was through, it was August @_@ So I decided to simply make a raw compilation of all tweets that used the hashtag during the #RP612fic period last year, and put it up before the 2014 edition — which is a week away, so here it is! I say raw because I won’t have the time to separate the actual stories from non-stories, or original tweets from retweets, which also explains why this compilation comes in three PDFs and clocks in at over 250 pages.

Yeah…

Here then is #RP612fic 2013, in all its glory! Gasp in awe, quiver in fear… and get ready for the next round!

Tweets are listed in reverse chronological order, so the earliest tweets (not taking re-tweets into account) are found at the bottom.

#RP612fic Compilation Part 1 (June 11 to around 5:30 pm of June 12)

#RP612fic Compilation Part 2 (To around 9:20 pm of June 12)

#RP612fic Compilation Part 3 (To end of June 12)

NexCon Manila: May 31 to June 1

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 21 - 2014

Old venue, new event – the Bayanihan Center (home of the Komikons) plays host to the newest convention on the block. Billed as a science fiction and fantasy convention, NexCon takes place this weekend on MAY 31 – JUNE 1 (apologies for the error!) . Here’s a description of the two day event, from their website:

End your summer with the biggest genre event of the year!

Dubbed NexCon Manila, it is the ultimate celebration of all things science fiction and fantasy where fans can meet some of today’s important names in genre entertainment, and party while they’re at it!

The event happens on May 31 to June 1, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City. It will run from 11AM to 9PM, and will be filled to the brim with exciting activities that will thrill Pinoy genre fans.

The biggest activities are the various panel events featuring some of today’s biggest names in Pinoy genre entertainment: international comic book superstar Leinil Yu (Avengers, Superman: Birthright), and filmmakers Erik Matti (Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles, On The Job), Louie Suarez (RPG: Metanoia), and John Wong (editor, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, White Lady). Other guests include horror and fantasy authors Karl de Mesa, Yvette Tan, Joseph Nacino, and Carljoe Javier; and Pinoy cartoonists like komiks veteran Danny Acuña, Andrew Villar, and Lyndon Gregorio.

Another major event is GeekFight! Battle Royale, where genre fans can test their knowledge of sci-fi and fantasy trivia and slug it out with other triviaheads to be declared Geeks Supreme. The contest happens on May 31, and is organized by the people behind the hit bar game series GeekFight!

Cosplay is an important part of Nexcon Manila, which has two events for costuming enthusiasts: Cosplay Rumble and Cosplay Masquerade. Cosplay Rumble is a Western-format cosplay contest spotlighting characters from Western and Filipino comic books, TV series, video games, and everything in between; awards will be given to Best in Show, Hero of Heroes, Villain Most Vile, Stupendous Sidekick, Extraordinary League (for group cosplay) and more! Cosplay Masquerade, on the other hand, is a free-form cosplay contest where secret judges positioned all over the venue can determine the winners; all a cosplayer has to do is show up and be in character!

Closing the event with a big bang is NexCon ROCKS!, a rock show of mindbending proportions featuring the rousing music of indie rock bands Peso Movement (featuring former Rivermaya member Japs Sergio and guitarist Francis Reyes, formerly of The Dawn), dance-rock outfit Paranoid City, and Stereodeal.

All these and more happen at NexCon Manila! Ticket prices are set at P150 (Bronze Pass) for the Dealers’ Hall and public access areas, P500 (Silver Pass) for a one-day access to the entire event, and P999 (Gold Pass) for two-day access to the entire event. First 200 people to purchase a Gold Pass get to receive exclusive NexCon shirts. Tickets can be purchased at all SM Cinemas and SM Tickets branches all over the country. Those who wish to watch NexCon Rocks! separately (P150 only) can purchase tickets at the venue. Bronze and Silver ticketholders can upgrade to watch NexCon ROCKS for only P100. Gold ticketholders watch NexCon Rocks for free.

The event is is produced by Cosplay.PH in partnership with Stompworks. Cosplay.ph is behind the highly successful Cosplay Mania events in Manila, while Stompworks is a media solutions company specializing in television and video productions. The event is also brought to you by Content and Media Partners Warner Bros. Philippines, Magnavision, and Cinema One; and Official Regional Media Partners AXN and Animax. Also by Universal Robina Corporation, Visprint, Flipgeeks, WhenInManila.com, RadioRepublic.ph, SM Cinema, SM Tickets, Snack Time, Digipost, GeekFight!, the Philippine Outpost of the 501st Legion, and Lyric.

Check out www.nexconph.com for more details.

Studio Salimbal Website Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 2 - 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks to Mervin Malonzo’s herculean efforts… WE ARE LIVE!

http://www.salimbalcomics.com/

Consider this an active beta of the site. Webcomics by/involving Filipino creators, on a weekly basis. Please, if you have any affection for me — or more likely, my studio mates Mervin Malonzo Cristina Rose Chua John Michael Carreon Robert Sinaban Jules Gregorio Paul Quiroga Mico Dmgb Tintin Pantoja Elbert Or John Amor Butch Mapa Noel Pascual and Budjette Tan — please, please, help us spread the word, and let us know what you think!

Flipreads Free Comic Book Day Promotion

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 30 - 2014

The good folks over at Flipreads have put together an impressive array of free digital comics from Filipino creators, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day this year. While the actual Day isn’t until Saturday, these comics are free now, some for a limited time only. Included amongst the offerings is the first official Studio Salimbal FCBD Issue, and (mature reader) offerings from Salimbal members Tina Pantoja, and the team of Noel Pascual and Mervin Malonzo.

Here’s the list as it currently stands, but you can browse the titles previously available for Free Comic Book Day as well as those currently live at this URL: http://flipreads.com/free-comic=book-day.

(in alphabetical order)

andoyman komiks

Foodcourt
Ang Sumpa

AJ Bernardo

Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 1: Psycho Killer On A Bike
Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 2: Pag-uulayaw sa Barrio Namayapa: Part 1 of 2 (free until May 4, 2014)
Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 3: Pag-uulayaw sa Barrio Namayapa: Part 2 of 2 (free until May 4, 2014)

Apol Sta Maria

Mga Kapana-panabik na Kaganapan sa Ating Internet (free until May 4, 2014)
Outer’s Pace (free until May 4, 2014)

BOKIMKATJE KOMIKS

Realm of Dreams: Royal Order (free on May 3, 2014)

Big Ugly Robot Press

Pinoy Komiks (FCBD Edition)

Bru Sim

Halfway

Bong Redila

PNR 2AM
Perya

Carlorozy Clemente

Darwin’s Association of Delicious Evilness (free until May 4, 2014)

Ang Badass na Buhay ni Lam-Ang

danielle rina

dirty laundry and other stories: a diary
dirty laundry and other stories 2

Dark Chapel

Pearl Of The Orient: A more than honest guide about the Philippines

FFY

Terribly Shaky and Extremely Panicky (free until May 4, 2014)

Flipside Publishing

Trese 1 (free until May 4, 2014)
3/12 (free until May 4, 2014)
Kubori Kikiam: We Heart Short Shorts #1 (free until May 4, 2014)
The Long Weekend (free until May 4, 2014)

Frances Luna III Illustration Firm

Manila Accounts 1081: Good Criminals Wear White 001 (free on May 3, 2014)
Makiling (free until May 4, 2014)

Francis Martelino

The Hotdog Prince (free until May 4, 2014)

Josel Nicolas

Windmills V (free until May 4, 2014)

JP Palabon

Puso Negro 5.4: Teaching Good Values Through Bad Conduct (available until May 4, 2014)

macoy

Taal Monster vs. Evil Space Paru-Paro (available until May 4, 2014)

MoarBooks

Maybe (free until May 4, 2014)

Nelz Yumul

AND Comics (free until May 4, 2014)

Norby Ela

I Love Cupcakes

Pangalatoons

Baby Days Comics (free until May 4, 2014)
MLU (free on May 4, 2014)


Rasel Reyes

Likeman Komiks 1.2 (free until May 4, 2014)

Rob Cham

Sad Comics for Dirty Lovers (available until May 4, 2014)

Robert Magnuson

Kuting Magiting 1 (available until May 4, 2014)

Ronnie Baticulon

Palimos ng Kulangot

Studio Salimbal

Shiver, Jangle and Spin #1 Free Comic Book Day sampler
Studio Salimbal: Free Comic Book Day Issue 2014

Tintin Pantoja

Horn

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium

QBCCC 2: Part 1 (free until May 4, 2014)
QBCCC 2: Part 2 (free until May 4, 2014)
QBCCC 3: Part 1 (free until May 4, 2014)

Trizha Ko

Confused Volume 1 (free until May 4, 2014)

UP GRAIL

GRAIL Comics Anthology 2012 (free until May 4, 2014)

Visprint

ITUTULOY: THE BEST PHILIPPINE KOMIKS 2014 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SUPPLEMENT

Zam! Designs

Codename Bathala
Digmaang Salinlahi

TAG CLOUD

Sponsors

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