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LONTAR #1 is Now Available (in Singapore)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 19 - 2013

I’m happy to announce that the first issue of LONTAR, the Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, is now available — well, in Singapore. BUT, it will be available as a digital download sometime in the future, and I’ll let you know when that happens. I have a non-fiction piece in this issue, in the form of a fictional course guide for a university where you can major in courses such as Philippine Sorcery, Relic Magic (anting-antings), and Healing Magic. The book seems beautifully designed, so if you’re in Singapore or have a friend there, check it out!

EDIT: You can order the physical copies online at BooksActually Web Store (http://booksactually.bigcartel.com/product/lontar-edited-by-jason-erik-lundberg) and HipVan (http://www.hipvan.com/products/lontar-edited-by-jason-erik-lundberg).

New Fiction from Mia Tijam at “Bewildering Stories”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 18 - 2013

Our friend Mia Tijam has a new piece of Speculative Fiction out on Bewildering Stories. Entitled “Quartered in the Sunset“, it may be particularly interesting to people in the call center/ BPO industry. After you read the story, go on and see the discussion between Don Webb and Mia in the same issue.

Komiks on Your Sneakers

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 18 - 2013

Komiks and fashion tie-ups seem to be a thing these days — but this new Converse event will feature Kajo and Bow actually, personally, sketching on your shoes! Of course, then you need to frame your shoes and buy another pair…

From the official FB page of the event: “Filipino comic book artists Kajo Baldisimo and Bow Guerrero, of Trese and The Dark Colony Book I : Mikey Recio & the Secret of the Demon Dungeon fame will be at the Converse Philippines flagship store in the new Glorietta, this Saturday.

Get a chance to have your Converse shoes customized with one-of-a-kind designs by the artists, or also customize them yourself with studs in the “Punk Your Chucks” section.

Be one of the first four people to buy a pair of Chucks at the event and instantly get your brand spankin’ new Chucks punked (two for Trese, and two for Dark Colony) on the spot.

If you brought your own authentic Chucks (or whatever Converse sneaker you have) you can join the raffle to win a chance to get them punked. Four will be drawn (two for Trese, and two for Dark Colony). Just show your authentic Converse product at registration to be able to join.

We’ll also be giving away some Converse GCs.

If you don’t win the raffle, we still provide you with awesome materials for you to Punk Your Chucks at the customization area.”

Comics and Manga Workshop with Tintin Pantoja: September Batch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 17 - 2013

Awesome Filipina comics creator Tintin Pantoja (“Who is AC?“) sent me word that a new batch of her comics and manga creating workshops is starting this Saturday. Says Tintin: “This new eight-week session emphasis making short comics exercises, both your own and with partners. Projects will include jam comics, drawing in different styles, creating mini-comics, and more! By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a portfolio of stories to post on your website and to show off at the next Komikon. We’ll also develop original ideas for future long-form projects. Call 0928-5061046 or email tintinp@gmail.com for details.”

Aklatan 2013 Map and Reminder

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 6 - 2013

 

Just a reminder everyone: Aklatan 2013, the first All Filipino Book Fair, is tomorrow. We’ll be there with limited stocks of all five currently available Mythspace stories — each comic is PHP 60.00, but you can buy the set of 5 for PHP 240.00. A few copies of Kwentillion will be available too. Here’s a map to our table (but in case there are last minute changes, just look for us — we’ll be there somewhere!)

I’ll be there from the opening at 8 until around 1, and Koi Carreon (Mythspace: Lift Off) and Borg Sinaban (Piladokomiks and the forthcoming Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings) will be there by around 11.

Hope to see you guys there!

Review of Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 at Rappler

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 4 - 2013

Florianne Jimenez has a review of the latest volume of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology (volume 8, edited by Dean and Nikki Alfar) over on Rappler. Take a look! You can buy the ebook from Amazon or Flipreads.

Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino Interview on Chie and Weng Read Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 3 - 2013

Authors interviewing authors! Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has an interview up on her book blog with Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino, where they talk about their processes, and the challenges of Philippine science fiction and fantasy. Go check it out.

Mythspace at Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 2 - 2013

Aklatan, the All-Filipino Book Festival, will be held this Saturday at Alphaland Southgate (you can find a map here), and we’ll have a Rocket Kapre table set up there to sell all available issues of Mythspace. That means if you’re missing Humanity, Black Mark, Devourers of Light, or parts 1 or 2 of Mythspace (or, hey, if you’d just like to buy ‘em again), then we have a date on Saturday.

If you want to see what Mythspace is about before buying, our primer/preview issue, Mythspace #0, is still available for free until September 6, so download away.

I’ll also have a handful of Kwentillion issues for sale as well.

Hope to see you guys there!

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.

 

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