What is #RP612Fic (2016 edition)

What is #RP612Fic (2016 edition)

In one week, this coming Sunday, we celebrate the Independence Day of the Philippines. By celebrate, of course, it’s time once again for #RP612Fic. Those of you who have participated before know the drill, but I’ve updated the primer a little this year, so both old hands and mystified newbies may want to read on. [...]


Call for Stories: SUBMIT to Philippine Speculative Fiction 11

Call for Stories: SUBMIT to Philippine Speculative Fiction 11

  Editors Kate Osias and Elyss Punsalan invite you to submit short fiction for consideration for Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 11. PSF is a yearly anthology series, showcasing stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between. The anthology has been shortlisted for the National [...]


Book Launch: Philippine Speculative Fiction X

Book Launch: Philippine Speculative Fiction X

The tenth edition of the annual anthology is already released (digitally): Flipside  Amazon Kobo Google Play iTunes Weightless Books Everyone is also invited to the official book launch: Come join us at the Philippine Speculative Fiction X book launch! We’re celebrating the tenth volume of this trailblazing annual anthology on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at [...]


Support Southeast Asian Steampunk: The SEA is Ours Crowdfunding Campaign

Support Southeast Asian Steampunk: The SEA is Ours Crowdfunding Campaign

It’s no secret that the need for representation in genre fiction is one of the reasons that I write, and I’m very proud (alongside  Kate Osias and TJ Dimacali among others) to be a part of a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology: The SEA is Ours. The editors/publisher are crowdsourcing funds to help pay writers and [...]


Call for Submissions: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction

Call for Submissions: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction

The “[Blank] Destroy [Blank] special issues of Lightspeed/Nightmare/Fantasy Magazines create spaces for diversity within speculative fiction through Kickstarter-funded special issues that focus on a particular community. Next up is something that writers and readers of Filipino speculative fiction should take note of — a special issue for People of Colo(u)r, a somewhat loaded term that is [...]


TOC: Horror – Filipino Fiction For Young Adults

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Editors Dean Alfar and Kenneth Yu have announced the table of contents for their upcoming young adult horror anthology:

Honesty Hour – Gabriela Lee
Eat Me – Kally Hiromi R. Arsua
Mommy Agnes – Vince Torres
The Running Girl – Elyss Punsalan
Education By Ate Flora – Renelaine Bontol
The New Teacher – Alexander Osias
Gago’s Got Your Back – Andrew Drilon
Dan’s Dreams – Eliza Victoria
Itching To Get Home – Joseph Montecillo
Lola’s House – Fidelis Tan
A Yellow Brick Road Valentine – Charles Tan
Lucia, The Nightmare Hunter – Kate Osias
Frozen Delight – EK Gonzales
Misty – Isabel Yap

Congratulations to all the contributors, and the editors as well!

Fully Booked FCBD 2012 + Comic Odyssey at Fort

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 15 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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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 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Art by Rommel "Omeng" Estanislao, from http://www.comicscube.com


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.

From http://flipgeeks.com/pinoy-komiks-dc-marvel-etc/local-komiks-creators-release-two-fcbd-comics-for-2012/


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.

From: http://www.facebook.com/freecomicbookph

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.


A Tour of the Philippine Fantastic (1 of 2)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 28 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

For those who don’t know, I’m a contributor over at the U.K. site Fantasy Faction, and the editors graciously allowed me to handle the Philippine stop of their “World Tour of Wonderment“, a regular feature where the site focuses on a particular country and its contributions to, and traditions of, the fantastic. This is the first part of the article, and gives an overview of our varied mythologies, as well as some of our folklore creatures. The article is meant to be a basic primer for non-Filipinos, but it may be an interesting read for anyone interested in the Philippine fantastic. In the second part of the article, coming next week, I’ll mention specific works and creators to check out.

Komikon-Flipreads 24 Hour Komixathon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 26 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 adam@flipside.ph to register. You can read more details here.

Fabio Fernandes Interview at Silver Goggles

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

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 tonydezuniga@yahoo.com. 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, http://fansfortonydezuniga.com/, has been set up as another avenue for those who want to help.

[Image via The Philippine Comics Art Museum]



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