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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Let’s Talk Philippine Comics on April 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 27 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

To celebrate the Studio Salimbal launch, we’d like to talk about comics. Philippine comics, to be exact. Studio members — this includes Team Mythspace, Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po), Noel Pascual (Crime Fighting Call Center Agents) and Elbert Or (Bakemono High, and editor of the forthcoming Abangan anthology) — will be joined by other local comic creators for an informal, free-wheeling discussion about the craft, business, and future of comics in the Philippines.

Nothing will be sold at the event, but there will be artists giving free sketches, and the event itself is free. So if you’re a creator who wants to talk shop, an aspiring creator who wants to learn the craft — or if you’re a komiks aficionado, or a comics fan interested in the local scene, or even someone who simply wants to learn about comics in general and the men and women behind them, please do come by. There’s never been a better time to talk about Philippine comics.

Confirmed Writers/Artists: Elbert Or, Noel Pascual, Mervin Malonzo, Tintin Pantoja, Paolo Chikiamco, Butch Mapa, Koi Carreon, Borg Sinaban, Paul Quiroga, Cristina Chua, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio.

Announcing Studio Salimbal

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 26 - 20141 COMMENT

There’s a lot of talent out there.

Within the Philippines and without, there is a glut of wonderful artists, incredible writers. If you’re a comics fan, you almost have too many choices, both paid and free, in terms of genres and formats and creators (not to mention the other media battling for your attention).

I’m not complaining, mind you — as a reader, as a fan, this is a golden age. As a creator, seeing so many good stories is a welcome challenge.

|But it must be said: To reach readers in this golden age, it’s not enough to simply be good — you have to stand out.

It can be a daunting task for one person –

– less so, for fourteen.

Say hello to Studio Salimbal:
* John Amor (Urban Animal) http://johnamorartist.com/
* Koi Carreon (Mythspace: Lift Off) http://eclectic-lights.blogspot.com/
* Paolo Chikiamco (Mythspace) http://www.rocketkapre.com/
* Cristina Rose Chua (Mythspace: Humanity) http://ceearrchua.tumblr.com/
* Mico Dimagiba (Mythspace: Uncommon Ground) http://libpoint.blogspot.com/
* Jules Gregorio (Mythspace: Devourers of Light) http://julesgregorio.carbonmade.com/
* Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po) http://www.mervinmalonzo.com/
* Butch Mapa (Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm Knights) http://butchmapa.wordpress.com/
* Elbert Or (Bakemono High) http://elbertor.com/
* Tintin Pantoja (Who is AC?) http://tinpantoja.tumblr.com/
* Noel Pascual (Crime Fighting Call Cente Agents) http://conceptualleaf.tumblr.com/
* Paul Quiroga (Mythspace: Black Mark) http://kirogi-dog.deviantart.com/
* Borg Sinaban (Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings) http://borgsinaban.tumblr.com/
* Budjette Tan (Trese) http://tresekomix.blogspot.com/

Our goals are simple: to create comics, and to create a community. To do so creatively, coherently, consistently.

We will be in stores. We will be at conventions. But we’ll also be online in a big way, with most of our stories being serialized as webcomics, because that allows us to give readers something new easily, consistently, and constantly.

How constant? By 2015, we believe we will have enough comics that we’ll be able to publish a new page every weekday for the entire year.

Our site at salimbalcomics.com — designed by the multi-talented Mervin Malonzo — will be launching this April, but our Facebook Page and Twitter are up. We’ll be running Mythspace: Lift Off as our lone weekly comic to start, followed by another Mythspace story later in the year. We’ll be using this year to test the waters, to form a community, to get used to working as a team. But behind the scenes, we’re already working on next year’s stories, and it’s a buffer we’ll be looking to maintain moving forward.

The goal is simple — not easy. But that’s why we’re doing this together — and why we would love to have you all along for the ride.

The Salimbal, after all, is a magical ship from Philippine folktales that allows people to travel to a better future. In our case, we’re hoping that our own tales will help create a better future for Philippine comics.

KABANATA YA Writers’ Workshop: Open for Applications

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

A new writers’ workshop catering specifically to YA novelists will be starting up this year. Since the YA genre has been a great home for specfic, I’d say that’s plenty relevant to us here at RK:

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) formally launches the KABANATA Young Adult Writers’ Workshop with a call for fellowship applications. Slated to begin in October 2014 in Quezon City, KABANATA aims to provide a venue and support system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations, and sense of maturity.

For a period of at least six months, fellows accepted to KABANATA will meet monthly for learning sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows. Upon novel completion, PBBY will help fellows with publication by inviting publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to produce chapter books and young adult novels that will set the bar for similar endeavors to aspire to, and be the growth spurt of what will hopefully become a thriving, diverse, and quality Filipino literature inventory for kids and teens.

Applicants are asked to submit, among other requirements, a novel-in-progress represented by three chapters and a chapter outline. Novels-in-progress should be aimed towards children within the age of 9 to 16. Those interested may visit pbby.org.ph or bit.ly/kabanata to see the application guidelines, fellowship requirements, and complete workshop details. Deadline for applications is on July 31, 2014. For further inquiries, contact KABANATA via pbby.kabanata[at]gmail.com or (02) 352-6765 local 119.

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third Tuesday of July.

Mythspace: Devourers of Light – Painted Artwork

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 12 - 20142 COMMENTS

While in terms of page count, the Lift Off story will be receiving the most extensive art improvements in Mythspace Volume 1, Jules Gregorio‘s “Devourers of Light” is a close second. In fact, Jules will, in effect, be changing the medium of the artwork, as he’ll be replacing his inked pieces with a greyscale watercolored version that looks fantastic. Jules is an awesome painter, and while it wasn’t feasible to do redo Devourers in color (that would have meant doing all the stories in color, which would have pushed the compilation — and, more importantly, future stories — back by many months) we wanted to showcase that talent.

Of course, for Jules’ next project, maybe we’ll do it in color from the start… but that’s for another day. For now, look forward to the improved Devourers of Light in Mythspace Volume 1, coming in late 2014 from Visprint.

Mythspace: Lift Off – Redrawn

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 10 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

I mentioned before that the upcoming Mythspace Volume 1 from Visprint will not be a straight compilation of the existing eight issues. Art touch ups will be done for most of the stories, but by far the most extensive changes will occur in Lift Off, drawn by Koi Carreon. Those who have the single issues will see that Koi’s style changes from Part 1 to Part 2, and he’s redrawing Part 1 in his new style, and also adding little details and modifications to Parts 2 and 3 (now that he has a more relaxed deadline). Above is an example of the change, both in style and in detail, featuring the first encounter between Bros the human and Jrakan the Kapre. (Or Spaaaaace Kapre, as he is lovingly known.)

Mythspace Fan Art and Fan Essay Contests

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 4 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

To celebrate the announcement of Mythspace Volume 1 from Visprint, and the final appearance of the individual self-published issues at next month’s Summer Komikon, Team Mythspace will be running a few contests during the month of March, both as a way of thanking old readers and enticing new ones.

We’re starting two contests today, one for artists, and another for writers. We may have more in the offing later in the month, but these two require more prep-time. Also, we reserve the right to award more than one grand prize if we just can’t choose!

ELIGIBILITY:

(1) To qualify as a winner in these contests, you’ll need to have liked the Mythspace page on Facebook or followed us on Twitter. (If you need to choose one over the other, the Facebook page is updated more frequently.) Social networks are the easiest way to reach our readers, so if you enjoy Mythspace enough to participate in these contests, we can assure you that you won’t regret adding/following us!

(2) Prizes will either be claimed at the Summer Komikon, or we’ll send them domestically via Xend. We can’t afford to ship to non-Philippine addresses, sorry!

(3) Deadline for submissions is midnight of April 7!

MYTHSPACE FAN ART CONTEST:

Pretty self-explanatory eh? Just draw your best fan art of a Mythspace character/characters/mecha/spaceship, using whatever medium you’d like, black and white, colored, heck even a sculpture if you’d like, and send it (or a link) to us/tag us on the Mythspace fanpage or Mythspace Twitter, or email us at rocketkapre@gmail.com. Best fan art takes home the grand prize! You can see some older pieces of fan art at our Facebook page.

Also: Please let us know if you’re okay with us including your submission in Mythspace volume 1, in case we have a fan art section.

Grand Prize: Complete set of available art prints at Summer Komikon 2014, and a copy of Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan, winner the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel (read once, then shelved).


MYTHSPACE ESSAY CONTEST:

A discussion of something Mythspace related — a character, a moment, a theme — that you enjoyed, or made you think. This need not be a review, mind you, just a discussion. All we ask is that it be well thought-out, articulate, and at least 400 words. Just post it somewhere online — your blog, a Facebook note, a Goodreads review — nd send it (or a link) to us/tag us on the Mythspace fanpage or Mythspace Twitter, or email us at rocketkapre@gmail.com. Best essay takes home the prizes!

Grand Prize: A physical copy of Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer, an excellent resource for world building (an extra, unused copy), and  a complete set of available art prints at Summer Komikon 2014.

Mythspace Volume 1 Coming from Visprint

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 3 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Let’s kick off Mythspace month with a bang, shall we?

Team Mythspace is proud to announce that a compilation of the initial eight Mythspace issues (six stories in all) has been accepted for publication by none other than Visprint. We are honored to have met the standards of one of the best publishers in the country, and certainly one that cares about comics and speculative fiction. Mythspace Volume 1 is slated for release some time late this year, and we’re very excited to see our stories not only reach a wider audience, but to see our stories together: while each story is meant to stand alone, presenting all six in a single volume was always our goal.

The volume will not only be a compilation, but will feature some changes that we’ll be detailing in future posts, which will also deal with the future of Mythspace, and new projects from the team.We’ll also be having a few contests to celebrate the occasion, with the chance to win some great prizes — including the soon-to-disappear single issues of the series. The Summer Komikon will likely be the last convention that we’ll be selling the individual issues (although the same will still be available in comics stores while stocks last), so if you’re comics completionists, you may want to keep that in mind on April 12.

On behalf of myself, Koi Carreon, Tina Chua, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio, Paul Quiroga, and Borg Sinaban, thank you to Visprint, and to all our readers and supporters. We have lift off… but that only means the the journey has only begun!

March is Mythspace Month

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 1 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

With the Summer Komikon being less than a month and a half away, it seems the perfect time to announce some big plans that Team Mythspace has for the coming year. Some of these announcements may not be news to those who read between the lines — or those familiar with a certain book publisher’s logo — but we’ve got some surprises for everyone… and some contests/prizes as well!

Stay tuned on Monday — and keep an eye on the Mythspace page — for the first announcement!

Art Workshop: Klaeum Adarna with Koi Carreon and Borg Sinaban

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

If you’re 11-16 years old (or know a young artist in that age bracket) and would like to learn from two of Mythspace’s very own, Adarna (as part of Klarum Adarna) is holding an art workshop by Borg Sinaban (Unfurling of Wings) and Koi Carreon (Lift Off) from May 1 – 6, 9am – 12nn. Register before April 12 (the Summer Komikon!) for a special discount.

Komikon Baguio 2014 this Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

For our friends up North, the 2nd annual Baguio Komikon is taking place this Saturday! Here’s the poster for the event and a map of the exhibitors.

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