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 [...]


Deadline.kom.ph Launches

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Dominque Cimafranca has launched a new website, aptly named Deadline.kom.ph (note the “k” in “kom”) which serves as an online deadline calendar for writer’s markets that are open to submissions. Here’s what Dominique has to say about the purpose of the website:

As the name says, this site is all about deadlines: whether it’s for a contest or call to submission for an anthology; whether it’s for short stories, poems, artwork, or novels; this is about deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Why? Because sometimes nothing spurs creativity and kills procrastination more quickly and effectively than a looming immovable target.

Check back with the site from time to time to see what’s coming up soon, or better yet, subscribe to our feed.

If you have any deadlines for contests or anthologies that you want announced here, drop us a note, too.

You can also check out their FAQ here.

Komikon 2009 Awardees

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 20 - 20092 COMMENTS


Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Komikon Awards:

Best Graphic Novel / Anthology: Martial Law Babies by Arnold Arre
Best Comic Series: Cast by Jamie Bautista, Nautilus
Best Comic Magazine: Mangaholix by Groundbreakers, Inc.
Best Comic Strip Compilation: Pugad baboy by Pol Medina Jr.
Best Webcomic: Kubori Strips for the Soul by Michael David (www.kuborikikiam.com)
Best Cover: Cast issue 11 by Arnold Arre
Best Comic Creator/s: Arnold Arre
Best Cartoonist: Hazel Manzano, Callwork
Best Komiks Character: Michiko of Ninja Girl Ko!, Mangaholix
Best Comic Scene: Ces’ Poem from Will, Cast issue 10 by Jamie Bautista & Arnold Arre
Grassroot Award:
1st place: Life as Viciously Impossible by Daphne Martinez (Lambchild)
2nd place: Nurse Macho Origins by Mangaholix
3rd place: Kalayaan by Gio Paredes, GMP Comics

Comic Aid Award: Elbert Or and Japan Foundation Manila

And here’s Arnold Arre’s video acceptance speech–he couldn’t make it in person–half of which is actually a video of the popular artist making a few sketches, so check it out:

On The Far Shore: An Interview With Rodello Santos

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 20 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

“On the Far Shore” is what I’m calling this series of interviews with the authors/editors of “The Farthest Shore” an anthology of secondary world fantasy from Filipino writers. The anthology is available here. Today we speak with Rodello Santos, author of “Queen Liwana’s Gambit“.

Could you tell us a bit about your story?

Absolutely. My story is about a young boy who wanders the countryside unsupervised with his best-friend, a chubby yellow rodent who shoots electricity. No wait, that’s Pokemon. Okay, now I remember. My story is about an old woman who bargained with dark powers in her youth and who must now face the consequences. It is based loosely on my own experiences pretending to be an old woman.

How did you hear about the Farthest Shore anthology?

Some of the voices in my head are psychic. Or perhaps I read it on Charles Tan’s Livejournal.

Prior to that, had you ever written a secondary world story before?

Yes, the majority of my stuff is speculative fiction set in secondary worlds. This world is far too boring.

How long did it take you to write the story?

That’s a tough question. The first incarnation of this story was written in 2006 for one of the weekly Flash Challenges at the Liberty Hall Writers’ Forum. For these challenges, writers are given a “trigger” and 90 minutes to write a story. The trigger can be a word, a picture, lyrics, or whatever. So, it took it me 90 minutes to write the first draft, then three years to complete the final revision. :)

What aspect of the writing did you enjoy the most?

The final draft. By that time, it just required some fine-tuning, and I could enjoy the story without having to make any major choices.

How do you know when a story is “ready”, that it’s time to stop making those minuscule corrections?

When I run face-first into the submission deadline (I can be a terrible procrastinator). I don’t know that one can ever stop tinkering with a story. If I do a few read-throughs and nothing leaps out at me, that’s one sign that it’s about ready. Of course, an author is often the worst judge of his/her own work. Getting feedback from other writers can be invaluable.

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Komikon 2009: El Indio Book Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 19 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Here are a few videos I took of the El Indio book launch at yesterday’s Komikon (with apologies for the shaky-cam… alas, I am not the steadiest of hands). The portion I caught on video consists of Karen Lucero of the Vibal Foundation interviewing Gerry Alanguilan (who doesn’t know Sir Gerry?), the driving force behind the project and the komiks/comics writer-artist extraordinaire who helped clean/restore the artwork of the great Filipino comics artist Francisco V. Coching for this compilation. This was followed by a kick-ass, fully-voiced teaser-reading of one of the chapters from the book–hopefully someone else can post that segment. (EDIT: Here it is!)

This is the first video clip I’ve taken for Rocket Kapre, but there will be more in the future whenever the opportunity presents itself, so please feel free to subscribe to our new youtube channel.

Komikon 2009 in Pictures

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 19 - 2009ADD COMMENTS


Another year, another (non-summer) Komikon. It was great fun, as always, and holding it at the Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall made it easier to circulate from booth to booth, despite the fact that there were probably more people at yesterday’s event than at the Summer Komikon at UP.
The throngs of fans waiting for a ticket


I’m happy I finally had a reason to introduce myself to Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (Trese), as well as Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria (Skyworld) (Here’s an old review of Trese 1 and Skyworld 1 over at Komiks…). There were a lot of other Filipino creators present–both as participants at the con, and as fans–but as most of them were swamped with customers and admirers (or, as was the case with Gerry Alanguilan, frequently at center stage), I wasn’t able to meet as many as I would have liked; after all, it seemed kind of boorish to engage artists in fannish Q&As when they could be making sales–in other words, we need more panels guys!


Art Auction for the benefit of Typhoon Victims

However, I was–finally–able to meet Dado de Guzman (the fantastic young artist who designed the logo and banners for Rocket Kapre) as well as his fellow artist Maya, both of whom are part of the Artspice art group.

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Sadly I wasn’t able to watch the Komikon awards, nor the Q&A with Budjette and Kajo (if anyone was able to attend and had any impressions–hints as to Book 4 maybe–please let us know in the comments). I was able to nab most of the komiks on my list however, so coupled with the time spent in an atmosphere of creativity and appreciation, it was a day well spent. The next big con is the Mangaholix  M3Con right? See you guys there ^_^

More Komikon pictures after the cut, but here are a few links to other posts on Komikon 2009, by fans and creators. If you know of any I’ve missed, or have posted one yourself which I did not include here, please let me know in the comments:

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Reminder: Komikon 2009 is today

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 18 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Here’s a list of some new books that will be available at the Komikon:

  • ELMER COLLECTED EDITION by Gerry Alanguilan
  • WHERE BOLD STARS GO TO DIE Written by Gerry Alanguilan, Illustrated by Arlanzandro C. Esmeña
  • UNDERPASS featuring Sim by Gerry Alanguilan, Judas Kiss by David Hontiveros, Budjette Tan and Oliver Pulumbarit,
    Katumbas by David Hontiveros and Ian Sta. Maria, The Clinic by Budjette Tan and Ka-jo Baldisimo.
    Published by Yonzon Associates
  • Francisco V. Coching’s EL INDIO
  • KOMIKERO COMICS #3 Created and Published by the Komikero Artists Group
  • TRESE 3 Mass Murders by Budjette Tan and Ka-jo Baldisimo
  • Manix Abrera’s “12?
  • Lyndon Gregorio’s “Go Beerkada Rise of the Jhologs”
  • Bayan Knights issue 3

Here are the indie participants at the indie tiangge for this year:

1. Leaf
2. RH Quilantang
3. Meganon Comics
4. Macoy
5. Gio Paredes
6. Josel Nicolas
7. I-North
8. Mel Casipit
10. Silent Sanctum
11. Greepo Comic Group
12. Decaf
13. Atomic Underground
14. C-Shock Team
15. Revel Production
16. Kid Corva
17. Makurai
18. Milkusheki Monday
19. Kickbackers
20. Abono Comics
21. Lady Storykeeper
22. Bien del Rosario
23. Obvious Productions
24. Kame-Kame

See you later everyone! A copy of the schedule is after the break.

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Farthest Shore: 2 Weeks After

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 16 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The Farthest Shore (Cover)

No, no, this is not some zombie-sequel–it’s been two weeks since the release of the Farthest Shore, and with the anthology being mentioned over at the Agony Column (thanks to Bibliophile Stalker, as always, fore the heads up) I thought it might be a good time to compile some linkage.

Friday Focus: A Treasury of Stories

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 16 - 20092 COMMENTS

When I was a child, I loved reading myths and legends from all over the world: Greek, Roman, Chinese, African, Norse, you name it… The exceptions were, you guessed it, myths and legends from my own country. The sad fact of the matter was that none of the folklore presented to me in school appealed to sensibilities already ignited by my early exposure to fantasy fiction–where were the grand battles, the horrific monsters, the contending divinities?

Of course when I grew older, I discovered that our myths and legends were more varied and interesting than I’d surmised from the sanitized, committee-approved versions of the old tales that were fed to school children. However, actually finding these stories, or at least those not studied in schools, can be difficult given that most of these tales form part of our oral, not written, tradition. Fortunately, there do exist quality compendiums of stories that shine a spotlight on lesser known tales, and the “Treasury of Stories” from Anvil Publishing is both one of the broadest in scope, and one of the most accessible to an English speaking audience. (I also note from the Anvil website that there is a textbook edition–if so, I envy those students.)


The collection, first published in 1997, was put together by E. Arsenio Manuel and Gilda Cordero-Fernando, and illustrated by Carlos Valino Jr. It contains thirty-three myths, legends and folktales from all across the Philippines, distributed amongst three broad categories: The Mythological Age, The Heroic Age, and Folk Tales from All Ages. With the exception of a few of the animal stories such as “The Monkey and the Tortoise”, all of the stories were new to me, even if some of the characters, like Bantugan and (ugh) Juan Tamad, were not; prospective readers leery of buying yet another version of “Si Malakas at Maganda” need not worry. The stories range from light-hearted romance (“Kimod and the Swan Maiden”) to an apocalyptic battle with enough bloodshed and heroics to satisfy a fan of Frank Miller’s “300” (“The Ascension Into Heaven”). Given the age of these narratives however, even the stories that focus on the relationship of a husband and wife are rife with morbid fates and cruel punishments; think Grimm’s Fairy Tales—the original versions.

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As seen on the PGS Blog. Congratulations everyone!

Wonderful (and belated) news!

Three PGS contributors get Honorable Mentions for Best Horror Of The Year from esteemed editor Ellen Datlow. She put up her list last October 3, 2009, and I only saw it now (my thanks to Elyss Punsalan for pointing it out).

The three PGS contributors are:

Elyss Punsalan for “Thirty-Two” from Story Philippines, Volume 2.

Yvette Tan for “Seek Ye Whore” from the July issue of Rogue.

Apol Lejano-Massebieau for “Psychic Family” from Philippine Genre Stories 4.

Congratulations to you all! Thank you very much, Ms. Datlow!

My thanks too to The Bibliophile Stalker for sending PGS and other local fiction publications abroad!

Trese 3 Get!

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 15 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Guess what landed on my doorstep this morning?

Visprint has an announcement up for those who pre-ordered during the bookfair (and a contact email for any delays) but my copy was waiting when I returned home at aroun 11:30 a.m. today.

It comes with a signed sketch and signatures in the book itself from creators Budjette and Kajo. Fans will also be happy to note it clocks in at a hefty 140 pages of all-new content–almost as much as the first two volumes combined.

For those who missed out on the pre-order, Trese 3: Mass Murders will also be available at this year’s Komikon at Megamall this Sunday, October 18. Congrats to Budjette, Kajo, and all those involved! I’ll be re-reading the first two volumes before plunging into the new volume, and I should have a review ready soon.



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