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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I missed plugging this when it came out in August, so time to rectify that: Kenneth Yu, the man behind Philippine Genre Stories, (finally) has a collection of his short stories out. It’s called “Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing” Stories by Kenneth Yu, and if that title sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the name of Kyu’s story in our first issue of Usok, which is also a part of this collection.It also includes the disturbing short, “Cherry Clubbing” which took 3rd place in the 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards.

Here’s the list of stories:

  • Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing
  • The Sparrows of Climaco Avenue
  • The Kiddie Pool
  • When You Let It Go
  • House 1.0
  • Cricket
  • Oplan: Bleach
  • Cherry Clubbing
  • The Concierto of Senor Lorenzo
  • Spider Hunt
  • Little Hands, Little Feet
  • Controller 13
  • All That We May See
  • One Morning at the Bank
  • Lost for Words
  • Beats

And here are the stores where you can buy your digital copy:

Exhibit: “Here Be Dragons”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

For those interested in the visual arts in general, or children’s book illustration in particular, beginning this Friday at 6pm the Ayala Museum will be hosting a preview of selected artworks by Jon Jaylo for the children’s book, “Here Be Dragons” by Victor Ocampo. Victor’s a Filipino spec fic author, and when I asked him about the book and the exhibit, he described the story as : “a children’s fantasy story (that happens to be set in the same universe as all of my short stories)… Jon Jaylo… is known for his very surrealistic Rene Marritte-inspired works. His art is a strange blend of dark mystery and humor.”

The exhibit should be open for around two weeks, so if you’re like me and can’t make it on Friday, you can catch it on another day. The book itself will be launched on a later date.

LONTAR #1 is Now Available (in Singapore)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 19 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

 

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!

Comic creator and comic critic Adam David’s long rumored dissection/analysis/love-letter to Robert Magnuson’s “Kuting Magiting” is now up at the QBCC site, and it’s a whopper. In Adam’s own words, the essay focuses on “the elaboration of various formalist aspects exclusive to comic books and how KUTING MAGITING engages and plays around with these said formalist aspects” but it also touches on Robert’s work in Poso Maximo (republished in Kwentillion) and his children’s picture books.

It’s a long read — I’m still reading it myself — but let me just say that there’s a reason why I’ve been opening recent talks/essays on comics with a story about how my 2 year old daughter “reading” Kuting Magiting. Robert is very, very good, and Adam does a fine job showing us why.

Review of Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 at Rappler

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 4 - 20132 COMMENTS

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 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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.

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