Flipside Interviews David Hontiveros

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 27 - 2012

Flipside Digital has an interview with David Hontiveros, one of our fine contributors for “Alternative Alamat“, highlighting his komiks work, particularly on “Bathala: Apokalypsis”. Here’s an excerpt:

For those unfamiliar with your work, could you tell us more about Bathala: Apokalypsis?

The comic stems from a pitch Gerry Alanguilan threw at me during a phone conversation about a decade and a half ago: “What if Superman had to deal with the Apocalypse?”

Gerry asked if I was willing to write the story behind that idea and I was only too glad, so I wrote the 7-issue story, but ultimately, it went into lengthy stasis when Gerry proved unable to handle the art chores. But the comic was revived when Ace Enriquez said he’d be willing to take on the 200+ page project, and here we are.

Bathala: Apokalypsis is basically that pitch told over 7 issues, with Bathala, a Filipino superhero in the mold of the Superman archetype, being the only superpowered individual in the world, having to face the catastrophic effects of an unfolding End of Days.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Comics Sales: Weekend of March 16

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 14 - 2012

It’s almost summer, and you know what that means–SALE TIME. Two of the best comic book specialty stores in Metro Manila re having sales this weekend. First up is Comic Odyssey which is having a sale in all its branches (don’t forget that the Galleria branch has moved to the basement). Second is Planet X Comics, which is joining this weekend’s Glorietta mall-wide sale.

heART WORKS event and “Superior” Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 9 - 2012

Powerbooks Greenbelt will be having back-to-back events this Saturday. First is heART WORKS, which is a charity event where you can bid for pieces of original artwork by great Filipino artists, for the benefit of the victims of the recent natural calamities in the south. This is followed by the book launch of the “Superior” graphic novel by Mark Millar and Lenil Yu (and inked by Gerry Alanguilan). Both Lenil and Gerry will be there for the event.

Outbreak Manila (Nuvali): Registration Ongoing

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 8 - 2012

I know that there are genre fans who are also avid fitness buffs (we don’t subscribe to the weakling geek stereotype on this site, no sir) and here’s an event that will appeal to both them and, perhaps more importantly, to genre fans looking for some added, er, incentive to pound the pavement. “Outbreak Manila” is an event that mixes the concept of the fun run with zombies, going so far as to even have the equivalent of hit points for runners. The first event takes place at Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, and registration is ongoing until the first week of April, or whenever slots run out. You can choose to register as a human or a zombie, and you can see an FAQ for the event here. My favorite line? “You can bring a plant as long as it does not shoot out peas or gobbles up zombies.”


Reminder: PGS Online Call for Submissions

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 6 - 2012

Just a note to all you writers out there: PGS Online is still open for submissions until April 30, 2012. Editor Kenneth Yu has a pretty damn good track record of finding new talent, so first-time writers are highly encouraged to submit. The worst that can happen is that you’ll get a rejection, and that’s just a part of the writer’s life–and, really, Kyu is one of the nicest editors out there. (That doesn’t mean he isn’t *picky*, mind you, just that you can be pretty sure he isn’t going to mock your manuscript or anything.) Click here for more details.

Flipreads Promo: Read an Ebook Week and Read Aloud Day

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 6 - 2012

Flipreads is running a promotion this week , in celebration of Read an eBook Week (which is this week, from March 4 to 10) and World Read Aloud Day(which is March 7, tomorrow). Flipreads has placed several digital titles on sale, and amongst these is our very own “Alternative Alamat” which is now being sold at the discounted price of PHP200 (down from the regular PHP235). A fine time to get your copy, if you haven’t purchased it already! Flipreads accepts payment via Globe Gcash, Smart Money, PesoPay, Paypal and Cashsense.

BLTX Talx: Conversations on Independent Publishing

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 28 - 2012

Everyone remembers that the small press and indie komiks event “Better Living Through Xeroxography” is this Friday right? Well, for those who’d like more insight into the world of independent publishing, the organizers have also put together a series of talks/panels for the next day, March 3. Here are the details from panitikan.ph:

BLTX, small-press expo is on 2 March 2012, Friday, at Ilyong’s on Kalantiaw, Project 4, QC, 8PM onwards. BLTX Talks in on 3 March 2012, Saturday, at Chef’s Bistro at 94 Sct Gandia cor. Tomas Morato, 2PM to 8PM. Better Living Through Xeroxography or BLTX is a small-press expo now on its second incarnation, the first one a success by indie standards: 30 small press publishers and 200 buyers on a rainy December day in 2010.

The goal of BLTX is simple. Bring together independent self-publishers from Metro Manila (hopefully from elsewhere, too), in a one-night event that will allow them to sell their wares: books, yes, but also zines and other printed materials like shirts, postcards, posters, and this year, CDs from musicians more indie than indie. It’s about selling, but also about meeting like-minded individuals who believe in literature and creative work that might not ever get into the mainstream of commercial bookstores and galleries, but for one night is the star of the show. You can also just imagine BLTX to be the coolest meet-and-greet between writers and readers, one that involves beer, some music, and plenty of creativity you rarely see. This year though BLTX will also be space for productive discussions on the making | marketing | selling of the self-published book, where practical aspects of actual independent book production will be shared by those who have survived it with sanity intact.

BLTX Talks will happen the day after the BLTX small-press expo, a full six hours of four different panels that will answer central questions about PRINT PUBLISHING, ONLINE / WEB PUBLISHING, RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION, and COMMUNITY. All necessarily in light of the industry of independent self-publishing, and all against the traditional forms of cultural production as we know it in these shores.

Confirmed speakers for the BLTX Talks are Mabi David (HighChair), Tweet Sering (Astigirl), Honey de Peralta (Flipreads), Oliver Ortega (hal.), Ime Morales (FWGP), Mike David (Kubori Kikiam), Feliz Perez (Mt. Cloud). Participating small-press and indie publishers for BLTX include The Cabinet,? Gelo Suarez,? hal. ?Heights,? High Chair,? Kubori Kikiam,? Macoy,? Omeng Estanislao, Pantas, Paper Monster Press, Patrick Rawwrr, QBCCC (The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium), Rob Cham, Silent Sanctum Manga, Tapat Journal, Tilde Acuña, UP Writers Club, Zigzag Animals, UP Music Circle, Migi de Belen. BLTX is the brainchild of the Youth & Beauty Brigade. Check out the BLTX FB Event Page for updated lists of participating small-press and indie publishers and BLTX Talks speakers! See you at BLTX and BLTX Talks!

Here are more details about the venue for the BLTX Talks: Chef’s Bistro, your all-in-one hang-out place for dining pleasures and memorable experiences. Away from the traffic noise and the hassle and bustle of city streets, Chef’s Bistro’s location is perfect for focused events. Its function rooms are the perfect venue for your corporate or private meetings, with our delectable set meals served. Or just come as you are and lounge with us outdoor or on the veranda.

Tels.: 414-4515; 359-9975 Mobile: 0917-7989-811 Website: chefsbistro.wordpress.com Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/ChefsBistroFusions Follow us on twitter: twitter.com/#!/chefsbistroph Googlemaps: Just type: Chef’s Bistro, Scout Gandia

Date and Time:
March 3, 2012 – 8:01pm – 11:01pm

C.B. Cebulski in Manila

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 27 - 2012

Marvel Comics’ top international scout C.B. Cebulski will be in Manila, and National Book Store is offering a chance for artists to have their portfolios reviewed. There are separate guidelines for pencilers, cover artists/painters, and colorists. Good luck to those who choose to participate (as well as for those who choose not to–you know who you are).

Better Living Through Xeroxography 2012

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 20 - 2012

Remember last year’s Better Living Through Xeroxography, small press and indie komiks event? Adam David and company are at it again on March 2, at Ilyong’s Cubao (same venue as last time). Here’s the official Facebook page and description:





Maps to the venue:
from the Cubao area > http://twitpic.com/tr6ok
from the UP/Ateneo area > http://twitpic.com/tr6za

Poster art > http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150485850937717.367672.574957716&type=1&l=2dac22c2a3

For inquiries and such about signing up
and whatever else, contact Adam David
via eMail > juncruznaligas@gmail.com
or via text > 09163063173

Manga Workshop with Koi Carreon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 7 - 2012

Koi Carreon (of Ravencage Studios) is, in my opinion, one of the most talented and distinctive Filipino komiks artists in the indie scene today. (You can read his recent Itsura Manga interview here.) “Marco’s Delivery Service” is due to come out in digital format soon (it’s a revised edition, which I had a hand in editing), and his art made the cut for Udon’s Megaman Tribute Limited Edition Hardcover. He’s holding a manga workshop in March, and you can find the details on the poster, or as, copy pasted from the Ravencage tumblr:

for more details, please call: 242-5741 – 50, call or text: 0922-7582439 or email us at: projectecourt@gmail.com and look for Jhen or Rommel.

• class schedules: March 03, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2012
• time: 9:00am – 12:00nn
• age: 10 yrs old and up
• 5 sessions (3 hrs per session)
• place: Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Makati City (Ayala Triangle, across The Peninsula Manila)



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