Exhibit: “Here Be Dragons”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 19 - 2013

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 - 2013

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 - 2013

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.

Comics and Manga Workshop with Tintin Pantoja: September Batch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 17 - 2013

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 - 2013

 

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!

Dissecting Page Design: Adam David on Magnuson’s “Kuting Magiting”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 5 - 2013

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.

Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino Interview on Chie and Weng Read Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 3 - 2013

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.

Mythspace at Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Festival

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 2 - 2013

Aklatan, the All-Filipino Book Festival, will be held this Saturday at Alphaland Southgate (you can find a map here), and we’ll have a Rocket Kapre table set up there to sell all available issues of Mythspace. That means if you’re missing Humanity, Black Mark, Devourers of Light, or parts 1 or 2 of Mythspace (or, hey, if you’d just like to buy ‘em again), then we have a date on Saturday.

If you want to see what Mythspace is about before buying, our primer/preview issue, Mythspace #0, is still available for free until September 6, so download away.

I’ll also have a handful of Kwentillion issues for sale as well.

Hope to see you guys there!

Selected Komiks Eligible for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Award

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 22 - 2013

Tomorrow is the last day to nominate titles for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, and I think that we can do better than four nominees in the comics category. REMEMBER, THE AWARDS ARE OPEN TO INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHED TITLES. That being said, maybe it’s hard to remember exactly which titles came out last year (and so are eligible for the awards) so I scrounged around the Internet and came up with this incomplete list, focusing on titles that I’ve at least heard of/seen, with links to a home page/ goodreads page/ preview/ or review. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

And most of all — go nominate! You can nominate MULTIPLE titles, so no need to choose from amongst favorites.

EDIT: New Additions:

Mark 9verse47 by Tepai Pascual

Codename Bathala #2 by Jon Zamar and Judd Abinuman

Patintero, Book 1 by Kai Castillo

Talaan ng mga Aparisyon by Carlorozy Clemente

Juanderlandia by sirwen(pazin-tave komiks)

Ang Morion Book 1 by Wan Malinao Mañanita

Dalawang Liham #1 by Ronzkie Vidal

LikeMan by Rasel Reyes

Puso Negro Teaching Good Values Through Bad Conduct by JP Palabon

Windmills V by Josel Nicolas

ORIGINAL POST:

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Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Sa Kalakhang Maynila by Carlo Vergara – [Goodreads]

Crime Fighting Call Center Agents #3 by Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo

Manila Accounts 1081: Good Criminals Wear White #1 by Wan Mañanita, Aaron Felizmenio, Alyssa Mortega, RH Quilantang

Kanto Inc. issue 4 by Joanah Tinio-Calingo, Taga-Ilog, Kilayman

Tatsulok: A Vision of Dust #1 by David Hontiveros and Xerx Javier

Ninja Girl Ko! indie special by Marco Dimaano and Kriss Sison

Angel Crush Vol.2 by Ace Vitangcol and Jed Siroy

Cubie ’n Bouncy by Jeciel Gaerlan

Bayan Knights: Nursery by Aaron Felizmenio, Donne Celadina, Jeff Benitez & Erico Calimlim

Bayan Knights #1 Heart of the Black Matrix by Donne Celadina, Erwin Ropa, and Renie Palo

Kamote Chunks #1 by CoRe Studios

Mukat #5 by Mel Casipit

Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles  by Erik Matti – [Goodreads]

Pilandokomiks: Ang Tatlong Sumpa by Borg Sinaban – [Goodreads]

Callous Comics – On Lighter Dreams by Carlo Jose San Juan

Segovia Solutions #1 by Jerald Uy and Jether Amar

Sean #1  by Nicoy Guevarra

Luzviminda Issue 0 by Ray Magbanua

The New Adventures of Kapitan Tog by Freely Abrigo

Sigaw Komiks – by Dommy Abrigo and Freely Abrigo

Pinoy Rangers #0 by Gerilya: Sigmund Torre and Brandon Relucio

Mona: Queen of the Babes by Dark Chapel

The Hotdog Prince by Francis Martelino

Zombinoy #1-3 by Geonard Yleana and Sid Santos

And now, some titles that I was personally involved in:

Mythspace #0 by Paolo Chikiamco and Koi Carreon (with previews by Borg Sinaban, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio, Cristina Rose Chua and Paul Quiroga) – [Goodreads]

Kwentillion also came out last year, and I think that’s the first print appearance of Skygypsies by John Raymond Bumanglag & Timothy James Dimacali.

 

An Oral History of Indie Komiks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 20 - 2013

Mervin Malonzo’s self-portrait.

Belatedly linking to an interesting post from the Philippine Star last week: Xerox, staples, starving artists: An oral history of indie komiks .

The indie komiks scene is full of raw talent. An uncensored creativity fueled by pure passion for the art runs rampant. To know more about underground comics, we asked some comic artists themselves to talk about the industry, where the scene is today, why life as an artist can be difficult, and where you can get your hands on these precious zines.

The creators interviewed are: Noel Pascual, Josel Nicolas, Robert Magnuson, Jon Zamar, Mervin Malonzo, and Rob Cham.

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