Cover for Mythspace: Lift Off (Part 2 of 3)

It’s April 1! That means that the Summer Komikon is only 12 days away (nope, not an April Fool’s). On April 13, Team Mythspace will have — barring natural calamity — four new stories to tell. Three of those stories are stand-alone tales (and make sure to check out Mythspace on Facebook for the covers of those stories, later today), but one if part 2 of the Lift Off story that was part of issue #0.

Now, here’s the thing — Mythspace was always intended to be released as a compiled volume of six stories, set in the same universe, with one story Lift Off, being the central piece, and twice as long as most of the others. We want to release Part 2 in order to get feedback, recoup funds, and provide something of a collectible for early supporters (because the final volume may look different from the ashcans we sell at the conventions — those who have Liftoff #1 and #2 will see how Koi has shifted his style.) That being said, it’s likely that part 3 of Lift Off won’t be released as a single issue (unless there’s a huge demand for it) and by next Komikon (in October or November), what we’ll be releasing is the compiled volume.

That being said, I want to gauge how many people would still like to buy a stand-alone copy of Lift Off Part 2, so I can estimate how many we should print, and make sure I reserve your copies. So if you’re interested in Lift Off #2, please leave a comment (with your name) here, at the Facebook page, or email me at mythspace.comic[at] g m a i l . Sorry, we haven’t decided on the price yet.

Also! If you’ve yet to read the first part of Lift Off, and would like to get a copy of Mythspace #0 (where that story can be found),  do also please leave a comment (with your name) here, at the Facebook page, or email me at mythspace.comic[at] g m a i l  — we only have limited copies though! You can see some reviews here and here.

 

Undecided? Have some art from part 2:

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Call for Submissions: High Chair Poetry Comics Issue

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 21 - 2013

This one’s been making the rounds, and may be of interest to poets, artists, or the lucky ones who happen to be both at the same time:

High Chair 18 will be a special issue on poetry comics. We are inviting writers and artists to submit poems, essays, and reviews for possible inclusion in the eighteenth issue of High Chair’s online poetry journal (www.highchair.com.ph), which will be released in May this year.

We are interested in individual submissions and collaborations that explore and rethink the interplay (and limits thereof) between text and image resulting in poems, works that employ graphics as a constituent of poetry and exploit the affinities of poetry and comics’ in their attention to and use of space, ellipses, segmentation, juxtaposition, braiding, etc., as opposed merely to illustrated poems and visual or concrete poetry.

We welcome submissions in Filipino and English. Please visit the site to get a more comprehensive idea as regards the work we do and the poetry and essays we publish. The deadline for submission is on April 30, 2013.

High Chair is a non-profit independent press based in the Philippines. Its first online issue went live in 2002 and has, over the years, published more than 30 chapbooks and full-length collections in English and Filipino.

Please email your submissions or enquiries to highchair@gmail.com (subject heading: High Chair Issue 18). Feel free to circulate this call for submissions to other interested parties. Thank you.

Christian Tablazon and Mike David
Guest Editors

SF Signal’s “Outside the Frame” reviews Trese

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 20 - 2013

, who writes the Outside the Frame column for major SF site SF Signal has reviewed the Trese series by  Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo and found a lot to love. Specifically, she mentions five things, and says that “Those of you who are just hearing about Trese for the first time have been missing out on something amazing.”

It’s a great opportunity for more people to be introduced to Trese, but even long-time fans will enjoy the review. Go check it out!

Ebook Sale: Flipreads Read-an-Ebook Week Promo

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 5 - 2013

Flipreads, the ebook store of Flipside Digital, my co-publisher for the digital edition of Alternative Alamat, will be participating in Read an eBook Week (March 3-9) with a promotional sale of several books, including Alternative Alamat and the digital editions of the Philippine Speculative Fiction series. Full list below:

Pinoykon Convention: This Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 25 - 2013

New komiks convention alert! The first ever Pinoykon – a convention that seems to mix komiks, toys, gaming, and cosplay — is taking place this Saturday, March 2,at Paseo De Magallanes in Makati.

From the Facebook group of the organizers:

Pinoykon is a convention that was made by artists, for artists. We will target the future generation of comicbook illustrators, storytellers and creatives alike. We will harness their full potential and inspire them to be better achievers in the worldwide market of illustration and design. We will be pushing toys as well because it inspires the next generation of artists. we will open up new doors for them, and make them aware of our artistic heritage. Cosplay has a very big fan base here in the country and we would like to introduce them to our own version of Filipino superheroes. We will give the new “Juan” his own Filipino superhero, we will make him believe that a Filipino child can dream, can make the whole world his own and fly further up in the sky. Because we believe that Filipinos are one of the most creative people in the world! And lastly, we want each and every Filipino child to have his own komiks to read and marvel the world of make-believe.

Andrew Drilon in Dark Horse Presents #21

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 22 - 2013

Filipino comics creator and spec fic writer Andrew Drilon has a comic in the latest issue of Dark Horse Presents, a collaboration with writer Shaun Manning. You can pick it up at local comic book stores, or buy it digitally here.

Komikon Baguio: This Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 7 - 2013

For komiks lovers up North, don’t forget that Komikon Baguio is THIS Saturday!

Komikon Baguio is the local Filipino comics convention based in Baguio, brought to you by Bag-iw Art Society and Komikon.Inc. ENTRANCE FEES: Php 50.00 (non-students) and Php 30.00 (students. NOTE: NO ID, NO DISCOUNT)

Details are beneath the cut:

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The OF Blog on Steampunk and Retro-Futurism

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 31 - 2013

Larry Nolen of the OF Blog has a great post entitled “Steampunk and Retro-Futurism: Three Anthologies and Three Approaches” where he discusses three anthologies — Steampunk Revolution, and the Portugese language anthologies Solarpunk and Lisboa no Ano 2000 (Lisbon in the Year 2000)  — in the context of the “revolutionary potential” of steampunk as an alternative template. It’s a great read, and also notable for Rocket Kapre readers because he talks about how my story in Steampunk Revolution — “On Wooden Wings”, set in the same universe as “High Society” — fits into that context of reimagination.

Chikiamco’s story stands out because the reader immediately is forced to picture a Jolo of the southwestern Philippines that is the center of a trade rather than a “faraway outpost.”  This shift in perspective opens up possibilities for stories such as “On Wooden Wings” to challenge readers, because the underlying socio-political assumptions that such settings and people are “exotic” or “faraway” have been dismissed with prejudice and the reader is forced to accept a world different from what she may have imagined.

Check out the post, especially if you’re a fan of steampunk or post-colonialism — you won’t be sorry.

New Review of “Alternative Alamat” at inkalicious

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 24 - 2013

Nothing like a positive review to brighten your day: just found a new review of “Alternative Alamat” by author Michele Albert on her reading blog. It’s a positive, detailed review — my favorite kind — with something about each of the stories, as well as the art. Here’s a taste:

“Alamat” is the Filipino word for “legend,” and the “alternative” part of the title is self-explanatory. I enjoyed this anthology; it introduced mythologies unfamiliar to me and the stories and author styles were nicely diverse. The stories ranged from the sort of urban fantasy you’d find in a Charles DeLint or Neil Gaiman book to something more along the lines of the kick-ass heroine in a city full of weird. One story read like a fairytale and another like a more straightforward mythic tale. The oddest was the story told in footnotes!

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I enjoyed all the stories, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Keeper of My Sky. A creation myth with an alternative time stream twist, it was sad and hauntingly beautiful. The bit with the rain, and the reason why Tungkung Langit and Alunsina could never be together, was lovely. Fans of N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy would probably enjoy this story too, although it takes place in our modern world.

 

 

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and the 2013 World SF Travel Fund

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 21 - 2013

Filipina author (and Alternative Alamat contributor) Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has just been short-listed for the 2012 British Science Fiction Association Awards for her story “Song of the Body Cartographer”” (published in country’s very own Philippine Genre Stories). Congratulations, Rochita!

And the nomination couldn’t come at a better time, as I hope it introduces more people to Rochita’s fiction, and in turn, I hope those new readers will consider contributing to this year’s World SF Travel Fund. The fund was set up to enable one or two international persons involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event — you’ll recall it was successful in bringing Charles Tan to the World Fantasy Convention in 2011. Rochita is one of the beneficiaries this year (alongside Csilla Kleinheincz, a Hungarian-Vietnamese writer) and it would be wonderful if she got the chance to attend a major United States genre convention, so do check out the Peerbackers page.

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