Summer Komikon 2014: Studio Salimbal

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 11 - 2014

It’s Summer Komikon tomorrow! We’ll be there as usual, but now under the Studio Salimbal banner. You can find us at table B54, seen above.


We’ll be selling all the first wave of Mythspace comics, for PHP50 each.  No new stories this convention, but we do have something new — our Mini Design Works artbook! The regular version is also PHP50, and the Extra Large version ( you can see the size difference above), pre-signed by all members of Team Mythspace (a rarity, since we’re almost never at the table at the same time!) is PHP200. Only 109 copies of the Extra Large version were made, so snap them up quick!

Aside from the comics, we’ll have prints galore available!  The prints are cheaper if you buy more than one:

=Solo Price=
Large (A3) Prints: 120 PHP
Medium (A4) Prints: 80 PHP
Long (2/3 an A4) Print: 60PHP
Small (Postcard) Prints: 30 PHP

=Promo Price – buy any 2 or more prints, whatever the size=
Large (A3) Prints: 100 PHP
Medium (A4) Prints: 60 PHP
Long (2/3 an A4) Print: 40PHP
Small (Postcard) Prints: 20 PHP

Buy more, get a discount! Don’t let your prints be lonely — and, come on, just look at these things eh? How can you stop at one?

Last but not least: ultra-cute Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings stickers from Borg Sinaban! Full body stickers are PHP40, heads are PHP20.

See you all tomorrow!  Need help getting there? Head here.

 

Let’s Talk Philippine Comics on April 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 27 - 2014

To celebrate the Studio Salimbal launch, we’d like to talk about comics. Philippine comics, to be exact. Studio members — this includes Team Mythspace, Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po), Noel Pascual (Crime Fighting Call Center Agents) and Elbert Or (Bakemono High, and editor of the forthcoming Abangan anthology) — will be joined by other local comic creators for an informal, free-wheeling discussion about the craft, business, and future of comics in the Philippines.

Nothing will be sold at the event, but there will be artists giving free sketches, and the event itself is free. So if you’re a creator who wants to talk shop, an aspiring creator who wants to learn the craft — or if you’re a komiks aficionado, or a comics fan interested in the local scene, or even someone who simply wants to learn about comics in general and the men and women behind them, please do come by. There’s never been a better time to talk about Philippine comics.

Confirmed Writers/Artists: Elbert Or, Noel Pascual, Mervin Malonzo, Tintin Pantoja, Paolo Chikiamco, Butch Mapa, Koi Carreon, Borg Sinaban, Paul Quiroga, Cristina Chua, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio.

KABANATA YA Writers’ Workshop: Open for Applications

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 24 - 2014

A new writers’ workshop catering specifically to YA novelists will be starting up this year. Since the YA genre has been a great home for specfic, I’d say that’s plenty relevant to us here at RK:

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) formally launches the KABANATA Young Adult Writers’ Workshop with a call for fellowship applications. Slated to begin in October 2014 in Quezon City, KABANATA aims to provide a venue and support system to writers who share in PBBY’s commitment to the promotion of a culture of reading among Filipino youth by providing this growing population with books that recognize their culture, aspirations, and sense of maturity.

For a period of at least six months, fellows accepted to KABANATA will meet monthly for learning sessions with industry experts, and progress discussions with their co-fellows. Upon novel completion, PBBY will help fellows with publication by inviting publishers to bid on the finished works. With this, KABANATA hopes to produce chapter books and young adult novels that will set the bar for similar endeavors to aspire to, and be the growth spurt of what will hopefully become a thriving, diverse, and quality Filipino literature inventory for kids and teens.

Applicants are asked to submit, among other requirements, a novel-in-progress represented by three chapters and a chapter outline. Novels-in-progress should be aimed towards children within the age of 9 to 16. Those interested may visit pbby.org.ph or bit.ly/kabanata to see the application guidelines, fellowship requirements, and complete workshop details. Deadline for applications is on July 31, 2014. For further inquiries, contact KABANATA via pbby.kabanata[at]gmail.com or (02) 352-6765 local 119.

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is a private, non-stock, non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of children’s literature in the Philippines and is the lead agency in the annual celebration of National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), which falls on the third Tuesday of July.

Mythspace: Devourers of Light – Painted Artwork

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 12 - 2014

While in terms of page count, the Lift Off story will be receiving the most extensive art improvements in Mythspace Volume 1, Jules Gregorio‘s “Devourers of Light” is a close second. In fact, Jules will, in effect, be changing the medium of the artwork, as he’ll be replacing his inked pieces with a greyscale watercolored version that looks fantastic. Jules is an awesome painter, and while it wasn’t feasible to do redo Devourers in color (that would have meant doing all the stories in color, which would have pushed the compilation — and, more importantly, future stories — back by many months) we wanted to showcase that talent.

Of course, for Jules’ next project, maybe we’ll do it in color from the start… but that’s for another day. For now, look forward to the improved Devourers of Light in Mythspace Volume 1, coming in late 2014 from Visprint.

Mythspace Fan Art and Fan Essay Contests

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 4 - 2014

To celebrate the announcement of Mythspace Volume 1 from Visprint, and the final appearance of the individual self-published issues at next month’s Summer Komikon, Team Mythspace will be running a few contests during the month of March, both as a way of thanking old readers and enticing new ones.

We’re starting two contests today, one for artists, and another for writers. We may have more in the offing later in the month, but these two require more prep-time. Also, we reserve the right to award more than one grand prize if we just can’t choose!

ELIGIBILITY:

(1) To qualify as a winner in these contests, you’ll need to have liked the Mythspace page on Facebook or followed us on Twitter. (If you need to choose one over the other, the Facebook page is updated more frequently.) Social networks are the easiest way to reach our readers, so if you enjoy Mythspace enough to participate in these contests, we can assure you that you won’t regret adding/following us!

(2) Prizes will either be claimed at the Summer Komikon, or we’ll send them domestically via Xend. We can’t afford to ship to non-Philippine addresses, sorry!

(3) Deadline for submissions is midnight of April 7!

MYTHSPACE FAN ART CONTEST:

Pretty self-explanatory eh? Just draw your best fan art of a Mythspace character/characters/mecha/spaceship, using whatever medium you’d like, black and white, colored, heck even a sculpture if you’d like, and send it (or a link) to us/tag us on the Mythspace fanpage or Mythspace Twitter, or email us at rocketkapre@gmail.com. Best fan art takes home the grand prize! You can see some older pieces of fan art at our Facebook page.

Also: Please let us know if you’re okay with us including your submission in Mythspace volume 1, in case we have a fan art section.

Grand Prize: Complete set of available art prints at Summer Komikon 2014, and a copy of Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan, winner the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel (read once, then shelved).


MYTHSPACE ESSAY CONTEST:

A discussion of something Mythspace related — a character, a moment, a theme — that you enjoyed, or made you think. This need not be a review, mind you, just a discussion. All we ask is that it be well thought-out, articulate, and at least 400 words. Just post it somewhere online — your blog, a Facebook note, a Goodreads review — nd send it (or a link) to us/tag us on the Mythspace fanpage or Mythspace Twitter, or email us at rocketkapre@gmail.com. Best essay takes home the prizes!

Grand Prize: A physical copy of Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer, an excellent resource for world building (an extra, unused copy), and  a complete set of available art prints at Summer Komikon 2014.

March is Mythspace Month

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 1 - 2014

With the Summer Komikon being less than a month and a half away, it seems the perfect time to announce some big plans that Team Mythspace has for the coming year. Some of these announcements may not be news to those who read between the lines — or those familiar with a certain book publisher’s logo — but we’ve got some surprises for everyone… and some contests/prizes as well!

Stay tuned on Monday — and keep an eye on the Mythspace page — for the first announcement!

Art Workshop: Klaeum Adarna with Koi Carreon and Borg Sinaban

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 25 - 2014

If you’re 11-16 years old (or know a young artist in that age bracket) and would like to learn from two of Mythspace’s very own, Adarna (as part of Klarum Adarna) is holding an art workshop by Borg Sinaban (Unfurling of Wings) and Koi Carreon (Lift Off) from May 1 – 6, 9am – 12nn. Register before April 12 (the Summer Komikon!) for a special discount.

Komikon Baguio 2014 this Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2014

For our friends up North, the 2nd annual Baguio Komikon is taking place this Saturday! Here’s the poster for the event and a map of the exhibitors.

Borg Sinaban and Mythspace at the MATA EXPO

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2014

Borg Sinaban, artist for Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings, and Pilandokomiks, will be at the Mata Expo in Pasay City this Saturday to do some live painting. Borg will also be bringing a few copies of Mythspace, so if you’ve been unable to purchase any of the issues — or, hell, if you’d just like some more — head on down to One Esplanade and give Borg a visit.

Release: Outpouring – Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 30 - 2014

Outpouring“, the Yolanda Relief anthology edited by Dean Francis Alfar — which I mentioned a few days ago — is now out on Amazon.com. Proceeds o sales will go to the Philippine Red Cross.

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