Happy World Book and Copyright Day! Copyright is important for creators — for economic reasons, creative reasons, and moral reasons. I’ve been putting some thoughts together on Wattpad about it — because that’s where the sharks seem to be circling — and on April 26, Adam David is running a free forum on the subject of copyright, covering both the current reality of how publishers and authors deal with these rights, and to prescribe how, ideally and equitably, these rights should be dealt with. Whether you end up agreeing with all the views presented at the forum or not — you can bet there will be advocacy mixed with practicalities — you’re sure to come out of this forum better prepared to either fight for your rights, or sell them at a premium.
Ugh, can’t believe I didn’t get to post about this earlier — tomorrow is the 4th Annual BLTX, Adam David’s small press expo, and this time it’s a full day event, with talks/panels in addition to booths. Check out the Facebook Page here. For convenience, here’s the list of participants:
THE FOURTH ANNUAL BETTER LIVING THROUGH XEROXOGRAPHY SMALL PRESS EXPO and BLTX TALX II: ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
12/14/13 / 9AM to 5PM / at the Lopez Museum / free to the public
The participants! THE FINAL LIST!
- Gelo Suarez & Donna Miranda
- UP Writers Club
- Heritage Conservation Society – Youth
- UP UGAT
- KATAGA QC
- Makoy Dakoykoy
- Ungaz Press
- Pulang Lupa Foundation
- The Cabinet
- Mina Esguerra & #romanceclass
- Paper Monster
- Saturnino Basillia
- Nine Iron
- Mazinger Zine
- Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Book Club
- Rey Atalia
- William Rodriguez
- Bomba Press feat. Claire Villacorta
- High Chair
- the Youth & Beauty Brigade
- Rolf Campos
- Gener Pedriña
- Ardie Aquino
- UP GRAIL
- Carlocrazy Clemente
- Elbert Or
- Zigzag Animals
- Patrick Rawrr
- Kubori Kikiam
- Happy Comix & Alternative Print
- Kowtow Komiks
- Apol Sta Maria
- THE Rob Cham
- Moar Books!
- Ricardo A. Guiao Jr.
- Silent Sanctum Manga
- Josel Nicolas
- Nelz Yumul
- DJ Legaspi
- Danielle Riña
- Rommel Estanislao
- Julius Villanueva
- By Implication
- 502 Comics
- Jason Moss
- Be Dapithapon
- Lorelei Almirez
- Birdhouse Bakers
- Staple & Perk
- Milk Tea
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.
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
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:
A SMALL PRESS EXPO!!!
BOOKS / ZINES / KOMIX / FIRST 100 BOTTLES OF BEER FOR FREE / FREE VIDEOKE, TOO, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO SING ON STAGE
QBCCC! HEIGHTS! UP WRITERS CLUB! THE PATRICK RAWWRR! THE GELO SUAREZ! THE ROB CHAM! HIGH CHAIR! THE MACOY! PAPER MONSTER PRESS! SILENT SANCTUM MANGA! THE TILDE ACUñA! THE YOUTH & BEAUTY BRIGADE! HAL.! KUBORI KIKIAM! TAPAT JOURNAL! THE OMENG ESTANISLAO! THE CABINET! AND MORE AS THEY SIGN UP!
MARCH 2, 2012 // ILYONG’S, KALANTIAW, PROJECT FOUR, CUBAO
For inquiries and such about signing up
and whatever else, contact Adam David
via eMail > email@example.com
or via text > 09163063173
Bitten by the pre-apocalypse muse? Adam David is looking for essays, fictions, poetry, songs, komix, doodles, photographs, videos, for THURSDAY NEVER LOOKING BACK, an electronic anthology that seeks to gather, process, and perform various end-of-the-world scenarios. You can see more details here.
Flipside Komix (an imprint of Flipside Digital Content, a leading independent publisher of e-books) has an ongoing promotion where you can get free Kindle editions of three of their titles: Kubori Kikiam, Tabi Po and The Long Weekend.
You’ll recall “Tabi Po” from my recent interview with creator Mervin Malonzo; Kubori Kimiam is an adult humor strip which is a perennial Komikon Awards nominee; “The Long Weekend” is a a hundred-page road movie romantic erotic komix novella by outspoken writer and critic, Adam David. Here’s what you need to do to get your free komiks, copy-pasted from the Flipside Komix Facebook page:
Get Kindle editions of three Pinoy digitals Kubori Kikiam, Tabi Po and The Long Weekend for FREE!
1. Like Flipside Komix.
2. Share a link to this note on your wall.
3.Tell us what device you have on our wall.
4. Download the Kindle app for your device and create an Amazon account.
PM us your email address for your Amazon.com account.Email your amazon account email address to jessa.vicente<at>flipsideconte?nt.com, but please state your device on the wall of the Flipside Komix Facebook page
6. We’ll send your FREE gift Kindle copies of these three awesome Pinoy eKomix for your device.
Good until end of July only.
Mervin Malonzo’s “Tabi Po” is a beautifully illustrated webcomic that until recently was only available in Filipino. Now, Mervin has released an English language version on the Kindle and will be releasing another version on the Nook and the iBookstore. (Note that the Kindle version has a different layout than the original comic – the “sample” button is your friend.) I took the opportunity to speak to Mervin about “Tabi Po”, the pros and cons of webcomics, and the new English international editions.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Did you always want to create comics?
Yes, I’ve always wanted to create my own comic ever since I took hold of my first issue of Funny Komiks, ever since the days I watched cartoons on TV as a child. And I did! I remember creating my first comic on my used notebooks, a story about mutant ants! “Mutant” because they have powers not entirely different from the ones the X-Men have, and ants because at the time I was obsessed with watching the line of ants in the roadside canal near our house (I still do that, by the way). Watching ants always made me wonder how it would feel to be as small as them. Of course, thinking about it right now, I guess we really are as small as them when you really think about it.
Anyway, my love for drawing comics led me to take up Fine Arts – Painting in UP Diliman instead of Chemistry in UP Los Baños (I passed there as well), to the great dismay of some of my relatives. “Walang pera sa fine arts”, they would say. I resigned from work two years ago to form my own design team with my friends (Pepe&thePolygons) so that I could work whenever I needed to and do comics whenever I wanted to.
How would you pitch “Tabi Po” to new readers? What’s it about, and why should people read it?
Hmm.. for most of my readers, it turned out that saying it had “UNCENSORED NUDITY, BLOOD, VIOLENCE AND SEX” did the trick. Haha!
But to publishers and other people I’d like to impress, I would say, “It’s my own interpretation or deconstruction of the Philippine mythology and folklore. I made the aswangs, engkantos, diwatas and anitos as real as I could, putting them in our history, creating a feasible origin story for them and how they were affected by and will in turn affect the human race. Are aswang really different from humans? I am also fusing some Christian beliefs with the old nature worship. Ultimately, it is my explanation of how our world would work if these beings really existed. The purpose of this whole epic is to make the reader think about human nature, the environment, religion and the meaning of life, the universe and everything–all while still being entertained.” Of course, you do not see this yet in our story so far but that’s the grand plan. It’s not really all violence and nudity, you’ll see.
“Pericos Tao” is a comic from writer/artist Andrew Drilon which was released online recently by Top Shelf. It’s not a new work, but it hasn’t seen wide release until now–you may recall Adam David talking about it during our Rocket Round Table on favorite Philippine spec fic stories (slight spoilers here, so go read the comic first if you like–it’s only ten pages):
Barring my own set of scintillating sensurround scifi scintillations, the best Pinoy SpecFic story would be the unfortunately still largely unread “Pericos Tao” by Andrew Drilon. It was supposed to be part of Drilon’s Kare-Kare Komiks print remix a bunch of people – me included – tried their best to make manifest around the middle of 2008. I was the layout artist so I was privy to the actual finished pages – “actual finished pages” being actually “virtual” as Drilon assembled everything on computer – and I was one of maybe ten or so people who have seen the whole book (maybe I still am). The publisher ran out of money, so the project didn’t push through. The book was 96 pages of Drilon’s full-colour ChemSet strips, and a handful of new ones to round off the collection, some of which already saw publication in places, but not “Pericos Tao” for some reason.
“Pericos Tao” is one of those too few gay stories that’s ABOUT being gay and at the same time ISN’T in the sense that it isn’t pushing an agenda. It’s about a young man trying to escape the past, and, unsuccessful, finally decides to come to terms with it in his own terms. It makes use of a few characters/creatures from Visayan tradition and somehow making them not clunky as how most of these things are on the page more often than not. It also employs some formal play by way of recreating the young man’s Visayan childhood via impeccably mimicking Larry Alcala’s unmistakable cubist brushstrokes, while the present rendered as how Drilon renders his usual, only slightly better, all of these things running in synch all focused on telling the story, and telling it well. Of everything I’ve read by Drilon, or any one else’s in SpecFic for that matter (and I’ve probably read about 90% of what’s been published so far as of 05:04AM of 7 September 2009), “Pericos Tao” remains to be the most honest and most complete and most heartfelt and really just one of the best stories I’ve ever read, printed (or not) on paper. It’s really all just downhill from here for Drilon. I hope more people will get the chance to read “Pericos Tao,” before he decides to sell out and go manga on everyone. Make it so, Andrew!
High praise from someone very hard to impress. Intrigued? Then go check out “Pericos Tao”
The thing about using a broad term like “speculative fiction” is that it can be a bit tricky figuring out what does or does not fall under that umbrella (especially with something more poetry than prose)… but I’m pretty sure that a book of blurbs about itself (the book of blurbs) qualifies, especially with contributions from familiar spec fic names such as Dean Alfar, Mia Tijam, Adam David, Andrew Drilon, Josel Nicolas, Khavn, and Budjette Tan. Curator Angelo Suarez has thrown up a PDF sampler which you can find here, and I’ll let him explain the project in his own words:
This book was assembled in 2009 as something that was titled “The Blurb Project”— admittedly an unimaginatively unimaginative tentative name—intended for release w/in the same year. The procedure: Ask writers to blurb for a book whose content would solely be the blurbs to be collected from them, a critico-creative exercise in closed-circuit self-reference that could function as a collaborative epic poem of modular components. The material gathered was hence largely speculative: the book would talk about itself even before the book was complete, the collaborators either working blindly or else w/ what few blurbs were already available for their use.