Event: Toycon 2012

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 14 - 2012

Just a reminder that the 11th annual Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (TOYCON) takes place this weekend. Here’s some relevant info:

11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2012
June 15-16-17,2012
10:00am – 9:00 pm
SM Megatrade Hall 1-2-3, and Conference Room

June 15 – retailers day only (toys, comics and collectibles sales)
June 16 – retailers day, cosplay contest, exhibits, bands etc.
June 17 – retailers day, cosplay contest, exhibits, bands etc.


Program schedule – http://www.toyconph.com/p/program.html

Contest mechanics – http://www.toyconph.com/p/contest.html
(no need to pay any registration fee to join in our contest)

Contact us only at
email: toyconph@gmail.com
PM us: http://www.facebook.com/messages/toyconph

entrance fee: P100/day

For Philippine komik fans, there will also be an artists’ alley where some of your favorite local artists will be doing sketches, and likely selling their komiks as well. Here’s the list as posted on 100 Araw ng Komiks:

JUN 16

Heubert Khan Michael (Vampirella)

Gilbert Monsanto (Bayan Knights)

Lui Antonio

Elmer Damaso (Hero Factoty / former Culture Crash)

JUN 16 – 17

Ariel Atienza (KOMIKON / West Side / Class)

Lyndon Gregorio (KOMIKON / Beerkada)

Jon Zamar (KOMIKON / Digmaang Salinlahi)

Sherry Zamar (KOMIKON)

Lei Muncal (KOMIKON)

Melvin Calingo (former Culture Crash)

Joanah Calingo (Cresci Prophecies)

Freely Abrigo (Kulas / Kapitan Tog)

Tepai Pascual (Mark 9 verse 27 / Maktan 1521)

Mel Casipit (Mukat)

Rommel Estanislao (Lipad / Tupang Itim / Bruho Barbero)

Ruben Nacion (BENNAC Cartoons)

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.”


Launch: The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium #2

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 16 - 2011

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium is an independent comic/komik anthology which has an “underground” feel and aesthetic. (The first issue had a comic that starred a lamp post as its protagonist. No, not an anthropomorphized, talking lamp post. Just an ordinary lamp post for the reader to project his/her emotions on.) The second issue will be launched tomorrow, December 17, at Sputnik Fantastik, Cubao X, near the Gateway Mall, from 7pm onwards. I’m not sure who is in the latest volume, but it is co-edited by DJ Legaspi, Josel Nicolas (Windmills), and Mervin Malonzo (Tabi Po and our very own Alternative Alamat illustrator). Give it a shot!


Technoteapot: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 5 - 2011

I met a pair of striking young ladies at this year’s Komikon. These were the ladies of Spidersilk Productions, and they turned out to not only be interested in steampunk, but were all set to have a steampunk themed exhibit as well: Technoteapot: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party. This is the first steampunk event I’ve personally heard of that would take place in Metro Manila, so if you’re interested in the genre, do drop by from December 8-10. There will also be guest artists such as Koi Carreon (“Marco’s Delivery Service“) and the rest of Ravencage Studios there as well, displaying new steampunk artwork. Event details are as follows:

Art Exhibit Featurning the Works of
Dione D’Souza | Maku Felix | Isobel Francisco

With the Special Participation of Dokissaten Maid & Butler Café
Featuring the Live Performance of Similarobjects
and DR. SKETCHY’S Anti-Art School Manila

December 8-10, 2011
2F LRI Design Plaza, Makati City
Festivities begin at 6PM

For a schedule of performances and more details, go here.

Call for Submissions: Bangungot Horror Film Festival 2011

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 20 - 2011

Personally, my idea of a horror film is the Star Wars Blu-Ray, but for those more keyed into the horror aesthetic, you may want to give this a shot: the Bangungot Horror Film Festival is looking for 10-15 minute videos (no limit to the number of entries) for a showcase of indie films on November 11, 2011. They’re especially on the look out for films featuring Philippine folklore, which places this right up the alley of most Rocket Kapre readers. Contact details are on the poster, so give it a go if you’re cinematically inclined.

Just go easy on the “Nooooo”s, okay?

[Image from Kakatakutan]

Event: Zombiethon 2011

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 19 - 2011

Being a lazy bum, I never could understand the fascination with running. But shambling? I totally get that.

Apparently, I’m not alone. On October 30, zombie fan organization “Dead Zone” will be holding a Zombiethon in Makati. Prizes await the undead with the best (by which I assume is meant the “ugliest”) looking outfit, so if you’re looking to get your shamble on, mark the date!

(Now, if only someone would organize a simultaneous “Plant-a-thon”, we’d really be cooking with fire…)

[Image via Geekmatic]

WIT: Visprint Reader’s Day 2011

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 5 - 2011

Visprint–publishers of such Philippine speculative fiction titles as Trese, the Filipino Heroes League, News Of The Shaman, and Naermyth, as well as fan favorites such as Kikomachine Komix and the books of Bob Ong–will be having its first annual “Reader’s Day” on September 10, this coming Saturday, at the SMX Convention Center, Meeting Rooms 7, 8 & 9.  Entitled “WIT”, the event promises to feature an exhibit of never-before-seen artworks by Visprint artists; behind-the-scene revelations by the book creators; talks on creativity; and a sneak peek of upcoming Visprint titles.

Now, this is the first of what will be an annual event, but if you’d like to get a taste of what WIT might be like, you can check out my videos from “Literature From Shakespeare to Bob Ong: Bridging the Divide Between the Popular And the Canonical”

EDIT: Here’s the updated poster:

Week 2: Sandaang Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of Komiks)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 2 - 2011


The Sandaang Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of Komiks) event entered its second month yesterday, and the focus has shifted from personal creations (i.e. creators plugging their own works) to celebrating the works of other creators. Here are the guidelines for August, as per Joanah Tinio Calingo:

For the month of August, all posts will be about:

a)       Komiks artists and authors (other than your self).  Whether they’re still active or not.  It can be in a form of trivia, or  interviews (not necessarily done by you), or link to their sites.  Posters are encouraged to promote komiks artsts outside their own group (pero pwede pa rin na kagrupo kung artist posts lang)

b)       Other existing komiks.  If you have reviews, or recommendations, now is the time to post it.  It can also be in a form of links to an image of the cover or the pages. Titles for recommendations and reviews, should of course, be still available  in the shops or cons, or online (or else where where people can get them, like kindle).  Also, recommendations should be for titles outside your own comic group.

c)   The post can also be a fan art of any local komiks character (this can also be a form of recommendation for existing titles).

The goal for August is to introduce komiks artists (veterans and newbies, mainstream and indie) and their works to other people, and to your circle (since everybody in your circle already knows that you are making komiks).

This is also a chance to know other artists, their works and their contributions.  And also, to introduce the new gen artists to komiks readers.  It’s also a heads-up if you’re going to local komiks events.  At least alam niyo na kung sino sila.

Format –> 100 Araw ng Komiks: (post/link/etc.)

[Logo c/o Rommel Estanislao ]

Flipside Ebook Publishing Webinar

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 27 - 2011

Flipside Digital Content, the Philippine company responsible for publishing books such as Carljoe Javier’s “Geek Tragedies” and–through their Flipside Komix imprint–komiks titles such as Kubori Kikiam, Tabi Po and The Long Weekend, will be holding a free Webinar on Ebook Publishing for those who want to learn more about the business (or, to be more specific, to learn more about how Flipside conducts its business, for those who may be interested in publishing with them) at 10:00 pm tomorrow, July 28. The speaker will be Anthony de Luna, Flipside CEO, and he’ll talk about the process of getting your manuscript ready for digital publishing, and an overview of Flipside’s operations. I’ve heard good things about Flipside from its authors, so prose writers and comics creators may want to hear what the company has to say. If so, be sure to register at the webinar site, or head there anyway to view the video overview of the webinar. Again, it’s free, and the lecture should only take thirty minutes, so it’s worth a shot.



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