Studio Salimbal Website Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 2 - 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks to Mervin Malonzo’s herculean efforts… WE ARE LIVE!

http://www.salimbalcomics.com/

Consider this an active beta of the site. Webcomics by/involving Filipino creators, on a weekly basis. Please, if you have any affection for me — or more likely, my studio mates Mervin Malonzo Cristina Rose Chua John Michael Carreon Robert Sinaban Jules Gregorio Paul Quiroga Mico Dmgb Tintin Pantoja Elbert Or John Amor Butch Mapa Noel Pascual and Budjette Tan — please, please, help us spread the word, and let us know what you think!

Event: Halloween Comic Fest from Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 25 - 2013

 

Folks, don’t forget that tomorrow is the Halloween Comic Fest from Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked. Free comics! Discounted GNs! Local creator signings/sketches! Here are the details:

JOIN US on Saturday, OCTOBER 26, 2013 for HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2013!

HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST will be held with our friends at FULLY BOOKED at their FORT BONIFACIO HIGH STREET and ALABANG TOWN CENTER Branches.

Attend HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST and receive (3) HCF special edition comics at our FORT Branch or (1) HCF special edition comic at our ALABANG Branch, absolutely FREE!

Take advantage of our yearly HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST SALE!
20-50% OFF all Graphic novels / Trade Paperbacks / Hardcovers
10% OFF all Action Figures / Statues / Collectibles
20% OFF Complete Comic Sets / Vintage & Premium Comics
and ALL BACK ISSUES in our bins – only P100 each*

*(we will also be holding a simultaneous HCF SALE at our GALLERIA Branch. All back issues at our GALLERIA Branch will be at P50 each)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST WRITERS/ARTISTS AT THE FORT BRANCH THIS YEAR ARE:

VISPRINT:
BOW GUERRERO & JB TAPIA – Demon Dungeon
BUDJETTE TAN – Trese, Demon Dungeon
CARLO VERGARA – Zsazsa Zaturnnah
DAVID HONTIVEROS & ALAN NAVARRA – Seroks
FREELY ABRIGO – Kulas
KAJO BALDISIMO – Trese
MANIX ABRERA – Kikomachine
PAOLO FABREGAS – Filipino Heroes League

FRANCES LUNA III ILLUSTRATION FIRM:
AARON FELIZMENIO
KAI CASTILLO
MAIKA EZAWA
MEL CASIPIT
MIKE IGNACIO
ODD REE
PAOLO HERRAS
REDG VICENTE
RH QUILANTANG
TEPAI PASCUAL
WAN MANANITA

Doors open at 10AM and lasts until all the Free Comics are gone.

Event: Indieket 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 7 - 2013

This year’s Indieket takes place this Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 7pm, at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig. Here are some useful links:

1st Komikon Indieket and Kwentillion Booth

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 9 - 2012

This Saturday, July 14, will be the 1st Komikon Grand Independent Komiks Market (or “Indieket”, as its close friends call it), a “mini-event” that is a boon for those who wish there were more than two opportunities (Summer and Oct/Nov Komikons) to buy indie komiks releases. It’s also partly a way for creators to “qualify” for slots in the always full October Komikon, so if you’d like to be sure that your favorite indie creators get guaranteed slots, now would be the time to buy, buy, BUY! There will also be talks by industry experts such as Gerry Alanguilan, Taga-ilog, and Prof. Emil Flores.

Members of the Kwentillion team will also be there, as Summit Media is a sponsor of the event – Budjette Tan and I, as well as a few issue #1 contributors, will be dropping  by the Summit Media booths next to the stage at different parts of the day. We also have some time on stage at 2:30PM, and we’re still figuring out if we’d like to do a raffle or some sort of talk, but that’d be the best time to catch most of us there at the event.

July is shaping up to be jam-packed with events. Don’t forget Alyson Noël’s signing on the 20th, and the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Reader Carnival on the 21st!

Buhay Indie: The Life of Filipino Indie Komiks Creators

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 6 - 2012

Buhay Indie” is a new blog that ill be featuring journal posts from different Filipino komiks creators, with the aim of giving the reader insight into their lives and artistic process. The first entry is by Dr. Carlo Jose San Juan, creator of Callous. Here’s the description of the blog from the very first post:

This is a journal about our life as comic creators and the stories behind the production of independent comic titles we enjoy reading.  Making comics is never easy. Most of us manage our time, balancing everything to make one issue in time for an event. More often than not, we encounter a lot of problems while making the pages, and it takes extra effort to get the job done.  And we each have our own stories to tell.  Each entry will be made by a different comic creator, featuring their comic projects and updates about their comic production… in a form of a diary.  The contributors for this blog are the members of Indie Comic Manila, a Facebook group composed of independent comic illustrators and writers from different comic circles. It’s also the same group behind the 100 Araw ng Komiks campaign.  It’s tough being an indie creator. But we love making comics, so we do it anyway…  Now we’re sharing our stories with you.

Trese 4 Pre-Launch Interview: Kajo Baldisimo (with Sneak Preview)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 6 - 2011

I hope everyone is excited for the Trese 4 book launch this coming Saturday, 5pm, at the National Book Store Bestsellers at Robinson’s Galleria. The book is entitled “Last Seen After Midnight”. I’ve already spoken with writer Budjette Tan–now artist and co-creator Kajo Baldisimo answers my questions about Trese. As an added bonus, we have exclusive preview pages from “Wanted: Bedspacer”, one of the new cases in Trese 4. In these pages, Trese explains to a doctor the difference between two creatures of Philippine folklore. Click on the pages for a larger version.

Do you view volume 4, “Last Seen After Midnight” as the start of a new tone for the series?

Parang yes.

The first trilogy tells the story of a hero who is still quite reluctant to accept that role. The next few volumes will show what happens when she starts facing that destiny head on.

Or not.

How different was it working on this volume, as opposed to the previous ones? Was it easier or harder to complete? I can imagine that as the anticipation increases for each new installment, the pressure on you two must also be growing…

Budj was done with the scripts years ago. As for me, I had a harder time completing this book because my focus constantly zigzaged from ‘just having fun’ to ‘living up to expectations’. The book got finished when I flushed ‘expectations’ down the toilet.

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Trese 4 Pre-Launch Interview: Budjette Tan

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 4 - 2011

The much anticipated fourth book in the Trese series (which is popular enough to merit a Wikipedia entry) will be launched this Saturday, October 8, 5pm, at the NBS Best Sellers branch at Robinson’s Galleria. The book is entitled “Last Seen After Midnight”. I caught up with series writer Budjette Tan to ask him about the newest installment of Alexandra Trese’s ongoing adventures.

In many ways, Trese: Mass Murders (the previous volume) felt like an ending to a chapter of Alexandra’s life. Do you view volume 4 as something of a fresh start?

At one time, there was actually a possibility that the stories in Book 4 might have been part of Book 3 to begin with.

I never really envisioned Book 3 to be such a sprawling story arc. I really tried to tell the story of the Great Balete Tree in 20 –pages and was trying to tell the “secret origin” of the Kambal in the usual 20-pages as well. But as I kept writing that story, it just didn’t allow itself to be contained in 20-pages. So, it ended up becoming 113 pages long!

Book 4 is once again a collection of stand-alone stories. I like doing these types of stories. They feel more like a short jog, as compared on the long marathon that was Book 3.

We’ve actually started on Book 5. Looking at where that is planned to go, I think Book 5 will come closer to a “fresh start” for Trese. Or maybe it’ll take her down new path,s is more like it. We hope to finish Book 5 before the Summer Komikon of 2012.

So we’re seeing a return to the episodic cases then. How many pages will this volume be?

This volume will have four new cases. Each case is a stand-alone story. The stories range from 20 to 22 pages. We’ve actually released three of these cases in the past Komikons because we wanted to always have something new for the readers, just to show them that we are working on the new book. It also pressured us to finish each case for whatever was the upcoming Komikon of the quarter.

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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 ]

Free Komik: Urban Animal #1

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 20 - 2011

Looks like it’s quite the week for free komiks! You may remember my review of “Urban Animal #1″ by John Amor, posted last February. Well in the spirit of the “100 Araw ng Komiks” event, John has made a digital copy of “Urban Animal #1″ available for download at his site. Go check it out, if you are so inclined.

Sandaang Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of Komiks)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 30 - 2011


Around a week back, Joanah Tinio Calingo (Cresci Prophecies, Kanto Inc.)  related an experience at the recently concluded 2011 Toy Con that made her realize how limited the mainstream awareness of komiks and komiks creators truly is. To help promote local comics and their creators, she’s calling on other creators, as well as komiks readers and allies, to participate in a hundred day event to raise the profile of the komiks industry, aptly called “100 Araw ng Komiks”, which will pave the way for the end of the year Komikon in November.

The event begins on July 1, tomorrow, and for the month of July the theme seems to be “Your Own Komiks” in the sense that komiks creators are encouraged to post information about their komiks creations on their blogs/twitter/facebook pages once per day. Those who don’t create komiks can participate by posting komiks related information/trivia once per day.

You can go here or here for additional information (in Filipino).

[Logo c/o Rommel Estanislao ]

 

 

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