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!

Flipreads Free Comic Book Day Promotion

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 30 - 2014

The good folks over at Flipreads have put together an impressive array of free digital comics from Filipino creators, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day this year. While the actual Day isn’t until Saturday, these comics are free now, some for a limited time only. Included amongst the offerings is the first official Studio Salimbal FCBD Issue, and (mature reader) offerings from Salimbal members Tina Pantoja, and the team of Noel Pascual and Mervin Malonzo.

Here’s the list as it currently stands, but you can browse the titles previously available for Free Comic Book Day as well as those currently live at this URL: http://flipreads.com/free-comic=book-day.

(in alphabetical order)

andoyman komiks

Foodcourt
Ang Sumpa

AJ Bernardo

Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 1: Psycho Killer On A Bike
Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 2: Pag-uulayaw sa Barrio Namayapa: Part 1 of 2 (free until May 4, 2014)
Crime-Fighting Call Center Agents # 3: Pag-uulayaw sa Barrio Namayapa: Part 2 of 2 (free until May 4, 2014)

Apol Sta Maria

Mga Kapana-panabik na Kaganapan sa Ating Internet (free until May 4, 2014)
Outer’s Pace (free until May 4, 2014)

BOKIMKATJE KOMIKS

Realm of Dreams: Royal Order (free on May 3, 2014)

Big Ugly Robot Press

Pinoy Komiks (FCBD Edition)

Bru Sim

Halfway

Bong Redila

PNR 2AM
Perya

Carlorozy Clemente

Darwin’s Association of Delicious Evilness (free until May 4, 2014)

Ang Badass na Buhay ni Lam-Ang

danielle rina

dirty laundry and other stories: a diary
dirty laundry and other stories 2

Dark Chapel

Pearl Of The Orient: A more than honest guide about the Philippines

FFY

Terribly Shaky and Extremely Panicky (free until May 4, 2014)

Flipside Publishing

Trese 1 (free until May 4, 2014)
3/12 (free until May 4, 2014)
Kubori Kikiam: We Heart Short Shorts #1 (free until May 4, 2014)
The Long Weekend (free until May 4, 2014)

Frances Luna III Illustration Firm

Manila Accounts 1081: Good Criminals Wear White 001 (free on May 3, 2014)
Makiling (free until May 4, 2014)

Francis Martelino

The Hotdog Prince (free until May 4, 2014)

Josel Nicolas

Windmills V (free until May 4, 2014)

JP Palabon

Puso Negro 5.4: Teaching Good Values Through Bad Conduct (available until May 4, 2014)

macoy

Taal Monster vs. Evil Space Paru-Paro (available until May 4, 2014)

MoarBooks

Maybe (free until May 4, 2014)

Nelz Yumul

AND Comics (free until May 4, 2014)

Norby Ela

I Love Cupcakes

Pangalatoons

Baby Days Comics (free until May 4, 2014)
MLU (free on May 4, 2014)


Rasel Reyes

Likeman Komiks 1.2 (free until May 4, 2014)

Rob Cham

Sad Comics for Dirty Lovers (available until May 4, 2014)

Robert Magnuson

Kuting Magiting 1 (available until May 4, 2014)

Ronnie Baticulon

Palimos ng Kulangot

Studio Salimbal

Shiver, Jangle and Spin #1 Free Comic Book Day sampler
Studio Salimbal: Free Comic Book Day Issue 2014

Tintin Pantoja

Horn

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium

QBCCC 2: Part 1 (free until May 4, 2014)
QBCCC 2: Part 2 (free until May 4, 2014)
QBCCC 3: Part 1 (free until May 4, 2014)

Trizha Ko

Confused Volume 1 (free until May 4, 2014)

UP GRAIL

GRAIL Comics Anthology 2012 (free until May 4, 2014)

Visprint

ITUTULOY: THE BEST PHILIPPINE KOMIKS 2014 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SUPPLEMENT

Zam! Designs

Codename Bathala
Digmaang Salinlahi

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.

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.

Mythspace Volume 1 Coming from Visprint

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 3 - 2014

Let’s kick off Mythspace month with a bang, shall we?

Team Mythspace is proud to announce that a compilation of the initial eight Mythspace issues (six stories in all) has been accepted for publication by none other than Visprint. We are honored to have met the standards of one of the best publishers in the country, and certainly one that cares about comics and speculative fiction. Mythspace Volume 1 is slated for release some time late this year, and we’re very excited to see our stories not only reach a wider audience, but to see our stories together: while each story is meant to stand alone, presenting all six in a single volume was always our goal.

The volume will not only be a compilation, but will feature some changes that we’ll be detailing in future posts, which will also deal with the future of Mythspace, and new projects from the team.We’ll also be having a few contests to celebrate the occasion, with the chance to win some great prizes — including the soon-to-disappear single issues of the series. The Summer Komikon will likely be the last convention that we’ll be selling the individual issues (although the same will still be available in comics stores while stocks last), so if you’re comics completionists, you may want to keep that in mind on April 12.

On behalf of myself, Koi Carreon, Tina Chua, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio, Paul Quiroga, and Borg Sinaban, thank you to Visprint, and to all our readers and supporters. We have lift off… but that only means the the journey has only begun!

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.

After a successful series of komiks sales and art auctions at last Saturday’s Komikon, many Filipino artists are one again coming together in the name of Typhoon Relief, this Saturday, November 23, at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street. Here are the details from the Facebook Page:

Please do JOIN US at our FORT branch on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 from 10am-5pm for a special FUND RAISING EVENT to benefit victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

Close to 50 comic book creators will be present. Commission a sketch, purchase merchandise, and participate in the silent auction featuring many beautiful Original Comic Art pieces donated by both artists as well as comic fans. There will also be special art prints for sale at this event, created by our talented comic artists.

All proceeds raised during the event will go to the GMA FOUNDATION for the benefit of Super Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Confirmed guests so far are:
AARON FELIZMENIO
AMOS VILLAR
ARIEL ATIENZA
BUTCH MAPA
CARLO PAGULAYAN
CARLO VERGARA
CHUCKY PENERO
DENNIS CRISOSTOMO
DINO AGOR
ED TADEO
ERNEST CARITATIVO
FREELY ABRIGO
GENER PEDRINA
GERRY ALANGUILAN
GILBERT MONSANTO
HEUBERT KHAN MICHAEL
IAN STA MARIA
JEFFREY BENITEZ
JIMBO SALGADO
JON ZAMAR
JONAS DIEGO
JULIUS ABRERA
JULIUS VILLANUEVA
KAI CASTILLO
KAJO BALDISIMO
KIM JACINTO
LEINIL YU
LOWE BELTRAN
LUI ANTONIO
LYNDON GREGORIO
MACOY
MANIX ABRERA
MARK TORRES
MEL CASIPIT
MICHAEL IGNACIO
MICO SUAYAN
MIKE BANTING
NORBY ELA
PAOLO FABREGAS
RIAN GONZALES
RH QUILANTANG
ROD ESPINOSA
ROMMEL ESTANISLAO
ROMULO FAJARDO
RYAN PASIBE
TEPAI PASCUAL
STEPHEN SEGOVIA
WAN MANAMITA

There will also be available artwork donated by:
DEXTER SOY
HARVEY TOLIBAO
JONATHAN LAU
LAN MEDINA

This will be held at the top shelf, located on 5th Floor of Fully Booked, so there will be ample space for everyone to participate in the event. DON’T MISS this wonderful opportunity to get some beautiful sketches/artwork to add to your collection, while helping our kababayans in need.

New Mythspace Titles at Komikon 2013 + Mythspace Week 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 12 - 2013

Updating the first Mega Mythspace Mondays post now that we have the official covers for all three of the new issues we’ll be rolling out at this Saturday’s Komikon. We’re also holding Mythspace Week at the Facebook page, where we’ll be uploading something per day until the Komikon on the 16th. Come on by if you haven’t already!

 

MYTHSPACE: LIFT OFF (Part 3 of 3)

by Koi Carreon and Paolo Chikiamco (60 pesos)

Genre: Action / Young Adult / Space Opera / Hoverboarding

The Finale of Lift Off! Bros Magkalas is dead… or, at least, he should be. Instead, he has an alien artifact in his chest, and power beyond his wildest dreams. But will that be enough to dake down the battleship of a Laho warlord, even with the help of some unlikely allies?

Only one way to find out…

 

 

MYTHSPACE: UNCOMMON GROUND

by Mico Dimagiba and Paolo Chikiamco (60 pesos)

Genre: Noir / Science Fiction / Awkward Alliances

It’s tough being a detective on a planet of shapeshifters. But Inquest Haskra’s life takes a turn for the worse when he’s hired by a Laho to find a missing jewel, and prevent the onset of civil war. But does Haskra really want to help a member of the race that destroyed his home planet?

 

MYTHSPACE: UNFURLING of WINGS

by Borg Sinaban and Paolo Chikiamco (60 pesos)

Genre: Young Adult / Heist / Science Fiction / Coming of Age / Detachable Limbs

Ri-En, Books, and Zu are orphans who eke out a living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor, Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health is deteriorating, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him — one which places them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the dreaded, immortal, Sixths.

 

 

 

 

Mega Mythspace Monday (November 4)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 4 - 2013

Two Mondays until Komikon! Two Mondays until Komikon! That means only two weeks until you can get your hands on the final issues of the first wave of Mythspace titles! It also means that today is another Mega Monday, with previews from all three new issues slated for this Komikon: Unfurling of Wings (teen heist!), Uncommon Ground (space kapre detective!) and Lift Off part 3 (the finale!). For today, our previews will have a theme — can you guess what it is?

Inquest Haskra (Kapre) versus Commander Ragan (Laho).

Mythspace: Uncommon Ground by Mico Dimagiba and Paolo Chikiamco

Zo (Nuno) vs. Books (Human) vs. Ri-En(Tan’gal).

Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings by Borg Sinaban and Paolo Chikiamco

Winter (Tyho — currently in a Tkblng form) vs Va-lis-ya (Tan’gal).

Mythspace: Lift Off (Part 3) by Koi Carreon and Paolo Chikiamco

Mega Mythspace Monday (October 28)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 28 - 2013

There are only three Mondays left until the Komikon! So the next three Mythspace Mondays will be something special, with a preview page from each of the three newest Mythspace titles: Unfurling of Wings, Uncommon Ground, and the finale of Lift Off!

Here’s the (tentative) cover for Lift Off part 3 by Koi Carreon!

Title: Mythspace: Lift Off (3 of 3)
Creator: Koi Carreon and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: Part 3 of Lift Off! Bros Magkalas is dead… or, at least, he should be. Instead, he has an alien artifact embedded in his chest, and power beyond his wildest dreams. But will that – and a few unlikely allies — be enough to take down the battleship of a Laho warlord? There’s only one way to find out.

Here’s a page from Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings by Borg Sinaban, with the main characters of the story. What’s it about? Here’s a description:

Title: Mythspace: Unfurling of Wings
Creator: Borg Sinaban and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: A sci-fi reimagining of Philippine folklore! Ri-En, Books, and Zu are orphans who eke out a living in the slums of an aging space station, under the protection of their mentor Ka-Ang. But Ka-Ang’s health is deteriorating, and the three friends hatch a desperate plan to save him – one which places them on a collision course with the station’s worst criminal gang, as well as one of the dreaded, immortal, Sixths.

Space Kapre Detective? Why the hell not?

Here’s Inquest Haskra, from Uncommon Ground (drawn by Mico Dimagiba), laying down the law for his “client.” Don’t hassle Haskra you guys…

Title: Mythspace: Uncommon Ground
Creator: Mico Dimagiba and Paolo Chikiamco
Type: Singles
Price: 60
Promo: A sci-fi reimagining of Philippine folklore! It’s tough being a detective on a planet of shapeshifters. But Inquest Haskra’s life takes a turn for the worse when he’s hired by a Laho to find a missing jewel, and prevent the onset of civil war. But does Haskra really want to help a member of the race that destroyed his home planet?

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