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.

Visprint Warehouse Sale 2013

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On October - 4 - 2013

It’s on, you guys! Visprint is, for my money, THE best Philippine print publisher (no bias, I swear), not just when it comes to speculative fiction and comics, but responsiveness to what readers want as well. The warehouse sale is a great way to get their titles at a discount. Here are the price lists. First for comics:

Then for everything else:

And here’s a map (and here’s the Google Maps version), followed by a few advisories from the good folk at Visprint:

IMPORTANT ADVISORY FOR THE WAREHOUSE SALE:

- Wala po kaming sapat na parking space. Residential area ang vicinity ng aming opisina kaya’t hindi po kami makakapag-allot ng parking area sa may mga dala ng sasakyan. Pasensiya na po.

- Hindi po airconditioned ang pagdadausan ng sale. Magdala ng pamaypay, payong at pamalit na damit

- Maging handa po tayo sa matinding init ng araw, o buhos ng ulan (alam niyo naman ang ating weather…)

- Sakali pong magkaroon ng matinding pagbuhos ng ulan, sigurado pong babaha sa lugar namin. Mapipilitan po kaming i-cancel ang sale para sa araw na yun para sa safety nating lahat. Ipo-post po namin dito sa aming FB, bago pa mag-9AM sakaling magkaroon ng biglaang pagbabago sa sched. SAKALI lang naman

- Ine-encourage po namin ang lahat ng mamimili na magdala ng sarili nilang bag para sa kanilang mga bibilhin. Wala po kaming plastic bags sa opisina.

Kala ninyo kayo lang ang excited?
KAMI RIN!!!

PS: eto po ang mapa ng aming lokasyon para sa mga tam—…este, walang panahon na mag-Google map
* Walking distance lang po mula EDSA, kanto ng Cabrera, papuntang Alcaver. Pramis, konting tumbling lang talaga.
* Sa mga sanay maglakad, walking distance lang din mula sa MRT station papunta sa aming opisina (average of 10mins.) Araw-araw po naming nilalakad ang rutang yan

Comics and Manga Workshop with Tintin Pantoja: September Batch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 17 - 2013

Awesome Filipina comics creator Tintin Pantoja (“Who is AC?“) sent me word that a new batch of her comics and manga creating workshops is starting this Saturday. Says Tintin: “This new eight-week session emphasis making short comics exercises, both your own and with partners. Projects will include jam comics, drawing in different styles, creating mini-comics, and more! By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a portfolio of stories to post on your website and to show off at the next Komikon. We’ll also develop original ideas for future long-form projects. Call 0928-5061046 or email tintinp@gmail.com for details.”

Dissecting Page Design: Adam David on Magnuson’s “Kuting Magiting”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 5 - 2013

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.

Selected Komiks Eligible for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Award

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 22 - 2013

Tomorrow is the last day to nominate titles for the 2013 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, and I think that we can do better than four nominees in the comics category. REMEMBER, THE AWARDS ARE OPEN TO INDIE/SELF-PUBLISHED TITLES. That being said, maybe it’s hard to remember exactly which titles came out last year (and so are eligible for the awards) so I scrounged around the Internet and came up with this incomplete list, focusing on titles that I’ve at least heard of/seen, with links to a home page/ goodreads page/ preview/ or review. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments below.

And most of all — go nominate! You can nominate MULTIPLE titles, so no need to choose from amongst favorites.

EDIT: New Additions:

Mark 9verse47 by Tepai Pascual

Codename Bathala #2 by Jon Zamar and Judd Abinuman

Patintero, Book 1 by Kai Castillo

Talaan ng mga Aparisyon by Carlorozy Clemente

Juanderlandia by sirwen(pazin-tave komiks)

Ang Morion Book 1 by Wan Malinao Mañanita

Dalawang Liham #1 by Ronzkie Vidal

LikeMan by Rasel Reyes

Puso Negro Teaching Good Values Through Bad Conduct by JP Palabon

Windmills V by Josel Nicolas

ORIGINAL POST:

—-

Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Sa Kalakhang Maynila by Carlo Vergara – [Goodreads]

Crime Fighting Call Center Agents #3 by Noel Pascual and AJ Bernardo

Manila Accounts 1081: Good Criminals Wear White #1 by Wan Mañanita, Aaron Felizmenio, Alyssa Mortega, RH Quilantang

Kanto Inc. issue 4 by Joanah Tinio-Calingo, Taga-Ilog, Kilayman

Tatsulok: A Vision of Dust #1 by David Hontiveros and Xerx Javier

Ninja Girl Ko! indie special by Marco Dimaano and Kriss Sison

Angel Crush Vol.2 by Ace Vitangcol and Jed Siroy

Cubie ’n Bouncy by Jeciel Gaerlan

Bayan Knights: Nursery by Aaron Felizmenio, Donne Celadina, Jeff Benitez & Erico Calimlim

Bayan Knights #1 Heart of the Black Matrix by Donne Celadina, Erwin Ropa, and Renie Palo

Kamote Chunks #1 by CoRe Studios

Mukat #5 by Mel Casipit

Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles  by Erik Matti – [Goodreads]

Pilandokomiks: Ang Tatlong Sumpa by Borg Sinaban – [Goodreads]

Callous Comics – On Lighter Dreams by Carlo Jose San Juan

Segovia Solutions #1 by Jerald Uy and Jether Amar

Sean #1  by Nicoy Guevarra

Luzviminda Issue 0 by Ray Magbanua

The New Adventures of Kapitan Tog by Freely Abrigo

Sigaw Komiks – by Dommy Abrigo and Freely Abrigo

Pinoy Rangers #0 by Gerilya: Sigmund Torre and Brandon Relucio

Mona: Queen of the Babes by Dark Chapel

The Hotdog Prince by Francis Martelino

Zombinoy #1-3 by Geonard Yleana and Sid Santos

And now, some titles that I was personally involved in:

Mythspace #0 by Paolo Chikiamco and Koi Carreon (with previews by Borg Sinaban, Mico Dimagiba, Jules Gregorio, Cristina Rose Chua and Paul Quiroga) – [Goodreads]

Kwentillion also came out last year, and I think that’s the first print appearance of Skygypsies by John Raymond Bumanglag & Timothy James Dimacali.

 

An Oral History of Indie Komiks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 20 - 2013

Mervin Malonzo’s self-portrait.

Belatedly linking to an interesting post from the Philippine Star last week: Xerox, staples, starving artists: An oral history of indie komiks .

The indie komiks scene is full of raw talent. An uncensored creativity fueled by pure passion for the art runs rampant. To know more about underground comics, we asked some comic artists themselves to talk about the industry, where the scene is today, why life as an artist can be difficult, and where you can get your hands on these precious zines.

The creators interviewed are: Noel Pascual, Josel Nicolas, Robert Magnuson, Jon Zamar, Mervin Malonzo, and Rob Cham.

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:

Tabi Po to be Published by Visprint in 2014

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 4 - 2013

A big congratulations to Mervin Malonzo, friend of the blog and illustrator of Alternative Alamat, for nabbing a print book contract with Visprint for his aswang opus, Tabi Po. He chronicles his path to publication here. If you want to read the webcomic before the book comes out (it’s in Filipino — there are paid ebook editions in English available on Amazon) then head here. The quality of the comic has always been high, but it’s been improving as it nears its climax, and no, I’m not just saying that because I’ve been helping with the editing :)

Then and Now: Freedom of Speech via the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On June - 6 - 2013

At present, it seems Pugad Baboy creator Pol Medina, Jr. is being penalized for the above comics strip (suspended, or fired, it’s not yet clear). For context, head over to Komikero.com.

I don’t want to talk about how the way PDI has reacted to the strip perpetuates the dangerous and malignant impression that homosexuality is somehow a slur, nor how their singling out Medina for punishment when the strip was approved by their editors is incoherent and inequitable. I doubt anything I say will be met by anything but a bland “thank you for your comments :D ” from their social media team. What I do want to do is let PDI talk to itself, in a sense.

These are statements that the Philippine Daily Inquirer editorial team has published or allowed to be published in their newspaper, on the topic of Freedom of Speech. Take them as you will.

“Who should go to prison for speaking his mind? In the modern democratic project, the answer is clear: No one. The conviction of social activist Carlos Celdran for the obscure crime of “offending the religious feelings,” then, raises many questions. Is the Philippines a modern democracy? Is freedom of speech a living civic virtue? Are religious feelings (not even religious beliefs or articles of faith, but the much more ambiguous notion of religious feelings) sufficient to block political dissent or free expression?” — Editorial, “Notoriously Offensive,” 1/31/2013. Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/46003/notoriously-offensive#ixzz2VQg6vEgG

“The first fallacy is the view that if many people find it offensive, then it can be censored. Susmaryopsep. That’s precisely why we have the Bill of Rights! It protects, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”” — Raul C. Pangalangan, “Freedom for the Thought We Hate,” 8/11/2011. Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/9801/%e2%80%98freedom-for-the-thought-we-hate%e2%80%99#ixzz2VQgZTQl3

“The test of a society’s commitment to freedom of expression lies in its defense of marginalized forms of speech. I say in class, free speech is for speech that you hate, not for speech that you like. The logic of the principle is simple: we don’t need to protect society’s treasured ideas and institutions—they pose no danger to us; we pose no danger to them. It is for those forms of expression that disturb, offend, and even anger us that we actually need freedom of expression, as these types of speech are those in danger of being suppressed if society were not serious enough about a democratic culture.” — Florin T. Hilbay, “The crucible of free speech,” 8/15/2011. Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/9981/the-crucible-of-free-speech#ixzz2VQh0oLbE

“If any citizen is free to openly agree, but not to openly disagree, then freedom of expression does not prevail. An individual’s option to openly express disagreement without risk of any personal injury is a key part of the definition of a free society.” — Mahar Mangahas, “Disagreement and Freedom,” 3/3/2012. Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/24193/disagreement-and-freedom#ixzz2VQhRMnVM

Mini Komikon Night

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 24 - 2013

From the Visprint Facebook page:

Come one, come all!!!

Visprint, together with Komikon Inc., is sponsoring this year’s MINI-KOMIKON night for National Book Development Board – Philippines‘s Little Lit Fest

ADMISSION IS FREE!

Your favorite kiddie-comics and young_adult-comics creators will be there! Meet and greet, book signing, comicbook buying, photo ops — It’s just like your usual Komikon, mini version nga lang

Kitakits on May 31, Friday, 5-7PM at the Museo Pambata!

TAG CLOUD

Sponsors

About Me

Rocket Kapre is an imprint of Eight Ray Sun Publishing Inc. (a new Philippine-based publisher), dedicated to bringing the very best of Philippine Speculative Fiction in English to a worldwide audience by means of digital distribution. More info can be found at our About section at the top of the page.

Photos

PSF6_P1020212PSF6_P1020211PSF6_P1020193PSF6_P1020190