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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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:

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