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 :)

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Promotions/Events

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 3 - 2013

Tomorrow, May 4, is the first Saturday of May — which means that it’s Free Comic Book Day! There are two big events in Metro Manila to celebrate, one from Fully Booked/ Comic Odyssey and the other from National Book Store / Castle Geek / Neutral Grounds / Comic x Hub . The great Gerry Alanguilan has a good overview of both events, and the unique Philippine FCBD komik that will be given at each of the events.

Also ongoing is the FCBD promotion of Flipreads, featuring a mixture of new forever-free digital comics (such as the Mythspace Sampler) and digital comics that will only be free for a limited time. Check out the entire selection here.

Mythspace in the Philippine Star

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 22 - 2013

Last Saturday’s edition of the Philippine Star featured three new comics from the Summer Komikon, and the Mythspace series was one of the stories chosen (alongside ‘Sixty Sixty’ by Russell Molina and Ian Sta. Maria, and ‘Dark Colony: Book 1’ by Budjette Tan, Bow Guerrero, and JB ‘Taps’ Tapia).

Here’s what the Star had to say about Mythspace:

“Writer Paolo Chikiamco isn’t happy with creating one or two characters in his space opera mixed with Filipino folklore. He has set out to build a universe with Mythspace comics. His ambition to soar has churned out four one-shot books for the Komikon. Each book focusing on a different part of his universe and written with a specific genre in mind. It is illuminating to see this kind of work out there as Mythspacedoesn’t just expand its own universe but the literary scene as well.”

Huzzah!

Mythspace Summer Komikon Reading Guide

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 10 - 2013

The Summer Komikon is this Saturday, April 13, once again at the Bayanihan Center. The Mythspace Team will have four new stories (and limited copies of Mythspace #0) available at the event, so it seemed like an opportune time to provide a reader’s guide for our new offerings. But first off, here’s where we’ll be on Saturday:

 

We’ll have four Mythspace stories out on Saturday, as well as Pilandokomiks (a book illustrated  by “Mythspace: An Unfurling of Wings” artist Borg Sinaban) as well as some second hand graphic novels. Here’s a breakdown of the Mythspace titles so you can decide which is right for you (with the answer hopefully being: All of Them):

Title:  Mythspace: Black Mark

Artist:  Paul Quiroga

Writer: Paolo Chikiamco

Genre: Science Fiction / Action / Mecha

Price: 60 pesos.

Synopsis: What if the creatures from Philippine folklore — the tikbalangs, nuno, kapre — were inspired by sightings of actual alien races? That’s the question that fuels the Mythspace stories.

In “Black Mark”, readers gain insight into the fractious society of the crafty Nuno, where political zealots (who tint their skins to signify their party loyalties) have the government in a persistent state of gridlock. Yet, legend has it that there is a faction that transcends politics: the legendary Black, a task force that is authorized to go to extreme measures to safeguard Nuno society. Helmless Mang, a pariah on his home planet, is about to find out that the Black are very real — and both more powerful and more terrible than that the stories would have you believe…

Reading Notes: Stand-alone story, but provides insight into the Nuno, the race of Qu in Lift-off. Nunos also play roles in Humanity and Devourers of Light.

Folklore Notes: I combined the Nuno and Dwende from folklore to form the Nuno race — the idea of different Nuno types being distinguished by skin color comes from stories about the dwende. The Bungis were one-eyed giants in our folklore.

Title:  Mythspace: Humanity

Artist: Cristina Rose Chua

Writer: Paolo Chikiamco

Genre: Science Fiction / Drama

Price: 60 pesos.

Synopsis: What if the creatures from Philippine folklore — the tikbalangs, nuno, kapre — were inspired by sightings of actual alien races? That’s the question that fuels the Mythspace stories.

In “Humanity”, the descendants of humans abductees (taken from Earth centuries ago) labor as slave-miners in the asteroid fields of the materialistic Kataw. Danny and Marta are two young miners, thrust into dire straits when a stroke of good fortune leads to a calculating betrayal. When salvation comes in the form of the legendary Dalakitnon — Free Humans — both of them must decide for themselves what they would give up, to be free.

Reading Notes: A stand-alone story, this expands on the plight of humanity in the galaxy, which is touched upon in Lift-off. Also gives you a glimpse of the culture of the Kataw, and why they have the reputation that they do (as seen a bit in Devourers of Light and Black Mark).

Folklore Notes: The Dalakitnon are one of the “elves” mentioned in our folklore. Kataw is another name for Sirena.

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Cover for Mythspace: Lift Off (Part 2 of 3)

It’s April 1! That means that the Summer Komikon is only 12 days away (nope, not an April Fool’s). On April 13, Team Mythspace will have — barring natural calamity — four new stories to tell. Three of those stories are stand-alone tales (and make sure to check out Mythspace on Facebook for the covers of those stories, later today), but one if part 2 of the Lift Off story that was part of issue #0.

Now, here’s the thing — Mythspace was always intended to be released as a compiled volume of six stories, set in the same universe, with one story Lift Off, being the central piece, and twice as long as most of the others. We want to release Part 2 in order to get feedback, recoup funds, and provide something of a collectible for early supporters (because the final volume may look different from the ashcans we sell at the conventions — those who have Liftoff #1 and #2 will see how Koi has shifted his style.) That being said, it’s likely that part 3 of Lift Off won’t be released as a single issue (unless there’s a huge demand for it) and by next Komikon (in October or November), what we’ll be releasing is the compiled volume.

That being said, I want to gauge how many people would still like to buy a stand-alone copy of Lift Off Part 2, so I can estimate how many we should print, and make sure I reserve your copies. So if you’re interested in Lift Off #2, please leave a comment (with your name) here, at the Facebook page, or email me at mythspace.comic[at] g m a i l . Sorry, we haven’t decided on the price yet.

Also! If you’ve yet to read the first part of Lift Off, and would like to get a copy of Mythspace #0 (where that story can be found),  do also please leave a comment (with your name) here, at the Facebook page, or email me at mythspace.comic[at] g m a i l  — we only have limited copies though! You can see some reviews here and here.

 

Undecided? Have some art from part 2:

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Pinoykon Convention: This Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 25 - 2013

New komiks convention alert! The first ever Pinoykon – a convention that seems to mix komiks, toys, gaming, and cosplay — is taking place this Saturday, March 2,at Paseo De Magallanes in Makati.

From the Facebook group of the organizers:

Pinoykon is a convention that was made by artists, for artists. We will target the future generation of comicbook illustrators, storytellers and creatives alike. We will harness their full potential and inspire them to be better achievers in the worldwide market of illustration and design. We will be pushing toys as well because it inspires the next generation of artists. we will open up new doors for them, and make them aware of our artistic heritage. Cosplay has a very big fan base here in the country and we would like to introduce them to our own version of Filipino superheroes. We will give the new “Juan” his own Filipino superhero, we will make him believe that a Filipino child can dream, can make the whole world his own and fly further up in the sky. Because we believe that Filipinos are one of the most creative people in the world! And lastly, we want each and every Filipino child to have his own komiks to read and marvel the world of make-believe.

Komikon Baguio: This Saturday

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 7 - 2013

For komiks lovers up North, don’t forget that Komikon Baguio is THIS Saturday!

Komikon Baguio is the local Filipino comics convention based in Baguio, brought to you by Bag-iw Art Society and Komikon.Inc. ENTRANCE FEES: Php 50.00 (non-students) and Php 30.00 (students. NOTE: NO ID, NO DISCOUNT)

Details are beneath the cut:

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Mini-Komiks Convention: Read-Lit District

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 14 - 2012

As part of Read Lit District, the 3rd Philippine International Literary Festival, a few select komiks will be sold at the 3rd floor of the Ayala Museum tomorrow, November 15, from 6-8 in the evening. The event will also serve as the launch of Crime Fighting Call Center Agents book 3. Check it out if you;re in the Makati area.

Rappler article on Komiks Scholars

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 24 - 2012

Remember that fundraising event for Philippine representatives to the Global Graphic Novel Conference at Oxford, England? Well, our reps are back from the conference, and Karl de Mesa has an article on Rappler covering their journey, with profiles and excerpts from their papers. Go check it out!

Teaser: Mythspace

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 24 - 2012

“You are wise to doubt the tales of your youth…
… but all myths, all monsters, are founded on truth.”

MYTHSPACE. A Philippine Mythological Space Opera.

Mythspace: Liftoff Issue #0 will be available at the Rocket Kapre booth at the 2012 Komikon, on October 27 at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig. This is my first comic since High Society, and I’m very excited about it. More information coming soon!

 

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