Komikero at Comic-Con

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 29 - 2011

Eisner nominated komiks creator Gerry Alanguilan has returned from his trip to San Diego for the 2011 Comic-Con. He may not have taken home the gold (which should not in any way lessen his achievement with “Elmer”) but he did bring back a wealth of experiences that he’s generously shared with the rest of us via his blog. Click the link to read about the Eisner Awards Night, manananggal Hulk, super speedy Stan Lee, and other stories from the SDCC trip of one of our leading komiks advocates. Congratulations again Gerry, and welcome home!

Flipside Komix (an imprint of Flipside Digital Content, a leading independent publisher of e-books) has an ongoing promotion where you can get free Kindle editions of three of their titles: Kubori Kikiam, Tabi Po and The Long Weekend.

You’ll recall “Tabi Po” from my recent interview with creator Mervin Malonzo; Kubori Kimiam is an adult humor strip which is a perennial Komikon Awards nominee; “The Long Weekend” is a a hundred-page road movie romantic erotic komix novella by outspoken writer and critic, Adam David. Here’s what you need to do to get your free komiks, copy-pasted from the Flipside Komix Facebook page:

Get Kindle editions of three Pinoy digitals Kubori Kikiam, Tabi Po and The Long Weekend for FREE!

1. Like Flipside Komix.

2. Share a link to this note on your wall.

3.Tell us what device you have on our wall.

4. Download the Kindle app for your device and create an Amazon account.

5. PM us your email address for your Amazon.com account. Email your amazon account email address to jessa.vicente<at>flipsideconte?nt.com, but please state your device on the wall of the Flipside Komix Facebook page

6. We’ll send your FREE gift Kindle copies of these three awesome Pinoy eKomix for your device.

Good until end of July only. ;)

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 ]

 

 

Summer Komik Review Link Roundup

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On May - 11 - 2011

With both the Metro Comic Con and Summer Komikon behind us, the two biggest komik-centric events of the summer (note that the Toycon, while larger, has had a small komiks presence in the past), a slew of reviews, long and short, have been popping up on the Internet, and I thought that now would be a good time to round them up:

EK Gonzales: Reviews of The Filipino Heroes League book 1 (paolo fabregas), Starchild and Jagannath (kevin ray valentino), Save (danny acuna) , Cadre (polyhedron) , Zombies in Manila issues 1-4 (scratch comics) , Gwapoman 2000 (obvious productions) , Kanto, Inc. issue 2 (point zero) , The Marvelous Mega Woman (ernest caritativo)Ang Morion issue 1 (nest comics) , Precinto 13 (alamat), Sagrado Teritoryo (pisara period)Kapitan Tog issue 1 (freely abrigo) , Cat’s Trail Rewind issue 2,3 (elmer & maria cornelio damaso), Work in Progress (hub pacheco/ted pavon), Callwork: A Call Center Life (hazel manzano) , Patintero issue 2, 3 (wallpush productions), Callous: Chocolate Chip Wishes and Caffeine Dreams (carlo san juan), Tokwa’t Baboy (cm) , Mark 9 verse 47 issue 1-4 compilation (meganon comics), Atomic Underground issue 1,2 (atomic underground collective), Force 8 issue 1 (tomokii), Only Ever After (bbqs, iNorth), Slash, Earthborne, MarsMag, Shorts, Mithril Group Anthology, Cat’s Trail Spotlight: Batang Airee at Polaris.


Joanah TC/Ika-Siyam: Reviews of Mukat #2, A Ride on the Call of Will, Hyper Comics – MARK’D, Rampage Comics/I-Rawwrr — Amoy ng Kupfal, Holly Hock, The Monkey and the Turtle (Director’s Cut), The Unwanted, Unos MUNDOS #5, Myth-tech, Fruitshake: Playmate, Fruitshake: Point Blank, Fruitshake: On top of the World, SKETCH #1, Magugunaw na ang Mundo, Nasa’n na ang Labs Ko?!, Ibalong, Patintero, Only Ever After, Pasko sa Pamilya, The Curfew (book 2 Chapter 1), Gatas ng Saging, Dino Shogun, Force 8, Atomic Underground and Full Upgrade, A Certain Comic Artist’s Journal Side A/B, Flipinas ’70

Behold the Geek: Bayan Knights: Gilas, Trese: A Private Collection, The Filipino Heroes League Book 1: Sticks and Stones

UNWANTED: The Komikero Artists Group Podcast #1: All By Myself: The new podcast has a segment where Gerry Alanguilan reviews Carlo Vergara’s ZsaZsa Zaturnnah: Sa Kalakhang Maynila: Special Preview, and Andrew Villar’s Hari.

Summer Komikon 2011 Impressions and Photodump

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 17 - 2011

The 2011 Summer Komikon took place yesterday at the Bayanihan Center. I didn’t have enough time to go around as much as I usually do, but here are a few pictures and some thoughts on the event.

The turnout seemed about equal to what it was at the Bahay ng Alumni, which was a pleasant surprise and is a testament to a bang up job that organizers and advocates did getting the word out. I found the Bayanihan Center to be an improvement over the Bahay ng Alumni in most respects: the air condition really helped to make the event more comfortable (and hence more accessible to the more casual fan or newcomer not willing to bathe in sweat – their own and that of assorted strangers’ – in order to browse the wares). It also seemed to me to be easier to secure – the Bahay ng Alumni had a lot of ingress/egress points. I didn’t notice any food/drink concessionaires, however, which could be a downside to those not willing to cross the street to the restaurants around Pioneer supermarket.

I also wish that the hall itself had been made to look a bit more festive – the hall doesn’t have a lot of character, and the wedding reception type music that was playing (at least when I arrived) seemed out of place. I’m not looking for giant Kubori Kikiam blimps – although, hey, that’d be awesome – but  few more banners, posters, and standees would have helped give the convention more of a “convention” feel, especially since cosplayers are usually sparse in comparison to other cons.

 

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Summer Komikon 2011

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On April - 13 - 2011

It’s summer time, and you know what that means – another Summer Komikon, where the Philippine comics/komiks scene gathers to sell their wares and celebrate the medium we love. This year, the even will be held at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig (near Pioneer supermarket, if you know that area) and not at the Bahay ng Alumni – you can get a map here. The event starts at 10am on April 16 and is a one day affair, so clear your calendars – many of the komiks sold at these cons have limited print runs and are only available at these cons, so snap them up!

Here’s some additional info from Krisis Komix:

This year’s theme is “Bayanihan: Komiks Moving Onwards” and the main highlights of the event include:

* the opening of the nominations for the 3rd Komikon Awards for Komikon 2011;

* exhibit and guest spotlight on women cartoonists;

* release of the first Summer Komikon Tabloid;

* screening of Animahenasyon 2007 and Animahenasyon 2008 winning entries;

* book launches of new comics titles (28 titles from the Indie Komiks Tiange);

* various comics-themed competitions

Sulyap Komiks Anthology: Signing and Meet and Greet at Powerbooks

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 18 - 2011

Launched at last year’s Komikon, the Sulyap Komiks Anthology contains samples of the works of a handful of our most successful Philippine independent comics creators: Rommel Estanislao Jr., Macoy, Gio Paredes, Tepai Pascual, Mel Casipit, Josel Nicolas,  RH Quilantang, and Ian Olympia. The creators will have a pair of signings over the next 2 weeks: they’ll be at Powerbooks Greenbelt on January 22 from 4pm onwards, and Powerbooks Mall of Asia on January 29, also from 4pm. Free sketches and giveaways also await visitors, so do come down if you’re in the area.

[Image source: Flipgeeks]

Komik Review: Marco’s Delivery Service by John Carreon

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 3 - 2010

EDIT: [March 2012] This is a review of the original, print edition. I subsequently worked with John “Koi” Carreon on revising the script of the digital edition.

Judging by “Marco’s Delivery Service”(written and illustrated by John Carreon) and its previous production, “My Falling Star Girlfriend”, Ravencage Studios (Facebook page) understands that while you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it’s important to assume that many of us will do just that. The front and back cover of “Marco’s Delivery Service” (MDS from here on) are sturdy boards, which serve as the canvas for a colored front cover and a black-on-yellow logo at the back, both of which create a feeling of retro-fun. The front cover in particular calls to mind old school rebel-buddies-with-a-fast-ride shows, which is exactly the genre embraced by this stand alone komik, except in an anime influenced futuristic setting: think Outlaw Star or Cowboy Bebop.

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Komiks Bazaar and Other Events: First Weekend of December

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 2 - 2010

It’s looking to be an eventful first weekend of December, and I thought I’d mention a few events that will be taking place over the next few days.I’ve already mentioned Better Living Through Xeroxography” which is taking place at Ilyong’s on December 3, 2010, at 7pm. It turns out that there’s a lot more going on to greet the last month of 2010, not everything spec related but but certainly of note to Filipino creators in general, and I thought today would be a good day to give a little run down:

  • December 3
  • December 4
    • Modernist/Postmodernist Lee - While the Lee Aguinaldo: In Retrospect exhibit is ongoing until February, this coming Saturday, 10am, at the Ateneo de Manila Art Gallery, will be your only chance to hear Lisa Chikiamco (yep, she’s my cousin, and yep, she’s brilliant) deliver a talk on one of our first abstractionists.
    • UP-ISSI Indie Komiks Bazaar - a chance to pick up the works of Joanah Calingo, Alejandro Edoria, Macoy, Silent Sanctum Manga, Kickbackers, Meganon Comics, Wall Push Productions, Akda comics group and Inkwork Sorcery Studio, outside of the traditional komiks convention circuit. 1-5pm at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. (Link to the map is above.)
    • Polyhedral: Triple Crit -  a pen and paper gaming event, to be held from 1-9pm at LAST HOME Resto & Bar, Unit 6 Madison Square Pioneer, Pioneer Street Mandaluyong, Philippines.
  • December 5

Trese (and Komiks) After the Award: Budjette and Kajo Interview

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 30 - 2010

For fans of komiks, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo need no introduction, and neither does Trese, their komiks collaboration, now published by Visprint, which is one of the most popular and most successful komik series’ in recent memory. While komiks still remains, at this point, a niche market, Trese continues to make inroads into mainstream consciousness, its most recent success being recognition in the National Book Awards in the category of Graphic Literature. In what I think is their first post-award interview, Kajo and Budjette talk about the success of Trese, the importance of their fans, transmedia storytelling, and the future of Philippine komiks:

ROCKET KAPRE: First of all, congratulations to you both for winning the National Book Award for Graphic Literature. Is it somehow sweeter to win it this year, when you were up against such strong competition, in Francisco Coching’s “El Indio”? (I remember that in his introduction to the first Trese collection, Gerry Alanguilan mentions Coching, so it seems a weird symmetry for Trese to win the award this way.)

KAJO: Thank you. It feels great to be recognized. Good to have additional gallons of inspiration to do more work like TRESE (or in our case, more ‘play’).

BUDJETTE: Of course, it feels great to finally win! How I wish we could’ve been there to accept the award. Last year, me, Kajo, and Nida (our publisher) were all dressed up at the awards and my jaw just dropped when they announced that there was no winner in the category. You’d think that if you’re the only finalist in the category, then your chances for winning are pretty high. But, as it turned out, TRESE: UNREPORTED MURDERS didn’t get the unanimous vote of the judges and that’s why it didn’t win.

So, when I found out that we were up against “El Indio” this year, I didn’t want to get my hopes too high. I was happy we got in finalist status again and I just hoped for the best.

I still remember the early days when Trese came out as individual photocopied issues, each resolving a single case. Do you still remember your initial print runs for the early issues? How many times did you have to reprint/go back to press before the first collection came out from Visprint?

BUDJETTE: When we were just photocopying TRESE in 2005, the only place you could get [the komik] was at Comic Quest. So, we probably just made 30 copies and made more whenever we’d get sold out. And we’d get a call from Comic Quest every couple of weeks that people were looking for Trese.

During the Komikon of 2005, I only had 50 copies made, thinking we wouldn’t sell a lot.

We were sold out before 3pm. I was so happy that we sold 50 copies!

KAJO: During our ‘photocopied Trese’ days, Budj was technically the publisher, so he’s the one who kept track of the copies being made and copies being sold. I rarely cared how many people were buying [the komiks] because for me, the only loyal customers we needed to maintain were Budj and Kaj. It appeared that many people were like Budj and Kaj, ‘specially when Visprint appeared and gave us a giant hand regarding distribution.

Do you remember when it was that you first realized that you had a hit on your hands? That this was going to go beyond the convention circuit?

BUDJETTE: I’m not sure of the exact tipping point of Trese. I was getting an inkling of it when I would spot the occasional review online. (Yes, yes, I Google “Trese” once in awhile.) It amazed me that people took the time to write reviews that read like someone’s thesis report. These were very detailed and passionate reviews about the stories. It was also great to get feedback from guys like Gerry Alanguilan and Marco Dimaano about the book early on.

And then, when we released TRESE: MURDER ON BALETE DRIVE, me and Kajo were invited guests at the Mangaholix Con in SMX, where we sold 100+ copies. By that time, we knew that people really liked our stories.

KAJO: Honestly, I knew we had a hit when I first read Budj’s script ‘At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street’. I knew that this would be a story that Budj and I were going to love reading, so making it was pretty easy. [Budj and Kaj] are easy customers, you see. It’s a little different now, but I still try and please those two and hope that many others are just as willing to ride along.

You two have always seemed to value Trese fandom, featuring fan created artwork in your collections and online. What role has fandom, in particular online fandom, played in the success of Trese? Has any feedback changed how the story was told, or presented?

KAJO: The fandom is very important to the success of Trese. They are the big, smiling reflections in our mirrors that tell us ‘you’re looking good, keep it up’ or ‘you look like crap, don’t go out’. The feedback they share with us is as valuable as a steering wheel in a car, IMHO.

BUDJETTE: I think the biggest change that affected Trese’s storyline was the feedback about the Kambal. More often than not, people would ask, “Who are the Kambal? What are they? Where did they come from?”

Like I mentioned in the afterword of Book 3, the original “secret origin” of the Kambal was just supposed to be mentioned in passing in the very first Trese story. I just wanted to get that out of the way and focus on the mysteries that Trese had to solve. But Kajo deleted those captions and told me that he’d like to do a whole story that just focused on how Trese met the Kambal. I said okay and thought that it was going to be a simple 20-page story where Trese rescues the Kambal and I was going to write that sometime in the future.

More people asked about the Kambal’s origin after Book 2 came out. So, I thought, I might as well tell it in Book3. I was trying to tell it in the usual 20-page structure, but the story just wouldn’t cooperate and it became the 100-page book that was MASS MURDERS.

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