Czech and Spec (fic)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On February - 1 - 2015

Over on her blog, Honey de Peralta has a post up summarizing a wonderful evening we had with his Excellency Jaroslav Olša, Jr., the new Czech Republic ambassador, who is also a scholar and editor of science fiction, particularly non-Western science fiction. Head on over and give the post a read — lots of pictures too.

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?

Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino Interview on Chie and Weng Read Books

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On September - 3 - 2013

Authors interviewing authors! Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has an interview up on her book blog with Dean Alfar and Joey Nacino, where they talk about their processes, and the challenges of Philippine science fiction and fantasy. Go check it out.

Mythspace #0: Free Until September 6

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 27 - 2013

The nomination phase of the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 has finished, and we’re happy to announce that Mythspace #0 was one of the comics that were nominated — thanks to everyone who threw our name in the hat! Now comes the second phase of the awards, the popular vote, which will narrow the field down to a select few semi-finalists, from which the winner of the awards will be chosen.

To this end, we’re making a PDF copy of Mythspace #0 available as free download for the duration of the voting period, which ends on September 6. If you haven’t read Mythspace #0 yet, now’s your chance to do so — and our chance to win your vote, if you’re so inclined. If you’ve already read Mythspace #0 (or Mythspace: Lift Off [Part 1] — the 0 issue is Part 1 plus previews of the other Mythspace titles), then please, spread the word, so others can see if we merit their vote.

All read up? Great! If you like what you’ve seen, you can vote for Mythspace #0 here.You can also purchase Mythspace titles at Comic Odyssey, Robinsons Galleria.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth the download, here are a few of our more favorable reviews:

First, from none other than Noel Pascual, the co-creator of the wonderful Crime Fighting Call Center Agents comic. Here’s an excerpt from his review, the full text of which is here:

Koi Carreon’s art is amazing. As I was browsing through the pages the first time, it’s the character design that really stood out. There’s quite a bit of a manga influence in there but the human characters— from the lead character to the secondary characters (especially the secondary characters!)— all look quite Pinoy. In a story dealing with Pinoy myths, that goes a long way when it comes to adding to the overall effectiveness of the piece.

The plotting really works, going from flashback to present day without confusing the reader. The scenes picked enhance the drama of the story without crossing into melodrama. The rebellious teen who is our lead also doesn’t come close to crossing the line into being an unsympathetic character. Chikiamco also manages to provide his life history without sounding like it’s being done for the sake of dumping info onto the reader. In Liftoff as well as in the other stories, we get a sense that this is a fully realized world, with one element resonating with the next.

Second, from EK over at Jumper Cable:

“Collectively the comics are all presented on a professional level rarely seen outside of the Sacred Mountain, Komikero, Gunship Revolution, and Point Zero groups. Some of the best inking and detail work among the recent komiks releases are here — and I’ve just seen partial results. The typesetting for the dialogue balloons are grammar-corrected and nearly faultless. The paneling is also professional, at par with the best of the Western comics.

On the script level, the two presented stories are as unique from each other as adobo and sinigang, even if they are made by the same cook. Be assured that there is much variety expected among the six presented stories, that it would not be boring even if they were all from the same writer. Both given stories are paced without a glitch, with a clear understanding of writing in general and the comic medium in particular. The author’s hand in the development process is also visible. There is almost no useless panel, and it is clear that the illustrators understand what to illustrate and how.”

Third, from from Francis at Hawkersmag.com:

“Just enough information is given about the main character, Ambrosio, leaving a lot of room for speculation and anticipation of what’s to come.

Although I tend to stray a bit away from angst-ridden teenagers, reasons for Ambrosio’s anger are justified, and it would be interesting to see how his character has changed now that his whole worldview has turned itself over.

There is scarce dialogue, which makes for very efficient story-telling. Chikiamco’s dialogue does what it is intended to do: move the plot forward and reveal character. It doesn’t get in the way of the action and suspense that spills throughout the pages, and that’s a very good thing when it comes to pacing.”

And last but not least, from Tina Matanguihan, from One More Page, where she gave it it 5 out of 5 stars! Here’s an excerpt:

This new series plays on the idea that the creatures we know from folk tales and movies not simply monsters from our grandparents’ stories, but you know, creatures from outer space. Sounds crazy, yes?

But you know what? It actually works.

I also liked reading the previews for the two longest stories there, with Liftoff having that mystery-in-space type of story with a somewhat angst-ridden hero, and Unfurling of Wings reminding me so much of the chimaera world in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

You may recall Estranghero Press’s web anthologies “The Farthest Shore” and “Diaspora ad Astra”, and, while the web versions are no longer available, both anthologies are set to be released this month in print from the U.P. Press. A book launch is slated for August 23 (by invite only I think) as part of a 10 book slate of UP, so hopefully they should be in bookstores soon. Congratulations to all involved! (On a personal note, I have a story in The Farthest Shore.)

Some links from my previous coverage of the anthologies:

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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