Are you ready to soar?
Sorry if that was a bit dramatic but it got your attention didn’t it? And while there is a time for circumspection, for earnest modesty, this is not one of those times.
Some of you might remember these posts and the promise I made to establish a digital publishing house for Philippine Speculative Fiction. I’ve been hammering away at that dream for half a year now… and I’m about to take the first major step at making that dream a reality.
On 9 September 2009, our new imprint will launch its website/blog dedicated to all things relevant to the readers and creators of stories of the Philippine Fantastic. Our aim is that the site can serve as a launching pad for great Filipino SF, and also a venue for a greater understanding of the magical, speculative and scientific aspects of our culture and heritage. But most of all, want we want the site to do is create a community, and for that we need your help. We want to hear what you guys want in a site that aims to be something akin to the io9 or Tor.com of the Philippine Fantastic.
Tell us: what kind of topics would you like to cover? What kid of features or posts would keep you coming back? Here’s a list of things we’re working on:
- A free online zine with SF short stories from Filipino authors old and new
- Interviews with creators/writers/artists
- Reviews of Filipino created books and komiks
- Roundtable discussions on important issues or interesting questions
- Reviews of non-Filipino created media that would interest Filipino SF readers
- Articles exploring our myths, legends, culture and history
- Silly–but sincere–fan speculation about our favorite local characters (I’m working on a post pitting certain cast members of Trese ant the Mythology Class against each other)
If you have content you want to see on the new site, please let me know in the comments section (which will be moderation free). On September 9, at 9:00 a.m., we’ll post the address for the new site here (those of you who’ve already seen it please don’t make the URL or the imprint name] public–it’s not quite ready for prime time yet -_-).
Hold on to your seats everyone. Not sure where this journey will take us, but I promise you we’re going full speed ahead.
I’ve mentioned the on-going voting for the 2009 Komikon Awards, as well as the nominees, but for those without easy access to participating comic book stores (which is, let’s face it, everyone outside of Metro Manila) you’ll be pleased to know that you can now vote for your favorites online via two methods:
The first is through a poll on deviantart which is accessible for deviantart users. It’s not all that difficult to register on deviantart, so don’t look on that as an obstacle.
You can also vote at the official Komikon website–look for the drop down awards menu at the top of the site. Registration (on the Komikon site) is required, as is to be expected to avoid a scenario where the winners are determined solely by dint of which nominee has fans with the most free time. One difference between the Komikon site and deviantart though is that on the Komikon website, you can see the current tally of votes before casting your own.
Voting is until September 20, so I urge everyone to take the time to familiarize yourselves with the nominees before voting–try not to just vote for the nominees already familiar to you @_@. Consider it as practice for the research we’ll all (well all of above 17 that is) have to do for May 2010.
While the Metro Comic Con takes places today and tomorrow, the Komikon (non-summer edition), which will take place in October has recently released its list of nominees for this year’s Komikon Awards.
The voting period will be from August 10 (this Monday!) to September 20, 2009. While some online voting mechanism is planned, physical voting ballots will be available in the following stores:
- Comic Odyssey (a) Robinson’s Place, Level 3 Ermita,Manila; (b) Robinson’s Galleria, Level 3 Expansion Mall,Edsa cor. Ortigas
- Comic Quest (a) Lower Ground Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall; (b)2nd Floor Main Bldg., SM City North Edsa
Congrats to all the nominees! The list of nominees is a bit long, so you can find it after the cut. Good luck with the Comic Aid award guys… Lots of deserving folk there.
Don’t forget everyone, the 2009 Metro Comic Con will be held this weekend at Megamall. I’ll post a rundown of the schedule here, but you can find a more detailed description of each event here.
August 8, 2009 – Saturday
10AM – Ribbon Cutting
11-AM – Band Performance – Matilda
12PM – Suspended Animation Media
1PM – Creativoices Panel
2PM – PTK: Show me your desk Awarding
2:30PM – Craze Cosprsay product launch
3PM – Band Performance – Gupit Binata X
4PM – Indie Film Panel – Alessandro Productions
5PM – Indie Comic Panel
6PM – Pinoy Mainstream Artists Panel
7PM – Band Performance – Giniling Festival
Costrip Day – Cosplay.ph booth
Toy Customization Contest – Cosplay.ph booth
August 9, 2009 – Sunday
10am – Opening
11am – Band Performance – Los Chupacabras
12pm – International Game Developers Association – Manila Chapter
1pm – Creativoices Voice acting contest
2pm – E-games
3pm – Band Performance – Gorgoro
4pm – Animax Cosplay Competition
7pm – Band Performance – Nexxus
Comics Creation 101 – Conference Room SM Megatrade Hall.
Recently spotted a news article, courtesy of the ever dependable Bibliophile Stalker, that the Carl Brandon Society was looking to find/spotlight POC Artists, and what better way to help out than to do a new post (the sequel to this) on excellent Filipino artists on deviantart. A bit pressed for time so only have thirteen this time, but each one is worth checking out. The great thing is, I think I’ve barely even scratched the surface of the wonderful Filipino presence in the deviantart community, and I’m looking forward to finding more–so if you know of any, drop me a line!
I love art exhibits, although to be honest a lot of the more popular contemporary styles are a bit too abstract for my tastes–or too boring: I can see and respect the artistry that was required to paint a photo-realistic picture… but if it’s just another beatified pastoral-rural scene my eyes glaze over. I guess my cousin is the one who got all the high-end artistic appreciation skillz.
Still, I do love art exhibits and Manilart 09 seemed to boast a wide enough variety of styles and mediums of artwork to entice me and my wife to brave the possibility of gale force winds last weekend for the NBC Tent. I’m glad we did-there was a lot of stunning and (to my uncultured eye at least) innovative art on display. Here are some of my favorite pieces that contained elements of the surreal and the fantastic:
“Let’s Save the World” by Anthony Palo: Anyone for a high-art RPG? I love the feeling of eerie whimsy I get from this piece. Strange how it’s the humans who look the most alien to my eye… if they are humans that is.
“Claws” by Lotsu Manes: There’s just something striking about a Superman costume being the prize in a traditional pabitin – especially when you realize that, upon a close inspection of the grasping hands, those children aren’t human.
“Guardian of Patrimony” by Randalf Dilla: What I like here is the way the different elements are structured in such a way that the layered/tiered canvas gives the impression of depth.
[More favorites from Manilart 09 after the cut]
Not strictly related to the speculative or fantastical, but awesome all the same: MANILART O9, the first international art fair to be hosted in the Philippines, will be taking place from 11 am to 8 pm on July 17 to 19, 2009 (that’s this coming weekend folks)–unless you’re a VIP with an invite to the opening gala tonight-in which case I hate you.
Admission tickets are priced at Php200. or US$5.00 each, although I heard over at the CANVAS Blog (which first clued me in on the event) that students and senior citizens with valid IDs can get a 50% discount (For details, call 531-6231, 0917-8511333). The official site describes the event as an affair in which the country’s leading art galleries and those of the Asian region will take part; it will be an event where art collectors and enthusiasts can view the finest examples of Contemporary Art today and gather together to exchange views and insights about the world of art. The site also has an FAQ page here.
If you’d like to see the list of confirmed exhibitors (and follow the links to their respective websites to whet your appetite) then the official site also has you covered.
Nothing like good art to get the creative juices going; see you guys there!
(Image from the Manilart web site)