Tuesday, November 30, 2010

tan & baldisimo interview on rocket kapre

rocket kapre's paolo chikiamco sat down with budjette tan and kajo baldisimo to discuss their recent national book awards win, trese fandom, and what it would take for them to quit their dayjobs and make comics full-time:

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.

 full interview here.

ang maskot gets a nice little mention in there, and so my day is now officially made.

komiks bazaar at UP-ISSI

there is going to be an indie komiks bazaar at UP this saturday afternoon, featuring:

Joanah Calingo
Alejandro Edoria
Silent Sanctum Manga
Meganon Comics,
Wall Push Productions
Akda comics group
Inkwork Sorcery Studio

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and here's a map to the venue:

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the kids went to a children's party yesterday, ang brought home at least one inappropriate toy:

and some ironic candy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

michael buntag reviews taal and school run!

on taal volcano monster vs. evil space paru-paro:

At a modest twenty pages, Taal Volcano Monster isn't so much a story as an extended gag strip. A Mothra stand-in shows-up for no good reason other than that's what happens in the movies. And the requisite knock-down drag-out battle takes place. Both monsters are drawn to look like cuddly plush toys, while the humans are mostly just tiny stick figures. Mass destruction rarely looked so cute.

on school run #1:

 They may be kids, but if the comic follows the formula, the cast will get whittled down to just a few of the more resourceful and stronger characters... The first issue isn't particularly graphic by the genre's standards, although the possibility of baby-faced munchkins dying horribly one by one might disturb some readers... The departure from the usual horror movie casting is what's intriguing about the comic. So as perverse as this sounds, I'll be disappointed if no blood is spilled in the future.

full article here.

so that's how googlemaps does it.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

december comics events!

Comics Signing
Adam David + Carljoe Javier + Josel Nicolas
27 November 2010, Saturday
9 pm @ SPUTNIK

Comics Signing
Friday, December 3
8:00pm - 11:00pm




Friday, December 3 at 7:00pm - 3:00am

Ilyong's, Kalantiaw, Cubao
books! komix! zines! shirts! other stuffs!

Thomasian Writers Guild! Aklat Kurimaw! Ink Elephant! Tilde Acuna! Gelo Suarez! Macoy! Papermonster! Cavite Young Writers Association! Mark Angeles! Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium! the Youth & Beauty Brigade! Mike David! UP UGAT! UP Writers Club! Heights! High Chair! Gerilya Komix Krew! Kuliti!

Comics Signing
Saturday, December 11
9:00pm - 2:00am next day

*there is probably going to be a komiks bazaar at UP on december 4.
will update this post as things get finalized.

Monday, November 22, 2010

better living through xeroxography: the event (updated)

poster i made for adam david's celebration of DIY art. the maps were drawn by adam himself. from what i understand the event is going to be a party-slash-christmas sale "very small small press expo". there will be indie comics, books, zines, poetry chapbooks, postcards, shirts, bags and all kinds of stuff made by some very talented folk. i will be there with josel nicolas, mervin malonzo, dj legaspi, apol sta. maria, michael david and anyone else who enjoys free beer and druken karaoke. if you have nothing better to do after you get your manix abrera autograph on december 3, do drop by. you can have my free beer, i'm allergic.

facebook event page

Saturday, November 20, 2010

two sides of the piracy coin

colleen doran makes her case against comics piracy:

Here’s hoping the next step in combating the lack of respect for copyright includes an initiative to instill some respect for the people who create content. Real human beings live behind that work.

meanwhile, steve lieber enters the belly of the beast and finds the experience rewarding:

I just participated in a genuinely fascinating discussion, and I think it’s old dog, new tricks time.

so who's right? i think both of them are. digital piracy isn't a black-and-white issue, and we really are living in unprecedented times where the rules are being rewritten and new rules are made up as we go along.

while i applaud efforts like those described in doran's article seeking to keep adsense profits out of pirates' hands, i also agree with lieber that free is here to stay and we need to deal with that fact as well.

here in the philippines, the kind of comics literacy we have that helped give rise to and supports initiatives like komikon and the indie komiks movement wouldn't really be possible without comics scans available online. and yet those same struggling indie artists are the ones most vulnerable to lost profits due to digital piracy and copyright infringement. like i said, it's not a simple topic.

incidentally, that graphic at the top is a sales chart of steve lieber's graphic novel underground, comparing the rise in sales when his work got featured in boingboing and given away for free at 4chan. interesting, ain't it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

batibot returns: sneak peek

andrew villar posted this video of some new and returning characters set to appear in the new batibot show debuting this month on TV 5, including the replacements for kuya bodjie and ate shena:

my initial reaction is, "way too perky". but then again this hyperstimulated post-blues clues generation might prefer it that way. we'll see.


from left to right: manix and jess abrera, the artist raymond and his sister jona, michael david and myself.

check out more of raymond logronio's sweet vector toons at his istikitoons facebook page:


theory of hipster relativity


Thursday, November 18, 2010

school run #3 now available at sputnik!

and will be available at comic odyssey galleria soon!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the french revolution would've been a lot less dreary...

...if they'd had one of these.


media coverage

1.) stanley chi and the front act crew were at last month's PICCA fest doing their thing that they do, which means i can now claim to have officially been on TV... for like three seconds (beware crappy vid quality):

the PICCA bit starts at 4:36, and i make my appearance at around 6:42. there's also a second part with more komikon bites at 6:24 and 12:00, but i'm not in it so w/e.

2.) game! magazine's october issue also acknowledged that i exist...

...in the most economical way possible.

3.) astig TV did a series of interviews featuring us sulyap komiks people, but the video's not embeddable so you'll have to go here to see how awkward and weird and fidgety i am in person.

4.) finally and most recently, poc.net's paolo chikiamco caught the tail-end of our panel interview at komikon last weekend, and posted some video to accompany his excellent komikon asessment.


the latest issue of wow! pinas magazine did a feature on komikon:

see how most of us are wearing black?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

jay vs. conan: behind the scenes

vanity fair excerpts bill carter's book the war for late night:

Finally, Glaser looked across the room to where Conan was sitting and asked him, “What do you want to do?”

His chest muscles were so constricted, Conan wondered briefly if he might be having a heart attack. “What I want to do,” he said, haltingly, his voice rough and raw, “is something that all of you are going to tell me I can’t do.”

He had their full attention now, all eyes pinned to him. “I want to write a statement that says exactly how I feel about it. You guys are going to tell me that I’m giving up all my leverage if I’m supposed to go to another network or something, but I can’t wait. I don’t want to play games here.”

He described how much the show meant to him, the legacy of Carson, the offers he had passed up to get this chance, and how losing it would be crushing—and unfair. Because they were never really given a chance.

The words came freely; he composed them on the spot. But they flowed, syntax perfect, no hesitation between sentences. His voice grew softer, even more strained with emotion when he got to the core of his message: he could not accept a postponement in a nightly habit Americans had participated in and shared for nearly six decades; he would not be an accomplice to the destruction that this idea of NBC’s might inflict on the greatest franchise in television history. If it truly came to this, if NBC would actually force him to decide whether to give up his dream or play a role in undermining a cultural landmark, then maybe it would be better for him to find someplace else to work, someplace that prized the art of late-night television more than NBC now apparently did.

When Conan finished, his group sat silent. Jeff Ross, his own eyes welling up, looked around and saw no dry eyes on the Conan team. Patty Glaser finally broke the silence. “I like it,” she said. She paused, then said definitively, “Let’s do it.”

read the full story here.

assembly-line fiction

remember james frey, that a million little pieces novelist who duped oprah? he's set up full fathom five, a "fiction factory" composed of young writers trying to create the next twilight. what could possibly be wrong with that? well... a number of things. nymag.com has the dirt.

Frey emphasized that this was collaboration—not my own project—and that he needed writers who will listen to him. He gave as an example a King Arthur adaptation he was working on with another writer. That author had listened to his criticism and rewritten it in a different voice; because the author was receptive, Frey was positive the book would sell, and big. Another project, a Gossip Girl–like series he had worked on with two writers employed at Star magazine, he said had gone south. The writers hadn’t made his requested character changes, so Frey had recently fired them.

He reintroduced the idea that he was modeling his company on Damien Hirst’s art factory, a warehouse in which a reported 120 employees work to create fine art signed by Hirst. He considered Full Fathom Five an improvement on the way traditional book packagers like Alloy work. Generally, a book packager conceives an idea, hires writers to generate the content, and sells the package to a publishing house, much like a film-production company selling a project to a studio. The book packager’s writer will sometimes share in the revenue but usually just take a standard fee, to the tune of $10,000. Frey seemed to think that writers who had a bigger share in the profits would deliver better books.

Monday, November 15, 2010

trese wins national book award!

huge news for pinoy komiks. but don't take my word for it, here's what the 2009 national book awards committee had to say:

In Trese, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo has [sic] crafted a testament to the limitless capacity of the Filipino imagination, as well as one of the best Filipino comic books of all time.

yeesss looks like the lit establishment has finally started taking notice.

budjette reacts with a graceful, ovation-worthy acceptance speech, which impressed me so much i'm reposting it in full:

To the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle, thank you very much for recognizing our work and giving us this award.

To Ruey de Vera, who has shown support to local comics since 1995, writing reviews and interviewing local comic book creators, introducing them to Pinoys through his newspaper articles.

Thanks to Bow, Taps, Arnold, and Mark --the skeleton crew who conjured The World of the Unknown, a radio show about ghosts, aswang, and witches and most especially to Mark who thought of the name Trese.

Thanks to…

My dad, who told me all those stories that start with … There’s aswang outside the window!

My mom, who told me all those stories that ended with “happily ever after”

My brother Brandie, who drew my first horror comic book story and made me want to write more

Ka-Jo, my partner-in-crime, who asked me to do the impossible

Nida, our publisher and willing accomplice

Wella, who stands by my side during those days that seem like nightmares

Let me just take this opportunity to make an appeal to all the publishers in the room, to all the writers and artists in this room, to consider creating one comic book next year, to publish one graphic novel next year. (Although I’m not sure if my publisher will agree with me, that I’m encouraging you to become our competition.)

We once had a golden age of komiks, when supposedly it sold in the hundreds of thousands and reached millions nationwide.

We once had a golden age of komiks when it was the source material of many TV and radio programs -- and movies as well.

But maybe the age of the 10-peso newsprint komiks magasin sold at the bangketa is over.

Maybe this new age of comic books will flourish in the bookstores, sold at the price of a value meal.

I understand that as publishers, you have an editorial line to maintain. So, maybe aswang-hunting kick-ass women are not your thing and maybe gay beauticians swallowing giant magical stones that turn them into superwomen are not your thing-- but please do consider, the next time you plan a book about Rizal, why not tell it as a comic book – he was our country’s very first comic book artist after all.

The next time you do a biography of Ninoy or Cory, why not tell it as a comic book?

When I picked up Dolphy’s autobiography I thought, “This should’ve been told as a comic book!”

The next time you do a cook book about paella – maybe it the instructions can be told using comic book panels.

We once had a golden age of komiks.

I invite you to take the leap – to take a super human leap and bring back that marvelous age, that wondrous age, that fantastic age.

Thank you and good night.

way to go, budjette, kajo and visprint! saludo kami sa inyo!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

november komikon 2010 @ starmall

the starmall trade hall was fit to burst yesterday, with the komikon crowd packed tighter than darna's top (anjanette abayari version).

things were so busy at the sulyap table (thanks for letting us use it komikon crew!) that i didn't get to walk around at all until cherry arrived at around closing time, so i missed a bunch of indies that i really wanted. here's what i did get:
someone left their komikon catalog at my table, if you want it back just let me know.

the sulyap booth... whoever was supposed to sit beside me never came so i got an entire table to myself. we were placed right in front of the entrance. i was the very first indie artist people coming in would ignore.

people who bought a full set of my comics brought home free stuff, like this maskot t-shirt.

julienne and leroy dropped by and asked for sketches. the guy in the middle looks envious if you ask me.

i barely saw any cosplayers, but someone did put together an impromptu "lipad" getup. here he is with omeng estanislao.

the comic book industry is struggling... to fit inside starmall.

temperatures reached near-bahay ng alumni heights, so it was up to gio to save the day. he made several trips to this cooling fan to make sure it was running well. bayani ka, gio!

someone was selling these samurai sword umbrellas for P1,400 each. pricey--but so cool.

first batch of sulyap creators being interviewed onstage by sherry baet-zamar.

second batch. now i can scratch "get up on komikon stage" off my bucket list. (photo by adam david)

i met aj bernardo for the first time... his QBCCC comic kicks so much ass.

this is feliz, who runs the mt. cloud bookshop in baguio. she bought several sets of my stuff. best of luck feliz! i hope we can visit sometime.

meanwhile, this dude (i think his name is euge) was walking around with a bunch of his indie comics, all fresh-printed and unstapled, and he came all the way from cagayan de oro city to invite us to an art/anime/comic convention he was setting up there.

tepai brought cake. caaaaakkeeee

(photo by amai richardson) being busy and selling lots of comics is wonderful, but i missed walking around and socializing with fellow indie peeps. i barely even got to chat with my immediate neighbors gio and the meganon crew. but wow, so much positive feedback from readers about school run and ang maskot, nakakataba talaga ng puso. maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng dumalo sa komikon! mabuhay kayo!

more photos here

Saturday, November 13, 2010

november komikon 2010 releases (constantly updated)

here's a sampling of the titles scheduled for release at next week's komikon at star mall. this year's komikon boasts its biggest indie komiks tiangge yet, with 34 artists/groups participating!

24 hour comics and beyond by mel casipit

atomic under ground special edition #1 by m3 comics

barangay sesame by dumpling press

bayan knights #5 by bayan knights group

boy bakal #2 by carlo valenzuela

dekada by lyndon gregorio

boink! comics featuring: Andrew Villar (Ambush), Stong Franco (Quipino), Greco Milambiling (Aha Hule), Julius Villanueva (Life in progress) Hazel Manzano (Callwork), Syeri Baet-Zamar (Carpool), Mimi Romauldez (Frog pond), P'Casis, Amos Villar, and Celso Quijano

break out comics by subway productions

komikon comics compilation by mel casipit

cresci prophecies vol. 3 by ika-siyam

digmaang salinhali #8 by jon zamar and judd abinuman

dragon kid #3 by lady storykeeper

drop dead dangerous by chad cabrera and mike banting

earthborne chapter zero by alitaptap comics

force 8 by tomokii

fruitshake by soul synth comics

hyper comics #1 by hyper comics

estrella part 2 of 2 by jeri barrios

gutom by norby ela

hard core by hazel manzano and andrew villar

hero #3 by rommel estanislao

kanto inc. promo by melvin calingo, joanah calingo and kilayman

kapitan tog #2 by freely abrigo

krisis komix: identity krisis by krisis komix

kubori kikiam compilation #3: we heart short shorts by michael david

landas tungong digmaan by jon zamar, et al

lilium by jeneko

marco's delivery service by john carreon

mark verse 9 verse 47 #5 by meganon comics

mark verse 9 verse 47 vol. 1 by meganon comics

maso #1 by ramil ibay

the amazing mega by core studios

mixed delight #1 by camille nolasco

mukat #1 by mel casipit

my falling star girlfriend by henry bustamante

no parking #2 by core studios

patintero #2 by kai castillo

the pacquiao comic by jose gamboa

pag-asa #4 by erico calimlim

the quarterly bathroom companion comics compendium #1 featuring:
- Adam David
- Ammathorn
- Apol Sta. Maria
- Bugsy Garcia
- DJ Legaspi
- Hub Pacheco
- Jim Faustino
- Jobert Cruz
- Josel Nicolas
- Mervin Malonzo
- Norby Ela
- Rex Romano
- Tilde Acuña
- Teddy Pavon

realm of dreams #2 by lady storykeeper

sanduguan #8 by ner perdrina

school run #3 by macoy

sulyap komiks anthology featuring:
Ian Olympia
Mel Casipit
RH Quilantang
Gio Paredes
Rommel Estanislao
Tepai Pascual
Josel Nicolas

With a foreword by Gerry Alanguilan

talim #1 by omi remalate jr. and rhiver quilantang

the dog days of jack and jill by hee

unos mundos #5 by wan mananita

weng weng comics by ron tan

west side compilation #3 by ariel atienza

windmills 3: bear in mind by josel nicolas

work in progress #1 by hub pacheco and teddy pavon

yo, bo! #3 by norby ela

zombies in manila #4 by scratch comics

whew, and that's not all of them!

if you're going to komikon this saturday, try to get your hands on the first-ever komikon event catalog for more info on even more komikon titles. first 50 entrants get it free!

as for non-komiks attractions, the youth & beauty brigade guys will be selling their books THE EL BIMBO VARIATIONS and THE KOBAYASHI MARU OF LOVE, and tabi po webcomicker mervin malonzo will have prints and possibly shirts up for grabs.

UPDATE: gerry alanguilan has more titles at his own list here.

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