Tuesday, December 11, 2012

bltxxx 2012

BLTXXX happened over the weekend, and things went so well the party literally spilled over into the street. i was kind of alarmed when i arrived (around 10 pm), seeing all those people milling around and blocking one lane and a police cruiser happened to be driving past ilyong's with its lights flashing. i thought maybe someone had overdosed on irony or something.

photo by michael david

later, adam david told me that some barangay officials had dropped by and offered to move everyone into the neighborhood basketball court. that would've been a laugh. he also said they'll probably need a bigger venue next year. an encouraging sign.

i ended up buying more than i sold, as usual, but hey, viva xeroxography. i also wish i had the budget to support our prose bros, but, sorry, my panel pals come first.

note to self: think of better smalltalk than, "hi, nice to meet you. i bought your comic." or at least, do not say this while the person is holding a browsing copy of your comic in his/her hands.


Friday, November 30, 2012

teacher's pwet!

if you add one blog to your subscriptions this year, make it teacher's pwet by motsmots. it's a hilarious, heartwarming, inspiring webcomic about a the life of a "barrio teacher." i really can't recommend it enough. someone give this guy a book deal! someone invite him to komikon!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

isiah sheffer, 76

mr. sheffer,

thank you for selected shorts. listening to it helped me through many a rough time. thank you for showing me the special quality of a story told, the magic of a story heard, and the gift of a speaker of stories, of whom you were one of my favorites.

yours in tears and laughter,
macoy

Monday, November 26, 2012

call (out) and response

aklas isip posted a rebuttal to yesterday's post here, which can be summarized in his closing quotation: "everything you know is wrong --god." not surprising, coming from aklas. it's actually a small comfort to debate with people and know exactly what expect to hear from them.

jerald uy also responds: "the issue isn't really that i said komiks is dead, macoy is just out to get me!" sorry jerald, not everything is about you. and don't blame me, you put your own foot in your own mouth.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

komiks, dead or alive: the discussion that won't die

as a comics fan and someone who makes self-published comics, i've spent the last decade or so watching pinoy komiks redefine itself and struggle to bounce back from the 90's malaise that saw mainstream comics dwindle down to near zero.

i've watched the independent komiks scene, led by creators like budjette tan, gerry alanguilan, arnold arre, carlo vergara and the komikon team, make slow, gradual progress toward establishing itself as critically and financially viable. komiks shifted business models, moving from the banketa to the bookstore,  the newfangled comics convention circuit, and the web.

and yet, some people still insist that pinoy komiks is "dead." their definition of death varies slightly, but the thought remains the same.

the longtime komiks blogger/s who goe/s by the name "aklas-isip" posted a blog titled "WHY THERE IS STILL NO COMICS INDUSTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES Part 1" late last october, where he/they stated:

"...we find print publishers and potential investors shying away from local komiks publishing. We see these businessmen going into newspapers, textbooks, coloring books, school supplies, printing tagalog romance pocketbooks or reprinting American mainstream comics from Marvel and DC."

my response, which i posted as a comment, is still under moderation and has not yet appeared on the blog.

yesterday, jerald uy, a freelance writer and co-creator of the indie comic segovia solutions, posted this on his facebook page, the komiks reporter:

"Personal opinion: Komiks as a medium isn't dead. But a local comics industry is "dead" in the sense that there is no thriving industry for comics perse. The graphic novels/strip compilations we have in the market fall under the book publishing sector/industry."

now these two people claim to know about pinoy komiks. i wonder then how it escaped their notice that more mainstream publishers than ever are making, selling, and profiting from pinoy komiks. visprint regularly ends up on NBS bestseller lists with trese and kikomachine. pugad baboy is still going strong. summit media came out with underpass and kwentillion. precious pages has a bunch of titles coming out under the black ink imprint. heck, even atlas' lapu-lapu compilation is still in bookstores.

if you add indie komiks to the equation, you get the ever-growing number of conventions around the country. you get trese and arnold arre winning two national book awards each. gerry alanguilan's eisner-nominated elmer is a multiple-award-winning critical darling published in several languages. indie efforts like bayan knights, kalayaan, and sulyap are available at major bookstores. new indie comics-makers are appearing in record numbers. thousands of people are buying and reading their comics.

so how in the name of carlo caparas can anyone call pinoy komiks "dead," or non-existent, or repugnant to publishers?

komiks may be struggling--no one can deny it's currently nowhere near as big as it was during its heyday in the 50's and 80's--but it's struggling upwards after long stagnation. and guess what, the best is yet to come.

reading comments like those of aklas-isip and uy is to me like watching a person who's fallen over and trying to get back to his feet, and having other people say, "oh, look at him, he's done for. what a pity."

pinoy komiks, is not, in any sense of the word, dead. don't believe me? ask gerry alanguilan and the PDI:

"Adarna has taken on Arnold Arre’s works and have published “After Eden,” Visprint has published both Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “Trese” as well as Carlo Vergara’s collected edition of “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah,” and National Bookstore has published “Skyworld” by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria, as well as “Elmer,” 2nd Edition by yours truly."

komiks is dead? over komiks' dead body!

Monday, November 19, 2012

mataas na paaralan ng lamanglupa

right click on image --> open link in new tab to enlarge

character sketches for a story idea about a bunch of tweenage mythological creatures going to a magical high school that is nothing like hogwarts. this is waaay down the line, with so many issues of school run still to go (i pretty much have the entire plot for school run all finished in my head, just need to set it down on the page). i just wanted to call dibs on the concept, and a few specific ideas.

still deciding on a working title...

"lamanglupa high"

"aswang academy"

"my PE teacher is a tikbalang"


Thursday, November 8, 2012

wow, just... wow.



Hominid from Brian Andrews on Vimeo is an animated short featuring "photo composites made from human and veterinary images creating hominid creatures." 

Monday, November 5, 2012

more on taal monster in the UK

i love it when people point out elements of my comics that i wasn't aware of as i was making it. case in point: taal volcano monster. i don't remember which komikon it was that carljoe told me he was writing a paper about that character (but i seem to recall that my first thought was something akin to, "psh, good luck.") and he asked me whether the "atsetse"-type comedy of tito, vic and joey had any kind of influence on the humor in that book.

a light bulb went off in my head then, because TVJ was a huge comedic inspiration to me growing up. some people have monty python or bill murray, i had T.O.D.A.S. and "send in the clowns." it was by watching their stuff that i saw the power of being able to make people laugh and imagined that maybe i could do the same.

in that conversation with carljoe, i realized (and he mentions this in his paper) that taal monster fits into a specific comedic tradition--not out of any conscious effort on my part, that was just the kind of humor that came naturally to me, i guess.

later, i learned that carljoe and co. would have to buy their own plane tickets and stuff to get to jolly olde england, and that they were setting up a concert/art auction with his music/comics friends. because i work digitally and didn't have any original art to sell, i offered to design the ticket instead, and here's how that came out:


i wasn't able to attend the fundraiser itself, then being in the midst of... hibernation... but seeing that everyone actually got to the conference, things must have gone well.




Sunday, November 4, 2012

taal volcano monster does the UK!


a few weeks ago, ubergeek carljoe javier (that's him on the left) flew to mansfield college, oxford, UK to present a paper on taal volcano monster.

yup.

academic paper. oxford. taal volcano monster.

three concepts i never would have put together in my wildest dreams.

the paper is titled "Filipino Humour and the Filipinisation of Foreign Tropes in Macoy’s Taal Volcano Monster vs. Evil Space Paru-Paro" and is pretty damn readable for a scholarly work. i didn't experience any college PTSD at all while reading it (or at least the draft available online).

so, wow, my everlasting gratitude to carljoe and the folks over at mansfield college. and my everlasting inggit to taal volcano monster, who has visited places i'll probably never reach.




Sunday, July 1, 2012

you are not special, cynthia alexander

underappreciated musician seeks greener pastures abroad, boo hoo what a tragedy.

our

teachers

doctors

scientists

artists


are underappreciated and seeking greener pastures abroad.


you know who never do?


politicians


showbiz folk


now you can weep.








Saturday, June 30, 2012

i find it pretty pathetic that almost all my blog content these days is inspired by stuff i read on facebook.

cheese top burger.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

man plays the same civilization 2 simulation game for ten years, and...

...in-game, the year is about 4,000 AD.



Only three remaining super powers remain, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands.
The polar ice caps have melted 20 times due to nuclear wars and all of the big cities have crumbled.
Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at its peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm
"I was forced to do away with democracy roughly a thousand years ago because it was endangering my empire. But of course the people hate me now and every few years since then, there are massive guerrilla uprisings in the heart of my empire that I have to deal with which saps resources from the war effort."
The military stalemate is so tight and balanced that no other action is possible except the construction of more tanks. This also means that cities are not only tiny towns full of starving people, but that you can never improve the city. "So you want a granary so you can eat? Sorry, I have to build another tank instead. Maybe next time."



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ek misao wanders and tumbles into post-zombie pinas!

"Finally I have gotten around to reading one of the word-of-mouth sensations of the recent Komikons. First of all this must be said: listen to the hype, because it is deserved. Do NOT let the simplistic cover illustrations deceive you (as I was initially deceived).

 
Zombies roaming the Philippines? No problem. Live around it, as we always do. Thus Pinoys have learned to establish surge warnings, put up barriers, create tough buildings, make anti-zombie pills, etc. However everyone also reaches a level of complacency about the drawn-out problem, and people start making mistakes."


read the full review here.


thank you for the compliments EK! i will take your closing words to heart: "Find this series, follow it, finish it!" 


especially that last part, heh heh



Thursday, May 31, 2012

kwentillion: a million stories

kwentillion is summit publishing's attempt to kick-start a nonexistent local YA readers' market by offering a mix of comics, short fiction, and articles aimed at young readers. that's a heck of a daunting task that editors paolo chikiamco and budjette tan have set themselves to, but then these two know what it's like to build readerships where no one believed one could exist before. tan was instrumental in the 90's indie komiks movement, later parlaying that popularity into the crossover success that is trese, and chikiamco has championed pinoy sci-fi through his rocket kapre imprint.

going back to the first issue: it is excellent. the comics alone are worth the cover price, and seeing them for the first time in full-size print is a joy. there are four stories in all:

the last datu's short-haired, dagger-wielding, aswang-fighting heroine (alexandra trese precursor, anyone? ) is out to assassinate the head of the aswang tribe that massacred her people. story by budjette tan and art by kajo baldisimo.
robert magnuson's wordless poso maximo supplies the cute quotient, telling an all-ages tale about an aging monster hunter and his endless quest for... the perfect fried egg?
chikiamco writes and hannah buena illustrates high society, a highly original steampunk-meets-pinoy-mythology story set in an alternate colonial philippines. it poses the question, what if the revolution was led by anitos, aided by a mysterious indio named "the carpenter"? i particularly enjoyed this one, although it is far too short. bitin!

the last story is james dimacali and john bumanglag's sky gypsies. this is straight-up sci-fi of the isaac asimov kind, and expects a bit more from the reader than the previous three. but if you stick with it, it's a beautiful, rewarding tale, and one of the best mashups i've read of space-age tech and ancient pinoy beliefs and customs.

there's some lovely images of these futuristic badjao, "swimming" through outer space in their loincloths, vulnerable yet infinitely graceful beside their bulky spacesuit-clad counterparts.

dimacali also invents some neat methods for badjao "fishing," or in this case, mining asteroids for precious metals: the traditional boat, nets, and goggles are still used, but in new and ingenious ways.

an encounter between the father-son protagonist team and some local space patrolmen also had me shaking my head with recognition. even in the far-flung future in outer space...

kwentillion is available at select national bookstore branches, and comes out every other month.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

mark millar at summer komikon 2012! (video!)


photo by GeekMatic!

comics superstar mark millar, writer of wanted, kick-ass, and the ultimates, was a surprise guest at this year's summer komikon, and he had the crowd guffawing with his opening quip, spoken in filipino:

"How are you guys. I am Dingdong Dantes. Only a few know this, but I'm Filipino. I color my hair blonde to look caucasian. This is our secret!" (it should be explained that he was preceded onstage by local actor dingdong dantes, who has quite the female following.)

millar went on to talk about how national bookstore won a personal appearance from him by ordering a truckload (or two) of his latest title supercrooks, on which he collaborated with local comics heroes gerry alanguilan and leinil yu.

thanks to carlo pagulayan for posting the video!

video

EDIT: geekmatic! posted another vid on youtube, it's got better audio.



also, here's a link to mark millar's amusing manila journal. he seemed quite surprised by the fuss NBS made over his arrival, with armed guards, PR assistants, and a plethora of banners and billboards:
"As somebody said when I sent them these pics, Manila had been turned into a terrifying, nearby parallel Earth where I had won World War 2."


seeya, cj


1.) corona's conviction may not have been strictly a legal victory, but it was certainly a moral one. people in positions of power hardly ever get their comeuppance--i'll take what i can get.

2.) it remains true that powerful people can only be removed if they tee off enough powerful people of lesser influence, or one person of much greater influence.

Friday, May 25, 2012

summer komikon 2012: updates and apologies

ok, so let me bite the bullet and get this over with.

school run #5 will not be available at tomorrow's komikon. i am sorry.

i put off starting for too long, incorrigible crammer that i am. and by the time i started in earnest, dayjob-related stuff magically began to pile up. so i missed my self-appointed deadline for SR #5, i missed 24-hour book day, i chickened out of flipread's 24-hour komixathon, i chickened out of my contribution to the melon pinup anthology, i failed to do my unofficial komikon indies preview... aagh. my apologies to adam and benj and to everyone waiting to see what will happen to maki and the gang.

SO, as i type this i am hurrying to finish yet another long-delayed project so i won't be completely empty-handed tomorrow (if i can find a photocopy shop that opens early, that is). it's a collaboration with a pair of young, very young, up-and-coming creators.




still 7 or so pages to go!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

dying onstage



knot? or knife?

well, ok, the knife guy didn't actually die.

but the audience did applaud the realistic "special effects."

i wonder if they were cheering for the hanging guy while he kicked and pissed his life away too.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

the banana of the future

just read a post over at boingboing about what would happen if all the cavendishes (the standard western banana, which are apparently genetically identical) in the world get wiped out, just as their predecessors, the gros michaels, did.

the heir apparent? this little guy:


isn't that a senorita?

Monday, April 16, 2012

the end of blogs

from xkcd:



i have never understood the attraction of tumblr. it's like a blog, only you can't comment?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

video: budjette tan talks trese and his creative process



brought to you by the la salle students behind panelmag, an online magazine about pinoy comics.

i especially enjoyed his comparison of a long-term comics writer-artist relationship to marriage.

Monday, April 9, 2012

i did not like the hunger games.

i mean the book.

spoilers.

i was expecting to read about a heroine plunged against her will into a deadly game of combat and survival. but what i got instead is some kind of bizaare prom queen story. plain jane is selected! she is given a nice dress and is the center of everyone's attention! which hunk will she choose? will she become prom queen despite the odds?

i did not like how katniss went from kitten-drowning outlaw to rose-kissing, dress-twirling, camera-conscious media darling literally overnight.

can we please stop with the titles? "the boy who lived." "the girl who was on fire." howsabout "the reader who rolled his eyes"?

i did not like how the other tributes had no personality at all. the strongest, funniest, most interesting character in the book was actually peeta. but with a name like that who cares.

i did not like how the actual games' narrative was driven neither by the human interaction/tension amongst the tributes nor katniss' resourcefulness and ingenuity but rather these lazy, artificial plot devices like cornucopias, game master brush fires, and silver parachutes.

those effing silver parachutes. deux-ex-machina in a bottle.

el cheapo sci-fi bits like "artificial fire" and "muttations" that aren't explained properly and ultimately go nowhere.

the hunger games are glorified, despite the author's efforts. we are supposed to be appalled by what goes on, but we end up buying into the concept and cheering for katniss to win anyway. the book gives in to the games. how can we be horrified by all these kids being forced to kill each other, when except for two or three, the author makes no effort to portray them as human beings?

and i do not accept the "it's YA fiction" excuse. king arthur is considered a children's story these days, and it deals with murder and infidelity pretty head-on and in much more depth than this fluff. if it's a good story, it's a good story. "young adult" is just a shelf in the bookstore.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

de flying car! de flying car!

if you grew up watching M.A.S.K. like me, you probably wanted one of these:


(it's called condor, by the way)
well, soon we may be seeing these things in commercial production:


as close as it's going to get, i think.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

philippine daily inquirer openly mocks 70-year old stroke victim on its front page



discrimination against senior citizens? check.

discrimination against the physically handicapped? check.

way to keep it classy, PDI.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

rebranding stannis


by andrael. her "team stannis" cartoons are full of win.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

chasing pavements



HOW TO CHASE A PAVEMENT



1.) Lie down on pavement.



CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE CAUGHT A PAVEMENT










Monday, February 20, 2012

sh*t people say at komikon




"andaming tao"

"kelan yung susunod na issue?"

"philippine flag costume nanaman?"

"alin dun si kajo?"

"eiiii! si manix!"

"meron bang polgas na stuffed toy?"

"ano'ng devart mo?"

ah, ikaw pala si ___________ sa devart!"

"alin ang bago?"

"dito ko lang nilagay yung laptop..."

"ikaw ba yung artist?"

"inaantay ko parin ang culture crash reunion"

"ang mahal naman neto, xerox lang yan e!"


lots more here



Friday, February 17, 2012

do you feel old?

no wait, let me rephrase that...

do you feel back to the future old?



Saturday, February 11, 2012

russians drill a hole into apocalypse. well, maybe.

so a bunch of russian scientists have drilled into a vast underwater lake that has been sealed under four kilometers of ice for the past 20 million years.

they expect to find forms of life that science knows completely nothing about. so i suppose no one knows what the new germs are going to do to our bodies.

don't these guys read science fiction at all?

Friday, February 10, 2012

tarsiers have ultrasonic superpowers


The tarsier, a small primate best known for its bulging eyes and quiet demeanor, has a secret: It's actually incredibly loud, particularly if you're a dolphin.

Until recently, this fact was a mystery to humans because the tarsier has an ultrasonic scream, inaudible to human ears.

Texas A&M anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen stumbled across the find when she noticed that when the tarsiers opened their mouths to speak, she wasn't hearing anything. "She had the foresight to get hold of a bat detector, and she was able to get that vocalization on a recording," Ramsier said.

The tarsiers now find themselves in an exclusive club in the animal kingdom. Bats, dolphins and whales are the best-known practitioners of ultrasonic communication, but some cats also use the high-frequency method to
communicate with their baby kittens.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

the BBC tracks down an internet troll


i admit i got excited, watching the earlier parts of this with a naive hope that the troll might get some kind of comeuppance. 

but once the veil of anonymity was lifted, all we found was... an unmasked troll, going about his trollish ways.







Wednesday, February 1, 2012

former slave's 1865 letter to his former owner

in which the former master was most respectfully pwned.

sound bites won't do it justice, but here's the intro posted by letters of note:

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated). 

Rather than quote the numerous highlights in this letter, I'll simply leave you to enjoy it. Do make sure you read to the end.

read the full letter here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

reading in the internet age

Nielsen's apt description of the online reader: "Users are selfish, lazy, and ruthless." You, my dear user, pluck the low-hanging fruit. When you arrive on a page, you don't actually deign to read it. You scan. If you don't see what you need, you're gone.

And it's not you who has to change. It's me, the writer.

full article here.

via 



Saturday, January 28, 2012

comics i should be working on:

1.) school run #5
2.) sino?
3.) 1- pager for free comic book day
4.) short comic for an all-ages indie anthology

comics i am actually working on:

1.)





Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"the hobbit", a 1966 animated knockoff that screwed over the tolkiens


the above is a recently-unearthed, unreleased, 12-minute, um.... animated (?) adaptation of tolkien's the hobbit, produced by bill snyder. it's got an interesting "little golden storybook" look provided by czech illustrator adolf born, and a wacky, totally non-canonical plot c/o writer gene deitch.

it's got a pretty twisted backstory, too, according to deitch:

Why invest money, plus a year-and-a-half of work, when you can make money without all that sweat? Not only had the Tolkien estate lawyers given Snyder the rights for peanuts, but in their ignorance of film terminology, they had left a million-dollar-loop-hole in the contract: It merely stated that in order to hold his option for THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Snyder had to “produce a full-color motion picture version” of THE HOBBIT by June 30th 1966. Please note: It did not say it had to be an animated movie, and it not say how long the film had to be!

so it's basically a cheap knockoff, only with a legit license. thank the valar for peter jackson.






Monday, January 9, 2012

kerning: more awkward in the philippines

hey DOT, i heard you spent P5M on your new ad campaign, and yet you used let BBDO use a frikkin FREE FONT.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

cliff chiang's justice league of japan!

i love cliff chiang's wonder woman, i think it doesn't get nearly enough praise for saving her look after those jim lee/tv pilot travesties.

BUT this post is about chiang's old-school anime-inspired JLA re-designs, which, according to chris arrant, were almost greenlit by DC years ago.

oh, what could have been.






BTW, chiang also did this awesome all-DC, all-girl rock band pinup.


gods, but i love a good fictional character rock band pinup.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

featured in FHM philippines!

this is the january 2012 issue of FHM philippines, and i am totally in it. now there's a sentence i never expected to type out, ever.

and the best part is, the other side of the page i am on is totally safe-for-work and i can show it to my parents after i tear it off!

many, many thanks to jed gregorio and frantz salvador!


(right-click on the image below and select "save as..." to download the hi-res image)



right-click and "save as" to download hi-resolution image

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"ilda" and the power of the stock response


this blog post first showed up on my facebook newsfeed two days ago. i read it, hated it, ignored it. after all, you don't feed the troll.

however, as more people kept re-sharing and it showed up under my "top stories" again and again, i began to wonder why these intelligent, sensible people would share such condescending, inflammatory drivel, much less claim to agree with it.

sometimes when we read something that, on the whole, jives with our own established preconceptions, we stamp our approval on it and say "agree", without bothering to take a closer look at the finer points of the writer's arguments.

in this case, look, we all have our long-standing disappointments with philippine cinema. but do you really, really agree that pinoys are dumb because our films are dumb? because that is ilda's thesis statement. it's right there in the opening paragraph. you market your comics/writing to basically the same audience. do you consider your audience dumb, too?

ilda doesn't seem to understand how movies get made. mainstream pinoy cinema reflects the editorial tastes of the, what, ten? studio bigshots who decide which films get made and how. they've been making basically the same films over and over for 30, 40 years now. to expect golden eggs to come out of lame old ducks is naive. to conclude that golden eggs therefore don't exist is just plain stupid.

"shallow and superficial" is what she calls pinoys (and pinoy films) in her conclusion. like we had a monoply on being shallow and superficial. did she bother to note that 90% of hollywood's output is the same way? did any of her sympathisers bother to read her other blog posts?

"KC Concepcion is not Piolo Pascual’s sunshine"
"Kim Kardashian divorce: still a publicity win!"
"The Chris Lao flood incident: what the MMDA could have done"
"Do Filipinos suffer from narcissistic personality disorder?"

yes, ilda seems quite well-acquanited with shallow and superficial.

people, do not let other people do your thinking for you.

if you are truly behind ilda's statements, hey it's a free country. but if you just got caught up in her obvious, general statements that are very easy to agree with, please take a second look. and i hope you might consider deleting that re-share.

Monday, January 2, 2012

okey ka na rin, ina ko


so the family and i watched enteng ng ina mo the other night, and you know what? it wasn't that horrible. 

while it's true that everything falls apart by the third act, the intial premise was actually quite promising: enteng kabisote, ordinary juan and butingtingero by trade, is growing weary of having to save encantadia, homeland of his fairy wife faye, all the time. he just wants an ordinary life with his family. this yearning, plus the latest magical crisis in encantadia (they happen about once a year, around december), causes a falling-out between man and wife. to drive them even further apart, the obviously-named villain satanna then tails enteng to a drinking session and sneaks a love potion into his drink, causing him to forsake his wife and pursue ai-ai's character, ina montecillo.

now that isn't a bad setup, but sotto is clever enough to know that moviegoers won't be going to the cinema to watch enteng's character resolve his heroic dliemmas. what people really want to see is ai-ai and bossing being funny together; they want to see what antics ai-ai and eugene domingo's characters are going to pull off this time. on this the film delivers, and that's why it's tops at the box office.

and thus the reason for enteng's success is also why the quality of mainstream pinoy cinema won't be going up anytime soon: quality stories and quality film-making just isn't part of the audience's expectations. we want bossing, we want ai-ai. if we can get that, any kind of serviceable plot will do, as long as it showcases our idols doing their stuff onscreen. it's all just dancing bears.


hm. i wanted to write a sort-of apology for enteng ng ina mo but ended up bashing pinoy cinema anyways.

at least i'm not being as much of a troll as this person.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

ding.

happy new year, y'all.
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