Monday, December 23, 2013

ang maskot short film premier at cinemanila 2013

i finally got to see chris costello and mihk vergara's adaptation last saturday at cinemanila 2013 at sm aura in taguig. it was a tiny audience--just 30 seats(!)--but what an experience it was.

with its stellar cast, liberal use of SFX (the little bird was animated by arnold arre!), and awesome music (including an actual jholliebird jingle, variations of which were used as theme music throughout the film), ang maskot feels like either an overachieving short or a full-length feature crammed into twenty minutes.

the filmmakers are planning on additional screenings early next year, and a DVD release some time after. i can't wait for the film to be shown to a wider audience.

here's a comic i made about my viewing experience:

Friday, September 6, 2013

ang maskot short film update: cinemalaya was a bust

well, chris costello and mihk vergara's short film adaptation of "ang maskot" unfortunately did not make the cut for this year's cinemalaya festival. 

the directors, however, have their sights set on november's cinema one film festival, so we will be crossing our fingers that the film will fare better there. direk chris says the film's chances are pretty good, so, positive thoughts, visualizing, asking the universe, etc.

that said, after the cinamalaya rejection, and with reboots being all the rage these days in hollywood, i think i'd like to do a reboot of "ang maskot," you know, to make it more palatable to local film fest judging panels.


1.) instead of a fastfood restaurant mascot, the protagonist is now a gay dancer working in a seedy furry fetish gay bar, in which all the lights are tinted red.

2.) the manager is mean to the protagonist because the latter rejects the former's constant sexual advances.

3.) the goon is a corrupt cop.

4.) the girl is a prostitute with a heart of gold. her father is also her pimp.

5.) the twins being raised by the girl don't know that she is not only their sister... she is also their mother! by her own pimp daddy!

6.) the second blooper, wherein the protagonist walks out of the shower naked in full view of the twins, is now canon.

7.) after the protagonist and the girl have their rooftop conversation at the end of the story, the protagonist steals the tabak from andres bonifacio's statue at monumento and goes on a killing spree while wearing the jholleebird costume. there's your effin' symbolism.

8.) the police arrive on the scene and, after a long and emotional exchange about fruit trees, gun down the protagonist in slow motion. one of the cops is the goon, who swears to live a better life from now on. daylight breaks over poor, dirty, violent, obscene manila. mabuhay!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

FCBD 2013 fully booked/comic odyssey

it's 4 am and my brain is refusing to let me go back to sleep because it wants free comic book day to last a few extra hours longer.

photo by chino andin

FCBD at fully booked today/yesterday had something of that first komikon experience feel, only with air conditioning: new venue, new audience/market, and things were laid back enough to allow some pleasant jibberjabber with seatmates (doc carlo san juan and the QBCCC/flipreads crew--noel pascual, aj bernardo, josel nicloas, and later in the afternoon, trizha ko and charles tan).

things i overheard:

  • the first person in line outside fully booked had arrived at 1 am that morning
  • the free comics ran out sometime past noon and they had to send some of the people waiting in line home empty-handed :(
photo by mel casipit
when i arrived at 11 am, things were already in full swing: the line outside snaked around the block, and inside, the building was jam-packed. i'd brought a laptop to play the ang maskot movie trailer on, but had forgotten to transfer the actual video file, so cherry had to walk to market! market! and sweet-talk the netopia folks into allowing her to download the trailer from youtube onto a USB stick (which was apparently against company policy). thank you, rogue netopia employees.

it was worth it in the end, though, because ramon baustista's face helped me sell a few more copies of the ang maskot comic than i would have otherwise. thank you, ramon bautista's face.

it was good seeing people browse my comics with curiosity again, the "feeling of being discovered" that i had missed so badly last komikon. it felt so satisfying to see one young lady in particular, who purchased and read through ang maskot right there at my table despite seeming to have forgotten her glasses at home. i was trying to gauge her reactions as she read, and her alternate squinting/grimacing and smiling gave me a mini emotional roller coaster ride. is that creepy?

manix's usual endless line of autograph seekers provided us with a more-or-less steady trickle of purchases (mental note: suggest further study of the abrera trickle-down effect and how it can be maximized to benefit indie creators). and the perks! even if i had not sold a single comic, the swag alone would have made the trip worth taking. things just do not get any better for an indie komikero.

when doc carlo and i left at around 6 pm (i originally wasn't expecting to stay past 1 pm), the place was by no means empty yet. it was then that i realized that what was once merely a free comics giveaway had now become in effect a mini comics convention. kudos to sir sandy sansolis of comic odyssey and the folks at fully booked!

photo by michael david

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

who killed philippine cinema, a TED talk by pepe diokno


1.) a 30% entertainment tax levied by the government throttled local cinema output and creativity in the 90's. bong revilla wrote a bill cutting that tax to 10% in 2009, so things are on the upswing of late. bong, you are forgiven for ang panday 2. but only that.

2.) i wish diokno had talked more about how a screen quota system can be made to work in the philippines. i think it's disgraceful that iron man 3 is playing on 3 out of 4 of our neighborhood screens but when a man loves a woman  it takes a man and a woman only played on one.

3.) films aren't just fluff. they bring jobs and contribute to the GDP. they advertise the philippines (philippine products, culture, tourism) to the world. and the world is starting to take notice.

4.) use your money to change pinoy cinema. watch good films. give negative feedback on bad ones.

Monday, April 29, 2013

free download: first half of "ang maskot!"

flipreads is handing out the free comic book day edition of "ang maskot," which is a slightly sanitized version of the first half of the story. a pretty good way to check if it's worth buying the whole comic.

thanks to charles tan and co. for helping get this comic out there!

photo by renejoshua
while you're at flipreads, be sure to also download the FCBD editions of robert magnuson's if-richard-scarry-did-superheroes book kuting magiting #1, and josel nicolas and ej galang's lovely meditation on commuting, taking the train. both are excellent reads, and both are FREE.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"ang maskot" and "school run" back at comic odyssey galleria

photo by danry ocampo
just dropped off a few copies of ang maskot and school run at comic odyssey's new shop at the basement level of robinson's galleria.

note that the school run are sold in full sets of issues 1-5 for P200 each.

Friday, April 26, 2013

"school run" and "ang maskot," stalked bibliophilically!

editor, writer, blogger, and world fantasy award nominee charles tan recently had some nice things to say about my comics:

"Snappy and upbeat, Ang Maskot captures an element of the Filipino zeitgeist and weaves an adult narrative around it without falling into the temptation of cynicism. While it doesn't have as much depth asSchool Run (and appropriately so since this is a self-contained story), it highlights many of the strengths of Macoy's comics.

There's a lot to love about Macoy's School Run. The art alone is an interesting juxtaposition between the bleak setting and iconic characters. But don't let the simplicity fool you: over the course of each issue, Macoy packs depth into his characters, at the same time imagining a setting that organically resonates with Philippine pop culture, such as the parallelism between the zombie outbreak and typhoons ("Signal #1 Laaang? Sayang!"). Or something as simple as naming a cat as Catniss."

thank you very much, charles!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kagemu à Paris

all kinds of awesome.

can't wait to see the inevitable talent show ripoff.

mars rover draws a penis on mars.

this blog is now complete.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

summer komikon 2013 reads: "ang sumpa" 1-2

i'm very impressed with andoyman's development as an artist and storyteller, from his journeymanish debut work, "foodcourt," to the charming "palimos ng kulangot" (writtten by ronibats), to the considerably more sophisticated series he is currently collaborating with SuperGi on, "ang sumpa."

the protagonist, arman darte, has senators and the president of the philippines for childhood buddies, yet is "merely" an NBI investigator, so you know he's a man of honor. issues 1 and 2 establish a central mystery: the president of the philippines is found dead under strange circumstances. a birthday party held by senator edgardo hernandez introduces the rest of the barkada and the president's ostensibly loving wife (presumably the suspects), and gives darte the opportunity to show off his powers of deduction and observation.

andoyman's visual storytelling is deft, confident, and well-
paced. i love his semi-realistic manga-style character designs, which suit the story perfectly, and especially love his characters' expressive faces --not an easy thing to pull off when working with realistic designs.

my only worry with this book is the slow-burn plot development, because at the book's current pace and level of character development, it will take years and years to flesh out the story in full. still, i definitely look forward to reading the next issue.

Friday, April 19, 2013

free comic book day 2013 is may 4!

free comics! and i don't mean one or two copies, i mean a fat bag full of lovely comics you get to take home without forking over a peso. no, check that, TWO fat bags.

at left is the cover of this year's comic odyssey sampler, to which i contributed a 2-page story. the sampler will be available at the fully booked/comic odyssey event at the bonifacio high street branch of fully booked. also at the event will be the following comics folks:

Dr. Carlo Jose San Juan (Doc Callous)
Frances Luna III Illustration Firm (Manila Accounts 1081):
Rh Quilantang (Hipon Gamay)
Wan Mañanita (Ang Morion)
Kai Castillo (Patintero)
Mel Casipit (Mukat)
Paul Michael Ignacio (Astiging Boy-Ipis)
Aaron Felizmenio (Gwapoman 2000)
Freely Abrigo (Kapitan Tog)
Jon Zamar (Codename: Bathala)
JP Palabon (Puso Negro)
Macoy (School Run)
Manix Abrera (Kikomachine)
Melvin Calingo (Pasig)
Michael David (Kubori Kikiam)
Nelz Yumul (Shatter Space)
Noel Pascual & AJ Bernardo (Crime Fighting Call Center Agents)
Norby Ela (Weather-Weather Lang)
Rommel 'Omeng' Estanislao (Bruho Barbero)
Ronald Tan (Midknight, Weng Weng)
Ed Tadeo (Bionic Man, X-men, Wolverine)
Gerry Alanguilan (Wasted, Elmer, Hulk, Superman)
Harvey Tolibao (Green Arrow, Psylocke, Avengers)
Heubert Khan Michael (Vampirella)
Lan Medina (Fables, Thor, Iron Man)
Stephen Segovia (X-Treme X-men, Wolverine)

The other FCBD event, sponsored by national book store, castle geek, and neutral grounds, will happen at NBS' quezon ave. branch. they've got a second sampler (that's the cover at the left), and their own batch of comics folks:

CARLO VERGARA (Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah)
DAN BORGONOS (Green Hornet Strikes, Voltron)
EMAN CASALLOS (Jennifer Blood, Ninjettes)
EMIL CABALTIERRA (Transformers Annual)
FRITZ CASAS (Queen Sonja)
GIO PAREDES (Kalayaan)
IAN STA. MARIA (Sky World)
JEFFREY HUET (Birds Of Prey)
JIMBO SALGADO (Batman Arkham Unhinged, Judge Dredd)
JONATHAN LAU (Peter Canon Thunderbolt)
JULIUS GOPEZ (Red Hood And The Outlaws)
ROB CHAM (Stories)
ROD ESPINOSA (Courageous Princess)

so take your pick, or better yet go to both! just make sure to wear comfy clothes and bring something to keep off the sun. oh, and bring something to read (ironic). them is gonna be some long lines.


planet x comics has an FCBD event of its own!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

summer komikon 2013 video coverage

random footage by pinoy tekkie

gerry alanguilan's komikon vid. 0:37 shows part of the The Great Komikon Proposal, featuring cartoonist lovebirds omeng estanislao and ails casis

a feature on a trio of comics personalities, care of jerald uy and

more links and discussion over at sir gerry's summer komikon 2013 roundup post.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"ang maskot" short film on yahoo! philippines

the "ang maskot" short film just got featured on yahoo! philippines, including a curse-free version of the trailer (the middle fingers stayed in, though) and some chitchat with the directors:

"I wanted to make this movie the second Mihk [Vergara] showed it to me,” says [Chris] Costello. “It was a great story that was full of great funny moments, and was full of heart. It was also already structured like a movie—it was so visually appealing."

The 20-minute film required a grueling, nonetheless fun, three-day shoot. Vergara explains, “All our friends and family who helped out really came through for Chris and me.  It's less tiring if you're surrounded by people who really, really get you.”

Costello also has a bigger vision for their short film. “My dream is to get a producer interested in further producing it as a full-length film.”


front page, baby!





Tuesday, April 16, 2013

one-shot short comics

click on the "short comics" button on the sidebar to read some of the quick one-shots i've done.

i just added "parinig man," in case you haven't read it yet.

dennis mendoza passes "ang maskot" off as new stuff

" [Macoy's] drawing style comes closer to the cartoonish/no nonsense side. Medyo simple pero why complicate things when you have some seriously funny and down to earth boy-meets-girl story to help you out.

Don't try too hard to resist his works when you see them."

thanks for the kind words, dennis!

Monday, April 15, 2013

philippine star and yahoo declare chickenjoy "best fried chicken in singapore" because three people said so.

"Jollibee’s famous 'Chickenjoy' was found to be the best fried chicken in Singapore, based on a simple blind taste test conducted recently by Yahoo! Singapore.
The blind taste test involved a panel of six – Singaporeans, Malaysians, a Filipino and an Indonesian – who were asked to assess chicken dishes from Jollibee, KFC, Popeyes, Texas Chicken and 4Fingers.
Jollibee’s Chickenjoy got three out of six votes."

summer komikon 2013: trailer debut!

aside from selling komiks again, the other thing that got me really excited about this komikon was the release of the first trailer for chris costello and mihk vergara's "ang maskot" short film: 

both chris and mihk were there, and thankfully mihk brought his laptop because the AV guy's laptop couldn't read chris' USB stick for some reason.

photo by bien del rosario

i think we got a pretty good crowd reaction, considering that not many people know about my comic. i think having a super-recognizable cast really helped pull in the otherwise uninterested. the second time they rolled the trailer got a much better pop, so i suggested to our host, sherry baet-zamar, that we loop the trailer for the remainder of our allotted time. she just laughed; i think she thought i was kidding.

after a quick Q&A, carljoe javier and bogart the explorer took the stage to unveil a trailer and crowdfunding pitch of their own. and then i went back to my indie tiangge table.

a bit later, chris called me on my cell to tell me that ketchup eusebio (who played maskot) and maui mauricio (editor and assistant director) had arrived. i came over, said hi, helped everyone get their passes, and then went back to my table again, thinking, "well our bit's done already, might as well let these guys take in the komikon experience at their own pace and not get in their way."

i only learned much later on that ketchup had taken to the stage after all! i totally missed it, i have no idea what he said or did :(

photo by wazzup pilipinas

Sunday, April 14, 2013

summer komikon 2013: a point of decision

a respectable haul, but i missed so many good titles :(
after missing both indiekon and winter komikon in 2012, it felt really good to be back behind a table selling komiks again at the bayanihan center yesterday. it was my first time at the indie tiangge since it got moved to a separate room away from the main hall, a decision that aroused quite a bit of controversy within the indie komiks community last year.

the good bits:

- the laid-back atmosphere. the indie tiangge occupied two conference rooms and was never crowded or noisy. you could chat with people without having to yell. some people took advantage of this and used the area as a place to rest before plunging back into the crush of the main hall.

- security. much-improved security this year; i haven't heard of any burgling incidents so far. still, not having a crowd to cover their movements kept prospective thieves away from out little nook.

- my sales were good. better than last year's, in fact.

the not-so-good bits:

- being cut off from the programming. the komikon folks were nice enough to set up a widescreen projector hooked up to a camera in front of the main stage, but there was no audio so we couldn't really tell what was happening. which was too bad, because having all that stuff in the background, and occasionally throwing in a cheer or a heckle, is a big part of the komikon experience; i never realized how big a part until now.

some people STILL do not realize that the indie tiangge is in a separate room. i know, i know, it's in all the promo materials, they say it onstage every five minutes, indie creators spread the word via social media, but you can still hear passersby saying things like, "what's in this room?" and "oh, there are more comics here." exactly how many people? i don't know. but they were out there.

- hardly any browsers. folks who wanted to buy indies made a point to drop by the tiangge. folks who didn't know they wanted to buy indies, however, were generally absent. i am convinced that although we sold well overall, we lost a number of the kind of impulse buys that result from people wandering around and seeing something they like out of sheer chance. being in a separate room cut off that element of chance. well, paid tables are going to be better than free ones, right? still, i missed having people hanging around, scanning a book or two, and then coming back later to make a purchase. or heck, even reading the whole school run series, asking when the next one comes out, and not buying a thing. i just missed the feeling of being discovered.

this is a big issue for komikon going forward. with the new limit on the number of times an indie creator/group can join the indie tiangge, established creators and their following will eventually move into the main hall, further lessening foot traffic to the tiangge, as well the chances of the next generations of indie artists getting the exposure and curiosity purchases they need to build readerships of their own.

of course, it can be said that komikon has grown so much in attendance and prestige that even the reduced traffic going into the tiangge is as good as, or even better than, the traffic and exposure received by the current crop of indie stars back in their UP bahay ng alumni days. i don't have the stats to prove anything either way, though.

another way of looking at it is that this is komikon's way of saying, "all right indies, it's about time you started earning your keep. make your content, take your output and your bottom line seriously. the training wheels are coming off." and that this is how things should be: indie artists shouldn't be allowed to hog the free tables forever, and should make room for newer artists to have their turn.

which leaves me... where? i knew something was up when the summerkon indie tiangge list came out and most of my creator friends had gone over to the paid side. now i'm left to seriously debate whether forking over P3 k (or P1.5 k if i can find someone to go halfies with) next time is worth it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

she's publishing the fanfic

a woman starts posting fan fiction online, gains an enthusiastic readership, and the "online novel" gets picked up by a major publisher.

sounds familiar, right? now imagine it happened in the philippines.

apparently, summit is, um, taking a page from the 50 shades of grey phenomenon by way of meteor garden:

It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes. All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending—unwillingly at that—to be his girlfriend to make his ex-jealous.
Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He's hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything—and everything about him screams gangster.
Has Athena gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle? Or has she actually found herself a boy she can call hers—gangster be damned?

from what i've read online, the book began on the candy mag forum before being serialized on wattpad (since taken down, but you can still read it if you're handy with google cache) and eventually catching summit's eye. the goodreads entry boasts an enviable 4.47 score based on 449 ratings.

Monday, April 8, 2013

robin dude: the soundtrack of shame

- robin dude is kind to old ladies who cannot act
- radagast is attacked by a werewolf
- robin dude shoots a magical arrow that turns into a bucket
- robin dude shoots a magical arrow that turns into a garlic bulb
- a bunch of other crazy sh*t happens

i don't know. i don't care anymore.

illustrated guide: how to do the gwiyomi

all the kids are doing it. alodia's done it. you know know you want to learn it. 
and so, here are the steps:

got it? now put them all together, with music:

Sunday, April 7, 2013

getting fake-kidnapped

'Romeo slapped me hard across the face, much harder than I had been slapped all night. Then he shocked me with a stun gun. Then Cody doused me with cold water, which was the worst part by far. When you get hit with a stun gun, it lasts a second. When someone throws cold water on you, it makes you miserable for hours...
"I know this was originally meant to be a fake kidnapping," the voice said.
That's right.
"And I know that you guys did your homework on me, and that you know I went to prison for a while."
I do know that.
"But there are other things about me that you don't know, Drew. And the reason you don't know them is because you never asked."
Oh shit.'

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Friday, April 5, 2013

how to get a million hits on your "anti-filipino" blog post.

1.) use a bombastic title sure to arouse controversy, for example, "I HATE FILIPINO CULTURE;" just be sure to take back your words in the actual post. "i don't actually hate filipino culture. what i really meant to say was..."

2.) gather up a bunch of the worst stereotypes you can think of and condemn the hell out of them. who'd disagree?

3.) preface everything. for example, every elitist remark should begin with, "i'm no elitist, but..." do the same for all your colonial mentalitist and other -ist statements.

4.) don't be afraid to fudge your definitions. after slamming "filipino culture," later describe said culture as "not filipino culture."

5.) make things easy on your reader. who needs nuanced arguments when emotional appeals are so much easier to read and like and share?

6.) open the post with a lot of "them," but close with a lot of "we."

7.) above all, ignore the fact that you are a product of filipino culture.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

revenge of the eaten

on mealworms bursting out of lizards' stomachs and the wonder that is fistulated cows.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

my favorite part of being a storyteller is putting a bunch of characters into a situation and then hitting the "play" button in my mind.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

put that dress on fire. please.

it's like they asked a four-year-old to design a wedding gown for a yeti princess. the ruffles have ruffles have ruffles. j-law is an awesome actress but i can definitely detect some of that george lucas "kill me now" look in her eyes.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

speaker for the dead

the sequel to "ender's game" made me realize how guilty i am of that sin we so often ascribe to the unthinking hollywoodized seeker of entertainment: the sin of wanting to experience the same thing, over, and over.

there is almost nothing in "speaker" of what made me enjoy "ender" so much. no battle school (no battle of any kind, actually), no urgent save-the-world tension to the plot; ender is still a lonely genius but is all but drowned out by the rest of the cast. in fact, he doesn't act or sound like the ender i knew from the first book until the last act of this one, which is a shame. there's a lot of pretty cool concepts in "speaker," but what i really wanted was more of the tortured boy genius. oh well, i guess i'll be reading the synopses of the rest of the series on wikipedia.
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