Monday, December 15, 2008

Good news? Bad news?

Please be advised that our titles for release for 2009 has already been filled-up and closed.

Expect the following titles in your suking bookstores by the first quarter of the year:

- Kikomachine Komix Blg. 5 "Alab Ng Puso Sa Dibdib Mo'y Buhay!"

- Trese No. 3, the third and last (???) installment

- Bob Ong's [surprisa!!!]

- A horror/suspense novel from Visprint's newest author, G. M. Coronel

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We have opened 2 more slots for the 2010 release to NEW visprint authors/creators. Interested parties, see our Submission Guidelines here.

Reminder though, the list do get filled-up pretty fast.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yey! Komikon na naman!

Ika-4 Filipino Komiks Convention
November 22, 2008 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman Quezon City
Entrance Fee: Php 50

The 4th Filipino Komiks Convention aims to bring together comic book artists/groups and publishers in a venue where they could present their talents, works and services to the public. It will showcase the creations of Filipino artists from various genres and themes and give tribute to the creators and their creations.

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VISPRINT booth will be located at E24 - along the Exhibitors Area, and near the Guest Artists area.

See you there!

Monday, October 20, 2008

5 stages of writing your graphic novel

from the CarVer:
Graphic Novel Training

Here's something you can do to jumpstart the realization of an ambition--creating a graphic novel.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Trese under investigation

Alexandra Trese may have well found her match (or rival?) in Ruel De Vera. If Trese is to investigating and solving unearthly crimes, De Vera is to unearthing author*/creator histories and behind-the-scene/pages details of locally published reading treasures.

Read his latest accomplished case: "Supernatural Storytelling":
MANILA, Philippines -Almost from the very beginning, Budjette Tan has been surrounded by the unusual. “When I was a newborn baby, my parents moved into what turned out to be a haunted house,” he explains. “The ghosts were seen by my yaya and my uncles. My parents didn’t believe in such things, until one summer day after my mom gave me a bath. She said the right side of my face suddenly wrinkled up—that it looked like the face of an old man. She prayed over me until I became normal again.” Psychics were summoned and a séance held. “The psychics told the spirits that they had to move on to the next plane. The haunting stopped after some time.” [continue reading here]

* Students doing thesis on books (especially the locally published ones) or even simple book reviews should keep his name in mind. A must in their reference list and bibliography.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Kudos to Carlos "Siege" Malvar!

SPEECHLESS is a unique international performance poetry project, and starting in October, Apples & Snakes and the British Council Literature Department will take Speechless around the UK. The project will tour eight venues in the UK and aims to foster the interaction between the poets and young people in Britain - specifically the Diaspora - through community and university workshops.
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Speechless brings together new poetry by five writers from across South East Asia and four brilliant UK-based poets on the theme of freedom of expression in a unique new multi-lingual spoken word show.
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Funded in part by Arts Council England, each performance features a 10 minute selection from: Priya K (Malaysia), Siege Malvar (Philippines), Pooja Nansi (Singapore), Liu Liang Yen (Taiwan), Da Thao Phuong (Vietnam) and UK artists Francesca Beard, Malika Booker, Aoife Mannix and Jacob Sam-La Rose, based around the theme of freedom of expression.

*Carlos Malvar is the author of visprint's "ROLES" a not quite unreal novel.

Join the 50-50 Campaign

Global Call to Action Against Poverty


If you think it is morally urgent to end poverty and inequality in the world, NOW is the time to do something. Ordinary people like you and me can do something. And this is our chance.

GCAP-Philippines’ 50-50 campaign aims to get people to make a personal commitment to help end poverty. It is part of a global campaign that is called many names, among them “In My Name” which is an interactive mobilization project to support, build and give voice to anti-poverty mobilization around the world.

The idea is to get people through a variety of ways—it could be online, mobile phones, social networking sites, community radio, photography, video, etc. An online hub will be providing a variety of new ways for people to engage and link to existing campaigning actions and activities, and help build connections between people, coalitions and networks in the anti-poverty movement.

Your names, pledges and stories will be put in front of political leaders at key moments beginning this year up to 2015 to create a clear sense that people are actively pursuing change.


The world has passed the halfway mark for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—the 8 international development goals that 189 United Nations member states have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The goals halving extreme poverty, reducing maternal and child mortality rates, fighting diseases such as AIDS, sending all children to school, and improving access to water and sanitation. The MDGs aim to spur development by improving social and economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries.

Progress towards the MDGs has so far been uneven among countries. The Philippines is among those that are government, as well as lack of funds needed to meet the MDGs poses a serious challenge for the country’s anti-poverty efforts.

We call this campaign 50-50 to mark the fact that we are half the distance or half of the way to the MDGs. And we believe there are 50 Little Things you and I can do for 50 days to fast track the MDGs and help tackle poverty and inequality.

*Please send your signed form to: kabataankontrakahirapan[at]yahoo[dot]com

**image courtesy of**

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Don'ts of Book Submission

These are tips shared at a writing conference. You may read the full article [here].

1. Don't send your full manuscript off the get go. Only send what's requested in the particular agent's guidelines. (They almost always can be found online.)

2. Don't respond to a rejection letter or ask "why." Just move on.

3. Don't be rude or disrespectful—rejection isn't personal, it's just part of the business.

4. Don't submit to one agent at a time. The industry is slow so it's unrealistic for agents to assume you haven't sent it to other people (unless an agent asks for an exclusive read).

5. Don't resend a query or manuscript a day or two later with a note, "I found a mistake in my proposal and fixed it." Once it's sent, it's sent.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Planet X Glorietta - Grand Opening

Comic Odyssey is inviting all comic enthusiasts to the Grand Opening of PLANET X COMICS in Glorietta 4 this Saturday, September 27, 2008.

It's your chance to snatch comic books for FREE as they're giving away THOUSANDS of comics on that day.

More details on the Comic Odyssey webpage.

Our very own Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo will be there to sign Trese copies and give away Trese posters.

Mark the date: Sept. 27, Saturday. Planet X Glorietta.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

VPE authors ON AIR!

The following VPE authors will be interviewed all Thursdays of this month on 94.7 and 89.1:

Eros Atalia of "Peksman (Mamatay Ka Man) Nagsisinungaling Ako (at iba pang Kuwentong Kasinungalingan na di pa dapat paniwalaan)"
94.7 Mellow Touch, 11-Sept, 9-10AM

Budjette Tan & Kajo Baldisimo of "TRESE"
89.1 Wave, 11-Sept, 10-12NN

Carlos Malvar of "ROLES, a Not Quite Unreal novel"
89.1 Wave, 18-Sept, 10-12NN

Alan Navarra of "Girl Trouble"
89.1 Wave, 25-Sept, 10-12NN

Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

TRESE 2 out now!!!

TRESE Cases 5-8
Creators: Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
ISBN: 971-92574-9-0
B&W comic book
SRP: P140.00

*Currently available in all Pandayan Bookshops;
this weekend in Comic Quest and Comic Odyssey branches

Saturday, July 19, 2008

"Girl Trouble" in Inquirer

A very heartwarming review!
The trouble with girls
Posted 06:18pm (Mla time) (Mla time)
By Wanggo Gallaga
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—More than being a novel, Alan Navarra’s “Girl Trouble” is a journey into the depths of a young, creative and painfully hip Filipino male mind. It’s about the thought processes of Robin, a young man from the province who has joined Manila’s urban workforce. [ Read more ]

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Patriotism in absurd times

The Manila Times
By Angelique Manalad, Contributor
Bob Ong’s collection of books brings tears to our eyes—tears of laughter, that is—with his own unique concoction of reality and humor, “Bakit Baligtad Magbasa Ang Mga Pilipino?” Mga Kwentong Barbero ni Bob Ong [Why does the Filipino read in reverse? Barber’s Tales from Bob Ong].

A must-read especially this coming celebration of our national freedom, the book is a collection of short stories and essays from different people about the Philippine culture.
*continue reading here...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Powerbooks Independence Day Picks

Kiko Machine Komix #04: O Kaligayahang Walang Hanggan Yeh!

by Manix Abrera

Price: Php 120.00
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Visual Print Enterprise
Published Date: February 2008

*image courtesy of*

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Maraming Salamat po!

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who took the time to join VPE's "9-in-1 Kolektib Intelidyens".

Photos of that sizzling (literally?) afternoon available for viewing here.

Special thanks goes to National Bookstore, for the dictionaries they gave away (the pagemasters were most excited about it!), and to Mr. Jacob Cabochan, of Pandayan Bookshop, for gracing the event.

Sa uulitin! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

And another...

The Kikomachine Scriptwriting Contest
[click image to enlarge]

One more reason not to miss our 9-in-1 event

Pangalan pa lang tagline na.

Illustrator/graphic artist of Bob Ong's "Bakit Baliktad Magbasa Ng Libro Ang Mga Pilipino?" and "Alamat Ng Gubat", and cover designer of "ROLES, a Not Quite Unreal novel"

This Saturday. Present.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Zpecial Previewz

Don't miss out the unveiling of the FIRST 6 PAGES of Carlo Vergara's "Zsazsa Zaturnnah Sa Kalakhang Maynila" this Saturday at the 9-in-1 Kolektib Intelidyens.

The blow-up pages will be exhibited gallery style.

No printed copies will be given out.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

9-in1 VPE Kolektib Intelidyens

9 of VPE’s great page masters will come together in this 1 sizzling event.

The three-hour meet and greet event will showcase our published books, upcoming titles, and the people behind them. A short talk by the editor and some extraordinary presentations will highlight the program.

Avid readers, fans and followers, publishing partners, writers aspiring to get published under the VPE name, and curious cats are all invited to grace the event.

See you on Saturday!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Spook Out Sister
First posted 17:25:40 (Mla time) April 25, 2008
Ruel S. De Vera

MANILA, Philippines--“My name is Alexandra Trese. I am nothing like my father.” Her father Anton dabbled in affairs mystical and mysterious; she—called “Little Trese” fondly and otherwise—has inherited his gift for the eerily unorthodox, with a difference. It is to her that Manila’s police turn when a crime scene confounds them, because there is no one like Alexandra Trese.

Stepping resolutely apart from the crowd of the commonplace, “Trese: Murder on Balete Drive” by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo (Visual Print Enterprises, Pasay City, 2008, 100 pages) is a graphic novel that stands apart from what has come before.

[read more here]

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Latest Book Titles

Out now!!!

TRESE: Murder On Balete Drive
Creators: Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
ISBN: 971-92574-7-4
B&W comic book
SRP: P140.00

Kikomachine Komix Blg. 4
"O Kaligayahang Walang Hanggan Yeh!"
Creator: Manix Abrera
ISBN: 971-92574-6-6
B&W comic strip compilation
SRP: P120.00

a Not Quite Unreal novel
Author: Carlos Malvar
ISBN: 971-92574-8-2
Paperback fiction
SRP: P150.00

Monday, February 18, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

No VPE E-books

Please be advise that there are no official/legal E-books format for any VPE published title.

Quoted from Bob Ong's comment regarding this issue:
Totoong may mga "E-book" version na ang mga Bob Ong books, pero hindi ito PDF files na pwedeng i-download sa mga PDA, kundi illegal copies lang ng mga totoong libro na ipina-photocopy (Xerox) at ini-scan sa computer bago in-upload sa Internet. Mawalang-galang na sa namirata... pero pangit talaga ang kalidad ng mga kopya.

Sana hindi ka na-intriga sa balita, hindi mo susubukang mag-download ng illegal na kopya, o hahanapin ang mga link. Kasi gusto mong suportahan ang taong nagsulat ng mga kwento, ang mga trabahador na bumuo ng mga libro, at ang mga organisasyong sinusuportahan nito at umaasa sa tulong mo.

Kaya mong hindi gumawa ng mali.