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

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