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Varga TV series trailer

The tv series trailer of Varga is now available on the net and in this trailer we see that Mariel Rodriguez is wearing the costume of Varga, but it looks like that costume is a lot more different than the comics.
I haven’t read the original comics Varga, but we can now have a chance to get to know the character created by Mars Ravelo, a character that was followed and basis for Darna, also created by Ravelo.

source : watch the trailer at  http://teamkapamilya.multiply.com/video/item/76


July 19, 2008 Posted by | komiks, videos | | Leave a comment

Word Camp Philippines 2008

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I just signed up and want to attend the 1st Word Camp Philippines 2008 , its an event and conference about WordPress users here in the Philippines, I like to check it out and maybe learn more about WordPress. As you can see this news blog is powered by WordPress, its my 1st and only blog that run and hosted by wordpress.com and I think it was organized by the Mindandao Bloggers.

and the event is sponsored by:

July 15, 2008 Posted by | events | | 3 Comments

How not to be the next Neil Gaiman

Just got this article from Cytnhia Bauzon-Arre..

source: http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/july/11/yehey/life/20080711lif1.html

Friday, July 11, 2008

How not to be the next Neil Gaiman

Win his Graphic/Fiction Awards by being truly ‘Pinoy’

By Rome Jorge, Lifestyle Editor

You can thank Arnold Arre, The Manila Times’ own resident graphic novelist and winner of the Manila Critics Circle and National Book Awards, for cluing in Neil Gaiman on the abundance of artistic talent in the Philippines and on the rich treasure trove of primordial myths and contemporary urban legends. The novelist, comic book author and movie scriptwriter famous for The Sandman, Stardust, Beowulf and American Gods, has gone so far as to establish and fund The Graphic/Fiction Awards, now on its third year with over P400,000 in cash with P100,000 to the first place winner and a publication deal with international distribution up for grabs. This is something Gaiman does only for the Philippines and nowhere else.

It all started on the author’s first visit to the country. “He [Gaiman] got a lot of gifts. Every person who met him gave him things—everything from books to Choc-nut. A lot of the stuff he couldn’t bring. One of the things he took with him was a book on Filipino mythology and one of Arnold’s works. He was very impressed with Arnold. He was particularly interested in what Arnold Arre was doing,” recalls Erwin Romulo, Rogue Magazine features editor, science fiction and comic book aficionado and chairman for the awards. Arre’s graphic novels combined compelling narratives that were truly Filipino and a visual style that was truly his own.

Gaiman wanted more of such originality and thought of establishing an award to encourage it. “Don’t worry, I’ll put up the money,” Romulo recalls Gaiman saying. He adds, “He’s still funding it.” In 2006 the first Graphic/Fiction Awards were held.

Arre was enlisted to become one of the judges for the awards, along with the most notable names in Filipino fantasy: Novelist Greg Brilliantes who pioneered Pinoy science fiction with Apollo Centennial, legendary filmmaker Peque Gallaga as well as playwright and spiritualist Tony Perez and Fully Booked’s Jaime Daez.

Tals Diaz, journalist and marketing manager of Fully Booked, explains the rationale for the awards: “Neil’s theme is Filipino unrealism. It has to have that unique sense of Filipino-ness about it. We do have a rich tradition of Filipino mythology and folklore that we hardly explore in our literature. If you look at our literature right now, a lot of it is very realistic. That’s what Neil Gaiman wanted us to veer away from with this contest.” Romulo adds, “Don’t say that he doesn’t like the stuff that he got from here—the realist novels that he read, he liked. He just wanted to explore if we had other things. As for fantasy, he thought we could go beyond juvenile literature and explore what he thinks is an integral part of our culture—science fiction, horror or speculative fiction. It really is how you weave the genre into Filipino heritage.”

This year’s movie blockbuster

It’s only natural that film now joins comic books and prose as among the awards’ categories on its third year. Cinema is the art form closest to comic books. Every film is developed on storyboards that greatly resemble comic book frames. And as the box office successes of Batman, 300 and Sin City have shown, comics are a rich source of compelling narratives suited for film. Organizers concede that they are open to adding new categories such as online interactive comic books in the future.

Today, the competition attracts a deluge of entries, from first timers to published authors. But some have been doing it all wrong.

How not to win

“One thing we can tell you not to do is mimic a Gaiman story. We get a lot of entries that are just versions of Neil’s stories with Filipino names in it,” says Diaz.

Many have made the mistake of hewing the clichés of science fiction, epic fantasy or supernatural genres. Romulo says, “The worst ones are those with a very narrow view of what science fiction or speculative fiction represents—the wizards and the dwarves, the shades and the trench coats of the Matrix guys, the twist endings and the angst-ridden urban alienation stories. Some have a lot of the style but no substance. We need to establish a serious literary award. Not just fan fiction or a geek boy thing.” He observes, “The ones that managed to win brought something really Pinoy.”

Being unfamiliar with the conventions of each genre is an asset. “The story I wrote for the first Graphic Fiction Award was my first short story. I didn’t know how to go about it. I didn’t read fantasy. I didn’t write fantasy. I explored the genre through the competition,” reveals Mikaela Atienza, runner up of the Graphic Fiction Awards for her work entitled “Atha.”

The competition is now open to all Filipino citizens, who may send their original entries in the categories of short story fiction, comics, and short film to any Fully Booked branch.

Deadline of submission is September 30, 2008. For details, visit http://www.fullybookedonline.com.

July 14, 2008 Posted by | events, international news, komiks | | Leave a comment

Beerkada Tour at UP Los Banos tomorrow, July 8

Lyndon Gregorio will tour UP Los Banos tomorrow, July 8, from 8am to 12nn.

He will lecture on transforming ideas into visual elements at the College of Dev. Com. from 8-9 am, followed by a book signing afterwards at the lobby from 9-10am.

Afterwards, he will celebrate 101 Boutique’s anniversary near the entrance of UPLB.

Kitakits, mga Los Banos Beerkadets!

July 7, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | , | Leave a comment

zsa zsa zatunrnnah @ Flips Flipping Pages July Book Reading

For July’s book reading the Flippers will tackle for the first time a Filipino graphic novel: the ground breaking “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakisapalaran ni Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah .”

Special guest are the author himself, Mr. Carlo Vergara and Mr.Tuxqs Rutaquio (actor who played Ada in the musical).

We welcome non-members to this rare treat and FUN activity with Mr Vergara and Mr. Rutaquio.

For non-members please confirm at sana_staana@yahoo.com since limited slots are available.

read more here at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=15998809298

July 7, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | Leave a comment


Start: Jul 11, ’08 2:00p
Location: National Press Club Bulwagang Plaridel

The Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas celebrates its 30th anniversary with the launch of the SKP Roster Book featuring the works of its more than 30 members representing all major newspapers and comic books.


July 7, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | 2 Comments