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Ronreads interview: Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria

Skyworld creators (from left) Ian Sta. Maria and Merwin Ignacio, with bonus Jay Tablante

I grew up loving comic books, but I admit that I haven’t really been able to keep up with them lately. And Filipino komiks? My knowledge and familiarity with them is even more embarrassing.

Thanks to my job, I’ve slowly been changing that. I’ve been able to familiarize myself with the works of Arnold Arre, Gerry Alanguilan, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, as well as Carlo Vergara.

The latest komiks creators I’ve had the pleasure of getting familiar with are Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria, the two guys behind the bestselling “Skyworld”. I spoke with them at the recently concluded Komikon, and they were very nice and humble about the success that their work has been getting.

In this interview, they talk about using Philippine folklore and mythology in their work, their early dreams for Skyworld, and what advice they’d give to other aspiring comic book creators.

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“Trese” and “Elmer” giveaways!

I was supposed to put this up during Free Comic Book Day, but due to my being an incorrigible scatterbrain I promptly forgot all about doing so.

BUT! I have now remembered, and I am inviting one and all to participate while I give away these signed copies of Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “Trese” as well as Gerry Alanguilan’s “Elmer”!

Let me quote myself from a few months ago:

“What do you guys have to do then? Since this is my first second fourth time doing this sort of thing, I thought it would be wise to pattern the process after young adult author Michelle Zink‘s own contest rules.

All you guys have to do is to post a link to this post on your preferred social network, then leave a comment on this very same post with a link to your post featuring the link. I sincerely hope that that horrible string of words has not discouraged you guys from joining yet. Doing so will get you ONE entry.

However, if you want a bigger chance at winning, you get ONE more entry for every person that you convince to follow me on Twitter (@tristantrakand) or read this blog. The person you refer also gets ONE entry, just as long as they tell me on Twitter or in the comments section of this post who referred them.

Your comment tallying the number of entries you have should look like this:

  • Posted link (on preferred social network) = 1 entry
  • Referred (x) number of people = (x) entry/entries

Unfortunately, this contest is only for readers here in the Philippines, as I can’t yet afford to ship stuff halfway around the world. Third World living, y’all!”

I’ll be using Random.org to pick out the winners for this giveaway. The top name on the list gets gerry Alanguilan’s “Elmer”, while the next two gets Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “Trese”

Contest runs until June 1, 2012. Winners will be announced around June 3. Good luck!

 

Book review: Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight”

Because I’m one of those terminally uncool people who’s late to everything, I was way behind on getting onboard the “Trese” train. I knew of the Komikon’s but never went to any one of them, which is how I missed out on the genesis of so many great Filipino komiks like Carlo Vergara’s “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni ZsaZsa Zaturnnah”.

I only found out about “Trese” when Budjette sent a copy of the graphic novels over to my editor, who promptly handed them to me and asked that I write a story about it. Turns out that was my lucky day as I absolutely loved “Trese” and how it filled in the dark corners of Metro Manila with various creatures that go bump in the night.

Since that time about two years ago, Budjette and Kajo have won the National Book Award for Graphic Literature and have now come out with “Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight”, the fourth book in the series. Will it maintain the standard of excellence set by the previous three books?

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Parting Shot#2: iWant

That's a big smudge right there...

iWent to the “Trese 4” book launch yesterday, and aside from meeting friends old and new, iAlso got a chance to look at this pretty baby up close. Hand drawn by “Trese” artist Kajo Baldisimo, it’s the prize up for grabs for those who grab a copy of the latest installment of “Trese”. iAm thinking of another i(Word) gag to insert here but iAm coming up short.