Monday, July 21, 2014

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ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Book Launch: July 25, 2014
(Contains “BALAT, BUWAN, NGALAN”)

So apparently, the date is sealed: July 25, Friday, 4PM: the launch of the "Expanded Print Edition" of Alternative Alamat--an anthology of short fiction that repurposes Filipino myths and legends into modern, 21st century configurations--as well as 3 other new titles from Visprint.

Contained in AA is my contribution, “Balat, Buwan, Ngalan (A Myth for the 21st Century),” which has very solid connections to all the work going on in the ‘Verse comic book titles, as well as my novella Parman (also from Visprint).
If you’re following the ‘Verse, or have read Parman (or both), you may want to check my AA contribution.

For more on the “Expanded Print Edition,” see here.


Friday, July 18, 2014

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ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Interview
(Re: “BALAT, BUWAN, NGALAN”)




While we wait for the Alternative Alamat "Expanded Print Edition" book launch--at the moment still re-scheduled for July 25, Friday, at Powerbooks, Greenbelt--AA editor Paolo Chikiamco has posted an interview with yours truly here (at rocketkapre.com), where he asks me about my AA contribution, “Balat, Buwan, Ngalan (A Myth for the 21st Century).”

The story's got some very solid connections to all the work going on in the ‘Verse comic book titles, as well as my novella Parman.
If you’re following the ‘Verse, or have read Parman (or both), you may want to check my AA contribution; to give you a better idea of what it's all about, check the rocketkapre interview.

And for more on the “Expanded Print Edition,” see here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Book Launch POSTPONED



Due to the approaching low pressure area (aka "Henry"), the Alternative Alamat book launch (which I mentioned here) is being postponed.
At the moment, the tentative date is July 25, Friday.
I'll put up another post here as soon as there's confirmation on the new date...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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ALTERNATIVE ALAMAT Book Launch
(Contains “BALAT, BUWAN, NGALAN”)




So, while Alternative Alamat--an anthology of short fiction that repurposes Filipino myths and legends into modern, 21st century configurations--has been available in ebook format since December 2011, it’s only now finally coalescing into an “Expanded Print Edition” via Visprint.

I’ve been informed by editor Paolo Chikiamco that AA launches (alongside 3 other new Visprint titles) on July 19, Saturday, at Powerbooks, Greenbelt.
The entire event is scheduled from 11AM to 6PM, with the AA hour slotted for 3PM to 4PM.
At the moment though, I can’t say with 100% certainty that I’ll be present, but regardless, please feel free to attend, and if you haven’t encountered AA in its ebook iteration, then you can grab a dead trees copy of it.

Contained in AA is my contribution, “Balat, Buwan, Ngalan (A Myth for the 21st Century),” which has very solid connections to all the work going on in the ‘Verse comic book titles, as well as my novella Parman (also from Visprint).
If you’re following the ‘Verse, or have read Parman (or both), you may want to check my AA contribution.

For more on the “Expanded Print Edition,” see here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


¡Qué horror! 2014
Candidate #8

ENEMY
(September 2013)


Based on José Saramago’s novel O Homem Duplicado (The Double), Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy is sly and subtle horror with a distinctly Cronenbergian air to it.

Here, Jake Gyllenhall plays History professor Adam Bell, who quite suddenly discovers he’s got an exact lookalike in actor Daniel Saint Claire (real, non-screen name, Anthony).

A fascinatingly oblique take on the doppelgänger idea, Enemy is a tale that’s more concerned with how the weird sh!t scenario impacts on the characters, rather than the whys and the mystery behind said weird sh!t scenario.
If you’re looking for clear cut answers without the slightest hint of ambiguity, then look elsewhere…

As he navigates the story’s unsettling and uncertain terrain with us, Gyllenhall is ably assisted onscreen by Mélanie Laurent (as Adam’s girlfriend Mary), Sarah Gadon (as Anthony’s pregnant wife Helen), and the radiantly awesome Isabella Rossellini (as Adam’s mother).
Given her presence in the senior’s Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method and the junior’s Antiviral, Gadon’s presence only further enhances the Cronenberg echo here, while Rossellini adds just the faintest whiff of Lynch to the proceedings.

Certainly, this is horror that will not be to everyone’s taste, and that WTF ending will almost surely lose some people as well, but for my money, Enemy is a riveting narrative that is intent on exploring the inhabitants of a world with mysteries aplenty imbedded in its hidden architecture, a story that asks us to weave our own meanings out of the vague wisps and sinister tatters that are left to us as the end credits sequence begins.


Parting Shot: Nominated for 10 awards at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards (including Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture), Enemy was ultimately honored with five: Achievement in Direction, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Gadon), Achievement in Music – Original Score (Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans), Achievement in Cinematography (Nicolas Bolduc), and Achievement in Editing (Matthew Hannam).
It will be noted that Hannam is another Cronenberg connection, having also edited Antiviral.

It’s only fitting that David Cronenberg just also happened to be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the same Canadian Screen Awards night, where Villeneuve had this to say: "The thing that I admire the most about other filmmakers is when they are able to build their own world. And there's nobody like David Cronenberg."

(Enemy OS’ courtesy of impawards.com.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014


¡Qué horror! 2014
Candidate #7

GEUNG SI
(RIGOR MORTIS)
(August 2013)


Juno Mak's feature debut is an impressive feat: it’s a phantasmagorical tour of Chinese superstition and religion that’s also a loving (and semi-meta) homage to the Jiangshi films of the ‘80’s.

And it pays this rather noteworthy tribute by stripping away the comedic wackiness of the original Jiangshi films and delivering an atmospheric tale of blood and shadows and death.


Co-produced by Ju-on mastermind, Shimizu Takashi, Geung Si manages to rope in even a non-Jiangshi film fan like myself (those who know me well know that the wacky schtick is so not my thing) with the aforementioned phantasmagoria and atmosphere and the straight-faced, straightforward approach to the narrative.
The fact that I was not a particular fan of Jiangshi also meant that the meta leanings of Geung Si pretty much flew right over my head, but even missing out on that aspect during my first viewing did not diminish my amazement at the film.

Playing out like a wild and creepy mash-up of Asian horror and wuxia, I highly recommend this, especially for those KADASIG readers who’ve ever wondered what a film adaptation would look like.
For my money, it would look something like Geung Si


(Geung Si/Rigor Mortis OS’ and Character Poster courtesy of thedailyzombies.com.)

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NEW 'VERSE TITLES AT FILBAR'S

Firstly, all my mighty fine artist collaborators and I would like to thank all the mighty fine folk who dropped by the table at yesterday’s Summer Kon to pick up some comics (and some SEROKS from the Visprint table) and to have stuff signed and to exchange some encouraging and heartening words of support.

To all of you, our heartfelt gratitude…

For any of you who weren’t able to drop by the Bayanihan Center yesterday though, these new ‘Verse titles should be available at Filbar’s (Megamall and Festival Mall branches, I believe) soon…



DAKILA: Buwan
Issue 1 (of 3)
By David Hontiveros and Jason Confesor

18-year old Brandon Ramirez has been a superhero for almost 3 months now, and as if things weren’t complicated enough, he’s gone and fallen in love… with a lunar princess… who’s got a jealous childhood friend who happens to be a demon-werewolf hybrid, and who’s just decided to turn up the crazy in time for a really important dinner date!

Dakila. 18 years old. Cosmic champion.
All of a sudden, acne and getting a driver’s license are so not a big deal.


URIEL: Hekhalot
Issue 2B (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Michael Urbano

Uriel is a mighty arel, held in reverence and awe by his fellow arelim, feared and despised by the shedim hordes.
And right now, his fate and existence lies in the hands of his seven-year-old mortal charge, Maleck de los Santos.

Uriel journeys to the diabul in an attempt to find a solution to his current problem: he must now find a way to leave Maleck’s body without harming the boy.
Meanwhile, Maleck’s doctor is sucked into the supernatural goings-on surrounding his young patient…


(URIEL: Hekhalot Issue 2A will also be available at Filbar’s.)

Again, thanx to one and all.


you can’t drink just six,

Dave