Sunday, October 30, 2005

LNA reviewed in Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan, Oct. 2005 issue
By Maggie Adan and Leslie Lee

Lexy, Nance & Argus: Sex, Gods, Rock & Roll by Oliver M. Pulumbarit

THE GIST: Lexy, Nance and Argus make up a trio of friends who typify the urban Pinoy. Lexy is the macho, high maintenance gay, Nance teeters between girls and guys, while Argus is probably the “tamest” among the trio, being straight. First published in Pulp Magazine, this comic series presents issues relevant to the modern Pinay such as pop culture, complicated relationships, and homosexuality.

YOU’LL LIKE IT IF… You’re into local talent, you don’t mind cuss words, you enjoy an eclectic mix of friends, and don’t think “dildo” belongs to the lexicon of bad words.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Nautilus Comics Press Release



Ask graphic artists Jamie Bautista and Elbert Or, creators of the hit comic series Cast, what would give them a really big kick this Halloween and you'll most likely get this response: Creating a 24-page comic book in 24 straight hours.

Believe it or not, these young, fearless artists are psyching themselves up for more than 24 sleepless hours as they take on the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge, which will take place on October 28 to 29, 2005, at Coco Aroma, White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Inspired by the 24 Hour Comics Day of Scott McCloud, a leading comic book theoretician in the United States, the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge will fuse creative visual storytelling with indigenous Philippine martial arts and folklore to give Pinoy audiences a different kind of visual experience. During this event, Bautista and Or will capture different fighting poses and techniques inspired by kali and arnis, the Philippines's own martial arts,
and will attempt to create compelling stories that will capture the grace, the strength, and the valor of Filipino warriors.

It won't be their first time to touch on themes of Philippine history, culture, and heritage. The graphic anthology Siglo: Freedom, which won the 2004 National Book Award for Comic Book, and on which Bautista and Or collaborated with renowned writers and comic book artists Gerry Alanguilan, Dean Francis Alfar, Nikki Alfar, Arnold Arre, Jason Banico, Marco Dimaano, Andrew Drilon, Honoel Ibardolaza, Lan Medina, Vin Simbulan and Carlo Vergara, captured stories of life, love, and the struggle for emancipation set in each decade of the 20th century.

The 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge, however, is even more demanding than the pair's previous projects because it requires them to produce credible work on an aspect of Philippine heritage which has not been sufficiently documented in the

Paul Zialcita, an arnis practitioner and a musician who has been advocating the integration of Philippine indigenous martial arts and folklore into mainstream media, hopes that this first attempt to create kali -and arnis-inspired art will pave the way for more creative collaborations. He lends his percussive power to the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge by marking the hours with a Kali Drum, a large instrument made of a recycled garbage can and cowhide that is played using arnis strikes.

Aside from Zialcita, more local and foreign martial arts enthusiasts, visual artists, and comic book fans will join Bautista and Or on the shores of White Beach, Puerto Galera to learn and to demonstrate new fighting techniques, to create their own versions of martial arts-inspired art, or simply to enjoy Puerto Galera's emerald-green waters.

Interested to join in the fun but not quite confident with your artistic or fighting skills? Don't worry: Bautista and Or will kick off the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge with a FREE comic book workshop. Meanwhile, Zialcita's team of local warriors will be patrolling White Beach's shores, all game to teach novices a thing or two about responsible stick-fighting.

The 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge is made possible by the collaboration of Likha Communications Consulting, Nautilus Comics, Digipost, and Coco Aroma. Email NiƱa Terol of Likha Communications Consulting at
nterol.likhacommunications (at) gmail (dot) com , or call (0917)644 45 66, for details.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Press release from BLITZWORX MAGAZINE

Greetings! I’m here to announce we will be releasing issue 1 of our comic anthology magazine this Oct. 22.

Our four feature tales in our comic section includes:

Dragon’s Bane
Words by: Reginald Ting (ATX, Legend of Kanlaon)
Art by: Jim Jimenez (Maynilad, Alamat ng Mais)
Colors by: Gilbert Monsanto (Hellcop, Houdini)

By: Armand Roy Canlas (Armor Troopers, Ibangis)

Words and colors by: Gilbert Monsanto (Biotrog, Darna)
Art by: Ryan Orosco (Darna, ODID)
Inks by: Roy Allan Martinez (Wicked, Son of M)
Letters by: Reginald Ting (ATX, Legend of Kanlaon)

Hell’s Legion
Words, art and inks By: Anthony Yap (Baylans)
Colors by: Omi Remalante
Letters by: Joel Chua (Bundoks)

Side Comic:
Speak Zero
Story concept by: Emmanuel Javier
Art and inks by: Michael Jason Paz
Colors and letters by: David Richardson

With Pin ups by:
Jun Monares
Michael Jason Paz
David Richardson
Fritz Casas

Also included in the mag:
Review of K.I.A. (Alamat Comics)
Interview with Carlo Pagulayan (Fantastic Four)
The return of Exodus Studios
A fantasy game review of Dragon’s Bane
Letter Segment by a mystery guest
2-page silent comic by Zero Cool Studios
Biotrog of Kickfighter vs. Gerry Alanguilan of Stone
Basix: Comic Creation tutorials
Art Arena battle between Ronin Core’s Rex Espino and Michael Jason Paz

BlitzWorX Magazine: Tales of the tape
Price: P135
Pages: 80 (including cover)
Color: Fully-colored

There are only limited copies for issue 1 so those who are interested in reserving a copy can e-mail Blitzworx at and give your full name, contact info, location and the no. of copies you wish to purchase.

The magazine will only be available through BlitzWorX representatives and expect it to hit comic stores in the weeks after release.

We will be selling copies at the Komikon this coming Oct. 22… see you there!

Emmanuel Javier
BlitzWorX ComiX Magazine, Editor-in-chief


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