Bookbed reviews: ‘Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan’ ni Manix Abrera

ni KB Meniado Hindi ako ang number one super hardcore fan ni Manix Abrera. Paminsan-minsan ko lang nasusubaybayan ang Kikomachine Komix! niya sa Inquirer, pati na rin ang News Hardcore niya sa GMA News Online. Sa katunayan, noong 2014 ko lang siya simulang sundan matapos kong mabasa yung Travel Hardcore sa Smile Magazine habang papunta kami ng Tokyo. At noong 2015 ko lang simulang basahin ang kanyang mga libro. (Salamat, Bea!) Kaya noong may pagkakataong mabasa ang kanyang pinakabagong koleksyon ng komiks, HWOOOH! Siyempre, hindi na ako nagpatumpik-tumpik. ANG KWENTO Ipinapakita ng News Hardcore ang “behind-the-scenes” na mundo ng media ~ may naghahari, may inaapi, may peke at may marangal, may malungkot, at higit…

What Am I To You: Episode 2

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla Four years later. Greenbelt 3, Makati City. Cold. That’s how I’ve always described the night breeze in Makati. Even in the summer, when the city is bursting with life, Makati feels cold, distant. Maybe that’s why people who live and work here can’t survive without their caffeine and alcohol. Something to keep them warm enough to experience what the city has to offer, if they are brave enough to find it. For the past four years, the city has been my life source. And by that, I mean my source of money as I jump from one agency…

11 More Pinoy Comics to Love

by EK Gonzales So. You’re new to local independent komiks. You’ve read Trese and Kikomachine, and maybe Mythology Class, and you want more. You’ve heard there are very interesting things happening in local komiks. You’d be right. But you don’t know where to start. Recommending comics to anybody is difficult because there are as many comics as there are interests, just as there are books in every genre. This is also true of local komiks. This even gets more confusing with both readers and creators having influences from three major places: American comics, Japanese manga and Pinoy classic komiks. The best…

Story Submission: ‘A Love Letter to Young Girls Who Like to Dream About Love’

by Nessie Quiambao Number one. When he won’t love you back, remember that your father used to hurt himself doing cartwheels because he wanted to make you laugh. Number two. If he tells you that you SHOULD dye your hair black even when you like it red, ignore him. And remember to do your roots so he never sees your hair black again. However, if he asks nicely, and you are in the mood for raven, go ahead. Indulge him. Number three. If you catch him looking at other women, just let him take a look. If you catch him talking…

A Love that Builds Communities: An Interview with Every Teacher A Reader

by Mavic Basilia Let’s face it. When you find your missing half, you can’t help but want to share your love with the rest of the world. Some couples do this by wearing couple shirts. Others perform extravagant gestures. But for Cris and Galvin Ngo, their shared passion for reading has resulted in a beautiful, creative space for book nerds—Every Teacher A Reader. Cris used to teach reading  for several years. She’s currently working for PHINMA Foundation where she handles the formation of college students under their scholarship program.  Cris always finds time to read books and she enjoys recommending titles…

What Am I To You: Episode 1

by Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla Photo by Scott Baraquel Jr.They say memory is subjective. So how come we remember so much of what we want to forget? They say you’ll fall madly in love only once or twice in a lifetime, and the rest will be a blur. I made the same stupid mistake in the same stupid fashion—time after time, both times just as mad. I’ve fallen down the same rabbit hole more than twice already. So what does that make me? Well, I don’t know. You tell me. *** Five years ago. College. Photo by Scott Baraquel Jr. I hate…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia’ edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

by Cindy Wong Dela Cruz THE STORY The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. The Sea Is Ours is an exciting new anthology that features stories infused with the spirits of Southeast Asia’s diverse peoples, legends, and geography. Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED The truth is, I never really knew of this…

Illustrating Life: An Interview with Artist Lauren Baldo

by Aia Arkoncel Some of us love illustrations, some of us love paintings and some of us love writing, but most of us simply love art. Lauren Baldo is a full-time freelance artist who has a way of putting all of these things together, and we are the lucky ones who get to experience it. His works vary from simple ink drawings to landscape digital paintings, but no matter how simple or complex his work is, you can always be sure there’s a story behind it. Lauren Baldo is a full-time freelance artist. Follow him @laurenbaldoart. HELLO THERE! Hi, Lauren! Your work…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Cheese in the Trap’ webtoon by Soonkki

by KB Meniado The thing about k-drama and me is that we’re an on-and-off thing. I can go a long time without caring about any of them—months, even years. But when it hits me with the perfect one, I’m trapped and there’s no way out of love~ For example: Ooooh My Venus! What a way to rekindle with k-drama. (Thanks, 엄마! Mothers always know best.) But why I need to mention OMV first is that it played a crucial role on how I got to Cheese In The Trap. Had I not obsessed about it on Twitter, then Sarah (안녕!) wouldn’t have recommended CIIT in exchange! While it took me eight episodes to…

6 Pinoy Comics To Love

by EK Gonzales If you ask me about the history of komiks in the Philippines, I, unfortunately, will not be able to give you very good answers. I came late to the scene, in the middle of new komik history being made. Trese was already a recognized series, ZsaZsa Zaturrnah had been made into a musical, and Komikon had moved to the Bayanihan Center, when I properly started following komiks. But most of the things I have seen, and continue to see, in independent komiks has made me a fan and loyal follower. The following are the local komiks that made…