Tuesday, October 18, 2005

publishing schedule

December will be a doozy, as four publications I'm involved in one way or the other are projected for release: two comic anthologies, one speculative fiction anthology and one novel (yes, my name is all over the place for this post, humor me).

On December 10th, at Fully Booked Greenhills & at Comic Quest Megamall, we will launch:

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1. Siglo: Passion edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan (Nautilus).

This massive full color anthology follows in the footsteps of Siglo: Freedom (National Book Award for Best Comic) and showcases 12 grafictional stories of passion spanning a century plus new art and poetry from the some of the country's finest creatives.

Storytellers and artists include (alphabetically, by first name) Andrew Drilon, Angelo Suarez, Antonio Abad, Ariel Atienza, Camille Portugal, Carlo Vergara, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Dean Francis Alfar, Edgar Tadeo, Elbert Or, Gerry Alanguilan, Hiyas de Guzman, Honoel Ibardolaza, Jac Ting Lim, Jamie Bautista, Jason Banico, Jeremy Arambulo (sorry for the initial oversight, partner!), Joel Chua, Jonas Diego, Lan Medina, Leinil Yu, Luis Katigbak, Ma-an Asuncion, Marco Dimaano, Michelle Soneja, Nikki Alfar, Oliver Pulumbarit, Paolo Manalo, Quark Henares, Rafael Kayanan, Red Berger, Reno Maniquis, Vin Simbulan and Vincent Groyon.

It feels like it took a century to produce, but thanks to everyone's unflagging dedication, it will be available.


2. Project Hero edited by Elbert Or & Andrew Drilon (QuestVentures).

We return to the elements that made us fall in love with comics in the first place - superheroes, incredible stories and fantastic elements. I team up with El to present The Craft Century, my homage to the Silver Age Legion of Superheroes.

The line-up includes startling stories and all-ages adventures from Jaime Bautista, Marco Dimaano, Nikki Alfar, Jason Banico, Ner Pedrina, Vin Simbulan, Andrew Drilon, Elbert Or and Dean Francis Alfar. Full color cover, black and white interiors.


3. Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1 edited by Dean Francis Alfar (Kestrel).

All prose, all spec fic smorgasbord of wonder by Andrew Drilon, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Dean Francis Alfar, Douglas Candano, Francezca C. Kwe, Gabriela Lee, Ian Casocot, J. Pocholo Martin Goitia, Jay Steven Anyong, Joseph Nacino, K. Mandigma, Khavn, Nikki Alfar, Pauline Orendain, Sarge Lacuesta, Sean Uy, Tyron Caliente, and Vin Simbulan.

The first of its kind and hopefully not the last. I'll do my best to do get funding to make this an annual showcase, supplemented by online content next year courtesy of Ian Casocot and Literatura.


And also in December, though details are still being finalized:

4. Salamanca by Dean Francis Alfar (Ateneo Press).

I just spoke to publisher Maricor Baytion who told me that the Ateneo board and their readers agreed that the story was lovely (yay) and that the manuscript was so clean it was practically ready for typesetting and printing. I asked for a few days to do final tweaks, just small spelling and grammar errors and it's good to go.

What surprised me was that I expected this to be published sometime next year, not thinking we could make it to press on time this year. I hope it all works out.

So that's it for my official output this year (unless the other two anthos that have my stories are also published this year). Everything else is in development.

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