Winner: Congratulations to Sj Perez for winning the Mockingjay tickets!

I actually did the random drawing yesterday midnight. I just didn’t have the time to actually post the result, so this is a day late–

"Mockingjay Screening Winner"

Without further ado, congratulations to Sj Perez for winning the two tickets to the Mockingjay screening.

I had to disqualify two entries because they came from people who already joined. Or from the same IP address, with the same surname (or the same e-mail account, or the same profile picture) as I felt it would be unfair to those who only put in one comment.

Sj Perez, do leave a comment here on how I can contact you (e-mail first, preferably, as it’s not safe to just post your mobile number online for anyone to see) so I can hand over the tickets to you!

Thank you for everyone who joined. And congratulations again, Sj!

Mythology Class makes a comeback this November at Komikon!

"The Mythology Class Relaunch"

After bringing back Arnold Arre’s Trip to Tagaytay for a new generation of readers to enjoy, Nautilus Comics is at it again! This time, they’re reviving another much loved graphic novel from Arnold Arre: The Mythology Class! And you can get the new edition this coming November 15, at Komikon!

The second edition of The Mythology Class will come out with three all-new cover variants, with each variant being exclusively available at specific outlets. The one you see in the headline? That’s the convention variant, which will be first made available on Komikon, and will be available in other special events.

If you order from now until November 13 though, you can pre-order all three variant covers for the special Komikon price of 450 pesos! Find out how through this event page.

And as for where to find the other two variants after this promo, do check out Nautilus’s Facebook fan page!

In other Nautilus news, Issue #12 of Cast has another variant cover released–this time from Stephen Segovia. This is the variant cover you will find with Filbar’s at SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, Festival Mall, at the Ayala Fairview Terraces, and at Comic Odyssey Robisons Galleria.

If you’re looking for the other variants; Jhomar Soriano’s cover is available at Fully Booked branches, while Harvey Tolibao’s will once again be available on Komikon, this coming November 15.

Now, if you’re looking for new stories from Cast creator Jamie Bautista, do check out Date Works–which has been nominated for Best Webcomic at this year’s Komikon Awards! If you haven’t voted, you can vote ‘here.’ But I am not obliging you to vote for Date Works.

Before I end this; Trip to Tagaytay is also still available in the mentioned Filbar branches, at Fully Booked, and at comic conventions where Nautilus Comics will next appear.

Oh, and Arnold Arre will be at Nautilus’s booth this Komikon too. So if you want anything signed…

This is not a paid advertisement, I am genuinely supporting Nautilus Comics.

I am supporting the Filipino Readers Convention too, even if I can’t be a part of it this year. If you have the time, do drop by on November 14, at the Bayanihan Center, and find out what the pressing issues with today’s generation of readers are!

Event: The Cast Comics at Indieket 2014!

"Cast, the Comics Issue 12"

Cast Comics is back! And they’re bringing a very special cover of the long-awaited twelfth issue of their series to this Saturday’s Indieket!

Why is this a big deal? Because this variant cover won’t be available in bookstores or comic shops. Oh, and because it’s drawn by Harvey Tolibao, a superstar artist who has already done for Marvel titles!

Aside from this rare variant cover of Cast #12, Nautilus Comics will also launch the reprint of Arnold Arre’s Trip to Tagaytay, one of the best graphic novels that became hard to find as the years went on. Well, you don’t have to look any further–just drop by this Saturday at Indieket, at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig!

But don’t limit yourselves to the Nautilus titles when you get there. Bring extra cash. Discover new works and new worlds at this year’s Indieket!

Press Release: First Pop Fiction Festival brings authors and fans together

"1st Pop Fiction Festival"

The following is a press release from Summit Books about their recent event: the first Pop Fiction Festival:

Summit Books, National Book Store, and Market! Market! held a grand gathering that was truly one for the books as the first-ever Pop Fiction Festival conquered the Market! Market Activity Center on February 8, 2014.

It was the first time that the authors of Pop Fiction, Summit Books’ fast-growing online chick lit imprint, gathered in full force to meet with their readers. Present at the Pop Fiction Festival were Bianca Bernardino (SGWannabe), Jade Margarette Pitogo (Girlinlove), Kimberly Joy Villanueva (Ilurvbooks), Leng de Chavez (Shirlengtearjerky), Ariesa Jane Domingo(Beeyotch), Jessamine Verzosa (Peachxvision), Louisse Carreon (Fallenbabybubu), and Jhing Bautista (Kwento Ni Jhingness), who all met with and signed copies of their books for fans.

Celebrity appearances hiked up the fun at the Pop Fiction Festival, with young stars Myrtle Sarrosa and Alexander Diaz doing hosting duties and teen heartthrobs Jerome Ponce and The Perkins Twins serenading the crowd.

The event also served as the book launch of Three Words Eight Letters: If I Say It, Will I Be Yours?, the sequel to Jade Margarette Pitogo’s Three Words, Eight Letters, Say It, and I’m Yours and Pop Fiction’s first sequel offering to date. The lucky festival attendees got their hands on the first copies of the new release, which were sold at the National Book Store booth.

Fans also got to complete their Pop Fiction collections at the event, take home freebies such as exclusive buttons and bookmarks, and have their picture taken with the authors and their life-sized avatar standees—rounding out an unforgettable experience for the readers and writers alike.

For more photos from the Pop Fiction Festival, click here. For updates on Summit Books and Pop Fiction, like on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SummitBooks and http://www.facebook.com/PopFictionBooks, and follow us on Twitter via @SummitMedia_PH for more Summit Books updates.

I really must commend Summit Book’s passion in engaging a new generation of readers. Personally though, I would’ve loved for Summit Books to have also included their own roster of authors (the non-Pop Fiction ones) to introduce these (relatively) new readers to.

Maybe next year?

Event: Princess Lea Book Launch

"Princess Lea Book Launch"

“It feels really good.” That’s how Lea Salonga describes how it feels having a Dream Big Book about her published; especially since her daughter Nicole is a fan of the series of books.

Dream Big Books are a series of biographies written and illustrated for kids. It’s an imprint of Summit Books, and it sets out to inspire the next generation with stories of how older generations became well-known.

At the launch of her own Dream Big Book, Lea says she herself is a fan of the series too, adding that at today’s “age of instant gratification,” it’s a great idea to inform kids that to make it big, and to stay big, one has to do the work, to prepare, and to put in the time.

But how does one condense thirty five years of life into a short illustrated children’s book? You don’t.

Writer Yvette Fernandez admitted that she just wanted to put in the happily ever after. The rest of the book are things that people already know about Lea, collected in a very pleasing package.

As for what happens after happily-ever-after, Lea says she doesn’t see a sequel to the book coming out ever. “‘Wag na!” She laughs, saying that if people wanted to find out what happened (and continues to happen) to her after getting married and having a kid, “it’s easy enough to find out with all the search engines.”

Lea continues that the team just wanted the book to be cute–“for kids to relate to.”

Is that why the book is called Princess Lea?

Actually, no.

“I’m a princess only in the make-believe world,” Lea says. The title, she and writer Yvette Fernandez explains, is a nod to their generation–and one of the movies they really enjoy. Lea adds, “I think the nerds of the world will appreciate the title.”

The book launch for Princess Lea was hosted by Issa Litton, with opening remarks from Lisa Gokongwei-Chen, and a reading by Lea’s daughter, Nicole Chen.

Summit Books also provided us with the following press release;

Long before she was Kim in Miss Saigon, the singing voice of Disney’s Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, and a well-loved judge on The Voice of the Philippines, Maria Lea Carmen Salonga was just a little girl from Manila who dared to dream big.

Dream Big Books proudly launched Princess Lea last November 17, 2013 at the National Book Store Glorietta 1. Princess Lea is a children’s book which shared how Lea Salonga followed her heart to become the greatly admired and highly respected singer and actress she is today.

Written by Yvette Fernandez and illustrated by Nicole Lim, Princess Lea narrates how Lea went from a six-year-old who landed a part in a local production of The King and I to an internationally renowned performer who has starred as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, and Mei-Lin in Flower Drum Song; won honors from the US’ Tony Awards and the UK’s Laurence Oliver Awards; and sung for six Philippine presidents, three American presidents, and the Queen of England.

To encourage aspiring young entertainers to reach for their dreams, Princess Lea also lets readers in on common terms in the performing industry and imparts the lessons Lea has learned throughout her journey to becoming a singing superstar.

Dream Big Books is an imprint of Summit Books that inspires children to make a positive change in the world by sharing the life stories of Filipino role models. Among the books in Dream Big Books’ roster are Big John, the riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of John Gokongwei, Jr.; Nanay Coring, the success story of National Book Store owner Socorro Ramos; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy, which tells of the deep love for nation of the Aquino family; and Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Princess Lea is available in bookstores nationwide for only P125. For more on Dream Big Books, visit Summit Books online at http://www.summitmedia.com.ph/books and like on Facebook via http://www.facebook.com/summitbooks

Lea Salonga is marking her 35th year in show business via Playlist, her much awaited comeback to the Philippine concert scene, which will be held on December 6 (Friday) and December 7 (Saturday), 8 in the evening, at the PICC Plenary Hall.

For photos from the book launch, check out the newly made Facebook fan page for Taking a Break!