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Pinoys join forces for ‘Mazinger Z’

Let’s be honest: Voltes V, for a variety of reasons, is pretty much the Philippines’ national super robot, even having connections to having been pulled during martial law and returning after the 1986 revolution. But Voltes V was not the only mecha (piloted giant robot) on Filipino TV at the time. “Mazinger Z” aired every …

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A super book about the spectrum

Sometimes, the best comic books aren’t about superheroes. Sometimes, they’re about ordinary people in extraordinary situations told in an extraordinary way. And that is exactly what you get with “Doobiedoo Asks,” the semiautobiographical comic book from writer Bambi Eloriaga-Amago and artist Roland Amago. This gorgeous, entertaining, informative, funny and heartbreaking comic book revolves around the …

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Visprint is dead: All hail Avenida Books–How Nida Ramirez changed PH publishing

When Flornida “Nida” Gatus-Ramirez was in a freshman at the University of Santo Tomas High School, she would go to their family’s small printing press in Recto to wait for her father Nenido so they could go home together. What struck her then was “the very familiar scent of paper and ink,” she says. “I …

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‘TRESE’ Vol. 1 out in the US Nov. 4; Vol. 2 announced for April 2021

Halloween has come early for fans of “TRESE” The scary, sleek indie Filipino comic that could just broke through again. After being picked up by American publisher Ablaze Publishing, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “TRESE” will continue to roam bookstore shelves in North America, a feat no other Filipino comic book team or property has …

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National Book Store releases official statement about supposed store closures

This post made rounds on Facebook on August 24: “NBS closing stores in expensive malls. Only stand-alone shall stay. Going online.” But there is no truth to the post, said National Book Store in an official statement. “Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Book Store is working tirelessly to adapt to …

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SG-based Epigram releases Pinoy comic book ‘Mr Tino’

The premise alone is brilliant. In the vast majority of superhero stories, the metahumans gain their abilities either as a birthright or as the result of an accident as an adult. But what happens when an ordinary man suddenly develops superhuman strength—when he becomes a senior citizen? This was the idea behind “Sixty Six,” the …

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‘TRESE’ US edition gets special variant cover; more volumes to come

Budjette Tan and Ka-jo Baldisimo’s upcoming “TRESE” just keep on winning. Long a fan-favorite and commerically-successfully comic book series in the Philippines through Visprint, Inc., “TRESE” gets its North American debut as a trade paperback in September from Ablaze Publishing, the brain child of former Dynamite Publishing’s Rich Young. Our chronicle of paranormal investigator Alexandra …

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