2/21/13

All Work and No Play Makes Idleness a Leisurely Activity

I'm typing this at home when I should be at work finishing an annual report. And I must say, there's nothing like an annual report to help you realise who your friends are at work. For my part, I have none, or at least, the rigour required from and the tension dealt by prepping an annual report can make one giddy when the other fails miserably on the task at hand, thus, walang kai-kaibigan. One would believe that misery loves company, when what one really loves is when somebody else is suffering misery. Labour and industry make brutes of all of us.

2/20/13

Eliza Victoria's APOCALYPSES


Presenting Eliza Victoria's APOCALYPSES, her first book of poems. Not a YBB book, but I did the cover. I've always loved Eliza's poems, which I've always felt had menacing shadows flickering just past the filigree. Tried evoking that in the cover, but, you know, I've also been wanting to take photos of miniature furniture for quite some time now, so when Eliza eMailed me a brief with marching orders to do "a neutral place - a kitchen table, a living room, a train station - no people," I more or less jumped at the opportunity.

Miniature furniture bought by my mom from the neighbourhood thrift stores. I arranged them in one of our closets' shelves, lit with my cheap Nokia celphone flashlight, photographed with a cheap Nikon point-n-shoot, all done in under twenty minutes, approved by the author in five.

Soon available both via Createspace and Books On Demand, the print-on-demand service* we in YBB use for our own books. Direct Market! It's the future of book publishing, dudes.


* Incidentally, the BOD website is yet another publishing thing I helped sort out: I did the text and some general layout ideas and took pretty much all the photos, and encoder extraordinaire Oliver Ortega did all of the actual work of putting it together. MY GOODNESS, I'M ALL OVER THE PLACE.

2/14/13

THURSDAY NEVER LOOKING BACK: AN ANTHOLOGY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD NOW AVAILABLE IN FLIPREADS AND AMAZON


Thursday Never Looking Back: an Anthology for the End of the World is now available in ePub and mobi formats via premiere Asian eBookstore Flipreads for P65/$1.60 and good old bookstore monolith Amazon for 99c! The antho can also be ogled in Goodreads, if that's your thing.

Go buy! Read as you ponder post-God existence!

And to get you started, here are two selections from the antho: Mica Agregado's "The Rapture" and Trizha Ko's "Acne." These two komikeras represent a developing aesthetic just now rearing its lush unkempt head of hair up here in the Philippines. They're an interesting development, and I plan to write about them soonish.

12/18/12

THE DAY AFTER AFTER TOMORROW

Thursday Never Looking Back, the end-of-the-world antho I helped compile, will be out in a couple of days, and to help push the book, I decided a contest would probably help.

So, here it is:

12/15/12

THURSDAY NEVER LOOKING BACK: AN ANTHOLOGY FOR THE END OF THE WORLD


The cover design by me, Adam David, for a new eBook set to be out this time next week, DRM-less ePub, edited (and with an intro) by me, Adam David, and converted by Flipside Publishing, incidentally overseen by me, Adam David. I'm planning on selling it really cheap, 99c wherever possible (translates to around P40). A print edition is hoped for next year, via on demand, and will likely be around P500 to P800. I'm weighing the ways to make the print edition cheaper, and right now I'm leaning towards the print featuring a more limited set of contents, specifically having the writers with more than one work in the eBook edition only have one in the print edition. Or maybe give the writers the option to have works that are limited to print and works limited to the eBook? Incentive for readers to buy both versions!

Here's the original call for submissions, and here's the more or less complete table of contents for the eBook:

12/4/12

New from the Youth & Beauty Brigade



A catalogue of clothes for sale from the closet of Christine Abella—perpetual student, ukay fan, and compulsive traveler by Delilah Aguilar, Chingbee Cruz, and Adam David BUY NOW

5ex by Julian Pascual BUY NOW

fled, their faces turned by Christian Tablazon BUY NOW

Marienbad by Chiles Samaniego BUY NOW