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An intimate conference on funding independent creative pursuits for storytellers
November 24, 2018 | 2:00-11:00 PM
Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
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About
Launched in November 2017, Komura; is an independent book fair that aims to explore creative ways to make and experience literature. After a few months, it has evolved and has spawned new programs that seek to provide holistic support for the readers and storytellers community: Komura; Studio (talks and workshop), Pixel (tech-based narrative and media), Creators Grant (funding for creators), Playground (zine market) and Directory (online database of independent and specialty creators and shops).

On November 24, 2018, we’re organizing a casual conference for the readers and storytellers community, featuring respected creatives in the tech, print, literature and publishing industry. The program will be heavy on Q&A and will have a dedicated time for socials. Speakers will focus on sharing their personal experiences and struggles on sustaining independent, creative pursuits without compromising the quality of content.
Speakers
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Manix Abrera
Comic book artist & illustrator
Manila, Philippines

Manuel “Manix” Abrera graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is now a well-known comix artist whose work features regularly in mainstay publications. His "Kikomachine Komix" strip can be found in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, while his News Hardcore panel features on GMA News Online. Manix is also a published author, with over 13 Kikomachine Komix titles available through Visprint. You can easily spot the man behind the comic without going very far; Manix frequents book fairs and art events around the metro. He's a regular panelist on Komiket and was a Visiting Literary Artist at UP Visayas. His comix are beginning to gain a life outside of the page: Kikomachine has been adapted to the stage by UP Los Baños and is slated to become a live-action movie and tv series.

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Cristopher David
Engineer and co-founder of VR Philippines & Veer Technologies
Manila, Philippines

Cristopher "Tof" David is all about finding ways to integrate immersive technology into society. Tof currently serves as the founder and CEO of VR Philippines and as the co-founder of Veer Immersive Technologies.VR Philippines is a community of Virtual Reality developers and enthusiasts that promotes the advancements and adoption of this technology in the Philippines. They spread awareness through a whole host of programs, from 24-hour hackathons to seminars to outreach activities that bring the joy of VR into different communities. A graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology, Tof worked as R&D Engineer for Nokia prior to founding VR Philippines and Veer Technologies. VR Philippines hosts a slew of workshops to promote immersive technology in the Philippines, from hackathons for students (Vive Jam) to outreach programs that bring VR sets to elderly homes. 

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Malcolm Smith
Artist and co-founder of krackstudio.com
Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Krack! is a printmaking studio and gallery that was established in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in May 2013. They work collaboratively with artists to produce and exhibit print-based works that are visually innovative and respond critically to events and debates in the Asia Pacific region. Krack is a working studio, sustained through the production of exhibitions that tour locally and internationally, artisanal printing, residency programs, workshops and merchandise. Krack! is a collaborative project between Prihatmoko Moki, Rudi (Lampung) Hermawan, Sukma Smita and Malcolm Smith.




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Niel Dagondon
Founder and former CEO of Anino Games, founder and chairman of CIIT College of Arts and Technology and founder and president of Edusuite
Manila, Philippines

Elson Niel Dagondon founded Anino Games in 2001 as the first Game Development Studio in the Philippines. It specialized in Third Party Development, Outsourcing and its related services for PC and Mac, Mobile, iOS, Facebook, Nintendo DS/Wii catering to top Publishers. In 2014, Anino Games was acquired by Bangkok based Pocket PlayLab. 

He is also the Chairman of the Board of CIIT Philippines, a Digital Arts and Technology college he co-founded in 2008. Currently, Neil is the President and Co-Founder of Edusuite, a company he started in 2017 to create AI-driven solutions to Colleges and Universities. 


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Ian Quimbo
Designer and co-founder of Diyalogo PH
Manila, Philippines

Ian Quimbo is one of the creatives behind the brand Diyalogo. It was born out of the idea to create a locally rooted lifestyle brand that focused on design and humor. The brand aims to converse and make a connection with its audience through our merchandise and general social media shenanigans. Fueled by pop culture, slapstick comedy, Mini-Stop fried chicken, and the comical quirks of everyday life, Diyalogo is that friend that just wants you to have a good time. They have also collaborated in designing exclusive sticker packs for brands such as iFlix, Warner Pop Expo, Adidas, Hoegaarden, Bratpack and more.




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Rommel Joson
Artist, illustrator and professor
Manila, Philippines

Rommel Joson is an artist and illustrator based in the Philippines.  He is currently a lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and is represented by Galerie Stephanie. He has received awards for painting, illustration, comics and design from various organizations such as the Philippine Board of Books for Young People, the Shell National Art Competition, the Neil Gaiman Fully Booked Graphic Fiction Competition, the Adobo Design Awards and the Philippine Araw Awards.

He has done done work for clients and brands such as Nokia, Globe Telecom, Levi's, JanSport, WWF, Unilab, URC, LBC, DPC Yellow Pages, Bonifacio Art Foundation, Adarna House, Lampara Books, Vibal Publishing and OMF Lit.

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Ringo Bunoan
Visual artist, curator and founder of Artbooks PH
Manila, Philippines

Ringo S. Bunoan is a Filipino artist, curator, researcher and writer based in Manila, Philippines. She is known for her conceptual approach, working across media in installation, sound, video, bookworks and writing. She earned her bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of the Philippines, Dillman. Her works have been shown in galleries, museums and alternative art spaces in Manila, across Asia and the Pacific and USA including Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 4th Gwangju Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, Asian Art Museum, Walter McBean Galleries in San Francisco and Redcat Gallery in Los Angeles, USA and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. Aside from her art practice, Ringo served as chief curator of the inaugural Manila Biennale, researcher for the Hong Kong's Asia Art Archive, and curator at Art Dubai. She also owns Artbooks PH, an independent bookstore focused on selling art titles in Metro Manila.

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Kooky Tuason
Spoken word Artist, radio host and educator
Manila, Philippines

Kooky Tuason is a spoken word artist, radio host and educator from Manila, Philippines. She studied performance poetry at the British Council under the tutelage of Roger Robinson. She has 6 albums (Romancing Venus Vol. 1 & 2, Bigkas Pilipinas, In:Transit Manila Meets Toronto, Southversive and Bigkas Pilipinas on JAM88.3), an online TV channel (Thinking Man's Classroom), a podcast (Romancing Venus Radio), an art musical (TRICKS!), a coffee table book (Picket Lines) and 2 graphic novels (Eve of the Grey and The House on Road No. 10) under her belt. Recognized in Manila and abroad, she performed at The Hyderabad Literary Festival in Hyderabad, India, The International Poetry Festival in Bhubaneswar, India and The ASEAN Literary Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia among others. 





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Kelley Cheng
Singapore

Kelley is a pop culture junkie who abandoned her architectural degree in pursuit of an elusive dream – starting her own magazine. The life and death of ish magazine from 1999 to 2009 was quite the journey she needed to take as a rite of passage for her creative growth. She then became the founder and creative director of her own publishing and design consultancy, The Press Room, in 2009 which marked a new chapter for her. She is also editor-in-chief of Singapore Architect magazine, a three-time laureate of the Society of Publishers in Asia, and owner of food and beverage outlets 15 Minutes and Night & Day. Moreover, she sits on advisory panels for design and educational institutions, speaks regularly at international design conferences, and judges design competitions like Red Dot Design and Design for Asia.

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Event Details
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Buy your tickets now
Limited to 120 seats only!

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At the gate: ₱ 3,500 (subject to availability if not yet sold out)

Ticket inclusions: 
Admission to 9 talks on funding independent creative pursuits with Q&A
Komura; Studio kit
Afternoon snacks and unlimited coffee
After hours conversations with Echoes gig
Terms & Conditions
Tickets are non-refundable but transferrable.
Conference & student passes have the same privileges.
Students should present a valid ID upon entry.
Komura; Studio reserves the right to replace speakers.
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