usapang may-akda #1 at uno morato

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Photo from Princess F. L-R: Adam, Mervin, me.

I was so happy to finally get the chance to visit Uno Morato in Quezon City, and to be a part of a creators’ discussion to boot! The first Usapang May-Akda, hosted by Adam David, featured Mervin Malonzo and me. We are all readers of each other’s work, and this definitely elevated the quality of our discussion about our influences and process.

Let me share with you Adam’s questions:

1) Influences on your horror work – even non-horror influences (ie, Rizal as influence on TABI PO), even extra-literary influences (news, creepy pasta). Question on process: how do you prep for working on your work?

2) Eliza’s very urban horror VS Merv’s very rural horror – also modern VS traditional? – care to elaborate on the whys and wherefores of the two? Why choose one over the other? Question on subject: why do you write about what you write about?

3) The human body as site for potential acts of horror, rendered to it and rendered by it – body horror: the sexual implications of, the sexual assault subtext of, the sadomasochist dimensions of, the horrific act as release of sexual energy – consumption (TABI PO) and possession (DWELLERS) as an unwilling owning of another’s body, as objectification of the body, as rape. Still a question on subject: why do you write about what you write about?

4) Talk about upcoming work! Solo projects, collaborations.

I really loved the questions, and the questions that arose during the discussion itself. You may listen to Adam’s audio recording here (English/Filipino) or here (Mervin cleaned up the audio to make it clearer). Warning: Laughter, in-jokes, digressions.

Maraming salamat kay Adam at sa Uno Morato, at sa lahat ng dumalo at naki-chika sa amin. Sa uulitin!

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

Mervin’s mural on Uno Morato’s wall.

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

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Photo from Uno Morato on Facebook.

After the talk, the guys sat down to play Resistance. Do visit Uno Morato, read some books, have coffee, and play some games. I love the place.

Usapang May-Akda #1 - Uno Morato

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USAPANG MAY-AKDA #1 – more details!

I did promise you details.

mervin poster

Watch and listen as writer Eliza Victoria (DWELLERS, PROJECT 17, APOCALYPSES) and writer-artist Mervin Malonzo (TABI PO) talk about their creative processes, their influences, and their forthcoming works in DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE BAFFLE THEM WITH BULLSHIT – USAPANG MAY-AKDA #1, what is planned to be the first of a monthly series of conversations between creators talking about their craft.

DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE BAFFLE THEM WITH BULLSHIT – USAPANG MAY-AKDA #1 is set for August 30, Saturday, from 3PM to 5PM. Q&A and booksigning afterwards.

This will be held at Uno Morato.

Uno Morato is a bar, bookstore, and arts venue. Established by young artists coming from the indie/alternative/DIY tradition of artistic production, the store takes that spirit and creates a physical space for artists to convene, share ideas, and promote their work. The store sells books, comics, music, DVDs, artwork, merchandise, and other art-related products made by Filipino artists. Uno Morato is also a place to hang out and have smart conversations, attend stimulating discussions, and join in a variety of workshops catering to a great range of interests.

Uno Morato is located at Garden Area GYY Building #1 Tomas Morato avenue, Quezon City.

The beautiful poster is by the talented Mervin Malonzo.

Click here to see the Event page and confirm your attendance. See you guys!