Manix Abrera, Carlo Vergara and Carljoe Javier will be speakers at a Roundtable Discussion on Graphic Fiction and the Comics on August 20, at 2 P.M. in the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino, G/F Benavides Bldg., UST. The affair is part of the USTingan Program of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. 
Abrera is one of the icons of contemporary graphic fiction, having published numerous best-selling books, created “Kiko Machine Komiks,” which comes out daily in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He also contributes regularly to GMA News Online.

Javier writes fiction, nonfiction and graphic fiction, and teaches at the UP. He has published a scholarly work on graphic fiction titled “Filipino Humor and the Filipinization of Foreign Tropes in Macoy’s ‘Taal Volcano Monster vs. Evil Space Paru-paro.’” 

Vergara is the creator of the queer cult classics “Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah” and “Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila”

This is the third of such forums hosted by the UST CCWLS. USTingan is designed to address topics and issues of interest to modern readers and of relevance to contemporary Philippine literature. 

During the first one, held in the first semester of 2012-2013, the thorny question “What Is Popular Literature?” was tackled by Lourd de Veyra, poet, novelist, rock star and media celebrity; Nida Ramirez, head of the publishing house Visprint, (which publishes among others, the mysterious best-selling author Bob Ong, and Eros Atalia, a UST CCWLS Resident Fellow and this year’s winner of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Grand Prize for the Novel in Filipino); and Paolo Manalo, poet and coordinator of UP’s Creative Writing Program. 

The second USTingan, held last semester, was a lecture on literary translation by Dr. Isagani Cruz, President of the Manila Times College and Professor Emeritus of De la Salle University. This is another hot issue, since the K-12 Program to be implemented next school year, will require the availability of literary texts written in Philippine languages other than Filipino.

The general public is invited to the August 20 round-table discussion on graphic fiction. For reservations, please call Ms. Anna Nicolas at 406-1611 local 8281, or at 0927-9090832.