Kwentillion: A Million Stories to be Told

Last weekend was the Summer Komikon and I don’t really go there except if I’m looking for autographs for some of the local series I follow, or if there’s an interesting launch. This time around, it was the latter, and I am very proud to say that it’s the first launch I attended where I actually went onstage because I was a part of the project! :)

Kwentillion: A Million Stories to be ToldFrom the Summit Media page:

Kwentillion Magazine is the country’s first publication dedicated to young adult literature and media, featuring YA-themed comics and fiction by Filipino creators. The bi-monthly, black and white magazine (with an eight-page colored spread in every issue) features reviews and previews of young adult books, interviews with creators, and articles which tackle a wide variety of topics of interest to the YA community.

I co-wrote an article here with my friend Chachic about YA books in 2012:

Apocalypse Can Wait!

It’s not the first time I saw my name in print (I was in another independent magazine a few years ago :P), and I have been writing for Summit and other places online for a while now, but it’s quite nice to see my name in a project like this, something that I am passionate about. The other comics and articles are all awesome too — it’s always nice to read more local fiction. :)

The first issue is really a test run, and the next issue would depend on how well this first one sells, or how much buzz it generates. So! If you like young adult literature, or you want to read more about Filipino comics and fiction, Kwentillion is the magazine you are looking for! It’s available in National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches (last thing I heard, NBS Bestsellers in Galleria has copies) for Php 150. It has pretty good print quality too — I was surprised at the size of the magazine when I finally got my copy.

I’ll try to post a more comprehensive “review” of this issue later this week (promise to get rid of the personal bias over the project :D). I’m so honored to be a part of this project, and it was so cool to see it come to life. :)

Here’s a post from one of our editors about Kwentillion, and why he thinks this project is important. And then, you can also follow Kwentillion on Twitter or like the page on Facebook for more updates. :D

11 Thoughts on “Kwentillion: A Million Stories to be Told

  1. Ahh I still don’t have a copy! I need to find one. Also need to write about this on my blog.

    • I just left a comment on your post about this, but I can’t remember if you said you got your copy already. Haha. I got the one from Pao and then bought an extra copy just so I actually contributed to the sales. :D

  2. Hello, Tina! I bought copies of this magazine last Saturday! I had to come to the Komikon early because I had an afternoon engagement. Too bad I missed you!

    The magazine is great! I liked the titles that you featured. I hope one day I’ll see one of your stories here!

    • Thanks Peter! You know I never thought about that until I remembered that this is for YA fiction. Wohoo, maybe someday. :)

  3. Congrats Tina and I hope you’ll write more articles!

  4. OH WOW! THIS LOOKS FAB!! … So how do I get to be part of this, too? Lol a girl can wish :p

    Can’t wait to get my own copy – congrats to you and Chachic!

    • Thanks kb! If it all goes well, we might have a second issue, and then maybe it will be open to submissions. :)

      • It looks like Kwentillion’s doing well.. Magkakaroon pa nga ng YA Reader’s Carnival. THAT. IS. SO FAB! Congratulations to you and the whole team!!

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