December was, as it usually is at that time of year, a hectic month for everyone, with so much holiday shopping to be done, tourists flocking to the city, and events popping up everywhere. Fortunately, despite all of that and the difficulty of getting around Baguio, we were able to check out the 3rd BLTX, a small press and DIY expo, at Cafe Yagam.
BLTX, which stands for Better Living Through Xeroxography, provides local creatives the opportunity to share and market their writing, art, and ideas through zines or ashcan comics, for free!
These self-published zines, which are are reproduced usually via photocopy machine, may not look fancy on the outside, but they are HEAVY on content on the inside.
We especially enjoyed this ashcan comic book by Joyce Mallare, who shares true Baguio feels, as told by fruits and vegetables!
Absolutely anyone could publish their own zine, no matter how young or old. We were very impressed when we saw literary zines by a boy named Kaaro.
There were also a ton of great postcards and original prints for sale. We wish we could have had one of everything!
One highlight of the night was getting to meet the creator of Libreng Komiks, Toto Modayag. -insert fangirl scream- We couldn’t miss the opportunity to get him to sign his book, P*cha E’Di Komiks. But of course, we got all the authors we purchased from to sign their zines.
BLTX was more than just another pop up bazaar to us. We got to meet a community of like-minded folks who have so many ideas to share to the world and are brave enough to put them out there.
We can’t wait for the next BLTX, maybe later this year again. And perhaps by that time, even you could have something to bring to the table yourself!