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The people behind Komura; Studio, a literary and creative space, wants to talk about the ‘F’ word that most creatives tend to shy away from: finances. The upcoming Komura; Studio event on 24 November is an intimate conference on funding independent creative pursuits for storytellers, bringing industry shakers and creative doers from all over Southeast Asia to talk about what it means to turn passion into livelihood.

The event features nine panelists from a whole slew of industries, all of whom will be giving their insights on the nuts and bolts of sustaining a creative venture.

Panel from the Philippines include artist, curator and co-founder of Artbooks PH Ringo Bunoan; spoken word artist and radio host Kooky Tuason; Veer Technologies and VR Philippines founder Cristopher David; comics artist Manix Abrera; designer and Diyalogo co-owner Ian Quimbo; artist and educator Rommel Joson; and computer scientist and CIIT founder Niel Dagondon.

Speakers from Southeast Asia include Indonesia-based artist and Krack! Studio co-founder Malcolm Smith; and Singapore-based book designer and The Press Room Singapore founder Kelley Cheng.

There will be nine talks on zine, comics, publishing, printmaking, sticker, design multimedia and virtual reality. There will also be the Komura; directory launch, after-hours conversations and socials and Echoes PH live gigs.

Inspired by the runaway library in Haruki Murakami’s award-winning novel Kafka on the Shore, creatives Kayla Dionisio and Czyka Tumaliuan conspired to create a literary respite for honest exchanges of curiosities and playful explorations of storytelling in tech and print.

What started as the first independent experience-driven book fair in the Philippines, Komura; has evolved after its launch on 16 November 2017, spawning initiatives focused on providing holistic support for independent creators.

Komura; will be held at Warehouse Eight on 24 November, 2 to 11 p.m. The event is limited to 120 seats. Regular tickets cost P3,000, while the student rate is P2,700. Tickets are inclusive of admission to nine talks on funding creative pursuits, a Komura; Studio kit, afternoon snacks, unlimited coffee by Candid and a gig. Tickets at the door will be P3,500, subject to availability. Go to Facebook event page bit.ly/komurastudionov and to registration page bit.ly/rsvpkomurastudio. Warehouse 8 is at La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces ave., Makati City.

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