Posted June 7, 2018 by Drew Bagay in Events

Komura; Book Fair Is Back to Push the Boundaries of Storytelling

Warehouse Eight and Kwago, with support from Xend, are bringing back Komura; book fair this June 16 with new pockets of experiences and initiative to enjoy and help imagine what storytelling could become.


Now on its second year, Komura; Book Fair is an intimate gathering of independent and specialty press, experimental storytellers, and art and book shops around the Philippines. This year’s event will feature exciting programs such as:

  • Komura; Pixel - local indie video games and immersive storytelling in tech
  • Komura; Playground - shared space for individual zine makers experimenting on print
  • Komura; Studio – visual poetry and zine workshops
  • Komura; Creators Grant - funding a local creative with a crazy idea
  • Echoes – stripped down gigs featuring musicians as storytellers; a platform to express
  • Book Bar – fiction-inspired cocktails and coffee
  • Vinyl and lounge area – musicians selling EPs and old records from their personal collection

Held at Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza compound, Makati City, Komura; is all about disrupting the status quo and subverting expectations of what a typical book fair shoud be to create something new and worth going to.

“We want Komura; to be a place where you can discover new artists and writers otherwise unknown, not just a place to buy and sell books. You go there to connect, discuss, have a beer with and initiate meaningful conversations with creators in the community,” Warehouse Eight co-owner and Komura; co-founder Kayla Dionisio shared.

Kwago aims to explore more ways to make reading more exciting to miillenials who prefer to do it on screens.

“There’s nothing wrong with tech. I love innovation and video games. We need it! But there should be a balance. Technology shouldn’t be de-personalizing. With Komura; we want to find ways how to marry literature with technology, to make it more human while still pushing the envelope in storytelling,” Kwago owner and Komura; co-founder Czyka Tumaliuan said.

One of the Komura;’s advocacies is supporting the growth of the local community, through the launch of the Komura; Creators Grant, with Xend as sponsor.

“Collaborating with Komura; is our step towards incubating the broader community, particularly the artisans, independent zine makers, and creative entrepreneurs. Impact beyond our corporate room is key to our shared success,” Xend VP for partnerships JT Solis shared.

Event promptly starts at 10AM on June 16, 2018. Door charge is PHP 200. But children below 10 years of age will only be charged PHP 100. Tickets come with special bookworm goodies from Komura;.

Drew Bagay

Drew is a lover of comic books, movies, and all things pop culture. He enjoys crime/thriller/noir fiction, playing the guitar, and taking long walks. He also doesn't like talking in third person.