Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Komikon 2006: The 2nd Philippine Comics Convention

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It's Komikon time again! For those of you who missed the first one last year, you can find pictures of it here and here. I'll be once again bringing my camera to cover the event through pictures, video and commentary. Last year was well attended and an enjoyable atmosphere permeated all throughout, inspite of the heat. The UP Diliman venue is good, but it might be inaccessible to many, and a venue with air conditioning might be a better idea.

For any official info about the con, check out their official blog here. Here is the official poster of the event:

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Once again, I'll be taking a booth, this time for "Komikero Publishing". Last year I really had nothing to sell, simply promoting Philippine Komiks Art. This time, I'll be promoting and selling ELMER, and specially launching ELMER #2! Here's a sneak preview!

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You can also check out my continuing full color sci-fi series HUMANIS REX! from Fudge Magazine, which I'm sure they'll be selling at their own booth.

Here's a run down of other stuff my pals have going on at the Komikon:

My pal Jonas Diego, webcomiker and now an executive boss at his own storyboarding company IAS, and co-presentor at the con, is conducting an art contest called Lead Slingers Challenge!, and the ultimate prize is 10, 000 bucks and a two week contract job at his office. If you are a good artist, this is the office to work for, guys. I can vouch that his office is the most fun and coolest office to work for. Just check out some of the videos that his nutty crew are doing.

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Lead Slinger Challenge Contest Rules Here.

Komikero Henry Anima II will be launching Paperclip Komics with the release of a preview of his upcoming comics Mutya and the Book Of Answers.

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Henry is slowly becoming one really good artist. I thought his earlier comic book, Children of the Dam was really good. I can't wait to read this one.

Gilbert Monsanto will be launching his own comic book publishing company called Sacred Mountain with the release of TROPA.

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Gilbert is a kumpare of mine, and I'm really glad he's finally dipping his toes into the world of self publishing. And he's taking along other guys with him like Lui Antonio, Kriss Sison, Jim Jimenez and Marvin Maglaque.

Budjette Tan and artist Ka-jo Baldisimo will be around to promote their comic book Trese, now on it's sixth issue!

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If you haven't read Trese yet, you're missing out on one of the most remarkable local comic books published in recent years. Budjette has finally tapped into something that gushes out these excellently and imaginatively written stories.

Budjette has uploaded a lot of complete stories online which you can check out here.

Rising superstar Carlo Vergara, creator of the wildly popular Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, will be having a booth that he will share with writer David Hontiveros and Kikomachine's Manix Abrera.

The Mars Ravelo Family, along with writer-artist Reno Maniquis (Maskarado) and dynamic duo Dodo Dayao and Bong Leal (Askals) will be setting up a minor sponsors booth.

Risingstar Printing Enterprise is coming out with Filipino Komiks featuring the talents of many young and veteran comics creators including Jose Mari Lee, Karl Comendador, Rico Rival, Nar Castro, Romeo Tanghal, Gilbert Monsanto, Dante Barreno, Randy Valiente and more!

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I'll be announcing more activities as the event nears.


October 7 Signing at Comics Odyssey, Robinson's Galleria

Just a reminder for those who are interested, Comics Odyssey will be opening a new branch in Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas this October 7 at 12noon-3pm. In attendance will be Leinil Francis Yu, Wilson Tortosa, Carlo Pagulayan, Jeff Huet, Edgar Tadeo and myself to help open the branch and sign stuff. See you there!

See you There!