My small group which includes Arlan Esmeña, Zara Macandili, Pilar Esber, Ilyn and me left San Pablo at six in the morning. We arrived at the venue relatively early at 8 am. We had a quick set up so I had plenty of time to go around and talk with people I knew before the doors opened. As far as Komikon goes, I know a lot of people.
There were a couple of my friends attending Komikon for the first time including Robert Magnuson, who is the artist of an upcoming graphic novel for Adarna. We talked comics and Star Trek. The graphic novel he is doing is massive. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.
Robert Magnuson and Steven Pabalinas
Jamie Bautista, also a Komikon first-timer, is the publisher of Nautilus Comics, including Cast and Arnold Arre’s Martial Law Babies. He’s also doing Private Iris with Arnold. He’s also the printer for ELMER. He said it was kind of hot. Was it? I never noticed. But I guess the huge cooling fan situated behind me at my table had something to do with it.
With Norman B. Isaac
With Tuxs Rutaquio, “Ada” in ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Musical.
My friend Chez was there, manning the Sputnik booth all by herself. Their indie selection was just awesome! I said hello to the Bayan Knights team, specially Gilbert and Glenda. Beside my table was Jonas Diego’s Robo Monkey table. And when the convention doors opened at 10am, they hadn’t arrived yet! Apparently, they pulled an all nighter just to finish putting together Komikero Comics #1. Johnny was the first to arrive with April, then Jonas arrived much later carrying a small box of comics. The 50 copies of Komikero Comics #1 that were produced quickly sold out. Even I don’t have a copy. Honestly! Those who have been wanting to buy it, sorry! We are planning on putting everything online soon.
Komikero Komiks #1 on display. It’s blank so that the creators at the Komikon can sign and sketch on it. Photo by Azrael Coladilla
I went to the Comic Odyssey booth for what turned out to be a stunning find. It’s so hysterically stunning that it rivals even Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s Tomb! I found a first edition Marvel Illustrated Novel Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, illustrated by Berni Wrightson! I went… OMG! I grabbed it, knuckling a couple of fan boys in the eyes, and kicking a couple of nuns in the ankles who were all angling to get it. I’m kidding, but once I had it, I didn’t let it go, and ran away cackling. Thanks to Sandy Sansolis for making my day!
Once back at the table, it was my turn to be grabbed and dragged kicking and screaming to a nearby cafe by a couple of characters who turned out to be the nice guys of Vibal Publishing. They’re nice because they’re going to be finally publishing Francisco V. Coching’s EL INDIO on August 19 2009, and will have a launching at the National Museum, under the shadow of the great Spoliarium no less! El Indio is only the second book Vibal will be launching that day. The first is “The Life and Art of Francisco V. Coching” to which I also contributed an essay. August will be awesome, I’m telling you guys right now!
David Hontiveros and I talked about The Spirit comics and film while we were both manning the urinals at the boy’s room. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve read the comics. I’m kinda dreading seeing it based on the bad reviews, but I will go and see it sometime just to have my own opinion.
Upon seeing my hero Carlo Vergara, I went and asked him to sign my copy of Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce, to which he contributed the art to “The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter”. Budjette Tan was there, but I didn’t ask him to sign anything. Sorry Budj!
David Hontiveros and Carlo Vergara. In my thousands if pictures in my hard drive, I’ve never had any photo of David where I could see his hands.
I was waiting for the organizers to announce the Komikon plans for that huge PICCA event in October. PICCA is the Philippine International Cartoons, Comics and Animation Festival that’s going to be held at the SM Megamall from October 15-18. I was aware of this because I’m one of those helping organize the event.
It’s a huge thing, and a big deal, so my ears were peeled towards the stage for any announcements. The only announcement I heard was my name being called to the stage, along with Sir Orvy Jundis. And as we sat there on the stage, in front of everyone in the Komikon, we were asked to announce the PICCA. Oh, I’M going to make the announcement. ha! ha!
It was also announced that another Komikon will be held on October 18 at the SM Megatrade Hall, which would be, in effect, the 4th day of the PICCA. There’s lots more to be said about this huge event, but I will make a separate post about it soon.
At 7:00pm we packed up, and as it has become our tradition after selling ELMER at the Komikon, we passed by KFC and had a bucket of chicken before we went back home.
Komikon Summer Fiesta 2009 Video!
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