Live Auction for Flood Victims
That’s Jonas Diego and me on stage yesterday, auctioning a variety of stuff including original artworks, signed sketchbooks by Leinil Yu, etc. The online auctions, the live auctions, as well as the caricature auctions conducted by Mr. Hugo Yonzon at the Podium have so far raised more than 80 thousand pesos!
The photo above is by Carlo Pagulayan. See a whole gallery of photos from Carlo here.
The Komikero Angels
That’s our two tables before the hall opened to the public. From left is Arlan’s wife May, Ilyn, Edjee and Zara.
The Francisco V. Coching and Alfredo Alcala Exhibits
Arlan Esmeña, Dr. John A. Lent, me!
Veteran Komiks illustrator Jun Lofamia at the table.
A visit from my brother Noel and nephew Robin.
Arlan and me at the table with Robin and Charles Tan.
Edjee and Jiggy Cruz
At the Summit Panel for UNDERPASS with David Hontiveros, Oliver Pulumbarit, Ian Sta. Maria and Kajo Baldisimo. Budjette’s hands are to the right of David.
With Jun Sabayton
Gilbert Monsanto exhausted at the end of the day.
As I previously predicted, this year’s Komikon was INSANE! A lot of terrific new books came out including Trese 3: Mass Murders, Bayan Knights #3, Francisco V. Coching’s EL INDIO, and our two books “Where Bold Stars Go To Die” and ELMER Collected Edition didn’t fare so bad either.
I’ve read TRESE and it was an incredible wrap up of the first 13-issue run. With multiple issues devoted to one story, it gave Budjette and Kajo space to explore the origins of TRESE and oh my God what an awesome origin that is. Highly Recommended!
However, Manix Abrera pummels us all with his marvelous “12″. It’s a full color graphic novel of 12 short stories told without words. Manix’s beautifully insane imagination is on full display. I was brought to laughter, to tears, to disgust, to euphoria. To me, this is far and away the best release of Komikon. It elevates cartooning and comics in the Philippines to a whole different level. Cliched as it may sound, but this is an instant classic. An absolutely brilliant classic. Manix, I hope you live a VERY long life because my life is now all the more richer knowing you will be around to create things like this. Thank you.
“12″, Trese, and the many other new releases in this Komikon alone makes me very very happy for the Philippine comics industry.
Photos from Jonas Diego with the Komikero group as the day winds down.