One of the BIG comic book events in the Philippines is now just about around the corner. Metro Comic Con finally happens on the weekend of August 21-22. August 21, a Saturday falls on a holiday so there’s no school and no offices so there’s plenty of opportunity to go and visit!
I for one will be there for the entire day of Saturday only. I wish I could stay for both days, but I can’t stay away from the drawing table for so long.
I really don’t have anything new to sell though, but I will be bringing more copies of “Umlauts and Atom Bombs” as well as “Where Bold Stars Go To Die“. I’m sorry, but I’m afraid I will no longer be able to bring copies of ELMER as all my copies are gone. There are still a few hundred copies with my distributor, who will hopefully release it to the bookstores soon enough.
Speaking of ELMER, if you are a comic book retailer, you might want to order the SLG edition of the book in the upcoming issue of PREVIEWS, which I hear will make Elmer a Featured Item. Woo hoo!
At Metro Comic Con, I will also be hosting a veteran’s panel from 5-6 in the evening featuring many of our Filipino komiks veterans. This should be fun. I’ve been talking to a lot of them in the previous years and I welcome this opportunity to allow them to share their stories.
Here is the full schedule of activities for the convention:
DAY 1 – August 21, Saturday
10:00 Gates open
12:00-1:00pm – Band Performance – WETT DOGG
1:00pm-2:00pm – Game Developer’s Association Panel
Get an in-depth scoop on the Video Gaming industry in the Philippines, and find out more about how involved Pinoy Talents are in the development and production of your favorite games!
2:00pm-3:00pm – Kartunista Panel (moderated by EJ Howard)
Meet, greet, and listen to the talented men and women behind your favorite cartoon strips HAZEL MANZANO (Callwork), LYNDON GREGORIO (Beerkada), FREELY ABRIGO (Kulas), ANDREW VILLAR (Ambush) and MANIX ABRERA (Kiko Machine) as they talk about things such as their creative processes, latest releases, and more!
3:00pm-4:00pm – Band Performance – MARRY ME AMY
4:00pm-5:00pm – Marvel Panel (moderated by RJLedesma)
Celebrity and self-confessed comic-book enthusiast RJ LEDESMA interviews Fan-Favorite Pinoy Marvel Artists on stage!
5:00pm-6:00pm – Veterans Panel (moderated by Gerry Alanguilan)
World –renowned Komikero, Gerry Alanguilan, helps us gather facts about the rise and fall of local komiks industry through the eyes of the people who had seen every moment of komiks happen: our legendary veteran komiks artists! Don’t miss this segment and learn about the possible future of komiks!
6:00pm-8:00pm – Lifetime Achievement Awarding Ceremonies
Witness history unfold as Metro Comic-Con exalts 3 of the Philippine Komiks Industry’s unto the Hall of Fame, with the first MCC Lifetime Achievement Awards!
DAY 2 – August 22, Sunday
10:00 am Gates Open
12:00-1:00pm – Band Performance –FROM ETERNITY
1:00pm-2:00pm – Film Showing – SUPERMAN : DOOMSDAY
Witness how the World’s Greatest Super-hero faced his Doomsday, brought to us by Magnavision Inc. and DC@75!
2:00pm-3:00pm – Creativoices Feature
Meet the talented people that give voices to your well-loved Asianovelas and Anime shows! Join them on stage as they showcase their talents and throw in very familiar voices!
3:00pm-4:00pm – Band Performance –FLUSH AND THE TOILETS
4:00pm-6:00pm – Cosplay Competition (Intermission by Cloud 9)
Who would you wanna be for a day? Dress up and join the Cosplay Competition made possible by Cosplay.ph! And watch out for the intermission treat from fast-rising all-female group CLOUD 9!
7:00pm-8:00pm – Awarding of Contest Winners
The best of the best from each of our cool contests get rewarded for their awesomeness!
8:00-onwards – Band Performance (Rap Performances)- KIDY’ALL /X’O ICY