There have been many comic book events in the Philippines in 2010, but by far the biggest one of them all is the annual KOMIKON, now going strong on its 6th straight year! It’s being held TODAY, Saturday, November 13 at the Star Mall in Mandaluyong. Doors open at 10am.
Last year was a huge year for me in terms of releases. Komikero Publishing released two books at Komikon: The ELMER Trade Paperback book, and Where Bold Stars Go To Die. I was also part of two Francisco V. Coching books that came out at the same time. We held an auction to benefit Ondoy Flood Victims where I let go the very last ELMER hand bound hardcover w/slipcase. Bold Star artist Arlan Esmeña was on hand for the final time at that convention before going off on his last great adventure.
This year I’m stepping back and won’t be at Komikon. I know I had previously said my Amazing Doctor Rizal book will be released at this Komikon, but for the past year and a half I’ve decided to take on a day job (inking for Marvel comics) partly to fund a full color hard cover and oversized Rizal graphic novel.
Perhaps it’s fortuitous to postpone the release to 2011, which just happens to be Rizal’s 150th birthday. So hopefully, 2011 will once again be a big year for Komikero Publishing.
There will be lots of new releases from many other self publishers at this Komikon, only a handful of which I’ll be mentioning below:
Coming all the way from Cebu, Urban Animal is written and drawn by one of Cebu’s most promising new creators, John Amor. I’m not sure if John himself will be there, but this book will certainly be.
From Mel “Mukatman” Casipit comes “24 Hr Comics and Beyond!”, a 24 hour comic book he created for the 24 hour comic book challenge.
Oho yeah, that’s right! A Manny Pacquiao comic book! What could be more awesome?! From Jose Gamboa, creator of last year’s “Laban! A Love Story”.
The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium is a 100 page anthology with 2 volumes and 2 covers, featuring the talents of Mervin Malonzo, Apol Sta. Maria, Ammathorn, Josel Nicolas, Adam David and DJ Legaspi.
From the husband and wife team of Joanah Tinio Calingo and Melvin Calingo, plus Kilayman comes Kanto Inc.
Actually, what I’m really waiting for from Joanah is the volume 3 of her Cresci Prophecies which will be released at this Komikon as well. I was impressed when I first saw Vol 1 many years ago, when she had compiled several photocopies issues of her series, had it hardbound complete with a dust jacket, plastic cover, a bookmark, plus a gallery if extra stuff including pinups. In lots of ways it tuned me into creating special hardbound editions of my work, which I began with my ELMER Box Sets and ELMER slipcase editions in 2008.
Seven Gifts of the Skygods by the Skyworld team of Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria
Dekada, 10 Years of Beerkada by Lyndon Gregorio
Work in Progress #1 by Hub Pacheco and Teddy Pavon
Westside #2 and #3 by Ariel Atienza
Bathala #2 by David Hontiveros and Ace Enriquez. This is the one book I can say I’m somewhat involved in. I had co-created this character in 1998 with David Hontiveros, but this story is all Dave’s.
FoodCourt by Andoyman
Cadre: Shuriken Duet #2 of 2
Cadre is created by Ian Magallona and Emil Flores, Written by Emil Flores and illustrated by Ron Escultura. Cover illustration by Taga-ilog.
Lots more NEW releases for Komikon 2010 at this site:
november komikon 2010 releases (constantly updated)
If you are a creator of komiks and will be releasing something new at this Komikon, please email me the cover along with creator/publisher info and I’ll be adding it to this list until Saturday. Send it to gerryalanguilan at yahoo dot com, subject line: KOMIKON 2010.
Why You Need To Go To Komikon