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The crowd at Komikon yesterday, right on top of this post, just to give you an idea of how crazy it was. I was taken quite by surprise by the sheer amount of people who showed up. Having gone to this thing for years, I have a fair idea of the amount of people who visit. The mornings are usually rather calm, with things picking up after lunch. But the crowd this time around was intense. From the moment the doors opened in the morning up until the event closed at 7pm, it was this crowded. I saw a lot of new faces, which is great!

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That photo above represents the stash I got from Komikon. And to think I barely had time to leave my table and go around and buy stuff. These are the only things I managed to get, but this is by no means the entire output of the convention. From the looks of it, I probably got only less than 10% of new komiks being offered on the floor. I wish I could have gotten more, but that\’s how it goes, I guess. It may seem like I\’m complaining that I can\’t break out of my table for long periods of time, but I\’m really not. It was great so many came over to buy Elmer and Bold Star and my other stuff for sale, including some original artwork. It was great meeting everyone who came. I just wish I had more opportunity to go and buy stuff. After all, I\’m still very much a fan myself.

The Tintin stuff over there are gifts from French journalist Laurent Melikian, who visited the Philippines specifically to attend Komikon. Isn\’t that amazing?

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With Laurent.

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Laurent also brought with him the Prix Asie ACBD 2011 Trophy from my French publisher Editions Ca Et La.

Here are more photos from the event.

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The calm before the storm.

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The line outside.

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Tepai Pascual.

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Doc Carlo Jose San Juan taking a break from his medical duties to sell his comic book… about a doctor and a talking duck?

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Law Student Teddy Pavon cramming for a test before selling the print version of his webcomic Work in Progress.

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Johnny Danganan sells comic books that features Johnny Balbona, a character I created based on him.

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Melvin and Joanah Tinio Calingo

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Komiks veterans Jun Lofamia and Bert Lopez

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Komiks veteran Rico Rival

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Yes, I brought my work seat to the con. Got a problem with that? :D

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Storm and Beast!

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With Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah creator Carlo Vergara

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On stage with Komikon organizer/host Sherry Baet Zamar

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Hey, Baby! With Ariel Atienza, Tony De Zuniga and Lyndon Gregorio

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Heubert Khan Michael, Wilson Tortosa and Edgar Tadeo

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With Leinil Francis Yu and Edgar.

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Comments

11 Responses to “At KOMIKON, the 7th Annual Philippine Komiks Convention (UPDATED II!)”

  1. JB Casacop on November 20th, 2011 10:11 am

    Sir Leinil was there? Sayang! Di ko alam! Sa bagay di rin kami nakaalis sa table namin. But at least finally napa-autograph ko po sa inyo Superman Birthright after so many Komikons! Sana andun ulit si sir Leinil sa susunod na kon para sa kanya ko naman papirmahan! :)

  2. Joanah t.c. on November 20th, 2011 5:27 pm

    The seat makes sense…uupo ka nga naman nang matagal…

  3. Danry Ocampo on November 20th, 2011 5:39 pm

    Hi Gerry,

    This may be to much but I still want to Thank you for the artwork you gave me at Komikon. I am very grateful and it started my day right.I was with friends that day who noticed why I was periodically checking my bag because It took the whole day for it to sink in that I have another original Elmer art from you.

    Its a genuine pleasure going to your signings and events. Captain America Annual#8 is a keeper. See you again soon.

    Salamat po.

    Danry

  4. Yos on November 20th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Maybe next time I’ll be handing out comics instead of my business cards. Heh. I’ll be better prepared next time.

  5. Adrian Claudio on November 21st, 2011 12:50 am

    Hi Sir Gerry! It’s been an honor meeting you at Komikon, and thanks for signing my copy of Elmer. It was my first Komikon and I had a blast.

    Hopefully next time I’ll get to ask you a better question than how your last name is pronounced. :)

    Looking forward to more komiks, komikeros, and Komikons. Salamat po!

    Adrian

  6. Nicolo Yu on November 21st, 2011 7:50 pm

    It was great meeting you Gerry.
    I finally got my Elmer signed and thanks for holding on to that copy of Bold Star for me. Scoring that original Superior page was sweet. I wish I could have gotten more pages, but I really wanted those De Zuniga sketches. I wish I could have talked more with you but you did have one of the busiest tables and I got to ask my three questions at your panel.
    Till next Komikon.

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  8. Steph on November 22nd, 2011 8:36 pm

    Hello, sir!

    It was great meeting you! Thanks for signing my copy of Elmer! :)

  9. R.E. de Leon on November 25th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Sir Gerry,

    I know this particular request may seem a bit strange, but seeing you brought your work chair to the venue made me wonder.

    Does ergonomics factor in a lot in your choices of what’s in your working environment? As someone who also does a whole lot of sitting for work, and who has encountered a number of health issues as a result of poorly designed furniture, I would particularly love to hear your thoughts. Perhaps a future blog? :D

    Well, either way, thank you for making me smile by posting that pic of your chair. :D

    – REd

  10. Gerry Alanguilan on November 25th, 2011 8:16 pm

    It’s always adviced for anyone whose work requires a lot of sitting down (like us artists) to get really good comfortable chairs. In fact, a lot of pros in comics spend a small fortune in buying the best chair possible. A bad chair can lead to bad posture and it will definitely drastically affect your health (for the bad) in the long run. The link below is the choice for a lot of artists. I can’t afford it myself, but I can dream….
    http://hermanmiller.com/Products/Aeron-Chairs

  11. R.E. de Leon on November 28th, 2011 2:10 am

    Wow, thanks for the input, Sir Gerry. I will certainly try to study this issue further, I think my own chairs over the years have raised a few health concerns.