“Epic” is such an overused word, but to be honest, there’s really no other way to describe this past weekend. It was truly epic. A once in a lifetime event or more appropriately, a series of events. May 26, Saturday, with Summer Komikon at the Bayanihan Center. The crowd at its peak was just INSANE.
Feel free to click the above photo for a large copy. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself!
The crowd was looking at the stage, which just so happened to have comics writer Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass, Superior, Supercrooks) on stage, along with Leinil Francis Yu and Indonesian colorist Sunny Gho. The whole Superior/Supercrooks team was on hand and it’s something I don’t think would ever happen again, at least not in the near future.
Here’s a video from my point of view.
Awesome as it was seeing Mark Millar there, I thought the real stars of the show were the indie komiks creators, who once again came out in force and released a whole slew of great new Philippine comics, most of it self published by the creators themselves.
The following day, May 27, it’s Mark Millar day at the Glorietta 5 Atrium. Before we went there, we had a bit of a private time with Mark and he’s just hysterical. He’s witty, quick on his feet, with a crazy sense of humor.
I had him sign one of my prized possessions, a copy of “Saviour”, one of Mark’s earliest works which convinced me what a talented guy he is.
What I said at the Q&A later that day is true. I had quit inking in 2005, and I told Leinil that I would come back to inking if he ever got to work with Mark Millar. I had been following his career since those Saviour days right through Swamp Thing and then his current Superhero stuff with DC and Marvel. Leinil even offered that I ink Ultimate Hulk Vs Wolverine. I said no. He offered me Secret Invasion, I said no. But then he said he’d be working with Mark Millar on his next book, and of course I said YES. Good thing I was already done with my personal projects like Humanis Rex!, Timawa and ELMER, and I was free to do more inking. Besides, I needed the cash to fund my self published projects so that was a consideration as well.
ALL RIGHT! Quick food blog post:
Ok, I just had to talk about lunch yesterday (thanks NBS!). For a country boy like me, it’s not often I get to eat something as good as this. It was amazing. Best sashimi and seaweed salad I’ve ever had. This was yesterday, I still keep thinking about it. Maaaaaaaaan.
The crowd at the Atrium of Glorietta 5!
It was the most number of books I signed in a single sitting! We were there from 2:30 to 8:30pm. They had to cap the number of people who can have their stuff signed up to only 1,000 (most brought more than 1 book to sign) or else the mall would have closed all around us. But I felt like I could just go on and on. It was awesome! I can’t thank all those who patiently in line enough. Most of them were in line as early as 9am and only had their books signed at around 7-8pm. So we were all very thankful and grateful at the everyone’s support and patience. You were all great!
Thanks to Miguel Ramos and National Book Store for making this event even possible! I continue to be amazed at the interest and support that National Book Store has been giving to comics in the past few years. They’ve been publishing and distributing a lot of Filipino made comics. They not only sponsored Summer Komikon, they also began distributing 2 volumes of Marvin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria’s “Skyworld“. That book is pretty good guys! I hope you check it out!
Also, they beat out every single retailer in the world and was able to bring Mark Millar here to the Philippines. If you only knew the amount of copies of Supercrooks #1 NBS had to buy to make that happen, you’d be staggered. Let me just say this. If we had to sign all those copies, we’d be at it for a week, non-stop!
Here’s a video of the two events by Ferdie Barba:
Summer Komikon (and thoughts on KREATION)
Summer Komikon was truly memorable
Summer Komikon 2012
Gigantic Komikon Photo Gallery by William Endo
What Totally Happened in Summer Komikon 2012
Mark Millar Manila Diary
More links as they come. If you know of any links to Komikon and Mark Millar in Manila, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them here. Thanks!