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\”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.

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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.

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Elmer at the National Book Store booth.

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.

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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.

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With Sunny Gho, Leinil Yu, Mark Millar and Miguel Ramos of National Book Store

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Budjette Tan shows Mark a copy of Kwentillion and Trese.

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Mark with my wife, Ilyn

ALL RIGHT! Quick food blog post:

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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.

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The crowd at the Atrium of Glorietta 5!

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Click photo for a much larger image. See if you can spot yourself!

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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!

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Photo with the NBS crew.

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Mark, Leinil, Ilyn and my mom.

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Look at that pose on Leinil!

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:

Related Links:

Summer Komikon (and thoughts on KREATION)
http://freakayaspencils.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/summer-komikon-and-thoughts-on-kreation/

Summer Komikon was truly memorable
http://www.beerkada.net/2012/05/27/summer-komikon-was-truly-memorable

Summer Komikon 2012
http://nopickup.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-komikon-2012.html

Gigantic Komikon Photo Gallery by William Endo
https://plus.google.com/photos/101067406526908771307/albums/5746968078831963489?banner=pwa

What Totally Happened in Summer Komikon 2012
http://meanwhiletales.com/2012/05/28/what-totally-happened-in-summer-komikon-2012/

Mark Millar Manila Diary
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=38916

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!

Comments

14 Responses to “EPIC Comics Weekend”

  1. Kahlil Baet on May 28th, 2012 10:38 am

    Sir Gerry,

    Thank you for dropping by our table and for purchasing our last copy of Guantes. Sorry if we were like “fanboys” when we met you last Saturday. God bless and more power!

    Kahlil Baet
    Pulang Punla Studios :)

  2. Will on May 28th, 2012 10:43 am

    Still haven’t made a blog post but here’s the photos I took. https://plus.google.com/photos/101067406526908771307/albums/5746968078831963489?banner=pwa

    Also part of the blog post I have in queue. Thanks for the memories Mang Gerry!

  3. LJ on May 28th, 2012 10:48 am

    It was great to see you again at the Komikon, Gerry! Hopefully, we’ll see some new stuff from you on the next one.

    And thanks for my copy of Batch 72! :D

  4. Rey Santiago on May 28th, 2012 11:27 am

    Sir Gerry, may ganun akong issue ng savior but somehow I lost it, yan ba yung may panel na tumakas silang magbayad ng taxi, that’s all I remember about that issue. Can’t wait for your next creation. Good luck more power…..

  5. Van Joe on May 28th, 2012 12:32 pm

    I was there, in both events! and it truly was EPIC! Thank you so much for rekindling my love for comic books. I love them since I was a child, but all I could afford then was Funny Komiks. :p A big thanks to the Super Crooks Crew, especially to Mr. Mark Millar for coming over. I hope to be part of the growing comics scene here in PH. :)

  6. frbarba on May 28th, 2012 5:47 pm

    sensya nsa vid ser…altho my camera was focused on u guys, my naked eye was glued on leinil’s shoes astig! lolz =D

  7. pacquiao-bradleylive on May 28th, 2012 10:57 pm

    Comics! Wow!

    do you have Capcom? Avengers? Justice League?

  8. Will on May 29th, 2012 12:43 am

    This took longer than necessary but this is how I chose to remember that event.
    http://meanwhiletales.com/2012/05/28/what-totally-happened-in-summer-komikon-2012/

  9. Paul Garcia on May 31st, 2012 1:06 am

    Please forgive me for this but between Komikon and Millar event, I felt more content on the former. More fan spirit, more enthusiasm, and more energy. The rigidity, the mixed atmosphere of capitalism and comics fanaticism, and the very limited time with Millar himself in the latter event really left me virtually hallow. I hope NBS will first know what being a comics fan is than making more money out of us. Again, forgive me of my rant/feelings/comments, that this is still dominated my Geist up to this day.

  10. Gerry Alanguilan on May 31st, 2012 10:06 am

    Paul, if you only know how much money NBS spent to get Millar here. They’ll be lucky to even break even. Mark was signing from 2:30-8:30 in the evening, for more than a thousand people. Do you even realize how exhausting that is? Well, I would. I’m sure that would be more if the mall wasn’t going to close. And Mark hadn’t even had much sleep yet. I think he gave plenty of time, making sure as many people as possible got their stuff signed.

  11. Robert Calupitan on May 31st, 2012 8:54 pm

    Kuya Gerry Thank you so much for signing my comic books Last May 5 and 27th. I was inspired to read comics again since you returned to the international Comic book scene. When I was younger, I’m always too shy to ask for your autograph… your inking skills are unsurpassed and skills in drawing is awe-inspiring as well. I hope you keep on drawing and Inking. When You signed re-certified my Wetworks: Mother-one card and signed my Supercrooks comics, I vow that I find and will read all your works. haha ( I’m acting like a fan-boy again…) Thank you for giving me inspiration to never give-up as well thank you. and God bless you sir.

  12. alexis on June 2nd, 2012 12:08 pm

    I took up a pictures with Super Crooks at Glorietta 5 but I can’t find it. Please give me a link to check it? BTW, I love Komikon.

    thank you,
    alexis

  13. Bong Redila on June 3rd, 2012 10:34 pm

    Sa unang picture lang tumayo na balahibo ko. Ano pa kaya kung na-experience ko. Galing.

  14. Mark on June 4th, 2012 11:19 am

    Hi Gerry…

    Posted three major reports that happened at Summer Komikon 2012…

    Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles launch.

    http://geekmatic.blogspot.com/2012/05/tiktik-aswang-chronicles-at-summer.html

    Mark Millar invades Summer Komikon.

    http://geekmatic.blogspot.com/2012/05/mark-millar-invades-summer-komikon-2012.html

    Summer Komikon 2012 Full Report.

    http://geekmatic.blogspot.com/2012/05/summer-komikon-2012-event-highlights.html

    Until the next one… In July and October. :D