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Only a few years ago, a lot of the independently produced comic books were of the photocopied and stapled variety. But over the last couple of years, printed trade books collecting such work started to appear with books by Gio Paredes, Michael David, Lyndon Gregorio and Tepai Pascual. At this year\’s Komikon, the indie TPBs have arrived in a BIG way with books coming from Aaron Felizmenio (Gwapoman 2000: Book 1, Ang Huling Baraha), Mel Casipit (Mukat Vol 1), Wan Malinao Mañanita (Ang Morion: Seraphim, Vol 1), Kai Castillo (Patintero), and Jeciel Gaerlan (Cubie \’n Bouncy, Out of the Box). I\’m sure there were a few more, but I just wasn\’t able to get them.

Of course, more mainstream publishers also came out with a lot of TPBs including Vol 5 of Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisomo, published by Visprint. NBS came out with Volumes 1 and 2 of Skyworld by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta Maria. There was also a series of serial graphic novels published by Precious Hearts.

I\’m specially very happy and glad to see these independently produced TPBs because it indicates not only longevity on the creators\’ part, but also dedication, the desire to take the next step, and the belief in the quality of their work for them to willingly invest quite a bit of money to have these printed.

It\’s also an indication how this industry is not only growing, but maturing. I\’m so excited to see what happens in the next few years!

I haven\’t gotten the chance to check them all out, but I\’m particularly drawn to Aaron Felizmenio\’s Gwapoman 2000. I\’ve been seeing Aaron\’s work, and have been impressed by his potential ever since he contributed some art to Bayan Knights a few years back. His potential continued to grow with the release of the first issue of Gwapoman, and he develops further as an artist with the coming of his TPB. The art on the 4th chapter of the book is particularly impressive. I\’m amazed how much his art has developed and matured. Just the cover alone shows sparks of the artist he will eventually become (if he isn\’t already is). I\’m really looking forward to any of Aaron\’s future releases.

More reviews and Komikon posts soon!

Komikon 2012 Post #1: The Video!


18 Responses to “Komikon 2012 Post #2: The Rise of the Indie TPB”

  1. Budjette Tan on October 28th, 2012 11:58 pm

    Yup, definitely exciting to see more indies go the TPB route.

    So, maybe the next thing that’s need is a “nice and friendly” distributor with “friendly prices” that will help all these indie get into bookstores and shops.


  2. Manny Gertes on October 29th, 2012 5:56 am

    off-topic, bakit hindi ko pa yata nakikita si arnold arre sa mga komikon?

    on-topic, i remember the days when i used to collect those pocket comics na “Action” and “Ninja” na gawang pinoy. every tuesday yata ako nabili noon malapit sa school namin. sayang lang i wasn’t able to save some copies. hopefully, some of the artists and the writers back then are the creators of the new and upcoming comics of todays. iyon ang pinaka-ayos na balita for me.

  3. Gerry Alanguilan on October 29th, 2012 6:19 am

    Manny, andun si Arnold Arre sa Komikon. I think many of those who did those Kickfighter and Ninja komiks noon are still active right now, tulad ni Gilbert Monsanto. He’s the guy behind Bayan Knights today.

  4. Gio Paredes on October 29th, 2012 11:34 am

    Budgette…. I totally agree. Kailangan pa rin talaga ng dedicated na distributor for todays indie TPB. Napakahirap pa rin talaga kung ikaw mismo ang mag di-distribute nito.

    Manny… Bihira lang talaga umatend si Arnold Arre ng mga comics event. But this time ay dumalo sya. Bumili pa nga sya ng comics ko. Sayang nga at hindi ako nakapag pa picture kasama nya. :-(

  5. Miguel Ramos on October 29th, 2012 11:42 am

    Hi Gerry. As I mentioned to you during Komikon, I find the success of Skyworld VERY encouraging. It is quite impressive that a “new” graphic title made it to the National Book Store bestsellers list. Having said that, we are always open to review material from anyone who wants to make a pitch either for publication or distribution.

  6. Gilbert monsanto on October 29th, 2012 12:43 pm

    Ang sarap ng GN format ano? Malamang yan ang bagong evolution ng Komiks from komiks magazin (gasi days) to indie formaat, at ngayon compiled GN formats na Komik Books na :)

  7. Mel Casipit on October 29th, 2012 12:59 pm

    Thank you very much for the support Sir Gerry! :)

  8. Wan on October 29th, 2012 1:32 pm

    Hi po ser Gerry! again thanks po ulit sa pag abala at pag punta sa sa aming Booth at sa pag purchase ng aming mga libro!

  9. Gerry Alanguilan on October 29th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Wan, for the record. Mas gwapo ka kesa kay Aaron.

  10. Kai on October 29th, 2012 9:02 pm

    Hello po sir Gerry! Salamat po ng marami! =)

  11. Markus on October 29th, 2012 9:25 pm

    I also see some indies on the ComicxHub website. I think its a good place to start selling these TPBs so they can reach readers from the provinces too :)

  12. Aaron Felizmenio on October 29th, 2012 9:45 pm

    Sir! Thank you very much po! It really left me teary eyed. We’ll do our best to make our future releases better!

  13. Jeciel Gaerlan on October 29th, 2012 10:41 pm

    Sir Gerry, your getting of my book and mentioning it here is a big encouragement to me.

  14. Alex Cipriano on October 30th, 2012 12:08 pm

    I really hope ComicxHub, NBS, or other vendors will have these books available for online orders (and international shipping). It’s really hard to find them if you’re outside of Manila, and specially overseas. :(

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  18. chez on November 3rd, 2012 2:25 pm

    hala di ka nakakuha ng mang jose?!