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It was a pleasant surprise to see a few titles that were content appropriate for young children at the Komikon. Curiously enough, they were on booths next to each other. I would have to explain my choice of Robert Magnuson\’s \”Porcupirate Plans the Day\” and \”Boom Boom Clang\” (with Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides) because you would think they were children\’s storybooks rather than comics. But there\’s something you don\’t know about Robert:

He has been sneakily been doing comics masquerading as children\’s story books for years.

Open up these children\’s books and you would immediately see that they\’re actually comics complete with panels, sound effects and word balloons! I\’ve actually been quite fond of Robert\’s work for a long time now and have made note of his little trick a while back. For those who are not familiar with Robert\’s comics work yet, just check out \”Poso Maximo\” from Triple Punch Komiks, the same Poso Maximo that appeared in the mega anthology Kwentillion published by Summit, which to me is the highlight of that collection. He\’s one of the best cartoonists working today, and I\’m really looking forward to anything he does.

Published by Hiyas, Robert\’s children\’s books should be available at all major bookstores.

Sitting next to Robert at Komikon was Jeciel Gaerlan, who was there with his \”Cubie \’n Bouncy: Out of the Box, The Comic Strip of Non-living Things\”. This is actually the first time I\’m hearing of Jeciel and this was the first time I saw his work. I didn\’t know what it was about, but I knew I wanted to buy it sight unseen. There was something about the quality by which the book was made (glossy paper and full color!), and how earnest and proud Jeciel seemed of it.

At home reading it I knew I made the right decision. I have to say I really that I just love it. It\’s a series of comic strips depicting the lives of non living things, specially a cube and a ball. By themselves they can speak and think and have character, but with humans around they\’re just a cube and a ball. The strips have a kind of simple gentle humor that can be at times warmly funny and at times genuinely touching.

Did you buy yourself a copy? If you did, I\’m pretty sure you didn\’t regret it because I sure didn\’t. I think this book was published by Jeciel himself. I don\’t know where else you could buy it, but I\’m sure Jeciel would chime in here shortly to let us know!

Do you know of other comics that are age appropriate for kids that were launched at the Komikon? If you do, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!

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5 Responses to “Komikon 2012 Post #3: Comics for Kids!”

  1. Enzo Vega on October 30th, 2012 3:37 pm

    I saw a Pilandok comic book din. This was the same Pilandok character Adarna created as a storybook set.

  2. kc cordero on October 30th, 2012 3:46 pm

    cover pa lang, ang gaganda na. :)

  3. Will on October 30th, 2012 4:07 pm

    I have Bullysaurus, and the Alligator and Duck’s race to start my nephew’s path to comics. Soon he will learn our ways as did the nerds before us did. Soon the nerdling shall rise and in due time raise other nerdlings in my place as I did him. Soon he will learn about one-up manship and not to be a bully.

    We should have these comics be promoted in schools by the way.

  4. Lei on October 31st, 2012 9:33 am

    Fully agree with your assessment on Cubie ‘n Bouncy. Enjoyed reading it as well! I think Jeciel launched it last Indieket (if not, Summer Komikon).

    We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding kid-friendly books and activities during Komikon, so I think it’s time that the next event be kids-themed!

    Oops, that’s supposed to be a surprise :D

  5. Jeciel Gaerlan on November 1st, 2012 1:00 am

    You’re correct, Lei. I launched it at Summer Komikon 2012 though prior to that, several family members and friends got a copy of it.

    Sir Gerry, thanks for your positive review. Surely, it will make more people curious about it. If you’re one of those people made curious by Sir Gerry’s blog, drop by Comic Odyssey Robinsons Galleria. It’s the only place where it is sold. You can also PM me in FB.

    I wrote my comic strips for adults but I observed that children are the most attracted to it. Well, I’ll gladly take that. But don’t worry if you’re an adult. It’s also for you as Sir Gerry and Lei attested above.

    Curiously, my booth was beside Robert Magnuson’s booth. In a previous Komikon, I bought three of his books for my son and daughter. During the Komikon, I saw my son glancing at his two latest books, so I made a note to myself that I’ll get these for him at the end of the Komikon. During the course of the Komikon, Robert ask me if he could browse the pages of my book. After browsing, he told me that he hopes to have spare money so he could get a copy of my book. Well, we ended up swapping books!