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!