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Blown away by how many people showed up at Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked’s Free Comic Book Day celebration at Bonifacio High Street! I arrived around 8:30am and there was already a huge line snaking around the Fully Booked building. I’m told by pal Johnny Danganan that the earliest people in line were actually there as early as 5:00am. Amazing.

Check out this video by fellow artist Jon Zamar, showing the opening of the Fully Booked doors to let FCBD customers in!

What’s pleasantly surprising is the amount of really young kids that showed up. I figure they were anywhere between 5 and 10 years old, boys and girls. It’s so nice being part of something that helps nurture more new readers into comics! I think comics should be part of young children’s lives, as it has been a large part of mine. My comic book experience as a child is one of the best memories I’ve had growing up, and it’s something I wish a lot more children would have.

I’m very happy at being asked to do the cover to this year’s FCBD comic book. For those curious, that’s actually an image from The Marvelous Adventures of the Amazing Doctor Rizal. I wish I could have asked them to indicate it in the credits page, but nevertheless, this is the first image ever of this project to see print and publication. It’s actually an interior page that I’ve since scrapped, but I thought I could re-purpose it for this cover.

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That’s Johnny and me, who forgot to take his glasses off when the photo was taken. I usually need reading glasses now to draw and write, but I can still see fine people in front of me. It’s helpful having glasses because my eyesight is clear again, but not having glasses my entire life, I’m just not used to it. It can get frustrating at times. Well, who am I to talk, when people I know have been wearing them all their life, and can’t take them off or they’ll be practically blind.

I took the opportunity to do a quick “Kwentong Tambay” video with Johnny on the subject of Free Comic Book Day!

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That’s Edgar Tadeo in the foreground drawing Weapon X on a blank cover, which is kind of a thing now. Publishers Marvel and DC actually do publish comic books that are blank. Yes, there’s nothing on them, so that artists can draw on them. It’s actually kind of a really cool idea. Other guys doing the drawings in the pic are (from right), Kai Castillo (Patintero), Aaron Felizmenio (Gwapoman 2000) and Wan Mañanita (Ang Morion).

Aside from the Kwentong Tambay video, I also did another FCBD video, one of the quick ones I’ve come to like doing recently. I think it presents a portion of my Free Comic Book Day experience concisely and quickly.

Breaking for lunch at 11:45 am, I was amazed to see that the line still snaked around the building, which made me feel bad for the guys and girls on the line because these summer days lately have been absolute murder. I think they must have cut the line soon after because Sandy of Comic Odyssey reports that all the free comics have gone by noon. I wish everyone had a chance to get their free comics.

I’m pretty impressed by FCBD and how it is celebrated in the Philippines has grown into really full scale events that rival almost the Komikon events. Sandy tells me they must have given out at least 10,000 free comics, and that’s really mind boggling. Add the success of this Comic Odyssey/Fully Booked event and the concurrent FCBD festivities held by National Book Store/Comicxhub at NBS Quezon Avenue, it really may well be as big as Komikon, which is saying something. By all indications, FCBD next year will be even bigger. And I think that’s exciting!

I can’t get over how huge FCBD was over here. Check out this really nice video by the Frances Luna III Illustration Firm which shows the crowds and the kind of people that showed up.

Another great and fun video from Fully Booked!

COVERAGE:

FCBD 2013: Long lines and love for comics
http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/28434-free-comic-book-day-2013-love-comics

I AM A HAPPY DORK
http://isaw08.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/i-am-a-happy-dork/

Free Comic Book Day Photo Gallery by Fully Booked
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151354100981436.1073741829.88599481435&type=1

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I’ve already got several articles lined up for this blog, including one big write up of Black Ink Comics, as well as an opinion piece on the evolution of the Philippine komiks indie. Stay tuned!

Comments

7 Responses to “Free Comic Book Day 2013”

  1. Paul Garcia on May 5th, 2013 11:39 pm

    MABUHAY ANG KOMIKS!

  2. Eula on May 6th, 2013 12:04 am

    This is the first time I’ve seen FCBD this big in the Philippines, it’s amazing. That Filipino FCBD comic!!! Damn it all I’m not there to be a part of it! But it’s so exciting to see everyone post their hauls and share their giddiness about it. Your short video cracks me up, that’s exactly how I feel about FCBD haha.

  3. SHARON CHUA on May 6th, 2013 12:38 pm

    Congratulations!!!

  4. Miko on May 8th, 2013 1:57 pm

    Actually, the first one in line was already there by 1am :) And I believe the next ones arrived at around 3am… Which is really, as you’ve said already, amazing.

    Although I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that we’ll have a ‘united’ FCBD the next time.

  5. Gerry Alanguilan on May 8th, 2013 6:55 pm

    I’m not sure about combining FCBD shows here in the country. Both events were already huge by themselves. To combine them and both those crowds, it would have been un-managable, and it would have made lines longer than they already were. To have several FCBD events simultaneously in several places to me is the more sensible thing. It distributes the large crowd that could form, and more stores could be supported. FCBD after all, is more than just about giving away free comics, it’s also promotion for comic book retailers.

  6. Miko on May 12th, 2013 6:52 am

    I see your point, Gerry. Perhaps it’s the dream of having a San Diego Con here… Although I’m happy with Komikon and that sates the geek in me :)

  7. jobert on June 8th, 2013 10:29 am

    Im glad that Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked joined up.