Summer Komikon is back! This one-day event which brought together komiks artists and a ton of other creative people together was held in good ol’ Bayanihan Center in Pasig. April 16 was such a wonderful day where the freshest local comics were all thrust out into the open and where we, loving consumers, bought and enjoyed.
There were tons of activities ranging from the Philippine Red Cross sponsored Blood Drive to meet-and-greets with Andrew Villar, Budjette Tan and the authors in the newest Sulyap!
I mostly went there to check out what’s new in the indie komiks scene, and to get a copy of After Eden by Arnold Arre, which was one of the komiks that got me into reading for fun.
Check out the different tables we visited! And as what we did for Komiket, we will be listing down where you can contact all of these wonderful people below.
The Visprint Table. Got here early so the artists weren’t at the table yet. Did get a copy of Tabi Po 2 by Mervin Malonzo, Zsazsa Zaturnnah Blg 2 by Carlo Vergara, and Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria. Check out all the other stuff here: https://www.facebook.com/Visprint
Guys from UP Lunarock with their alpaca! They did a great job being part of the Komikon team. Know more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/uplunarock
The UP Grail Table with a lot of different prints and stickers from their club members! See their other works here: https://www.facebook.com/upgrail
Here we have a shared table with Bird House Bakers, Happy Girl Co., and Penguin Sews! This was one of the first tables you saw when you entered Komikon, and they have cookies to die for! I got a dozen of them and they came in matcha, red velvet, choco chip and more! Great thing to snack on while walking through the con floor; they also have really cute hand-sewn stuffed toys and hand-crafted accessories. Give their pages a visit here: http://penguinsews.tumblr.com/ ; http://birdhouse-bakers.happy.ph ; https://www.facebook.com/coffeebeforetalkie
We got some pretty neat Adventure Time coin purses from Shape Happens. They hand-paint purses and also make pretty little dolls! Their store is here: https://www.facebook.com/shapehappenings
Marga Laurel proudly holding up the The Dark Knight PH shirt! Would have loved to get one but I’m such a big guy that I couldn’t fit hahahuhu Get to talk to like-minded Batfans over at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheDarkKnightPH
Rian Gonzales, www.rianbow.bigcartel.com, displaying her prints. There were some really nice prints on the table but what caught my eye was the TFA Rey print and the Archie postcard set! I still really want a Death of the Endless print, hopefully I can get her to commission me something soon!
Lyndon Gregorio, one of the people in charge of Komikon, sellling button pins and Beerkada. Amazed that he remembers my name even if we only meet during conventions! Join Psychocow and the rest of the Beerkada at http://www.beerkada.net !
Arnold Arre finally re-releases After Eden! With an all-new cover and (I’m told) some changes from the original story. See more of it here: http://arnold-arre.com/
P*CHA! Libreng Komiks’s Toto Madayag. His book, P*CHA EDI KOMIKS, needs at least a thousand preorders to get published, preorder your copy here: https://www.facebook.com/librengkomiks!
Butch Mapa and Paolo Chikiamco hold copies of Muros and other works from Studio Salimbal. You guys have to check out their works, they reimagine the Philippines as magical land ruled by a Dictator-God. Awesome stuff! Wait for a review here soon. More stuff at www.salimbalcomics.com!
Free Browsing Komik’s Giosdesk and Precious Art share comics which are precious and free-to-browse! Had a lot of fun talking to these two, hope to see more of your works! Give their pages likes here: www.facebook.com/freebrowsingkomiks and https://www.facebook.com/preciousbarts!
Rob Cham proudly holds up his new book Lost which we have featured here on What’s A Geek! See more of his work here: http://robcham.me/
Apol Sta. Maria holding Poopo The Cute & Many Other! As weird in real life as his art but also delightfully funny! Check him out later this week at Mow’s when he launches! See more of his art here: http://tinyletter.com/apol
That Guy and Jerk from Pocket Fulla Pillz show off their self-conceptualized, self-produced and self-written comic! Check out more of their work here: https://www.facebook.com/pocketsfullapillz
The artist-editor duo of Jed Siroy and Roy Vitangcol present their latest book: My Celestial Family with their cute mascot Sol! Borrowing their words, it’s a SOLfie! See more of their works at thestudiostudio.com!
Kahel being held up Arly Pescuela, one of the cool stuff we found in the Indie Tiangge! Get a copy of Kahel here: https://www.facebook.com/KahelKomiks
Vaughn Pippin, Mika Bacani and Diigii Daguna, a trio from the Indie Tiangge with them most relatable comics and cute cats! They’re at Tumblr: hatboy, junemonsters, and toucanparty!
Kawangis Komiks proudly display Ma-i, a story of a proto-Philippines with a lot of magic and adventure! Read up more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/maikomiks
Aljon Perdon and JC Panlilio from Pinoy Hero Plus show off Agila 1 & 2! Create and collaborate with them over on https://www.facebook.com/pinoyheroplus !
Francis and Patrick Concepcion brothers gave away free copies of I’m A Legal Aliens! Real great guys and an awesome story! Read their first issue and preorder the next ones here: https://www.facebook.com/Hawkersmag/
We had a blast going around the con floor and meeting with old friends and fellow geeks. Had awesome conversations with the people on the tables too; it was great to see how thriving the komiks community was. I even had the chance to talk to a total newbie who wanted to get into komiks and introduced him to many people whose works I find great. Man, Summer Komikon 2016 sure is something else!
We got a whole lot of komiks this time around and we promise to get around to reviewing the like we did with Rob Cham’s LOST. One thing I noticed, though, was that there are a lot of komiks who touch on the prehistorical Philippines with some magical twists here and there. A number of komiks also dealt with a reimagining of the Philippines where superheroes or other races existed. All of them seem really interesting and we promise to write about them or lend you our copies! For now, check out all of the creators pages of the stuff we got here:
Visprint Inc.,: visprintpub.blogspot.com/
Mervin Malonzo’s Tabi Po 2: tabi-po.com
Eliza Victoria’s Wounded Little Gods: elizavictoria.com/
UP Lunarock: www.facebook.com/uplunarock
UP Grail: www.facebook.com/upgrail
Birdhouse Bakers: birdhouse-bakers.happy.ph
Happy Girl Co.: www.facebook.com/coffeebeforetalkie
Penguin Sews: penguinsews.tumblr.com/
Shape Happens: www.facebook.com/shapehappenings
The Dark Knight PH: www.facebook.com/groups/TheDarkKnightPH/
Rian Gonzales: rianbowart.bigcartel.com
Lyndon Gregorio’s Beerkada: beerkada.net
Arnold Arre’s After Eden: arnold-arre.com
Toto Madayag’s Libreng Komiks: www.facebook.com/librengkomiks
Borg Sinaban and Paolo Chikiamco of Studio Salimbal: www.salimbalcomics.com/
Free Browsing Komiks: https://www.facebook.com/freebrowsingkomiks
Precious Baltazar’s Tala: www.facebook.com/preciousbarts
Rob Cham’s Lost: robcham.me
Apol Sta. Maria’s Poopo the Cute: tinyletter.com/apol
That Guy and Jerk of Pockets Fulla Pillz’s Rocket Girl: facebook.com/pocketsfullapillz
Jed Siroy and Roy Vitangcol’s My Celestial Family: thestudiostudio.com
Arly Pescuela’s Kahel: www.facebook.com/KahelKomiks
Vaughn Pippin: hatboy.tumblr.com
Mika Bacani: junemonsters.tumblr.com
Diigii Daguna: toucanparty.tumblr.com
Kawangis Komiks’ Ma-i: www.facebook.com/kawangiskomiks
Aljon Perdon and Intergalactic Saucepan’s Agila: www.facebook.com/pinoyheroplus
Francis and Patrick Concepcion’s I’m A Legal Alien: hawkersmag.com
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