October 15, 2017
Today is Sunday, October 15, 2017. I went to Komikon yesterday and bought myself a few comics/graphic novels as you can see on the image above. It’s good to see the people I made friends with on events like this again, like Gioseppe Custodio of “Bad Puns”, Sir Jon Zamar, my friends at Chain Mason comic group, Emman and the newest female member of the comic group I just mentioned. I bought a Star Wars postcard art print from her and from another exhibitor at the event, Milo Galang, a We Bare Bears art print. Thank you, bro and to all the usual comics people that I get acquainted to on comic events like Komiket!
The first thing that I did when I got there is I looked for Sir Gerry Alanguilan because I know there will be a long line of fans lining up asking him to sign their comic books, which is what I exactly did and what exactly happened. I got a copy of his graphic novel “Elmer” and then I asked him to sign it. The same goes when I bought “After Eden”, a graphic novel from Sir Arnold Arre. There was a long line of fans wanting their comic books to get signed by him. So, I lined up for twenty to thirty minutes or so only to end up walking away when it’s my turn to have my copy signed by Sir Arnold because he was going to talk on the stage about his comic books and things about being a comic book artist. That was also the time when Sir Danry (a true comic book fan) was about to talk about comics on stage as well together with EK Gonzales (she writes comic book reviews on her website) but I didn’t actually see her because Sir Arnold Arre’s table was so far, it was on the other side where the stage is.
I bought Halina Filipina (a graphic novel) from Sir Arnold Arre last 2015 and from that point I am a fan of his work and I know Sir Arnold is a well-regarded comic book artist here in the Philippines. He doesn’t need any introduction of some sort together with Sir Gerry Alanguilan. He has so many awards from all his work throughout the years. I decided to get “After Eden” yesterday because I remember I read a comic book review before about that graphic novel from www.TheFourthRail.com. In case you guys don’t know that website, it is a defunct comic book review website and it got positive reviews from them. I have nothing but respect from these people I mentioned. Not only them but to all the comic book artists, writers, exhibitors and of course to all the people who come to these kind of comic events to support us so that our small comics community will be alive and well, here in the Philippines. It’s always an honor for me to breathe the air of the air that comics people breathes on a secluded venue for comic events like this one.
I also got a copy of Tori Tadiar’s chapter two of her comic, “Sagala”. I asked her how many chapters will her comic have and she told me, four chapters and chapter three will come out by February next year. I hope when she finally finishes this comic, she’ll make something with a bit more interesting story for the comics she’s going to make (for me, at least. That’s just me, though. I’m talking about the genre of her comics/stories, of course being proud of one’s own race and culture is good), veering away with stories like “Sagala” which is a fantasy story. There’s something about Tori. She reminds me of someone but I don’t want to sound like a young man “eyeing” her out. I’m a freaking viking who’s afraid of ghosts and spiders for crying out loud. I don’t need friends or queens. Just kidding though. Emphasis on the word “kidding”. I am just joking. Sometimes I talk out of my butt. I don’t mean to disrespect her or anyone else though and I don’t think so highly of myself. 😀 I just admire her because she reminds me of someone like I’ve said.
I know this thing that’s still bothering me is becoming stale, but it still bugs me a lot- that my neighbor still hasn’t taken a bath.
I also got Toto Madayag’s “Bawal Mamatay – May tumawid na rito”. “You’re not allowed to die, somebody already crossed this road/to the otherside”. I don’t know if I got that right though. 😀 And then I also got “Burgers and Cheese-Mis” from BK Pena and Ardie. I was about to go home when I suddenly saw Jess Guanco and I asked her if she has any new comics and she said she doesn’t have any. If she’ll make a new one someday, I’ll surely grab a copy of it. I’ll check out other comic book artists’ work on other comic events as I was also in a hurry to go home because we were supposed to celebrate my cousin and my aunt’s birthday yesterday.
That’s it for now. 😀