Komikon November 2017

November 11, 2017.

Hi,

I went to Komikon (November 2017) earlier and just got back home. Here’s some photo shots from today’s comic event around 10:30 in the morning:


And here’s my Komikon November 2017 haul:

I got this comic anthology from Sir Reno Maniquis. Nice to see you again, Sir Reno. I also got this silent comic from Sir Rod Espinosa, which is published by Antartic Press and a comic from Dr. Carlo Jose San Juan. I’ve bought one of his comics a few years ago and to tell you guys honsetly, I think Sir Carlo is like a super smart person because he’s a licensed doctor who also makes comics. And then I also grabbed a copy of a father and son combination of comics, Sir Andrew Villar’s newest comic “Malate” and his son’s “Bubu Burger” by Amos Villar. Both of them have syndicated newspaper comics on Philippine Daily Inquirer.

I wanted to become one of them a long time ago. I tried submitting my comics to major newspaper publishers here in Manila but they would always say that my comics is not for newspapers.

It’s nice to see Tori Tadiar again. I bought a postcard art print from her because she still doesn’t have any new comic or the succeeding chapter of her comic, Sagala. I don’t think she’s even aware that I’m alive here on earth. She probably didn’t notice me when I was in front of her table buying her postcard. Hello, Tori, what’re you doing later? Just kidding. 😀

I’ve messaged Ms. November Garcia on her Instagram a few weeks ago. I told her I wanted to buy her comics (Malarkey) last Komiket. It’s also a comic convention here in Manila but I didn’t see her during that event. The reason why I didn’t bought anything from her before because I wanted her signature on the comics that I was planning to buy from her but she said that she’s not a morning person that’s why she wasn’t around that time but earlier today, I decided to buy her comics even if she’s not there. 😀 Perhaps next time, you could sign it for me. I’m really interested to read her work because I’ve read somewhere that her comics is about her life in America with her husband. Sounds really promising and interesting to me, also heard it’s funny.

I got Gioseppe Custodio’s newest comic “Please Take Care Of My Heart”. He’s one of the earliest comic people that I got acquainted to in the past three years since the inception of Killer Kamote Komiks and attending comic conventions.

I got ahold of one of Sir Ed Piskor’s comics, “Wizzywig”. The only foreign comic that I bought this comic event, together with Sir Rod Espinosa’s, “The Little Match Girl”, if you’re going to consider the publisher of his comic because like I’ve said, it’s published by Antartic Press. I’ve been following Sir Ed Piskor’s Instagram account for a few years now and I’ve seen that he’s working on an X-Men comic now, “X-Men Grand Design” if I’m not mistaken. I’m going to wait for that to come out.

It’s also really nice to see Sir Gerry Alanguilan again today. I purchased his latest comic “Bakokak” and I’ve had him sign it together with Sir Kevin Valentino (the comic artist of this comic). I hope you’ll have good health on the following years, Sir Gerry so that you’ll be able to attend comic conventions. Of course, I don’t want to wish anyone’s health to deteriorate though. Best wishes and much respect to you, Sir Gerry and to all the comics people here in our small comic-community in our country.

And then lastly, I bought a copy of Ranzell Rosales’ comic “Procrastination”. I know he’s still young. He’s a high school kid whom I’ve become friends with these past few years. He’s a fellow fan of comics and we’ve gotten to know each other a little bit through the internet and through comic conventions. We’ve seen each other a couple of times already. I’m not sure if he’s a fan of my webcomics though. 😀 But I am really happy that now, he has his own comic which he sells at comic conventions. If anyone would ask me, what’s the best comic I’ve bought at this event, it is his comic. I’ve found a gem. 😀

If you guys would back read my blog posts, I’ve been writing and complaining like a broken record that my neighbor still hasn’t taken a bath for months now. My neighbor finally took a bath!

Happy Holidays, to everyone reading this! 😀

Cheers,
Vin

Komiket October 2017

October 15, 2017

Hi,

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. 😀

Cheers,
Vin

Summer Komikon 2017

April 1, 2016

Hello,

First off, the things you can see above are my Summer Komikon 2017 haul. I bought only a couple of comics and some art prints as I’ve decided to just use my remaining budget for this comic event for the little box you can see on the upper right corner of this image. It’s an electric guitar effects pedal together with a patch cable and a daisy chain. I’m rekindling my passion for playing music again seriously as I’m planning to join a band someday. I just don’t know when’s the exact time though. I am slowly building my guitar effects pedals. 😀

I am really glad that I got to see my comics people friends again this summer, my brothers at Chain Mason group and to all the others as well, Chuck and his girlfriend, Patty (she looked a lot taller now), Jhorlie and her brother, Jheffer, (1921 comics) Julius, Sir Andrew (AOA), Jess (whom I couldn’t find at the main hall in Bayanihan Center and even in the indie section), Sir Paolo, Sir Mark, Ms. Tepai and Maiza, Gioseppe and Giosdesk, Sir Jon and the rest of the Komikon organizers and to all the indie comics artists at the indie tiangge section, let’s keep making comics. 😀 I also wanted to buy Toto’s (Libreng Komiks) latest book but a lot of people are lined up when I stopped by his table so perhaps next time. I also bought Fatima and Adrienne’s (Ligaya Komiks) latest comic, Friendzoned and a little postcard art print from them. I also dropped by at the Indie section and bought some indie comics as well like from Mharz and Tori. And then I also saw Carol again, I just don’t know if she saw me when I walked past their table at the comic event as she’s busy doing something.

Lastly, Sir Mark Navarro (he’s also an organizer for a comic convention as well, Komiket) gave me some advice regarding the comics that I make and he also asked me why I don’t sell my comics anymore at comic conventions. It is because that there are only a few ones who really buy my comics and my own merchandise before and like what Sir Mark told me, probably the genre of my comic is not for the mainstream. I’m not a stuck up hipster and also not a purist. I also read mainstream comics though. Modesty aside, I can even say that there are a lot more foreign fans (worldwide, online) of my comics instead of local ones. I do have a few fans that I still cherish like Ranzell Rosales (he’s a high school student, also from Manila. I don’t know if he’s really a fan, :D). I enjoy making comics and especially if I give the reader some emotion like laughter of some sort. If you enjoy reading my webcomics, a buck or any amount donated to me each month like any webcomic artists out there does, which is they accept donation but nobody’s forcing you though. Although my webcomics is free for everyone to read. It’s just a simple gesture or a way of appreciating the hard work of webcomic artists out there do and of course, for the laughs or any kind of emotions or even constipation that the reader would feel after reading my comics. If there’s a lot of people going to do that, it’d amount to a lot and it’ll surely help me make more comics for free for everyone to read and I also thought of actually just focus on freelance work (illustration and graphics design) and just stop making comics anymore but I don’t know, sometimes I’m too lazy to make comics, sometimes I’m also really enthusiastic making one. All the comics I’ve made so far are my help and contribution to the indie/webcomics scene here in Manila. Thanks for the encouragement, Sir Mark, yes I’ll still make some more as long as I can. 😀

Cheers,
Vin

Komikon 2016

November 19, 2016


My Komikon 2016 comics, art prints and a book that I got from the event. I think the best thing that I got is this book about R.Crumb, “Your Vigor for Life Appalls me”. I decided to head home early and just spend the rest of my Komikon 2016 budget for comics and all sorts for the PC gaming headset and mouse that you can see on the right side of the image, which I will give to my siblings. 😀

A photo I took from the event, around 11AM. It’s too, crowded but I had fun, specially meeting the comics people friends that I know who participated as an exhibitor/comics artist.

I wasn’t able to focus my camera properly when I took this pic because of the crowd. Nothing to say anymore except I really had a blast, even for a short while. Special thanks to the Komikon organizers, my “comics people” friends”, exhibitors of the event and to the artists of the art prints that I bought, (they’re quite pricey). They all look great and I will hang them on the wall in my room. Thanks to Sir Sandy (he’s the owner of Comic Odyssey, a comic book shop), for bringing alternative comics that I got from them, even on the past events, I’ve always found gems from the comics they would sell at comic events. I also bought a few comics at the Indie Tiangge section and I’d also like to apologize to the “comics people” friends that I passed by and didn’t grab their comics because of my tight budget and because I’m thinking of buying a new electric guitar. 😀

Happy Holidays to everyone!

I’ll start making my newest comics “Dog of God” by January 2017.

Cheers,
Vin

Another comic event in less than 2 weeks

November 9, 2016

Hi,

Komikon 2016 is fast approaching. It’s coming in less than two weeks. So, if you can drop by then please do so.

Let’s support our local comics industry. 😀

I was browsing my Facebook account and I’ve seen this video from Komiket’s Facebook page (a comic event also here in Manila) a few weeks ago:

The video above is made by Mr. Andy Kunz. You can check his account on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6hs43yNYLoEtinR5Zek9OQ
It’s really fun to go to a comic convention and comic events here in Manila it’s just like the video you can see above. 😀

Events like these two comic events, Komiket and Komikon really helps our local comic artists/writers promote and show their work out there. I know making comics will not make you wealthy but I know most of these comic artists/writers just want to share their work, express themselves, tell their own stories to other comic artists and comic readers out there. You make comics because you love comics. You do it; for the love of comics, that should be the first thing in your mind when you want to make comics. You know that feeling, once you’ve put out a comic that you made yourself, it gives you this feeling of fulfillment that money can’t buy. I don’t know if any of you guys feel that way but that’s just me, I guess. Even if other people give negative criticisms about your work, I suggest to take it like a compliment as you’ve given the reader different sorts of emotions/feelings after reading the comic. Albeit, I’m not saying for you to be a downright asswipe. Learn from their criticisms and make better comics. It also won’t hurt if indie comic artists/writers get paid as I know it’ll help us make more comics in the future so give support in any way you can. I think if you’re an indie comic creator, you can’t do this for a living as you’ll not survive because you’ve got to shell out dough for your daily expenses, bills and whatnot not unless you’ve finally got some sponsors, publishers and merchandise. We still need a job. 😀

Let’s support our local comics industry!

Komikon Website: www.komikon.org
Komikon FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/komikon.org/

Cheers,
Vin