Free Comic Book Day 2018

May 5, 2018

Hi guys,

It’s Free Comic Book Day 2018 today and earlier I went to Comic Odyssey at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Quezon City, Manila.

The photo below was taken while I was currently waiting in line for Comic Odyssey to open. Probably 15-20 minutes before 10 in the morning.

They gave away 2 free comic books to anyone who wants and they also let us pick what we like and they also gave 20% discount to graphic novels, comic books, toys and action figures.

I chose the “World’s Greatest Cartoonists” published by Fantagraphics. This comic book is like an anthology because there are a lot of short stories by comic book artists/writers and one of them is Simon Hanselmann. That’s why I chose this. For the other one, I picked “Street Angel’s Dog by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. I was hoping to take “Comics Friends Forever”, another comic anthology, I think and one of the comic creators/contributor for this is Vera Brosgol and Hope Larson. Unfortunately, it wasn’t offered to the choices to the free comic books you can get from Comic Odyssey. Although when they advertised FCBD 2018 here in Manila, that comic book was included on the list of choices of comics that you can get.

I also got “The Adventures of Spaceboy” by B Canapi and Nino Balita, “Manosaur” by Elbert Or and “Komiks Cum Laude” by a lot of local indie comic creators. I bought the latter one because of the line-up of the comic creators.

On my way home, I also dropped by at Fully Booked in SM North Edsa (as this mall is near to where I currently live) and got “Harley Quinn” by King Finch and Bellaire.

I bought only a few comics and all of them are made by local comic artists as I am again saving up and just being thrifty if I want to maintain being a freelancer doing only 3D/graphic design/illustration from time to time. I am still not that sure but I might end up being a full-time comic creator one of these days. That is one of the advantages of saving up cash like what I used to do when I was a lot younger and still had a day job. Now, I work at the comfort of my home and I don’t have a boss and I also get to wake up at around ten to eleven in the morning most of the time. Although, I pee around six in the morning and sometimes I wake up so early and my drowsiness completely fades because of that. 😀

I was planning to visit the tables of the local comic artists in front of Comic Odyssey to grab a copy of their work like Jon Zamar, Lyndon Gregorio and Ariel Atienza but when I got out of the comic shop, there were so many people on their table so I just decided to head home and support my fellow local comic creators on future comic conventions.

Thank you for reading.

Cheers.

Your friend,
Vin

Komiket Comic Book Haul (Feb 2018)

February 24, 2018

Hiya!

Just like any other person who goes to comic conventions, it’s time to show my own comic book haul at Komiket earlier.
Here’s a photo I took at the comic event: (I was there around 10-11 in the morning.)

When I first got there, I went to Sir Gerry Alanguilan’s table, albeit, I knew that he will be absent on this comic event. I just thought that I could probably buy his comics that I still don’t have but I already got all the comics that they were selling from Sir Gerry. If I’m also not mistaken, I’ve seen his brother, I recognized that he is his brother because I’ve seen his photo on Sir Gerry’s blog and he wrote that their father just died a few weeks ago. I thought I’d say and give my condolences to them but I was kinda shy. 😀 I think I’m like an extrovert whenever I write something here on my blog but when I’m on the actual place or when I’m in front of people, I quickly become an introvert.

Shout out to Sir Paolo Herras, Sir Andrew Villar, Sir Norby Ela, Kim Karlo Chua and Sir Sandy of Comic Odyssey as I’ve seen them earlier. I searched Comic Oddysey’s tables but I didn’t find any gem of a comic which I was hoping to buy. Perhaps, next time. I was also thinking of approaching Sir Carlo Jose San Juan when I’ve seen him but I don’t think he noticed me, even Sir Sandy and besides they were talking to each other when I saw both of them so I just walked away and went around the place and I don’t think they know me at all. 🙂

First Batch of Komiket Haul:

Sir Carlo Vergara’s “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Sir PJ Catacutan’s “Buster”, Gioseppe Custodio’s “Con Artists”, Toto Madayag’s “Pucha, E ‘Di Komiks” and Dead Balagtas’ “Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa”.

Second Batch of Komiket Haul:

Haitori’s “Sagala” Chapter 3, Francis Martelino’s “Hotdog Prince” 1 and 2, Milo Galang’s “Patch” Issue number 1 and 2, JC Panlilio’s “Agila” Issue 1 and 2.

I was hoping I could ask Sir Carlo Vergara and Emiliana Kampilan to sign my copies of their comic books but they were not there. I’m really intrigued with Sir Carlo Vergara’s Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah as I have a lot of gay friends when I was still studying, not to mention gay people are really good comedians, although I’m not one of them though as I’m straight as a ruler and I also respect people like them (LGBTQ) people. Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah is a gay superhero comic book character by Sir Carlo Vergara.

I’ve heard good reviews of Sir PJ Catacutan’s “Buster”, Dead Balagtas’ “Mga Sayaw ng Dagat at Lupa”. Loving one’s own language is good and I can say that Tagalog is a beautiful language. Emiliana writes in deep Tagalog which is why I also like her comics; Francis Martelino’s “Hotdog Prince” 1 and 2, Milo Galang’s “Patch” Issue number 1 and 2, JC Panlilio’s “Agila” Issue 1 and 2. All these guys’ comics have good reviews that’s why I bought them. To the rest of the comic peeps that I might’ve missed or wasn’t fortunate enough to take a look at their work and wasn’t able to grab a copy of their comics, I’ll support you guys next time. 🙂

I know I’m going to sound like a know-it-all but I’m not and I’d just like to say that back in the time of Jose Rizal (national Filipino hero), there was no Taglish (Tagalog + English). Filipinos talked deep and straight Tagalog if they were conversing in Filipino and straight English if they were talking in English. Not unless, if there are no translations in English on Filipino words or vice versa. That’s the time you use and combine English to Tagalog words. Now, I think our language here in the Philippines is evolving because we all talk Taglish most often. We interweave English words on our normal Tagalog/Filipino conversations. I’ve read a forum before somewhere here on the internet and I read that Singaporeans also talks “Singlish”, which means, Singaporean language and English. They also combine those two languages just like our own “Taglish”.

It’s really rare to see Toto Madayag’s table without a long line of adoring fans like I’ve always seen him on comic conventions but when I got inside the comic event venue, there were not a lot of people. I guess it’s just because of the time when I got there or probably a lot of his fans already have a copy of his latest work because if you’ll go to another comic event, there’s no point in coming to that event again as you won’t buy any new comics from your comic book idols if you’ve already bought their latest comics in the past comic events that you went to. That’s also the reason why I don’t go to other comic events because I know I won’t be able to buy new stuff from my comic book people friends when I already have their most recent work. What will I buy if I already have their newest work? That’s why I’m also trying to buy new comics from new comic book writers/artist. Toto’s comics is always funny so I am really excited to read this latest work of him. 😀

Gioseppe Custodio is one of the first comics people that I’ve got acquainted to since I began attending comic events in 2014. I was clueless to all the things a person must need to do to become a part of a comic convention (exhibitor/comic book writer/artist). If I’m not mistaken, Gio also started going to comic events in 2014, not that sure though but was fortunate enough to share a table once or twice with him before so, yeah, I always buy his stuff as I also enjoy reading his comics.

And finally, I got Tori Tadiar’s 3rd Chapter of her comic “Sagala”.

It’s good to see Tori again but I don’t think she knows me though and I was hoping I could go back to Komiket tomorrow (February 25, 2018) just so I can see her on stage and speak about her comics but I got some other plans and I am also getting a bit lazy. Only one chapter left and her comic “Sagala” will finally get done. I’m eager to read the following comics that she’ll make in the future. 😀

To all the readers of Killer Kamote Komiks here in Manila, see you guys at Indieket in August, Komiket in October and the annual Komikon in November. Hopefully, I’ll be able to self-publish my comic “Silly Persons” and the other graphic novel I’m going to make this year and sell them on those events. 😀

That’s it for now. Cheers to everyone who reads my comics.

Your friend,
Vin

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