Camiguin & Cagayan de Oro

March 12, 2018

Hi,

Here’s the continuation of our travels with my family and relatives this year. We went to Paras Beach Resort in Camiguin and other hot and cold springs, waterfalls, sandbars and an adventure park in Cagayan de Oro. Traveling to go to these places is a lot tiring but once you arrive, it’s truly paradise. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos I took. Photo dump below. πŸ˜€















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Cheers,
Vin

Romblon, Romblon

March 4, 2018

Hey, guys,

Me and my relatives went to visit Romblon last week, we just got back home today. We spent a couple of days on a private beach resort in Romblon specifically at Talipasak Beach Resort. The place is really isolated and situated far from the main centers of population in Romblon.

We first rode a ship from the port of Batangas to reach Romblon, Romblon. You can also fly on a plane as well but we chose to ride a ship because it is much hassle-free because if you fly on a plane, you still have to ride a ship to go to the main island.

The friendly white guy on the upper-right side on the background on the photo below photobombed us. πŸ˜€

If I am not mistaken he’s French or probably a German but he can also talk using the English language. They said he’s alone on the beach resort and guys like him go to beach resorts like this one in Romblon to find inner peace and serenity in their lives or just to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are no televisions, radios and the place is really quiet. So quiet that the only things you can hear at night is the sound of nature -the waves of the beach, crickets, lizards and whatnot. The whole Romblon is still not that developed compared to other provinces, tourist destinations and beach resorts you can go to in the Philippines but once you arrive on the beaches on the islands, it’s really worth it.

I was about to ask the French guy I mentioned if he wants to have some grapes while we were eating but one of my aunt gave it to the owner of the beach resort because she knows her as she was a co-teacher of my aunt when they were still younger and they taught in Xavier school here in Manila many years ago. There are only a few foreigners I’ve noticed here. There was also a time, the other day while we were having our dinner, we were seated beside a group of French and Germans and me and my relatives were conversing in Tagalog (Filipino language) and I thought to myself these tourist foreigners probably knows English so they might understand some of the things we were talking about. One of my relatives is speaking in Tagalog and she inserted “I want TV” on the sentence she was saying and I thought they probably heard that and now they think that my relative wants a television. “I want TV” is the name of a local mobile phone app where you can watch local Filipino TV shows on the internet or on your mobile phone if I’m not mistaken but that relative of mine was truly saying that she wants to watch some of the TV shows on the app. Perhaps I could put that funny incident on my comics sometime in the future. πŸ˜€

My family and relatives you can see on the photo above are all senior citizens except for a cousin of mine (second person from the left) and their days are already numbered that’s why they want to travel as much as they can before they run out of time. Just kidding though. I hope all my family and relatives would have a long life ahead of them.

The rest of the photos that I took at the beach resort below. We also went island-hopping:

Crystal clear water and white sand

Mmmm . . . I love drinking coconuts.








Sunset by the beach. I was also the designated photographer on our vacation trip. πŸ˜€

Romblon is known for marbles and this is one of the sites where they extract them.

Many thanks to Ma’am Mina for hosting us guests. πŸ˜€

Cheers,
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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€

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. πŸ˜€

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

Your friend,
Vin

“Silly Persons” – Published Online (Feb 18, 2018)

Hello,

I’ve finally made my very first crappy graphic novel, “Silly Persons”. You can read it now at: www.killerkamotekomiks.com

The story is a bit dramatic at some parts but I hope anyone who reads it gets some sort of laughter from it. I’ll post updates and keep you guys posted for more info on my next graphic novel, soon. I’m going to take a break making comics for a few weeks or so. I’m also not yet that sure if I’m going to self-publish this together with the other graphic novel I’m going to make this year, in printed form and sell it at Komikon Indieket this August, Komiket in October and the annual Komikon this November or to any other comic events this year, but those three events are what’s on the top my mind where I want to sell my comics. Let’s just see what happens. That’s it for now. πŸ™‚

Cheers to everyone reading this.

Your friend,
Vin

Draw, Draw, Draw & Silly Persons Page Previews

UPDATE:February 14, 2018 – Last preview page of “Silly Persons”, at the very bottom of this post.
Happy Valentine’s Day, guys! πŸ˜€
UPDATE:February 12, 2018 – Another preview page of “Silly Persons”

February 10, 2018

Howdy,

It’s been awhile since I posted something here on my blog. I’ve been so busy making “Silly Persons” these past few weeks and if all goes well, I’ll most probably get it done before February ends. I also just bought myself a drawing table as you can see on the photo below. I got it from a guy who also draws and he also handcrafts drawing tables as well. I really like the tables that he makes because you can adjust the setting of the table on a certain angle. I can now avoid having stiffness of my neck when I draw for hours because I just use a plastic drawing board which I place on a table whenever I draw before. I can also put my drawing materials on the drawers on the sides of the table. I also need to find a place where I can put this drawing table of mine.

Right now, I just want to draw, draw and draw and finally finish my very first crappy graphic novel. And then, after that, I’ll try to work for some freelance illustration/graphic design gigs. Afterwards, I’ll begin making another graphic novel of mine but this time it’ll have a more serious tone and also have more pages unlike “Silly Persons” which only have less than fifty pages. I’ll also make it chapter by chapter and post it online every month or so, so it would be lighter for me to do. I still have less than thirty pages or so to ink and I also need to put the script/dialogue of the pages in Photoshop.

All I can say right now for my following graphic novel is that it’s my own comedic take on how “Death” became Death. It’s a story of Death’s adventures during his childhood up until he became Death himself, sort of like an origin story. I still need to research some info about “Death”, the skull guy who wields a scythe.

You can also see preview pages of “Silly Persons” below.


That’s it for now. Thank you for your time reading my comics and blog. Cheers to everyone.

Your friend,
Vin