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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Summer Komikon 2014: Launches, Releases and More!

04.13.2014 – Summer Komikon is back on its 5th year and it opens the year long celebration for Komikon the Philippine Komiks Convention. The biggest year for true comic book fans who acknowledges the local publication besides its foreign works.

This year’s guests features Arnold Arre and a limited special screening of his animation Milky Boy, Leinil Yu in his run with Marvel’s Avengers, and Macoy Tan creator of ‘Ang Maskot’ which was adapted for a live action short film.

Besides the primary guests that you have seen in banners and promotional posters there will be several local comic books launched in this event. This is led by the collaboration between Arnold Arre and Gerry Alanguilan launching their first full color graphic novel in ‘Rodkis Patotski Ang Dalagang Baby’ that was previously available for pre-order.

Then there was Jon Zamar popular Bathala series that is now compiled in hard cover and soft cover editions. Then you got JP Palabon who in his stylish way marketing ‘Puso Negro’ and launching its third book, which is officially the second chapter of the story that will be nearing its end once its released in Komikon this November. He actually sold the first forty copies and had to go home to bring some more.

Not to forget Rob Cham who was selling his Sad Comics who also collaborated with Elbert Or, Carljoe Javier and Adam David to produce the much talked about ‘Abangan: The Best Philippine Komiks 2014’ published by Visprint.

Elbert Or was also promoting the release of the much await Bakemono High 2 and previous creations like Manosaur and Honey Comb a collaboration with his wife. Carljoe Javier was at the Visprint area seated beside Mervin Malonso who launched the much awaited compilation of his online comic series ‘Tabi Po.’

Manix Abrera was hardly seen due to the usual long lines on his table that also launched the latest Kiko Machine book. Budjette Tan was spotted in the other side of the area where he released the latest issue of ‘Precinto 13’ with artwork by ATAN. Another compilation of works was also launched at Summer Komikon with Sulyap 2 which was available at Lydon Gregorio’s table who had photos with his fans following Beerkada.

Comic Odyssey and Filbar’s was there inside, while National Bookstore was at the entrance lobby. There were several new faces who sold their works at the same time there are also the regulars who have continued to be consistent with their current projects. The creators of the ‘ Crime Fighting Call Center Agents’ had released its 5th issue revealing that they will be wrapping up the series hopefully by Komikon in November with the possibility that it will be released in a graphic novel format.

The activities on stage featured Buqo a new online site that let you download digital copies of you favorite local comic books. There was also ‘Pickld Me’ an Instagram style app that lets you make your own photo comic featuring images of you.

At the ‘Indie Tiyangge’ Russell Reyes creator of ‘Liga ni Like Man’ released his latest issue #1.1 of the series, while merchandise are also seen being sold like shirts, mugs, and other collectibles. Power Play Game Wear sold some cool shirts and mugs inspired from classic game consoles and iconic games from the 1980s.

Kaiba Toys was also at Summer Komikon launching limited edition ‘Kambal’ plush toys based from Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s ‘Trese’ series. These twin bodyguards of Trese will definitely be a good company to your existing plush toy in your room. Art Initiative was also at Summer Komikon bringing new design shirts that was exclusively launched for this event.

Speaking of events ‘NexCon’ was on stage also to promote their upcoming first ever event also at the Bayanihan Centre, the same venue where all Komikon related events are hosted which will be this May 2014.

There were media covering Summer Komikon like Hero TV, TV5, MTV Pilipinas and Solar News Channel. The event continues to grow and supportive fans continue to pick up locally created works.

Summer Komikon opens the conventions that promote new launches for comic books, independent films relative to this culture, and of course supporting the local culture. There will be two more Komikon-related events this year. The next one will be Indiket this August and for those who are looking for travel Iloilo Comic Con (ICCON) will have their event on May 31st.

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