They have thirty people already standing in line as early as 4 AM and the earliest was there by 2:36 PM on a Friday afternoon who was asked by the guards to come back the midnight of Saturday. It’s the same anonymous guy who started this trend last year who stood in line by 1 AM. You talk about dedication to be the first in the line there’s already a group of individuals doing it for the passion in reading comic books.
Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked opened its doors as early as 8:25 AM abandoning the planned 10 AM, which is good news to those who where already there.
The long lines snaked its way from the back entrance of the Fully Booked flagship store in Bonifacio High Street spilling out to the main entrance where some have brought umbrellas to avoid the bright morning sun.
As reported comic Odyssey and Fully Booked have given away 33,000 FCBD titles that lasted until 1PM. Aside from the favorite titles they where also giving away Shonen Jump books and 10 packs of random old comic books. Plus they get sweet candies that were given away to the kids.
There where almost a hundred local comic book artists led by Gerry Alanguilan and Whilce Portacio, who came during the height of the event signing autographs and doing some sketches.
Whilce also introduced his new line of shirts in collaboration with Team Manila. Established comic book artists seen in the event are Ed Tadeo, Miko Suawayn, Jay Anacleto, Stephen Segovia, Carlo Pagulayan and Harvel Tolibao who came in the later part of the event coming from having spent time meeting fans at Filbar’s and Planet X Comics. The local talents also have Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, Carlo San Juan, Elbert Or, Carljoe Javier, Adam David, Rob Cham, Freely Abrigo, Jon Zamar, JP Palabon, Aaron Felisimo, Rian Gonzales, Michael David, Elmer Damaso, Josel Nicholas, Ariel Atienza, Lyndon Gregorio, and many more.
Komikon organizers and the creators of Abangan: The Best of Philippine Komiks where present. Food and drinks where served for the artists who was there as early as 6:30AM. There where raffle prizes given away for those who went at the Top Shelf where the artists are located.
Late in the afternoon cosplayers came and was mostly at the ground level of the store. While those who came early who are not there to dress up stood in line to get their free comics and interacted with the artists.
Comic Odyssey was located at the fourth level of Fully Booked was packed decorated with FCBD balloons of white and blue. Parents and kids enjoyed picking up the discounted graphic novels at Fully Booked, while some dig up some back issues at the bin inside Comic Odyssey.
The event lasted until 6PM where things are winding down and the early evening most of the people have left its where some have set their attention at the newly opened Tintin Shop section at Fully Booked which opened the same day.
Another successful collaboration between Comic Odyssey and Fully Booked has made everyone happy yesterday and there will be more events happening. Following this event next Saturday Charlie Adlard the artist of The Walking Dead comic series published by Image Comics will be in town next weekend.
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Comic Odyssey has three branches located inside Fully Booked stores at Alabang, Greenhills and Bonifacio High Street, The Fort BGC in Taguig. There are also two stores (while the other is counted as a kiosk) located at Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons Midtown Manila.
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