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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sights & Highlights: MIBF 2014 + Komikon Saturday!

09.21.2014 – As the tropical storm in the Philippines rages out of the country, the 35th Manila International Book Fair pushes on its third day at the SMX in SM Small of Asia. The largest crowd converged Saturday as long lines at the ticketing moved slowly.

Friday was not a good sight as the storm known as “Mario” in the Philippines was flooding some parts of Metro Manila, which forced the exhibitors to close up shop early by 5PM in the afternoon for everyone’s safety, but Saturday is a different story to share.

This year’s MIBF have the most visitors at the same time have a simultaneous event with Best of Anime happening at the second level. There were scheduled singing events in bookstores and independent publishing to have a booth in the event.

For Komikon Inc. the organizers of Komikon: The Philippine Comics Convention it was a first for everything from strategic and creative tarpaulin that shows the booth’s location to how they will re-introduce Filipino Komiks to mainstream visitors of the annual event that has something to do with books, graphic novels and anything related to reading.

The independent publishing to collaborate and represent Komikon Inc. is the team of Paolo Herras, Maika Ezawa, and Tepai Pascual of Meganon Komiks with their books on display. There are other independent publishers and artists who have their works at the Komikon that have Aaron Felizmenio creator of Guwapo Man: Ang Huling Baraha, JP Palabon creator of Puso Negro series, Sherry Baet-Zamar creator of Car Pool series, Lyndon Gregorio creator of Beerkada, Ariel Atienza creator of Class and West Side, with JM Valenzuela artist of Kanto Inc. Komiks.

Gerry Alanguilan who collaborated with Arnold Arre to create Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby released last summer will be at the event this Sunday who also contributed and supported Komikon with Comic Odyssey.

But most of the history and each published work that is being sold at the Komikon booth are being described by Paolo Herras to passers by and visitors. He was energetic and enthusiastic about Filipino Komiks since MIBF opened its doors last Wednesday.

It was the first time Filipino Komiks returns to mainstream through Komikon Inc., which will be celebrating its 10th year this November 15th promoting the biggest Komikon event.

Komikon Inc. was situated nearby the exhibitors that are selling religious books at the far end of the hall. It was the busiest day compared to the opening day since Wednesday morning. Paolo Herras the talented writer/artist for Meganon Komiks was hand-on promoting each published work that’s on display at the booth.

If you have been missing the days going to MIBF the last day will surely the best one as Pol Medina Jr. Creator of Pugad Baboy and Gerry Alanguilan creator of Elmer will be at the National Bookstore area signing their works.

Don’t miss the last day of MIBF to see what Filipino Komiks to pick up the Komikon booth!

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