Summer Komikon 2014 Experience


Komikon was familiar to my ear as far as I could remember and I was rather busy or intimidated by heat to go to events. It was barely a week before I’ve gone through some advertisements of Summer Komikon 2014, and given the free schedule that I had, I went for a dive and decided to go. I asked some of my friends to join as company to my first ever visit, luckily, Ira was able to catch up with the event. (I encouraged her by telling Budjette Tan, writer for Trese, was probably coming).

The event was held at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab Compound along Pioneer Street and opened its gates at 10:00 am and will be officially over at 7:00 pm of April 12, 2014.

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Tickets went for 100  pesos, which were reasonably priced, in my opinion. I’m so happy we went in early because of availability of items and mobility inside the vicinity.

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As planned I quickly bought my two targets, Sad Comics for Dirty Lovers by Rob Cham and Minkowski Space Opera by Aaron Felizmenio. (Luckily, no Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu moment there xD) I also bought ABANGAN: THE BEST PHILIPPINE KOMIKS 2014 , a compilation of stories by different artists, Tabi-Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo, Ang Astiging Boy Ipis by Mike Ignacio, Euphoria: in pursuit of happiness by suihara (for my shoujo fix ) , a Raine Sarmiento artwork print, a Nekonacha bookmark and a mini Totoro knitted doll. For my yaya, she bought a Killing to Death (?) shirt by (?) (which I actually wanted to buy but my wallet was dying) and Sulsi: Paglusob sa bahay na bato by Ronzkie Pacho-Vidal.

It was no doubt a fun experience, where all comic artists get together and not to mention an opportunity to meet, greet and get your books sign by your favorite local artists. I got to meet comic artist, Rob Cham and illustrator Raine Sarmiento (no photo though, boo!).

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Book signing with Mervin Malonzo 🙂

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Kajo Baldisimo, artist for local komiks, Trese, had a table in the convention hall. Of course, fangirl Ira got her copies signed! But as always, she’s camera shy and awkward.

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Ugh…the Trese shirt I wanted but was only available in Large by then. Darn it!

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Storylark, App developer, gave freebies to those who won playing their in-house indie games. (It is indeed too indie, refer to the guy with the hat, playing.)

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Stall/Table designation board together with the animated shorts screening schedules.

Luckily, I together with Ira and my yaya were able to watch Milkyboy (which is a story about a misunderstood Advertising Executive) and “Ang Maskot”  (a hilarious story about a guy who supposedly works for McBird as a Maskot names “Jholeebird” who comes across some mayhem)! I have to say, the films need some parental guidance for the kiddies because it has some swearing and sexual themes …

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Picture with Tito Michael (Mike) Ignacio who has his own stall together with his other artist mates!

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Stuff from I.N.K.’s (Ang llustrador ng Kabataan) full table with Macho plush dolls and post cards!

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Some foreign comics for sale as well… spotted a Neil Gaiman graphic novel but again, my wallet please.

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Crazy crowd building up.

There were other stalls that were devilishly awesome, not to mention that you can buy something for 10 pesos such as back issue comics, bookmarks, small prints and other novelties that may be even up to par or even beyond your budget. Summer Komikon is truly an event for everyone, with its wide range of audience such as otakus , manga collectors, Marvel comic collectors , Pugad Baboy fans, mature readers and even children!

I really envy those who were able to get as much freebies from different sponsors, especially from CIIT, College of Arts and Technology, giving out 3 scholarships worth 60,000 pesos that can be consumed by fresh high school graduates. They offer specialities such as Web Design, Multimedia, 3D Animation and Game Development (THIIIS). They have Adobe and Wacom as official partner *faints*.

Highlights of the day:

Sweet Lolita doll cosplay walking around inside the convention hall,  hentai version of SNK print, featuring Mikasa  (LOL) and Ang Maskot!

Oh, and if you are still heading to Summer Komikon 2014, which is up until 7 pm, I suggest you sign up with Buqo for 6 free comics! Though I haven’t myself, I wish I did!

To cap it off, here’s a farewell photo of  Ira and me with our Totoro dolls from Penguin Sews.


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Missed out on today’s Summer Komikon 2014? Do not fret! They have 2 more events in for the year:

(As of 4/12/2014, 4:09 pm)

Komikon Indieket 2014:
in 3 months, 19 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes

Komikon 2014:

in 7 months, 2 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes

Happy Komik reading!

Kitakits sa sunod na convention!