Thursday, March 6, 2014

2nd Annual Komikon Baguio was AWESOME!

I realize this is a super late blog entry but hey, better late than never right, right? Right! So here goes my report for the 2nd Annual Komikon Baguio which took place last 08 February 2014.

This, of course, was a special event for us since for the first time (and perhaps the last! Haha!), I have been invited as a special guest. Also, we were to launch our new Baby Days Comics. We were so excited we went to Baguio a day earlier! We stayed at the home of my bestfriend.

Unfortunately, we were still a little late on the event itself. Too bad, we didn’t anticipate how long it would take us from Ambiong to the venue. I’d have to say I was touched with the sweetness of the organizers though. They texted me, asked where we were, and offered to pick us up. I said thanks and assured them we were on our way.

Upon arrival, we were again impressed because some volunteers helped us carry our stuff to the 4th floor.
Already waiting for me upstairs was fellow Pangalatoons member Remar Khalid Ragudos with his daughter Khairah. He brought several copies of his first comic 15 Watts which we later gave away for free. I’m really proud of that guy! Shortly thereafter, my good friends (and all-time favorite Komikon couple of mine haha)  Myke Guisinga and Robin Rivero also arrived to promote Myke’s upcoming stuff from Advent Comics. So yeps, I had the coolest table-mates that day!

Photo credits: Remar Khalid Ragudos
Photo credits: Remar Khalid Ragudos
Around after lunch, I was called onstage to deliver a brief message. I started it with a little game and gave away copies of Baby Days and 15 Watts for those who participated. I then spoke a bit about the power of collaboration, addressing specifically those who are planning to make comics for the first time but couldn’t begin somehow. It was my first time to speak in such a setting and, while fun, I’d admit it was a nerve-wracking experience haha!
Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Later on, I was again invited to share the stage with the other guests for a panel discussion. I enjoyed that part. Also, it’s really a huge honor to sit beside some of the industry’s top talents.

Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Yuri joined me onstage too. I guess the buy didn't want to miss out on the fun!

The rest of the time was spent on our designated table, pitching our books to the attendees. It was, as always, fun to interact with the readers and to make new friends. That is definitely my favorite part of the event!
  Photo credits: Remar Khalid Ragudos
 Photo credits: Remar Khalid Ragudos

Here’s the rest of the pictures:

Aside from the comics, we also sold these chocolates my wife made!

Of course, the SIKAMI Anthology was available on our table, too.
Remar signing our anthology for a fan!

True to our Komikon tradition, little Yuri again wore a costume.
To this day, though, I still can't figure out whether he's a dragon or a dino. lol!
Photo credits: Remar Khalid Ragudos

A funny experience: These "fan girls", as they called themselves, bought a copy of "My Wife Is Pregnant." They asked for Yuri's autograph, not mine. Afterwards, they turned to me and said "Sige kuya, ikaw na rin." I was officially an afterthought hahaha!
Yuri and Khairah

Joy and Yuri strike a pose while waiting for more comic and choco buyers haha! Photo credits: Myke and Robin
Myke gave me this awesome Iron Man piece which I would gladly add to my artwork collection.

Zaid also bought my stuff.  He tells me he's from Iraq and I said "Scary, man!" We both chuckled.
Another fave couple of mine haha.. Rasel and Sheena of Liga ni Likeman Comics!
Miss Karen and Miss Jaymee from the Cordillera School of Digital Arts
Vincie, the event MC, purchased MWIP with the Spider variant cover!
Carlo Vergara, one of the comic creators I really look up to, also got his copy of Baby Days!
Another personal highlight for me was finally meeting Jim Jimenez in person. Turned out one of my childhood heroes was really, really friendly and very, very approachable. I asked for a Vanguard sketch - one of his creations, a favorite of mine from way back my elementary years haha. He was a little shocked I asked for that character. He later tells me I made him feel old. Sorry, Sir Jim lol!

One final pose before leaving the event. Photo credits: Myke and Robin

Before ending this entry, allow me to extend my warmest thanks to everyone who dropped by our table, bought our comics, chatted with us and exchanged high-fives and fist-bumps with Yuri! Thanks to Remar as well for the gifts and also to Myke and Robin for the wonderful early-dinner treat at Azotea Greens. Of course, to Raymond and Christy Torio for accommodating us in their home.

Special thanks as well to my favorite collaborators Teardrop Cordez  for helping make the pages look good and Jaybee Bonus for pulling an all-nighter so we can finish Baby Days in time for the Kon. You did a great job with the layouts and letters, man. Plus we all love that awesome cover!

Photo credits: Komikon Baguio
Huge thanks to Komikon Baguio organizers (Gabriel, Tim Ex, Kristine and everyone else) for being a gracious host. You’ve all been extremely good to me and my family. Thank you for inviting us and making us a part of your event. We’re definitely coming back next year!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

We're Going to Komikon Baguio

The 2nd Annual Komikon Baguio takes place tomorrow, February 8, Saturday at BBCCC Building, Assumption Road, Baguio City.

I'm attending the event with my family and we're pretty excited. We're actually preparing stuff as I type these words (its 4:38 am haha) and we'll be traveling a few hours from now.

Anyway, just a quick update here about whats we have in store for the con.

First off, here's the official poster. And yeps, I've been invited as one of the guest speakers. Woot!

Yesterday, we got the freshly-printed of My Wife Is Pregnant and so we're ready to rock. We hope people from Baguio will check out our autobio book (which I often market as "A Survival Guide for Expectant Dads" haha). This one costs P70!

We'll also selling our new comic - Baby Days, the sequel to our first book. Obviously, this tackles about our lives as new parents. I 'd like to mention as well that 4 pages of this story is about our first Baguio vacation as a family. It was fun drawing popular spots in the city as well as about our experience during the first Komikon Baguio! :)

I'm not sure about the price yet (I'll find out later after we get the copies) but rest assured it will be cheaper than MWIP because it has fewer pages and B&W cover. In the mean time, let me just tell you how much I love that sweet cover designed by the awesome Jaybee Bonus! :)

Also available on our table is 15 WATTS - a wordless comic by fellow Pangalatoons member Remar Khalid Ragudos. This one is available for free when you purchase any or both of my titles. Be warned though that there are only limited copies of this so visit our table early! Remar will be hanging around our booth as well so be sure to ask him to sign your copy.

Of course, we'll also have copies of SIKAMI: Pangasinense Comic Book Anthology on our table. The book contains five stories from top comic creators namely Bong Redila (PNR 2AM), Patrick Rawrr Enrique (They Call Her Death, I Call Her Destiny), Kevin Rusty Macaraeg (Alevosia), Mark Rosario (My Wife Is Pregnant) and Mel Casipit (Super Cheesy). It also features a special wrap-around cover by DC Comics artist Dexter Soy and pin-ups by Richard Peter David, Remar Khalid Ragudos, Bing Cansino and more. You can get this for P150!

Lastly, sweet tooths would probably love my Joy's homemade chocolates so please drop by our booth. Prices vary depending on the size but be assured they're going to be affordable (and yummy!). Boys, buy one for your crushes or girlfriends and support my wife's first business venture. Haha!

 I'll be at table 101 right beside my good buddy Myke Guisinga who'll be doing sketches during the event and selling this Advent Comics poster. Do check out his stuff too!

Also, our son Yuri will be cosplaying something so keep your eyes peeled for our little monster! :)

I really feel this con is going to be fun! So kitakits, mga kabsat!