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Life on a Pencil : Komikon 2008 coverage

booths at komikon

November 22nd 2008 was marked as the Fourth Annual Filipino Komiks Convention or KOMIKON which celebrates Filipino comics enthusiast, hobbyist, collectors, companies and more. The venue of the event was once again successfully celebrated at University of the Philippines’ Bahay ng Aliumni in Quezon City.

Hooh! Quezon City, another time and energy consuming trip from my hometown Dasmariñas in Cavite but everything was “worth” it. It’s already the 24th day of November 2008 Monday,my proud mama’s birthday. It took me a while to post this because of again technical Operating system problems (when will the conflicts eND?!!). Okay enough rambling and on with the coverage of the 4th Annual Komikon 2008.

I started leaving for Cavite at around 6:30 in the morning to avoid being stuck with the heavy traffic (and believe me when you get stuck in traffic here in the Philippines, you will be stuck for hours.). To my surprise, the trip was almost flawless and the bus I took only encountered a few light traffic along the way, making the trip from Dasmariñas Cavite to Diliman Quezon City a fast one (two hours or less to be precise).
For Caviteños like me who wanted to go to University of the Philippines Diliman Quezon City, here is the right economic route to take (Thanks to Azrael for this transportaion guide):

From Dasmariñas Town Proper ride a bus until Pasay LRT/MRT Station. From thrn on ride a bus heading to SM Fairview and request the bus conductor to drop you off Philcoa. *** From Philcoa ride a jeepney taking the “UP ikot” route. Finally ask and request the jeepney driver to drop you off at the Bahay ng Alumni.

*** I don’t know if I’ve been duped or what but the driver drop me off in some point so I still took a jeep going to Philcoa. Stupidity will really cost you about eight pesos more hahahaha

check out his Komikon 2008 coverage at http://lifeonapencil.blogspot.com/2008/11/jam-packed-4th-annual-komikon-aftermath.htm


November 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Seeking Naruto-style artist

just saw this and share this post from the Artists Den ML

Hello denizens,

My friend Conrad is looking for an artist who can mimic the Naruto style:

"looking for illustrators who can draw ala Naruto. pls email your URL to
conrad{at}dualactionblender{dot}com "

Illustration and painting portfolio

Digital Coloring & Painting Workshops


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November 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 5 Comments

Komikon 2008 blog coverage and updates

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I went to the Komikon 2008 yesterday as a media man and I’m there to do a photo coverage of the event and also to support Filipino komiks. I arrived late and I’m already getting worried that some komiks that I’m planning to grab might be out of stock, so I prayed and let the komiks gods help me arrive on time and discard away from bad elements on my way to UP Diliman. As soon as I receive my media ID pass at the registration area, I started to roam around and took some photos, the venue is already jam packed and I position myself next to a portable air cooler just to absorb some cold air and prepare for a hot and crowded convention for Filipino Komiks.
(you may read more below for the entire story)

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November 23, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | Leave a comment

Komikon 2008 – new comics and items releases

Written by Azrael Coladilla on 8:45 PM Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Check out our listing of interesting new indie comics releases and also items that will be launched this Saturday at the Komikon 2008 : 4th Filipino Komiks Convention.

This is a cross post entry to my blogs Azrael’s Merryland, Komiks News Now Philippines
and my Multiply blog. If you are a comic creator and will release your comics or merchandise at Komikon 2008, feel free to email me your new comic title releases with pic and synopsis. For any corrections of information listed below, just email or post a comment below to correct me.

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November 19, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | 1 Comment

“Babies” Boom: Arnold Arre showcases his best work yet

got it from : http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=44126743108&ref=nf

Arnold Arre showcases his best work yet in the powerfully personal graphic novel “Martial Law Babies”
By Ruel S. De Vera (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Saturday Nov. 15 2008 – Super, page E3)

Martial Law Babies / 286 pages / black & white

Sometimes, approached like a lost tribe, a “martial law baby” is more a state of mind than a general distinction.

These are people, once young, now not so, who were disenfranchised by the abrupt disappearance of the Japanese robot anime shows “Voltes V” most notoriously, among other artifacts.

Having grown up under the Marcos regime’s gloved gauntlet, these babies carried it’s shadow with them long after the Marcoses were out of power. Having once lost their heroes, the ystruggle to save others and themselves.

This is literary territory mined magnificently by Katrina Tuvera (in fiction) and Jessica Zafra (in essays) among others. Now, award-winning comic book creator Arnold Arre (“The Mythology Class”) explores this precious space in his new, substantial graphic novel “Martial Law babies” (Nautilus Comics, Mandaluyong City, 2008, 286 pages).

“We’re hopeless romantics,” Arre’s characters state. “We’re expert daydreamers.”
In a love letter to his generation, Arre distills that treacherous journey through the eyes of narrator Allan, poetic and put-upon, and his barkada – acerbic Rebecca, fun-loving Francis and privileged Carol – from their short pants days in the 70s to the interminable future.

A seemingly innocuous appearance on the “Uncle Bobby Lucky Club” TV show leads to divergent paths for the friends, all the way to college in the University of the Philippines, where their circle grows and their worlds grow complicated.
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November 16, 2008 Posted by | komiks | | Leave a comment

Are you ready for Gerry Alanguilan’s ELMER comics issue 4

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The much awaited final issue of Elmer will be launched this coming Saturday, November 22 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, many komiks fans and also Gerry Alanguilan fans and readers are excited to grab the book four and final chapter of Gerry’s graphic novel entitled “Elmer”. If you are new to this title, its not yet too late for you, You can still download the 1st issue in Gerry’s website and read it in your computer, the 1st issue is already out of print, while issue 2 and 3 are still available in our local comic book shops. ( read more below)
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November 16, 2008 Posted by | komiks | | 1 Comment

Whilce Portacio message to pinoy komikeros

This is a video message from Whilce Portacio for all pinoy komikeros, comic artist, writers, creators and to indie comic publishers. This video was aired on stage last June 2008’s 7th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, it was played after the panel discussion talk with the Filipino comic creators on stage, the panelist were Gilbert Monsanto, Taga Ilog, Taga Kanal, Jon Zamar and many more.

He gave a comment on Filipino komiks, some tips and advice on how to break into international comics scenes and some news about his new project and plans for 2009.

Next week will be the Komikon and this is my little contribution to everyone for proving an interview or video message from international comic creators, and glad that Mr. Portacio is game for a video message for us, at least he is present via online and we feel that he is really at our local convention.

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November 13, 2008 Posted by | videos | | Leave a comment

Jomike Tejido’s “Foldabots” Toy and comic launching event

Our fellow Transfan Jomike is here to invite everyone for his book launch of his comics and paper toy that is called, Foldabots. Inspired from the Transformers, these paper robots change its look from robot to vehicle and animals.


WHERE: POWERBOOKS LIVE, Greenbelt 3, Makati
WHEN: Nov. 15, 2008, Saturday
TIME: 3pm- 5pm

WEBSITE: www.foldabots.multiply.com

FOLDABOTS are cut-out paper robots that can transform into animals or vehicles, and back!.
The best thing about it is that kids can make it themselves!

FOLDABOTS is an on-going monthly publication in K-Zone Magazine since May 2006. Pinoy kids have been creating the characters that shout Pinoy pride: Buhawi, the Phil. Eagle, Kidlat the race car, Ukay the excavator truck, Bangis the guard dog and many others!

It’s a fusion of art, Filipino nationalism and toy-collecting where kids don’t just buy toys, but learn to create them!

THE TOY BOOK also has 12 free AGIMAT POWER playing cards for hours and hours of fun!

YOU JUST GOTTA BE THERE, And be part of Foldabots history!

The event will be covered and uploaded in Youtube for the world to see!

GAMES! DRAWING CONTEST! PRIZES! plus Special prizes for early birds who sign up!

WHERE: POWERBOOKS LIVE, Greenbelt 3 Makati
WHEN: Nov. 15, 2008, Saturday
TIME: 3pm-5-pm
WEBSITE: www.foldabots.multiply.com

See you there!
Thank you.

Jomike Tejido
Creator, FOLDABOTS toys and Comics

November 4, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | Leave a comment

The 4th Annual Filipino Komiks Convention 2008


The 4th Annual Filipino Komiks Convention or Komikon kicks off this month of November, and I’ll be there to cover the event and also feature the good and latest independent komiks and creators here in my blog. I’m glad that we can be part of it as a media man/blogger for the coverage, and would you know that this event started when I written a concept for the 1st year of the convention, but now the event continues without me and the Artists’ Den really put up a hard work in order to do it an annual event. The event for Filipino comics now grows and now the event is back!

The event concept I did was last 2005, and this note was used to conceptualize and
organize the Komikon 2005 : 1st Philippine Komiks Convention in UP Diliman.

its an old event note, but I might do a revision soon and share it again to all

this is my own formulated notes for our lecture in De La Salle University last thursday ( year 2005 ) for their LaSallian Enrichment Alternative Program (LEAP)

me and Artists’ Den was invited to give lecture about “Making Business Through Comics” as for my part my topic was “Organizing Comics Events and Convention” in events organizing a comic event, here’s my lecture notes based only from my experience and observation. An event concept that materializes into Komikon 2005.

read it here at

read more below for details and date checklist of various comics event for November



November 2, 2008 Posted by | events, komiks | | Leave a comment