It’s November and that means that The Philippine Komiks Convention: Komikon Grande 2018 is right around the corner!
Unlike in past conventions, this will be the first time that I will be participating as an exhibitor on both days of the convention.[i]
The Lindol Comics creative team of Randy Valiente and yours truly will also be officially launching the second and third issues of Lindol. Remember guys, if you pick up all three issues (#1 – #3), you’ll get the Issue #2 and Issue #3 posters for free![ii]
For the first time since its inception in 2004, Komikon organizers decided to hold a 2-day event and all I can say is—it’s about time. The Filipino comic book community positively received Komikon 2015 and if you were present, you could certainly tell. There was a buzz surrounding the Bayanihan Center this past weekend and by the time I arrived in the afternoon of Day 1, I could feel it in my gut that someone probably beat me out to that one Holy Grail bargain bin find.
I also have to tip my proverbial hat to the organizers on their logistics for Komikon 2015. Utilizing a single entry/exit points and strategically placing the vendors tables in the manner that they did was absolute genius! It allowed for the foot traffic to possibly pass by all of the tables and granted maximum exposure for the vendors wares and art. I don’t know what you guys paid, but I am sure it was worth it.
Now for the ever-popular haul: For P1270, I was able to take home thirty-one (31) comic books (two of them graphic novels) and two (2) 24×36 retailer exclusive posters (at P200 a pop) by the time I left the venue on the first day. As for day two, I was able to find an addition four (4) comic books for only P250.
In any language, that’s is the mark of a true haul!
And I haven’t even gotten to my first ever comic book page story. (I’ll save that for another post.)
In closing, don’t you guys think that the Komikon organizers should start making this a quarterly thing? The Filipino comic book community certainly seems ready for it.