The Fourth San Pablo City Comics Festival (January 21, 2019)

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With the man of the hour: Gerry Alanguilan.

January 20, 2019.

After six long years, the eagerly anticipated Fourth San Pablo City Comics Festival finally opened its doors to the residents and visitors of San Pablo City.  The event, billed as a “celebration of Philippine comics as a form of art, entertainment, education,” featured a number of new and established independent comic book creators and publishers.

In the afternoon, guest speakers Manix Abrera and Gioseppe Custodio (aka Loser Mangaka) each took their turn onstage and shared some of their adventures in producing independent comics.  The Fourth San Pablo City Comics Festival was also not without its star value as it entertained a number of notable guest in the comic book field such as Leinil Francis Yu, Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Jorge Segovia, Michael Jason Paz, Jeff Huet, and even legendary Filipino illustrator Doninador “Hal” Santiago–who just happened to be taking a walk with his wife along Sampaloc Lake that day when he came across a Comics Festival banner.[i]

The event also served as a birthday celebration of sorts for one of the Festival’s founders and chief organizer, Gerry Alanguilan, who turned 51.

Happy Birthday Sir Gerry! Continue reading “The Fourth San Pablo City Comics Festival (January 21, 2019)”

Comic Odyssey’s Captain America (2018) #1 Signing Event (July 8, 2017)

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Clockwise: Leinil (Right) and Gerry share a moment. | Photo opportunity with Leinil and Gerry. Thanks guys for signing my books and pages. | Photo with Bucky Captain America! | The stuff I had signed at the event.[ii]
Earlier this afternoon, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey’s newest branch on Level 3 of Robinson’s Galleria for the Captain America (Volume #9 | Issue #1) signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.

The event, scheduled from 1pm onwards, was held in the common area directly in front of Comic Odyssey.  The open space not only gave the guest artists and patrons more breathing room but also served to attract fans/passersby who were otherwise unaware of the Captain America signing.[i] Continue reading “Comic Odyssey’s Captain America (2018) #1 Signing Event (July 8, 2017)”

Jomar Bulda Fundraising Drive (May 10-23, 2017)

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Superior (Issue #4 | Page #15) summary: “Chris, Simon Pooni’s best friend, is roughed up by Sharpie and his gang while attempting to take an ill-advised shortcut through “Sharpie’s neighborhood.”

As a way to join in on the collective efforts of the comic book community, I have donated this original inked Superior page (Issue #4 | Page #15) and left it with the kind people of Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. over at their Fort branch.

Art by Leinil Francis Yu and inked by Gerry Alanguilan, Superior (2010) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest comic ever produced as well as having the most number of creators working on a single comic.

Sir Gerry signed the piece at the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City on August 13, 2016, while Leinil added his signature during Free Comic Book Day 2017 at Filbar’s Megamall.

Contact Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. for pricing and other details. Continue reading “Jomar Bulda Fundraising Drive (May 10-23, 2017)”

From Filbar’s to Comic Odyssey to Druid’s Keep: My Free Comic Book Day 2017 Experience (May 6, 2017)

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Clockwise: The calm before the storm: Leinil’s desk. | First in line! | Leinil signs Page 33 of Supercrooks #4. | My copy of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by writer Mark Waid, inker Gerry Alanguilan, and now penciller Leinil Francis Yu. | Lenil and Gerry’s signatures at the bottom of the aforementioned Page 33. | Thanks again Leinil!

For many, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) serves as an annual opportunity to get new readers (as well as old ones) into the hobby by offering a wide selection of books that they would not normally pick up.  But in recent years, the status quo of FCBD in the Philippines has evolved beyond its original purpose and into an event wherein the local comic distributors and artists give back to comic book community.

For me, the highlight of FCBD 2017 was being able to attend Leinil Yu’s signing over at Filbar’s Megamall.[i] Without going into great detail, Leinil was very gracious and accommodating.  Thank you again Leinil!

After lunch at Pepper Lunch[ii], I proceeded to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street where I was able to get free copies of Wonder Woman: Rebirth (Special Edition) #1 and Skottie Young’s I Hate Image before they ran out of stocks. From what I heard, I Hate Image is an amalgamation of a number of Image Comics’ popular titles and that it’s original art Continue reading “From Filbar’s to Comic Odyssey to Druid’s Keep: My Free Comic Book Day 2017 Experience (May 6, 2017)”