Komikon is an annual convention for Filipino comic book enthusiasts where they gathered and showcased classic and upcoming comic books drawn and published by Filipino comic book artists. The very first Komikon was held on the UP Bahay ng Alumni way back in 2005.
Last April 16, they held the 3rd Summer Komikon at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig where comic book enthusiasts gathered once again for the love of comics, and Reimaru Files was there to cover the event.
You’ll be seeing lots and lots of comic books and also manga (for the otakus) from the local and foreign industry, and if you are looking for a bargain price on comic books by Marvel and DC, then you’re in the right place.
But let’s not forget the main course of the event; the local comic book artists. You’ll be able to meet and greet some of the well-known Filipino comic book artists such as Pol Medina Jr. (Pugad Baboy), Manix Abrera (Kikomachine Komix!), Michael David (Kubori Kikiam), Carlo Vergara (Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah) and many others as well as the comic book veterans like Tony DeZuniga (Jonah Hex), Yong Montano and Ed Ramos.
There are also booths from Indie comic book artists promoting their titles, some promising titles include School Run by macoy, In between by hyper.kid04, Force☆8 by tomokii (you can check the details about the three comics from my fellow blogger Crosse at Sakura Index) and many more.
If you are looking for non-comic stuffs, there are some cool merchandises that are on sale, like old action figures, t-shirts from Electromagnetic Tentacle and beanie hats from Bini Boshi.
A gallery featuring the artworks of Filipina artists were displayed at the event, as well as a video screening of some the animated shorts from Animahenasyon 2007 and 2008.
Komikon was truly a blast, the people in the event are so friendly even the popular artists will gladly sign you an autograph. The event may be a bit crowded but you still have enough space to tour around the booths. This is definitely one of the best cons in the Philippines. The venue was a perfect place for this kind of convention, still accessible and not located inside/nearby a mall, and comic book fans had enough space to gather and chat even at the lobby. Hopefully they should stick to this venue on their future conventions.
And a big surprise, there will be another Komikon this year, and it will be this coming November, don’t worry, we will give you guys an update in the coming weeks.
Until next time….