PHOTOS: Scenes from Komikon 2014
The return of the Readers’ Choice Awards and more highlights from the country’s largest comic book convention
(SPOT.ph) The Philippines' largest and longest-running comic book convention, Komikon, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, November 15 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center, Pasig City. The event featured comic books (duh), cosplay, and even Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2. Check out the 10 coolest things we saw there.
The Komikon Readers' Choice Awards are back this year. And the winners were...
Back, from left: FHATE Comics (Best Graphic Novel Grassroots); Solomon Lim and Stryler Hoong (not in photo) for Alphario The World Connection (Best Serialized Comic Book (Grassroots); Maria Cornelia and Elmer Damaso for Dragon Breed (Best Comic Creator and Best Serialized Comic Book); Robi Villagracia for Kubori Kikiam (Best Cover); and Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (not in photo) for Trese: Book of Murders (Best Graphic Novel).
Front, from left: Komikon organizers Sherry Lee Baet-Zamar and Ariel Atienza; Rommel Estanislao for Bruho Barbero and Kokoy Kolokoy (Best Comic Character and Best Cartoonist); Manix Abrera for Kikomachine (Best Comic Strip Compilation); Michael David for Kubori Kikiam (Best Cover); and Joanah Tinio-Calingo for Comics Aid.
Special guest Melvin Calingo a.k.a. Taga-Ilog (right) with wife and collaborator Joanah Tinio-Calingo signing copies of Pasig and Kanto Inc. for their fans.
Creator of Kubori Kikiam Michael David (right) sticks his finger into merchandising with T-shirts that feature a rare wholesome design.
Speaking of merchandising, Komikon usually has many vendors selling a wide range of pop culture collectibles, from imported comic books and toys, to posters and prints by local artists, to T-shirts and mugs like the young men of Wonderpop.
In support of the independent comic book creator, Komikon has the Indie Komiks Tiangge where unsigned artists may exhibit for free. In addition, there is a contest for the exhibitor with the highest sales, won this year by STRVNGE THINGS.
Like the comic book conventions in the U.S., Komikon has grown way beyond just comic books. It now hosts film screenings and movie teasers like for Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 starring Dingdong Dantes and directed by Erik Matti.
Line up at the Komiks Kalye where you can get a personal masterpiece from international artists like Dexter Soy, Heubert Khan Michael, Harvey Tolibao, Jethro Morales, Elmer Damaso, Roy Allan Martinez, Kim Jacinto, Lui Antonio (pictured, left), and Jim Jimenez (right). Proudly Pinoy!
Komikon doesn't have many cosplayers but the few who show up are awesome! Check out brothers Bas, eight years old, and Zey Dela Pena, 15 years old, as Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. We also saw No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
Komikon host Jason Inocencio interviewing special guest Stephen Segovia. Segovia is an international artist who has drawn Marvel's most popular characters like Spider-Man, Thor, and Wolverine.
Organizers of the PapangitARTn Tournament Aaron Felizmenio (left) and JP Palabon (right) awarding the winners: Antonio Lucban, third place, Francis Martelino, first place, and Joanah Tinio-Calingo, second place. Participants were challenged to create their ugliest artwork.