Summer Komikon 2013, this season's biggest gathering of comic book fans, was held on April 13, 2013 at the Bayanihan Center. Thousands of fans went through and out the halls of the event venue in Kapitolyo, Pasig that day, which more than anything else, was indicative of the still-growing interest of Filipinos for the medium.
Pastel-colored hats are apparently in season.
Providing a venue for some of the local scene's most talented creators, the event filled the eager Filipino comic enthusiast with pride. Leading local talents were at the ready to promote their new titles and have a chat with their biggest fans.
Most notable was Manix Abrera, who returned after his absence from last year’s October Komikon to launch his ninth Kikomachine Komix compilation, Ilayo Mo Kami Sa Apoy Ng Impyerno. Droves of fans made like sardines in a can, trying to line up at his booth to get their copies signed by the FHM-approved henyo. The crowd had gotten big enough that the organizers had started giving out numbered priority tags because the line of fans wanting to get his autograph had gotten too long.
Pogi ni ser!
Kikomachine 9 was also joined by other high-profile releases such as Paolo Fabregas's second volume of The Filipino Heroes’ League, and Kwentillion contributor Robert Magnuson's Hero Kitten: Kuting Magiting. No small amount of effort was placed into pushing comics as children’s literature front-and-center as the event promoted for-all-ages works such as the aforementioned Magnuson's, and Elbert Or's of Bakemono High fame, a series which used to appear in the Summit kid's magazine K-Zone.
One wall also had a collage of Lapu-lapu faces as interpreted by the show's participating artists. Seeing these numerous versions of the national hero, one thing's for sure: they're better than what we're accustomed to seeing in history books.
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