1st Cebu Comic Convention (C3) converges the brightest Pinoy comic book artists
Sykes proudly presents the first Cebu Comic Convention (C3) yesterday. The C3 gathered top comic book artists all the way from Manila and Cebu working at leading comic book publishers here and abroad. The event in Ayala Center Cebu was a sure blast last September 25, 2010.
It was a great opportunity for comic book enthusiasts and hobbyists to meet creators and get up close with the mainstream and independent comic book publishers and artists. Aside from giving away priceless sketches made by the artists on site, Converse and Sykes were also giving away prizes all throughout the day.
Cosplayers also made the event a lot more fun as they don their eye-grabbing costumes and make-up; something that will never fail to entertain even the most boring person out there. The best Cosplayers of the Event were V from Vendetta, Mushroom and the only Pinoy character, Panday.
There are booths from Design Studios like Overactive Ink (an iPad Game Development company), Super Devil Robot, Big Ape Design Studio, Sacred Mountain Comics and Point Zero Comics were all around the Activity Center. Sponsors like Converse and Sykes also had theirs.
In front of the stage was the Artist’s Galley where they line up to sell their comic books and do sketch requests for fans and some to be raffled.
Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) was the official media partner. My friend and a CBS member, Angeli Bas hosted the event. I was also able to reunite with old friends from St. Joseph’s School Mactan and Science and Technology Education Center. My office mates, Andrei and Ray, avid comic fans, went there too.
I was able to meet Marc Pino, an illustrator at Xlibris who displayed his portfolio on one of the desk.
I’d also like to thank the guys from the Super Devil Robot, Jonas Diego and Hazel Manzano for signing up the comics that I got.
Ms. Hazel gave a very cute dedication when she signed my copy “Proud Callboy,” a comic book about a call center; a culture I was very much familiar of.
Among the world-class artists who attended were:
- Gerry Anguilan gerry.alanguilan.com
- Carlo Pagulayan caloy.octographics.net
- Heubert Micheal wrathofkhan.deviantart.com
- Jason Paz jasonpaz.deviantart.com
- Lui Antonio stompboxxx.deviantart.com
- Harvey Tolibao harveytolibao.deviantart.com
- Gilbert Monsanto gilbertmonsanto.blogspot.com
- Stephen Segovia www.comicvine.com/stephen-segovia/26-43699
- Rex Espino eklips.deviantart.com
- Manix Abrera (of Kikomachine, a comic strip in Phil. Daily Inquirer) manixabrera.multiply.com
- Hazel Manzano callworkcomics.blogspot.com
- Ian Areola (of OveractiveInk) ianar.deviantart.com
- Kathryn Layao (of OveractiveInk)
- Marc Pino (Xlibris Illustrator) marcpino.com
John Amor of Tres Komikeros, the # 1 Pinoy Comics Show (treskomikeros.wordpress.com), was there to interview a top comic book artist, Gerry Alanguinan. The talk was basically about the Ins and the Outs of Indie Comic Books.
“Comic book publishers during the 60s, 70s and 80s were big,” says Mr. Alanguinan. “Now they are gone. Now, the younger ones build their own [publishing company].” Thus, we call them self-publishers or indie publishers.
On the other hand, mainstream comic book publishers like DC Comics and Marvel have a wide distribution. Mr. Alanguinan himself works with Fantastic Four, Batman, Superman and has basically touched major characters from Marvel.
He is also the creator of “Elmer,” which is now set for international distribution. His other book, “Where Bold Stars Die” was also being sold at the convention and contains artful and racy images which he considers as “tribute to the bold stars of 70s.” He is also working on “Superior” written by Kick-ass movie writer to launch on October 6. He also maintains a videoblog at youtube.com/komikero.
As an icon, John Amor asks what he wants to impart to everyone and Mr. Alanguinan has this to say:
“When you want to be in comics, you have to be sure.
It’s not something you can just do on the side.
To reach a professional level, it’s hard work.
When you feel hardship, love it.”