I took the road less traveled by, and got lost.

Monday, November 26, 2007
A Rather Late Account of the KOMIKON 2007

Yes, I am very aware that the Komikon was over a week ago, and there are already a gazillion blog entries about it, but it's better late than never, and there's no harm in having my say. I actually already wrote something about it, but after a few days, I think my opinion changed, so I'm posting this (and this isn't what I originally wrote) only now.

Anyway, I doubt any of you remember, but I actually attended the very first Komikon in the Philippines, last October 21, 2005. It was only 2 years ago so I remember it quite well. At the time, my friends were still selling Blitzworx, which is now, er, defunct (for lack of a better term). But my friends were still there this year, still selling comics, as I think all comic enthusiasts will be doing 'til the end of time.

The thing I like most about the Komikon, and I think this is also what differentiates it from most of the other related events (meaning anime and gaming conventions) is how most of its attendees (if not all) are genuine people. What I mean is, they're people who are genuinely interested in art, and aren't just there because they're bored (okay, maybe some of them are just there because they're bored, but most aren't like that, at least, from what I've observed), or because they're trying to be cool (although admittedly, hanging out with comic geeks and anime otakus isn't always considered cool).

Okay, there's a possibility I'll be getting hate comments for this and at the end of the entry you might want to tell me that I'm over-generalizing, but after ranting, I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me something that would prove me wrong. And here's an early disclaimer: I'm only talking about my observations, and being human naturally prevents me to be able to see everything and know everything and therefore I, of course, can't tell you the truth without it being tainted by my opinion one way or another.

(Yeah, I'm a scaredy cat who cries whenever she gets hate comments. So?)

So here are the reasons why I think the Komikon is the coolest art/anime/gaming (although mostly art) event in the year (as compared to the HeroCon, Ozine Fest, etc. etc.):

1) There's no Cosplay - Don't get me wrong, I love cosplay. It's fun, the cosplayers are brilliant, and it's very difficult to pull off in any venue (not just the UP Bahay ng Alumni), which makes the participants all the more impressive. But I have to say, that at times, it gets overrated.

I mean sometimes, the people are more interested in the kind of fabrics they use rather than the characters they're emulating, which isn't really a bad thing, but I just feel as though some cosplayers love the attention and publicity that comes with cosplaying, more than the art itself. And this event being a convention for comics, I just feel that Cosplay would be really out of place so I really admire the organizers for choosing not to include cosplay in the event, despite it being a surefire way to get more attendees.

2) The greatest artists are there - I'm not kidding. I mean, you would think that the "big time" artists (some, who aren't even into comics) wouldn't have time for an event that people like me (I mean the "little people" like me) would be in, but I saw a lot of famous people, walking around, checking out the booths, just like everyone else. No, there's nothing wrong with that, and I guess it's not even that big a deal, but pardon me, I'm so very easily starstruck.

3) Everyone's really into it - Of course when I say "everyone" I really mean "almost everyone, of course there will always be exceptions", so I hope you won't be too nitpicky about that, but anyway, what I mean by this is that, as opposed to the other events where they have sales people behind the tables who don't even know what they're selling (Short Anecdote: At the Mangaholix Launch last May, I asked this girl selling DVDs if they had Bleach, which is one of the most mainstream anime these days (I'm sure you'll agree), and she had absolutely no idea what I was talking about! I mean, I had to be the one to look for it in the pile of discs on her table! Now, it doesn't really bother me that I have to look for my own DVDs, I mean, there's fun in that, but I do wish the merchants would hire people who would put a little effort into knowing their products. You save a lot of time that way).

Anyway, in the Komikon, everyone knew exactly what they were selling. They knew their titles, the issue numbers, the sequels and spin-offs, where else in the market they're available, which ones are the best sellers, they knew everything! And they were all very accommodating, too.

I think this is mostly because the people selling them are the actual owners/creators of the stuff, and not just people the owners hired. And sure, there were big commercial companies there (e.g. Fully Booked, Level Up Games, Mango Comics, etc.) but the majority were independent publishers, who are still so very grounded to personally promote their art.

I mean, where else does it happen where the owner/creator of something, is literally the one you give your money to and hands you his comic book? And I'm not just talking about the indie comics, too. But I saw Carlo Vergara, the creator of Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah actually be the one to give change to the person who bought a copy of his book. You don't see that in book launches or CD signings. (Or maybe you do, but I haven't seen it yet.)

And what's even better is that it's not just Carlo Vergara who had that kind of rapport with the people who like his art, but most of the other artists there were pretty much like that, too. Manix Abrera, the artist of Kikomachine Komiks, was nice enough to draw something special at my friend's request, and he didn't rush it or anything, despite the fact that a lot of other people were in line to get his autograph.

4) The Indie Tiangge - What I loved about this is that even those from the deepest, darkest corners of the art world can register themselves and sell their art. No connections, buttkissing, nor too much money involved. Of course, there's a risk of having bad artists come out, but there's also that chance you find the next comic genius.

I actually bought two indies--one is Rex Agimat by Bien Del Rosario, and another one whose name escapes me at the moment. I would've bought more, but the more famous titles (and the pizza) had already gotten to my wallet.

5) I got to spend time with my friends - I would say that this is the best part of, well, not just the Komikon, but all of the events like it. Because it's a bit difficult to get together with friends who are all so very busy with their own lives, especially when there's no occasion. So lucky for me, when there are events like this, I don't even have to call my friends and ask them if they're going. More often than not, we go by ourselves, without making plans with other people, but leave as though we did all go there together.

I saw two of my friends I haven't seen in a really long time: Dianne and Jason, and I got to talk to them for longer than a few seconds (because the last time I saw Dianne was at the mall, I think, and there was only time to wave hello), and even met Jason's girlfriend! :)

Anyway, speaking of friends, here's where my plug comes in:

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Please buy Mangaholix! Now on its 3rd Issue!

Although technically, the 3rd issue doesn't hit the bookstores until... Er... Just see their website to find out. But Issue 1 and 2 are out!

Anyway, just a little more background on my friends--there wasn't an Art Club in high school, but the artists pretty much gravitated towards each other. Now Mangaholix's Editor-in-chief, Emman Javier, was my classmate in 2nd year high school. He had a dream of making his own comic book, so he and his friends (and classmates, I guess, because I was part of it) started a comic drawing group. 7 years later, Mangaholix was born. But in the midst of those 7 years, several things happened: I became a (very) inactive writer/layout artist of said group, saw artists (and friends) come and go (including myself), and well, you know, there was lots of drama (hey, they're artists! Tongue). But anyway, after everything that's happened (most of which I don't completely know/understand), bottomline is, friends are friends and although it's really just Emman (Mangaholix E-I-C) who's still into the whole thing, I'm one of them sentimental people who support things even long after they're gone. And I'm supporting all my friends' endeavors anyway.

Here's another plug just to be fair: Listen to The Kagaws! They rock!

I would say that there are a lot of things different with this year's Komikon and the last one I went to 2 years go. For one thing, there were more people. And more artists. And I guess I know a lot more about the comic industry now (I actually spotted Arnold Arre all on my own! Yay! [If you read my entry about the previous Komikon, you'll know why this is an accomplishment for me. Smile]) And there's food! Smile But for the most part, things remained the same--it was still hot, noisy, very very busy, and most importantly, it was tons of fun.

My only regret is that I didn't bring my books by David Hontiveros, and was too shy to come up to him and say "I love your work!" I mean, I was caught off guard! I didn't know he was going to be there! I thought he was a writer! And, well, he is that, but of course a lot of writers are into comics, too. Oh well, perhaps I'll be more prepared next year.

By the way, I'd just like to mention that Alas, the Filipino version of Gambit, actually won the Character Making Contest! Congratulations to Moses Felizmenio (whoever you are, hehe, sorry I didn't get to meet you.)! My money was right on your character the moment I saw it.

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I swear, if I had a penny for every correct prediction I made on who would win contests like these (and the Metro Manila Film Festival as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for sports. Of all the luck!), I'd be very very rich right now.

P.S. Special thanks to Syeri Baet of Artist's Den who made the whole event possible. She's so famous now, I'm finding it hard to believe my friends and I actually played basketball with her in the backyard of our common friend's house. Okay, I didn't play basketball with her, but my friends did, and I chatted with her during half-time. Tongue Anyway, I'm saying thanks because she took time out from her busy schedule to sign my copy of CarpoolBig Smile Oh, and congratulations to her as well dahil ayiheeee!!! Wink

Please check out my review for One More Chance. And watch the movie too!

Posted at 10:10 by miriyammqx

November 29, 2007   11:22 AM PST
@ia: haha "ogling maniac"! :P yeah, my friend even told me that there are some people who cosplay not really to win, but just to see the cosplayers up close. i was like, "wtf?!! people do that?!"

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"Practice makes perfect."
"Nobody's perfect."
"Then, why practice?!" :P


Sources on the Yasutoko Brothers

Goodskates, Inc. - the Official Website of the Yasutokos - contains news about the brothers schedules, message, accomplishments, and also information about their family skatepark in Kobe, Japan.
Yasutoko--Aggrist! - Korean fan site about the brothers. The text is in Korean, but pics, videos and music are great! And if you look back far enough in the guestbook, you'll find an entry from Eito Yasutoko himself!
Bikes, Boards, Blades Website - one of the most interesting (and I think most accurate) articles written about the Yasutoko brothers. A little old, but still a good read.
Sk8Mag.de - interview of Takeshi Yasutoko after winning the gold medal in the Redbull Highrollers Competition 2003. (Site is originally in German, hope this link from Google translates to English directly.)
Watch Them Fly - Exclusive Interview with The Yasutoko Brothers - interview with the Yasutoko brothers when they went to Malaysia in 2002. (Courtesy of X-Fresh Malaysia, an on-line magazine)
Takeshi Yasutoko conquers the Asian X-Games! - about Takeshi's 98.25 and plenty more info on the Asian X-Games 2004. (Again, courtesy of X-Fresh Malaysia--it's such a nice website)
The Sun, Rising, Jumping and Spinning at High Velocity / Who Says Men Can't Fly? / Awaiting X-Games X / Double WHAT?! / Re-vert / How I Wish... / All in the Family / Growing Up... - my entries with links regarding the Yasutokos


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...the daily inquibbler...
...leli mcbealisms...
...names don't matter...
...anticipating serendipity...
...la bellissima...
...flicker of dreams...
...in the hidden pages of my notebook...
...a fool's prerogative...
...times like these...infinite sadness...
...polka dots...
...story of a girl...
...waking dream...
...thinking out loud...
...a pitcher plant story...
...diary of honey...
...mind drifter...
...endless episode...
...all about mardk...
...bittersweet avenue...
...by myself, but never alone...
...sole insanity...
...un monde parfait...

My Other Sites

Wala Lang!
Fiction Press
.products of imagination.
...between trailers...
+Ed is On+
**nocturnal screen
Dokomademou Ikou

More Other Sites

...ang mahiwagang turron...
...EXPN Website...
...Asian X-Games...
...ESPN TV Schedule...
...Japanese Language Tutorial...

My Favorites

The Result of Boredom and Obsession - my first entry. why I decided to create a blog.
Who Invented Blogs? - discussion on my fascination with blogs
Coming Clean, Theory and Back to the Obsession- an attempt at an explanation on why I'm still single.
I don't have a title for this one and that's okay - the freedom of the internet
Sense of Relationship - why some people remain single all their lives
Start - how I got obsessed with the Yasutoko Brothers in the first place
Is Fate With Me Or Against Me? - read how I met Takeshi Yasutoko in person, and how it saved my life (or, maybe it's more the opposite--you decide)
Science of Love - how "talking about love is like dancing about architecture."
I'm Wishing on the Sun - Can stars really make wishes come true?
Out of Character - how sometimes even your closest friends can surprise you
Where Can You Find Romance? - an attempt at grasping reality in Metro Manila
Back-to-School Blues - I don't have to go to school anymore!
I Should've Seen Filipinas Instead - discovering Mikel Campos
Recommended Fanfiction - I love fanfiction. Here are some of my favorites. Please check them out!
Change - It's hard enough to be yourself, why try to be somebody else?
And I'm Back - an account of my experience in Singapore and Bangkok
More Reasons to Watch Local Television - on Hero Angeles and Sandara Park
Minor de Edad at Walang Trabaho - musings at the hospital
Sleepwalking - some people can be dangerous, even when they're asleep
Follow Up - an update on Mikel Campos, and the link to his Candymag interview.
Mail Call - I got my diploma on Friday the 13th!
Yet Another Obsession - lyrics to Drake Bell's song "Girl Next Door"
I don't have a title again - Drake, Orly, and irritating cellphone servers
Creepy Coincidence - Is it really possible to be 'one of a kind'?
24 - countdown to my 20th birthday
Surprise! - a birthday surprise
Birthday Season - the advantage/disadvantage of September
Now Do I Have a Life? - one busy week
Which One's the Cutest? - Drake Bell and his cute puppies
The Last Man Standing - "I think therefore I'm single."
Risking Friendship - How many friends do you lose when you get into a relationship?
Missing - the winter camp brought about just one feeling
Environmental Complaints - why can't people just throw trash properly?
Irrelevant Information - what I'm interested in
Mind Over Matter - stubbornness works!
Three Day Weekend - review for the Korean Drama Full House
Ito Na Ang Update - after a brief hiatus...
Insatiable? - Man is insatiable. I am not.
Cue Girls Swooning - the start of an affection for Daniel Wu
4-Day Forecast - paano ba dapat malungkot?
FF7:Advent Children - a film worthy of the name Final Fantasy
Something There - Edison obsession
Hunter x Hunter - astig si Hisoka!
Comics Among Other Things - Blitzworx is finally out!
Ito Na Ang Orange Range - jpop/jrock/jrap? basta astig sila!
The Ida Precision Test - in case I ever get kidnapped by aliens...
2005 Review - just what the title says
Just Because I Was Tagged - something I refuse to list down
This is the Last Time... - moving on? Or just moving?
Busy Busy Busy - cosplay, UP fair and J-Pop at the Shang
It is this feeling... - Do you really need someone to fall in love with, to fall in love?
Happy Meals - Missing, Take 2
It's Gotta Be the Hair - and so starts the Abarai Renji obsession :P
Moving Forward - Change. It's constant.
The IDA Curse - See my true power! Hehehe. :P
On Meeting People - I hate meeting new people.
TV Series on DVD Killed the Hollywood Star - because Hollywood movies are getting suckier by the minute
What I Miss the Most - the only thing I miss about college
A Rather Late Account of the Komikon 2007 - Mangaholix 3!
Into the Woods and Another World - aftermath of a broadway musical and an anime convention
5 Days in Palawan - available in bookstores now!


Pamaypay - a Filipino short story, set in high school
Nicholas Was... - a short story about Christmas by Neil Gaiman
For Ragnarok Addicts - Neil Gaiman's technology-addiction-related poem, "Virus"
Heart Attack - just a bunch of pick-up lines related to heart problems
A Tail of Two Kitties - writings that suck, but are funny nonetheless
Juvenile Poetry - poem by my friend from HS
While Waiting Alone in the Stock Room - my 100th entry! just some musings about life.
Unfair - why can't people just feel the same way?
Bumalik na Alaala - time heals all... "wounds"
Sasayaw Kayo? - when someone's wearing the same color...
Jeepney - libreng pamasahe?
Pagmumuni-muni sa Daan - araw-araw akong naglalakad mag-isa.
Gusto Kong Sumikat - tulad ng araw...
Boracay Night - the beach isn't as romantic as everyone thinks
Ang Ganda ng Kalikasan - nature rocks!
Musings on the Road - English version? :P
Rain - isn't the rain just so poetic?
How Much? - how much can a person feel for another?
On the Way, In the Way - an attempt at at Renji/Rukia fanfic
Laughing and Smiling - irony of feelings?
Bookworm in Distress - or maybe, damsel in distress in a bookstore.
Time Flies - trying my hand at poetry (yet again)
A Beginner's Tale - fooling around with Talecraft


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Burglar in the Rye
Alamat ng Gubat
Wander Girl
Boy Meets Girl
Kikomachine Komix Blg.1
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal

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