Uno Morato and Komikon

     Pop on over to Uno Morato to get a glimpse of the burgeoning Pinoy komiks! scene in the Philippines.  Founded by three komiks! creators themselves, they fill the need for those of us who need a fix of komiks! in between Komikons, which by the way will be happening this Saturday at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig on November 15, 2014.

     The komiks! scene continues to flourish.  Tabi Po vol. 2 will be out.  Gabrielle Chee Kee of Parokya ni Edgar fame brings their Mang Jose character to life, a superhero who forks over a bill once he has rendered his superhero services.  Trese 6 is coming, but will miss the Komikon, to come out on 12/13/14, an auspicious date.  (Btw, did you know the six Trese covers combine to make a giant Trese portrait!  Awesome.)

      And finally, Fully Booked is now selling Meganon comics beside/s Visprint.

      Onward and upward, the golden age of Pinoy Komiks! 🙂

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* Uno Morato is located at the building at the corner of E. Rodriguez and Tomas Morato (beneath World Class Persian Kabab).  There’s lots of parking if you drive behind it, where you will actually find Uno Morato.

* Komikon is at the Bayanihan Center in the Unilab Compound at Pioneer corner United St. in Pasig.  There is also a lot of parking.

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Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo

will be a watershed comic for the Filipino Komiks scene. The first Filipino full color comic I have ever heard of, Tabi Po combines aswangs, comedy, depth, artistry and what’s even more amazing is it’s free (online). Come to the Summer Komikon this Saturday at the Bayanihan Center in the Unilab Compound in Pasig. Welcome to the Golden Age (of Filipino Komiks!)

Tabi Po is now available at Fully Booked and Powerbooks.

Pinoy Komiks

There is a renaissance going on with Filipino comic books.  At the vanguard is Visprint with their flagship series Trese  written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo.  There are others like Skyworld which is only enlivened when Trese shows up.  Filipino Heroes League is not so exciting but a valiant effort.  Elmer a one of by Gerry Alanguilan is impressive.  This one http://www.tabi-po.com is absolutely free and will become a Visprint title soon.  There are others that might be followed here http://www.rocketkapre.com

On the flip side there are a slew of mangalike stories like Ang Diary ng Panget.  The most famous of this genre are the Bob Ong books written probably by many ghost writers under one alias.  I was suckered into buying the former, thinking it was a comic.  Which would’ve been okay if I was a 14-year old girl which I am not.  Which is acceptable because they were probably written by them.  I’m not looking down on this genre, in fact I absolutely support and admire them, I just won’t read them… yet.

And there is one more thing I have yet to attend, a Komikon.  This year it’s happening on April 12, Saturday at the Bayanihan Center at the Unilab Compound in Pasig.  Gates open at 10am and close at 7pm.  100 pesos entrance fee.