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My 2024 Summer Komikon haul

The first Summer Komikon since the pandemic hit is done.
Rick Olivares | May 28 2024

The first Summer Komikon since the pandemic hit is done. Sure there were online versions – but really! Nothing beats the real face-to-face experience where you can browse comic books, shake the creator’s hand and get selfies, and well, hob-nob with your kind. Our four-colored-delight kind.

Held at the Megatrade Hall 3 this past weekend, May 25-26, the Summer Komikon felt like a homecoming of sorts. There were the artists and bevy of locally and independently produced comics, posters, stickers, prints, and even shirts for sale. And of course, fans of the medium who we enjoy chatting with about the books we love.

As much as I do miss the homey-ness of the Bayanihan Center with its wooden walls, smaller space that made for closer interaction, the Megatrade Hall isn’t so bad.

Here’s what I picked up during the Summer Komikon

Tanod #5 

Written by Gabriel Chee Kee with art by Jerico Marte

The penultimate issue of this limited series that tells of these barangay tanods who try to keep the peace in a neighborhood filled with super powered malcontents. It’s gearing up for a literal monster finish.

Pouches and Buckles 

Written by Gabriel Chee Kee with art by Ace Enriquez

Some comics are meant to be cerebral. Some comics are meant to be fun. Some are meant to be homages to what we were weaned on. "Pouches and Buckles" is a love letter to Rob Liefeld’s galaxy of characters in the '90s that defined the Image Comics and his latter Marvel works. Think superheroes a la Beverly Hills Cop.

Limbo 

Written by KC Cordero with art by Alfredo Pacolor

Every now and then there are these throwbacks to the 1970s Pinoy komiks storytelling. And honestly, it is refreshing.

KC Cordero weaves a tale of the things that scare us at night. It’s part unfettered imagination, and it is part urban myth. Whatever it is, it sure is frightening. 

Gods of Manila 

Written and drawn by Mark Aldwin del Rosario

Having followed Mark’s work since he was in college and influenced by Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman, it is fun to see his evolution in terms of storytelling. One might say that it is another of those God-verse stories; mythology-makers.

The trick is finding a new spin on an old yarn where the lives and powers of these gods depend on believers and storytellers lest they fade into oblivion or be crushed by an enemy who believes that the world has no need for gods. 

Digmaang Salinlahi: Koro ng Dalamhati 

Written and drawn by Jon Zamar

One of my favorites of the lot because Jon drew this in its entirety. When this world he created some 20 years ago came out, I thought it was a local version or that it was inspired by that underrated Image Comics series, Warlands.

In an age where many comics are one-offs or limited series, it is great to see someone stay the course in their universe-building series. As it is said, if you want it done right, best do it yourself.

Sixty-Six Book 2 

Written by Russell Molina and drawn by Mikey Marchan

I love it when comics do these stories of super-powered heroes at the end of their days. It is almost always tragic. But in Molina’s hands, the story of the final run of Celestino Cabal is just the beginning. Bet you didn’t see that end twist coming.

StreetKada Turbo Zero 

Written and drawn by Lyndon Gregorio

I am so glad this long-running comic strip is not only still around but never seeming to run out of ideas. More slice of life skits and homages of those days of our youth and the pop culture we were weaned on.

Sanso The Comicbook 

Written by Thomas Patrick and drawn by Randy Valiente

There have been several books about this Spanish-Filipino painter – Alfredo Roces’ "Sanso, Setting the Stage,' Rod Paras-Perez’s "Sanso: Art Quest Between Two Worlds," and a few others.

Following in the footsteps of "From Island to Islands" that is about the life of Louis Heussaff, "Sanso The Comicbook" continues this new tradition of four-colored depiction of the lives of great men.

It is definitely cool to see Ricky Francisco, whose words brought to life "Juvenal Sanso: Setting the Stage" involved in this comic book as he provided consultation for the writing of Thomas Patrick and the art of Randy Valiente.

I imagine this will not be for everyone but for those who enjoy biographies especially of those who are artists.