THE WEB JOURNAL OF JOHN RAY

Upcoming Attractions

Posted in Animation, Books, Comics, Events, History by J.R. Bumanglag on September 18, 2009

October 2009 will a be an exciting month for comics enthusiasts because of a lot of things. Almost two months after the Metro Comic Con, another comics-related event will be happening at the Megamall – The First Philippine International Cartoons, Comics and Animation Festival. PICCA will be held from October 15 to 19 all around Megamall, Poveda, Powerbooks, Megatrade Hall, Makati and Tagaytay. Visit PICCA’s Official Site to learn more about the schedules, contests and more.

PICCA

Interestingly, KOMIKON 2009 will also be held at the last day of the PICCA Festival. This year marks the second KOMIKON Awards that aims to give recognition to Filipino creators who continually give it their all to a young and promising comics industry. Visit Komikon’s Official Deviantart to learn more about the nominees and their creations.

Komikon

Among the numerous titles that are to be released this October, the following will probably burn the brightest:

First off is Francisco V. Coching’s El Indio. Published by the Vibal Foundation, this is the first ever collected edition of any serialized komiks title. El Indio was first serialized in the pages of Pilipino Komiks in 1953; a time when collecting serialized komiks was still out of the norm. Pain-stakingly restored by Gerry Alanguilan and Zara Macandili with the help of the Coching family, this 177 page graphic novel is a must-buy for komiks enthusiasts young and old. I already have a copy of the book bought from the Manila International Book Fair in SMX SM Mall of Asia and it is just stunning.

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The second is The Life and Art of Francisco V. Coching also published by the Vibal Foundation. It is a coffee-table book about Francisco V. Coching, a biographical recollection of the Dean of Komiks Illustrators by numerous writers. It is edited by art critic Patrick D. Flores and will be launched at the National Museum. I’m also planning to buy this book, a healthy addition to my knowledge on the history of Philippine Comics.

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Another book about Filipino Komiks entitled The First One Hundred Years Of Philippine Komiks and Cartoons will be launched at the PICCA Festival on October 16, 2009. Published by Boboy Yonzon, it is written by comics historian Dr. John A. Lent and contributions by Beth Chionglo, Aileen Casis, Glady Gimena, Orvy Jundis, Joy Del Mundo and Boboy Yonzon. I’m very excited for this book too but the retail price really cringes my teeth. I don’t know if I will be able to purchase it. But I am very happy to know that finally, there is a movement to promote our rich komiks history that does not limit itself to online discussion.

Trese Book 3

The long-awaited TRESE Book 3: Mass Murders is finally coming to haunt us. Written by Budjette Tan and drawn by Kajo Baldisimo, this new volume will continue the midnight adventures of Alexandra Trese and the Kambal. It will also introduce new characters, one of which definitely shake the mythos – the entry of Anton Trese. If you want to receive a copy one week before the launch of the book, just go to the MIBF and proceed to the VisPrint booth.

All infos were collected from:

Gerry Alanguilan

Budjette Tan

Trese Komix

Manila International Book Fair

Philippine International Cartoons, Comics and Animation Festival

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The world is continually turning and changing that I really don’t want to get left behind! My thesis is slowly shaping into its form and am excited to finish it. Knowing that there are a lot of komiks titles out there finally reaching readers hands, I’m so stoked to write and illustrate my own.

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The Road to MCC School Tour: UP Diliman

Posted in Animation, Comics, Podcasts, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on July 14, 2009

I never thought it could happen…but it did! After months of listening to comics podcasts day in and day out, I finally decided to record a podcast of my own – not entirely mine though. It was on a gloomy Saturday afternoon at UP Diliman that the first leg of The Road to Manila Comic Con began. With my girlfriend-sidekick Joy accompanying me to the seminar, I made up my mind to record the event. There’s one thing I learned from attending these kinds of seminars, talks and discussions catered for aspiring artists and writers – once it’s announced, you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. Unfortunately, not a lot people can attend due to time constraints, conflicting schedules or just plain bad luck. Luckily, this podcast is willing to step in to that void. I know the feeling of missing out on the opportunity to learn more from professionals who have made a mark in the industry. It’s not every day that they have time to share their experiences, advices and critics to those who are willing to listen.

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Hosting the seminar was (far left) MCC Orgnizer Ernest Hernandez. The featured panelists were comic book professionals (from left to right) Harvey Tolibao, Jay David Ramos, Heubert Michael, Carlo Pagulayan, Ernest Jocson and guests from Suspended Animation Media Abet Ongkingco, Yuri Timg and (not pictured) Vishnu Chua.

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Note! The discussions are mostly bilingual – Taglish if you may. Audio quality is a bit rough, but I was able to clean it for increased clarity. A big round of thanks to the organizers of the upcoming Manila Comic Con, Lunarock and the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts for making this event possible.

Runtime is 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Download from Mediafire and Rapidshare.

Listen online at my Multiply.

Song snippets from FrancisM’s “Three Stars and a Sun” and Bamboo’s “Masaya.”

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If you want to know more about the panelists, here are some of their personal websites:

Harvey Tolibao in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Jay David Ramos in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Carlo Pagulayan in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Heubert Michael in Deviantart.

Ernest Jocson in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Yuri Timg, Abet Ongkingco and Vishnu Chua in Suspended Animation Media.

UP LUNAROCK (League of University Artists on Cartoons and Komiks) in Deviantart.

Manila Comic Con in Deviantart.