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PICCA Fest – Industry Talks

Posted in Comics, Events, Podcasts, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on October 19, 2009

I have this thing for seminars and workshops, especially if they’re for free. Learning something new from writers, artists and industry professionals has been my pet-peeve, a quality I hope to continue living with. To get my learning fix for the month, I attended a PICCA event called Industry Talks held SM Megamall Powerbooks on October 15. The first part was helmed by Gerry Alanguilan, Gilbert Monsanto and Guia Yonzon about the trials and tribulations in comics publishing. The last part was editorial cartooning in Sydney and Singapore covered by Den Coy Miel and Edd Aragon.

Guia Yonzon, Edd Aragon, Den Coy Miel, Gilbert Monsanto and Gerry Alanguilan

At about lunch time, I headed to SM Megamall. The Powerbooks staff was already preparing the area where the seminar was to be held. In the distance, I could already recognize Gerry, his wife, and Gilbert talking among themselves. Curiously, there weren’t any attendees yet. I roamed around the store to browse on some novels and miscellaneous books. It was about 1:30 already and I proceeded to cosy myself to a seat close to the stage. I nodded and smiled at Gerry when he saw me taking a seat. Though we weren’t acquainted, he has such a good guy demeanour. I was getting a little worried because apart from me, only two other guys were filling the chairs. But that didn’t last long as other attendees were arriving and the talk began.

Guia Yonzon, Edd Aragon, Den Coy Miel, Gilbert Monsanto and Gerry Alanguilan 2

In Comics Publishing, Gerry Alanguilan, Gilbert Monsanto and Guia Yonzon spoke about their initial experiences in getting their books to see the light of day. Gerry gave a brief recap of the history of Philippine comics, his forays into self-publishing and the making of Komikero Publishing. Gilbert Monsanto shared how he juggles his different projects, why he doesn’t stop making comics and problems in self-publishing. Guia Yonzon talked about the comics revival of Darna and Lastikman, dilemmas in distribution, production costs and monetary support, and her desire for comics to return as a legitimate medium in today’s modern Filipino society. In Editorial Cartooning in Sydney and Singapore, Edd Aragon and Den Con Miel described their lives as cartoonists in foreign publications and how they reflect the Filipino culture in their strips.

One evident characteristic about the speakers this time was their passion for comics and cartooning. They all shared a desire to raise these mediums as valid forms of art and literature. I really enjoyed this seminar as I was again opened to new possibilities. It’s a great feeling to know that there are people that share my desire for comics. Also, I saw John A. Lent, a prominent figure in the study of the comics industry in Asia. He looks like Santa Claus. Haha!

As planned, I recorded the event and here it is for your listening pleasure. Note! The discussions are mostly bilingual – Taglish.

Runtime is 2 hours and 27 minutes.

Download from Mediafire.

Listen online at my Multiply.

Song snippets from Asian Kung Fu Generation’s “Blue Train” and Bamboo’s “Masaya.”

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The Road to MCC School Tour: University of Santo Tomas

Posted in Comics, Events, Podcasts, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on July 26, 2009

It was on a Wednesday afternoon, July 22 that I attended the next leg of the Road to MCC at the University of Santo Tomas. I came in just a bit tad late because of other responsibilities but I did manage to record most of it. The panelists for this leg were Heubert Michael, Yuri Timg and Wilson Tortosa and hosted by Ernest Hernandez. It was at this time that the once Manila Comic Con was renamed Metro Comic Con instead. I do not know exactly why but it still stands the same.

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Just like last time, the talk was mostly in Taglish. Another big thanks to the organizers of the Metro Comic Con and the UST College of Fine Arts and Design. Listen well and listen good!

Runtime is 42 minutes.

Download from Mediafire.

Listen online at my Multiply.

Song snippet’s from Bamboo’s “Masaya” and Rivermaya’s “Alab ng Puso.”

Heubert Michael in Deviantart.

Wilson Tortosa in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Yuri Timg in Suspended Animation Media.

Metro Comic Con in Deviantart.

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.