So, Komikon finally came and went and it was bigger than anything else we’d been to all year. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have fun but, unfortunately, it didn’t come without any drawbacks to a lot of the exhibitors— an alarming number of thefts took place, and people had things that were valuable and just downright irreplaceable taken from them. You can read about just some of those nasty bits of business here and here.
The people who did this probably don’t care, but the exhibitors at these conventions are there for one reason: they love comic books. We’re there to show just how passionate we are about locally-produced content and how we want our comics community to be just as rich and vibrant as it is abroad. For most of us, there’s no money, there’s no fame, there’s not even a goddamned pat on the back at the end of the day. We do it out of love because Lord knows we’re not getting much else out of it.
By all means, go to a comics convention. Have fun. Buy some comics. We want you there. We need you there. But please, if you go to these events for some other selfish intentions, kindly get the fuck out.
There’s already so many factors going against being a comic book creator in the Philippines, a country where people just don’t care about the medium. We don’t need any more stupid bullshit.
With that, rant over. Thanks to everyone who dropped by our table and got copies of Drop Dead Dangerous, Team Tag Team and Melon! Here’s some of our photos from the day:
And there’s loads more where those came from over at the Melon Facebook page.
One last thing: our good friends Benj Bartolome and Dark Chapel of Silent Sanctum Manga worked on a short animated video for Komikon which, for some reason, didn’t get shown. It stars Silent Sanctum Manga’s Mona: Queen of the Babes and features appearances from a bunch of other characters from the local indies, including Drop Dead Dangerous! You can enjoy it below and see how many you can spot:
So we guess that’s it for us and comic conventions for this year. We’ll see you all in 2013!