This November is truly #Legendary as Komikon Grande 2019 highlights some of the legendary artists that made their mark in Philippine comic history.
Guests include award-winning comic illustrator Hal Santiago (Sun God, Unica, the Hands), who in 2016 illustrated for Jim Fernandez' Zuma, The Origin. With him is artist Rico Rival (Maruja, Marvel's Punisher, Hawkmoon), who is currently illustrating DI-13, a revival of Damy Velasquez' title under Pilipino Komiks during the 50's. They are joined by two great cartoonists, namely Roni Santiago (Kuyug, Baltic & Co., Funny Komiks' Planet Op Di Eyps, Mr. & Mrs.) from the Manila Bulletin and Jess Abrera (Pinoy Nga!, A. Lipin) from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The event has scheduled talks on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, at Conference Room E of the Bayanihan Center at the Unilab Compound in Pasig City. On November 23 Ian Velasquez, son of Damy Velasquez (DI-13) and grand-nephew of the Father of Filipino Komiks Tony Velasquez, will discuss the 90th Anniversary of komiks icon Kenkoy. Gerry Alanguilan, award-winning comic book creator (Wasted, Elmer), international comic book inker, and curator of The Komiks Museum in San Pablo, Laguna will discuss the artwork featured there.
Talks on November 24 include 'Understanding Filipino Komiks' by comics illustrator and award-winning writer Randy Valiente (Wala Nang Tao sa Maynila) and 'Legendary Legacies' with Ilyn Florese-Alanguilan, daughter of legendary artist Rudy Florese. Zach Yonzon, is set to talk about his father Boboy Yonzon (SKP, PICCA, Mango Comics) and his grandfather, post-war painter and illustrator Hugo Yonzon Jr. (6DND H).
Aside from these talks, film screenings will be held on both days. Showing in the morning is the animated short Ella Arcangel and Oyayi sa Dilim by Mervin Malonzo, which is based on Julius Villanueva’s graphic novel. In the afternoon, there will be previews of two documentaries, namely Hand Drawn & Quartered and A.Nino featuring legendary artist Alex Nino, who is best known for illustrating The Merchant of Oltrarno written by Jay Ignacio. Both films also have scheduled screening time in conference rooms B, C, and D.
Komikon Grande 2019 aims to spread awareness and celebrate the development of Philippine komiks over time. That said, there are more legendary things to watch out for!
Arnold Arre, whose graphic novel Mythology Class is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is finally launching its sequel entitled The Children Of Bathala. Ian Sta Maria will be present for a book signing of Salamangka from Summit Books. New releases, such as Studio Studios Angel's Crush, Sagisag's Times Three (the comic book version of Janus Silang's Janus Silang At Ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang from Anino Comics are also expected to be showcased. There are event exclusives from independent comic creators too—among them being Album ng Mga Kabalbalan ni Kenkoy Klasiks from Ian Velasquez and Bulwagan ng Misteryo from Manix Abrera.
What’s more, you can bring home art drawn by internationally renowned local artists in our Komiks Kalye (Artist's Alley)! Ed Tadeo (X-Men), Raymund Bermudez (Action Comics), Miguel Mercado (Go Go Power Rangers), Jomar Bulda (Jaded), Luigi Teruel (Rags) and Jann Galino (Ranger) will be at the Conference room F from 12:30pm - 5:30pm on both days. They will be joined by Kim Jacinto (Avengers) and Michael Sta Maria (Vampirella) on Saturday, and Elmer Damaso (Macross) and Geebo Vigonte (Grim Tales of Terror) on Sunday.
Komikon Grande 2019 will be held on November 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 2019 at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab Compound, Pasig City. The event will run from 10AM – 8PM on both days. 2-Day tickets (P250) are now available in Comic Odyssey branches in Robinson's Galleria and High Street, BGC. One-day tickets (P150) will be available on the day of the event.
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Banner image courtesy of The Mythology Class official Facebook page