Saturday, April 26, 2014

the komik ninja tumbles into school run 6-7

the komik ninja (also of jumpercable) posted some nice feedback a few days ago!

"This is the one that is not the walking dead, and as it winds down to its conclusion, its unique attack on a difficult trope is why it is an important part of the indie age. "

Friday, April 25, 2014

meganon reviews school run 5-7

meganon comics' tepai pascual, who's set to break into the mainstream this year with visprint's publication of her opus maktan 1521, recently blogged about reading the latest few issues of school run:

'The depth of the story usually contradicts with his cute, doodle-like art style but still manages to convey the message to the readers—- spot on...The drama and the tension are written and visualized wonderfully. I couldn’t put it down! And of course at the end of it all, I can only say this—- “Seriously Macoy? Seriously?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”'

i love the gif with which she punctuates that last sentence:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

summer komikon 2014

so, got my face on a komikon poster and i guess it's all downhill from here.

the maskot film and DVDs seemed pretty well-received, and by that i mean no one's complained about it, except maybe for that one social studies teacher at the panel (mediated by jason inocencio of and the geek shall inherit the earth) who wanted to know why ketchup had to swear so much in that one scene. ketchup and i made long-winded explanations about maskot's pent-up rage and need for catharsis, and then direk chris just says "it was funnier that way."

people seemed excited to get two new issues of school run, and to hear that the end is in sight with about four issues to go--that's only two more releases, if i can stick to two new issues per event.

i feel rather proud of school run 6 and 7, the culmination of quite a bit of setting things up between robert and maki.

still, it feels like i've been doing school run for a decade, and it'll be good to start on something new. or some things. :)

komikon in general: with so many of this season's must-have new titles being offset-print (rodski patotski, sulyap 2) or visprint-published (abangan, tabi po) GNs, and many of the established indie folks releasing increasingly thicker, pricier volumes, i wonder if komikon isn't becoming a victim of its own success.

ang maskot short film panel, photo by victoria velasco
ketchup, he's just a swell guy. what can i say?
already komikon is the book launch venue of choice for comics publishers, and as more mainstream GNs and pricey indie titles get released at the same event, buyers will find themselves having less and less money left to spend on less-established creators, on impulse buys and tryout purchases. and in the end, that'll be bad for the market. how will new talent gain a following if people lack the budget to buy their work?

it's pol medina jr.!
 a.k.a. "seatmate"  heh heh
one solution might be to have a komikon store where people can buy stuff all year round, but that's probably not feasible right now for a number of reasons. another could be more, smaller book launches throughout the year, but good luck getting publishers to go along with that. maybe it's just up to convention goers to start saving earlier and bring more cash. or maybe the organizers can team up with mastercard or visa and start offering pre-approved komikon credit cards. devious!

photo by kim buncio

Friday, April 4, 2014

captain america: the winter soldier

(some spoilerish but general plot discussion here)

the Hero is a man from a different time and place, and the world has changed without him. he is treated as a symbol of goodness, but his idealism seems antiquated. this leads him to doubt himself, although never his principles.

the military complex adopts him, makes use of his powers, but he later learns that all is not as it seems. 

the only person he can trust is his female companion, who is physically weaker but knows more about the world, and so helps him uncover the achilles' heel of the rogue military operation.

 his nemesis, with whom he shares a unique shared past, is in many ways his equal in combat, but with the advantage of being completely ruthless.

in the end, the hero triumphs not by destroying the baddie, but by convincing him that their shared history, what they have in common, is more important than their differences.

captain america: the winter soldier is the superman reboot i'd always wanted.

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