Summer Komikon 2014 Reads

KAYAW by Magay, et. al.

This indie publication that categorizes itself as war epic is deeply centered into the heart of the Kalinga pride--that being unscathed by the Spanish, American, and Japanese regimes. Being part of the Austronesian race (but unlike their southern brothers --the Visayan Pintados that went the low profile), Igorot and Kalinga tribesfolk settle their conflicts through brutal headhunts with much public display. The introductory story is far from gruesome though (or maybe not just yet) but the sublime contrast and similarity to the Yakuza tattoo art is noteworthy. I know, it will connect heavily to the future with Lt. Masamune in tow.
Rating: 4 cuts of lengua out of 5

RODSKI PATOTSKI by Alanguilan & Arre

Since Lastikman and Darna Lives, the tandem of Gerry Alanguilan and Arnold Arre is always a good read. That territorial dispute would have been better if they put a Chinese and not Japanese Armada to express the current climate in the West Philippine Sea. The weapon's encryption algorithm would have been better if entrusted to Dr Dalawangpuso. All in all, it remains a great read not be treated seriously.
Rating: 4 scoops of pistachio ice cream

KIKOMACHINE X by Manix Abrera

I thought I was buying a vintage Metallica or Pearl Jam vinyl when I saw this one. Of course, this is the 10th Kikomachine book by one of the current names in local comics. Sakto lang ang lalim. Parang Sunken Garden na bumababa ng 8 cm kada taon. Hwoooh.
Rating: 3.5 fathoms deep

Click here for my review of Mervin Malonzo's TABI PO #1

All images belonged to the copyright authors.


Summer Komikon This Weekend!

Already on its 6th year (and 10th overall) I'm expecting a diverse and better selections of Pinoy comic books this time around. The following are just my personal picks (sadly Trese 6 wont be available just yet) but don't take my word for it, be there and find out more!

See them all here for a quick preview.


April Fool's Theme: Gmail Shelfie

Shelfie explained:

Sample background

After all, I still prefer last year's parody for treasure hunting via Google Maps. 


Booktripper Detours: Drones & Aerial Mapping

I had a great time reviewing my Photogrammetry subject and learning more about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs) and  their application to Mapping from veteran practitioners and enthusiasts organized by UP Geomatics Alumni Association. Though its sad to say that the highly anticipated speaker from Philippine Navy failed to make it for the duration of the seminar due to a delayed commercial flight, this demonstration part by our friends from RASA were at least became the highlight of the day.

Launch catapult @ UP Track Oval

Gatewing X100 by Trimble

This old fella requires 4 Million PhP for total cost and upkeep 

Planimetric accuracy for X100  is about 5 cm, 
while the height accuracy is about 10 cm

Pre-flight check/calibration for controls and instrumentation
must be performed first to ensure efficiency of the flight plan

UP Dept of Geodetic Engineering Chair Dr. Ariel Blanco
do the honors of launching the X100

Up, up, and away... Battery for the old fella can last 
for only 45 minutes while airborne

Checking the position from the previously set Flight Lines. 
Set to auto-pilot for the duration of the flight.

Approach to landing position

Back to earth (actually hitting the track curb seconds later)

Booktripper reporting!