Battlefield Report #1 - Metro Comic Con 2010

Entering the area of SM Megamall Trade Hall 2 this afternoon and then seeing the galleries of featured Filipino artists, I can easily identify that highly diversified influence by other well-known illustrators here and abroad spanning from Frank Frazetta and Francisco Coching, to Jim Lee and the Manga artists of old and new. This is just the first day of the convention and I want to tip my hat to the organizers and participants who made this event successful in meeting the expectations of comics and animation enthusiasts.

The usual suspects were there-- I saw Budjette Tan, Gerry Alanguilan, Hazel Manzano, Lyndon Gregorio, Manix Abrera, and the Big Shots (Filipino artists who are currently making waves to US publications like Marvel, DC, Image/Top Cow etc.) led by Leinil Yu, Carlo Pagulayan, Jay Anacleto, and Edgar Tadeo. I also saw the great veteran Danny Acuña busy finishing a penciled portrait. Featured galleries of the legend Alfredo Alcala (I never knew he did one Hellblazer issue before! Wow!) and Jess Jodloman were all eye candies.

Add to these are the rising numbers of indie artists and writers showcasing their works for you to devour. There are just too many names to mention but they are definitely here to stay. In the forum, I saw and heard digital gaming artists sharing their experiences and their forecasts on the future of digital gaming, and its implications to the local gaming industry considering our country's ancient law on digital intellectual property rights.

Manix, Freely, Lyndon, Hazel and Andrew
The second part of the forum focused on the experiences of comic book artists from their initial stage of studying the art of illustrating, to varied personal dilemmas encountered in looking for a publisher, managing the artist's block, and the headaches of final publication of their works.

Alcala Gallery
Jodloman Art
Jess Jodloman Gallery
spot my loot!
Danny Acuña
To top it all, a band played their modern covers of popular songs as the cosplay kids roam the area for free photo ops hoping to win the ultimate cosplay prize. There's the graphic novel and comics sale from DC and Marvel, toys and cosplay booth, the original DVD sale showing Star Trek and Clash of the Titans for free and the voice acting recruitment booth if you want to enlist for a sideline.

Free hands-on: Wacom tablet
I left with my feet aching as the line for book signing by the Big Shots is still ongoing, but still, it's all worth it. Lumalaban ang Pinoy!

Dude, sign my Wolverine pleeeze

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