Monthly Archives: April 2014

Summer Komikon 2014: The Fanboy Menace Part 2

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After the CR break we stroll to other rooms in the Bayanihan Center. But I forgot to tell you before the CR break we met the gals of Black Ink Shortcuts. Shortcuts are comicbooks that has 3 stories illustrated in manga style. Reira and Rica wrote and draw the “Ninja Girl” story. They were all shy but friendly. They signed my comics and even left the booth to have a picture with me. They do some extra stuff for fans. Again as always, I gave them gospel tracts and move on to the next stop.

 

We slip first in the Indie Tiangge section to say hi to Jun Dayo. I consider Sir Jun my connection with my childhood days with Funny Komiks. He is a legend. I know he already knows my presence because I can here from a far, “Pastor Nitoy is here…” (Note: while I enjoy being called a pastor, I’m not a pastor. I preach and lead our young people at church but I’m not a pastor. You can call me Bro. Nitoy or simply Nitoy 😊). I met his wife who is on the table while Sir Jun is busy doing his thing. I bought the 2 in 1 “Pinoy Old School Komiks” which his wife handled to Sir Jun to get signed. I also pulled a 1992 Funny Komiks which draw some attention from the younger crowd. I handled it to his wife then in turn gave it to Sir Jun. I gave him a gift. A book titled “Important Questions and Answers” (I saw one of his photo attending a Bible study I presume and I think its fitting to give this book. If your reading this Sir Jun, I’m praying for you and you family. You can always contact me and we can talk about spiritual stuff).

 

After that me and my friend left the room to go to the next room (little did I know Sir Jun run after me to have our picture taken. But we already have left. He told me on Facebook. And I promise to him on the next Komikon we will do it).

The next room was for Pinoy international artist who will do some artwork for you to take home or the Komikalye. Swarms of fans were there that makes an impression that you have to fall in line to have his autograph. But some of them informed me that I could squeeze in because I’m just after the autographs (they are waiting for their artworks). Those fellow comicbook fans are very nice to me for letting me through. If you read my Komikon article last year I was targeting this artist to have my Cast comics get signed. Finally, I get to meet him. Stephen Segovia who works for DC and Valiant (previously at Marvel) was on the farthest table.We shook hands and I showed him his artwork gig over Cast comics. He politely signed it and we had a photo op. I gave him the last Gospel of John booklet and the gospel tract. If you are a Christian, please uphold these folks to God that they may accept the gospel.

Returning back to the main hall, I have conceived two missions: get my Private Iris autographed by Arnold Arre and find the guilty party of my two Culture Crash comics. Unfortunately, we reach back Arnold Arre’s table to find he is gone. Mission #1 failed! On with Mission #2: find the artist and writers of my 15 year old Culture Crash comics! Again, I forgot to tell you (see I not getting younger) before leaving Nautilus Studio I asked Jamie Bautista if he knows the creator of Culture Crash. He told me to ask Elbert Or. So me and my friend travelled to Elbert’s spot, only to find him gone. We ask the some creators nearby but they pointed us to the center tables to try our luck. We ask to ladies who are selling comics but we receive negative replies. Last try are comic folks near the sales ladies.

“Do you know the artist of this comicbook?” I ask.
“Ok go to Michael David the creator of Kubori Kikiam” they replied.
“Thank you!”

Michael David’s booth is near Arnold Arre’s spot. We pass by there a few times. Again we stroll to near the stage to meet Michael.
“Are you Michael David?”
“Yes Iam!” he said as we shook hands.
“Do you know who are the artist behind this comic.” showing my decade and a half Culture Crash comic. He then pointed me ove the next booth.
“He’s the only one who’s here. Elmer Damaso suppose to be making an appearance but he has other matters to attend to.”
I came near to Taga-Ilog who illustrates the series “Pasig”. Before I could talk to him someone is calling on his phone. So as he signs my comicbook, he was talking to the phone. Talk about multitasking. But I was entertained by a fellow comics fan and we talk about of course Culture Crash. It was a short but sweet talk then she walks away. Me and my friend said goodbye Taga-Ilog (later I found out his name is Melvin Calingo) and to Michael David. And thats it. Mission #2 is victorious!

After all of the tiring walk, my friend suggested for us to watch “Ang Maskot”, a short filmed starring Alex De Rossi, Ketchup and Ramon Bautista. Finally, we can sit back and relax. Its a good thing I still have my bottled juice and a Snickers bar to dig into as we watch the film. The film was totally hilarious (it has a scene where Ketchup is giving a dirty finger and saying explicit words which I object. Is it necessary to have that on a funny movie to make a point?). It gave us time to massage our feet and rest our aching back.

Wrapping up our adventure as we exit we saw Stephen Segovia and Arnold Arre getting interviewed by TV5. Its so great to see that mainstream media is covering this event and showing every Pinoy that the local comic scene is alive. So guys, let us support our own comicbooks. Till the 10th Komikon on November, happy komiks reading!

(By the way, since I gave some of the gospel goodies over Summer Komikon here’s something for you guys:
“For Your Joy” by John Piper http://goo.gl/PFGRiV)

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Book Review: UnChristian by David Kinnaman And Gabe Lyons

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If CLC has a “published book of the year” , “UnChristian” by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons will bag the award. A wonderful book that is totally blows my mind.

Based on their research, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons concluded six themes that the outsiders think. Those six themes are: hypocritical, too focused on getting converts, anti-homosexual, sheltered, too political and judgmental. With these topics, surely a concern Christian has something to think about.

Barna is the Christian version of Nielsen ratings or Gallop polls.I’ve heard lots about Barna and how it provides top of the line research. You’ll find this in the book. Kinnaman and Lyons will astound you with page after page of facts and views that will keep you on your feet. Every angle are scutinized. This is the real deal. No hype, no frills. No wonder this book is a bestseller.

Not only does this book majors on what outsiders perceives Christians but also look at the inside. Here and there it was finely discuss. Graphs and charts provides more of visual of the facts presented. It doesnt make the book boring (the book is tremendously readable) with those stuff hanging around but puts alot of credibility. Also insights from Christian leaders who looked at the data are included that is stunning for a well researched book. Online extras are also provided to further discuss the topic. This is a great too give you advice on how we should change not because what the unbelievers think, but what God think.

A very helpful tool to gauge how we Christian should deal with the world, this proves that CLC is serious in providing books that are not just relevant but cutting edge. Read this book then go back to the Bible to carefully look at what Jesus wants us to be.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Just Do Something By Kevin DeYoung

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Finally a book that will make you run to an open space and scream on top of your lungs. “Freedom at last!” Yes freedom indeed. Freedom to the never ending question every Christian has been pondering: What is God’s will for my life?

“Just Do Something” blows the conventional way of thinking of so many Christians about finding God’s will which according to DeYoung is simple and not so difficult to look for. First, Ptr. Kevin clearly gives the three kinds of will of God. Then he points out the five reasons why we fret about God’s will. After that, he listed why the conventional approach wont work and strike them all down.

“Just Do Something” brings us back to Matthew 6:33 and reinforce it like we never had it before. In the latter part of the book, he lead us to hold on God’s wisdom in what we want to pursue which really matters in knowing God’s will. Finishing this book will give you a feeling of relieve that God’s will is not “Where’s Waldo?” cartoon. Yes you can know God’s will!

A never to miss book on God’s will, “Just Do Something” will get you gear on action to do what God intents us to do. This short book packs up some biblical and truly practical lessons for us Christians who are seeking God’s will. Its readable and you’ll love share it with someone. Highly recommended. Prepare for liberation. “Just Do Something” is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Never Alone” Book Talk at OMF Lit

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Five minutes late is not a good idea, especially when Rev. William Girao is giving a talk on his latest book titled “Never Alone” last April 12, 2014. We came to the OMF Lit shop at Boni. Ave and found ourselves with a bunch of folks already listening at the talk. His latest offering, “Never Alone” is about the beauty and grandeur of the Book of Revelation.

Revelation? What’s so beautiful and gradeur about the last book of the Bible you might ask?

That scary book about 666, Anti-Christ, tribulation, plagues, death, Judgment Day, Lake of Fire, etc. Hardly paints something pretty right?

So why do I call that book with a reputation like that? According to Rev. Girao, the Book of Revelation is not all about gloom and doom stuff to scare us but a book that will draw us to God’s hope. Actually the end time events on that book are incidentals, as Rev. Girao points out in the talk. If you will consider why and who the book is written you will see how awesome God is. The major emphasis is to comfort the persecuted Christians and tell them that even if thats their predicament, God is still in control. Revelation is about the Sovereignity of God.

We listen attentively as Ptr. William Girao cruise us to John the Beloved’s book. Well its John wrote the book but the source of it is from Jesus and the central theme of it is of course no other than Jesus. His people, the Christians has a part on this book. They are real heroes, main actors, and the VIP’s at the edge of history as Rev. Girao puts it. The believers are chosen and redeemed for the grand and eternal purpose, that is to gather people who will worship God through out eternity. Christians may be on the minority today but they will find out in the Book of Revelation that they are enumerable at God’s throne. They maybe persecuted for their belief on Christ but we should take comfort that God bring about justice. In fact, our prayers will bring judgment to earth.

In line with the sovereignity of God, Ptr. Girao states that in Revelation, God will get what He wants. His will will be fulfilled. It will be ireversable and irresistible victory from God. Further, Christ will be magnified in great splendor as He is presented as Lord of lords, King of Kings. Unlike His first visit on earth, Jesus will be coming back not a lowly baby or poor carpenter’s son but a conquering warrior. No wonder Ptr. Girao considers Revelations the most comforting book. And you should too! You can also find here about the power of the gospel, worship and many more! Makes you want to read Revelation again, right?

To finish his talk (which is powerful that you may call it preaching), Ptr. Girao admonished his listeners to look at Revelation as it makes significant emphasis on God and on how we treat God in ministry and personal life. He points out that let us not put God for the purpose of entertaining us, a slot machine that we get want we want, a formula for our personal success. Let us not trivialize God and worship. The Book of Revelation gives the proper place of God as worthy of our honor and praise that every Christian should know. Wow what an ending to this very awesome talk!

After a brief Q and A portion, we get to be up close and have our books signed by Ptr. Girao. I didnt get “Never Alone” (maybe some other day) but grab his book “Preaching With A Message” which caught my attention during the talk. Also Kevin DeYoung’s “Just Do Something”. My friend hurriedly got Ptr. Girao’s “Giving Up Is Not an Option” (which I was there on its book launch at the Manila International Book Fair 2012) and a book by John Maxwell. For her it will be her first time to read something from this prolific author. As Rev. Girao signs the book I thank him for the wonderful talk he gave. He in return thank me and talk about the book “Preaching With A Message” (which I will book review with “Just Do Something” by Kevin DeYoung).

If you enjoyed reading this article, I would like to encourage you to pick up a copy of “Never Alone” by Rev. William Girao. Also I would like to thank OMF Lit for this event and I hope to attend more of this next time. God bless all of us as we read and grow to know more about Christ! Happy reading guys!

 

Summer Komikon 2014: The Fanboy Menace Part 1

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I was super prepared at the recently concluded Summer Komikon last April 12, 2014. I’ve save money for a month. Since its summer, I have to wear a cool and comfy clothes bringing my backpack with so it be easy to move around. I also jotted down people to drop by and comicbooks to buy. My backpack includes: medicines, rubbing alcohol, juices, Snickers bar, brownies, various comicbooks to be signed, towel, extra T-Shirt, paper bags and tissue. And for the first time, I brought some gospel tracts, Gospel of John booklets and Christian books. I gave those to my favorite comic writers and illustrator. Im ready for action.

We came to the venue quarter to 2PM. It was easy to get the tickets and get in. Of course we took pictures at the big tarp of Summer Komikon 2014. As we enter the main hall, we quickly look for Kulas creator, Freely Abrigo. I requested for a chibi Batman for a church mate who is sick. We came on his booth and found he is busy doing his stuff. As usual, he is friendly and accommodating. I told him I’ll send his artwork to Australia where she lives now ask him to write some encouraging words for Roan Mae. Then told him that his family name Abrigo is familiar and I think I remember reading stuff from his dad. He affirms his dad was a comic writer. After our picture was taken I gave Freely a booklet and a gospel tract.


We walk further west and notice Gerry Alanguilan’s booth with his latest book. And if he is there, for sure his co-creator is there too. I got excited. Ecstatically excited! Arnold Arre, one of the greatest local comicbook writer and illustrator is there! I introduce myself and shook his hands. Holding my Cast comics I gave the issues he had drawn. As he was signing the comicbooks, I engage in a coversation about his previous works that are out of print and the future of Cast comics. He replied that their will be a reprints of his previous graphic novels and they are still working on Cast. I almost forgot to give him the booklets but. I found out his signatures on my Cast comics faded on the glossy paper. So I put my bag on the floor and turned back to his booth for another signature (I’m blessed for having someone with me). He glady scribbled again and with that I gave a booklet and gospel tract.

Rushing to go to Jamie Bautista‘s booth (which I saw when I was still at Freely Abrigo‘s booth), we pass by Ang INK (Illustrador ng Kabataan) which they offer very interesting items like postcards, stickers, comics etc. Got a sticker from them and gave to my friend who is with me. Before I say goodbye, I took pictures and gave tracts.

We landed at the Nautilus Studio booth and Jamie Bautista was so busy entertaining the other fans, but her assistant was helpful. Saw Cast bookmarks which cause 6 pesos but I get to have 1 free if I purchase anything on the table. The “Private Iris” special edtion caught my attention so I grab it and the other bookmarks. His assistant, Katrina hand it over to Jamie to have it signed. He signed each bookmarks and opened the Private Iris comics. I show them the Cast Comics autographed previously by Jamie and now inked by comic master Arnold Arre. They even gave me the Cast bag because I was such a fan of the book. I told them I love Cast and constantly rallying it to Jamie over Facebook to release issue 12. With that Jamie replied with a smile.

Before we took flight, I told Jamie, “Private Iris is a detective story, this one is also about investigation.” I was handling to him a copy of A Case for Easter” by Lee Strobel, a book excerpts of his bestselling apologetics book “A Case for Christ”. He kindly accepted it with the 1 Million gospel tracts.

My friend and I took our CR break, freshen up and ready for our next walkathon at Summer Komikon. That story will be on the next post so stay tuned!

(By the way, since I gave some of the gospel goodies over Summer Komikon here’s something for you guys:
For Your Joy” by John Piper )

3 Essential Things That Matter In Life

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Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. (2 Timothy 4:11-13 KJV)

Change is something constant to us. From people to the current news to the weather, we cant escape change. In the life of the apostle Paul change is unavoidable. Writing to his last letter to Timothy, we can observe that winter is coming and it will make his prison condition worst. And also we should not forget his impending execution. A very bleak future for apostle to the Gentiles. Despite of these predicaments, Paul shows till the very end what really matter in his life. And for us Christians, may these 3 essential things be ours too and take hold of it like Paul did:

1.) Relationships– that includes not only family and friends but your spiritual family and of course your personal relationship with God. Verse 11 Paul is talking not just friends but people involved in his ministry. In the end of his life, the brethren still matters to him. Friend, who are you with today? Are you investing quality time with people who cares for your spiritual well being? Are they building you spiritually or pushing you away from God?

2.) Contentment – Paul told pastor Timothy to “bring the cloke” or winter coat because winter is coming. This is a man who is waiting for his execution. But why didnt ask for more from Timothy? Well he could ask for sumptuous food, fine clothes etc. to give him comfort, after all his days are numbered. It wouldnt hurt if Paul will have a bit of Why didnt do that? Here’s the key:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffe need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13 KJV)

Paul learn to be content with God’s grace. He draws his strength from his Savior. His completeness in life is Christ. Life is not about the pursuit of having more or having less but dependancy towards God.

3.) Word of God – verse 13 “bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. ” The books or scrolls can be parts of the Old Testament or his letters that are inspired. In any rate it pertains to the Bible. If you’ll gonna live in a secluded island for the rest of your life, what three things will you bring? Probably you will pick food, clothes and other amenities. I remember someone answered question. He will bring all his Beatles records to the the island because that is enough for him. Christian, the Bible matters to Paul. So it is to us. It not just give us direction, guide or rules in living but the very life itself:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)

Knowing from the Scriptures the new life God wants to give to us, Paul despite his coming death, he is putting his life to what God has promised. May we Christians seek these important things. You dont have to live it out at the very end, we should start now!

Book Review: The Joyful Heart (Daily Meditation) by Watchman Nee

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A collection of bite size messages of Watchman Nee made into a 365 daily entries, “The Joyful Heart” that will not just inspire you with its deep and thought provoking meditations but will also stir your soul. Nee’s writing ministry proves that word’s of this man of God is commanding to the inner being of a believer. This book is a cross between Oswald Chambers and T. Austin Sparks, a delectable food saturated with Nee’s passion for God.

Every entry are climax of a sermon. Thats how this book is written. Novice or veteran to Nee’s writings will get their heavenly treat day by day. Taste something soul satisfying. Turn every page of this devotional and find God as source of true joy. This book reminds us everyday even their is testing and challenges, God is our true happiness. Through His Word we can be transformed and walk blessed through out the whole day. Let “The Joyful Heart” enrich, complete and satisfy our pursuit of God.

“The Joyful Heart” brings you a pace setting of true joy of a Christian that has a willful and obedient love to follow God. If you have gone through “My Utmost for His Highest”, “Morning and Evening”, “Streams in the Desert” put this in your devotional list.