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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)

“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 )

The Blogging Basics By Mozilla Philippines

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“Hey Dems…” I said to my blogger friend, Dems Angeles as we walk the streets of Makati, which is a familar place for her. We took the underpass and pass over business offices that are already closed.

“Yes?” Dems answered back. Dems and I are tired with the walk but our chat seems to make it disappear. Its already night and we just came from the event at Globe Valero. I want to get on the bus back to Batangas City and Dems wants to catch up with the van bound to her place.

“Thank you for giving me the “Dems Angeles app” in finding this event and the place…hehehe…” It was almost 7:00 pm of February 8 and tomorrow is Lord’s Day.

“Hahahaha….” She replied. We still manage to squeeze in some laughs.

Dems and I dropped by one of the first servings of Mozilla Philippines to us who are in social media. Titled “Mozilla Philippines Social Media Series: Blogging 101”. The event showcases 4 influential bloggers to talk about the basics of blogging. They shared the How To’s and their personal experience engaging in blogging. Then after each talk their will be a Q and A portion. At face value you might say the basics of blogging is for the unexperienced but the talks proved that it is not. The event was emceed by Erika Gatmaitan (the niece of Christian author Dr. Luis Gatmaitan or Tito Dok) the student ambassador for Mozilla PH and she introduced first in the program Bob Reyes, one of the Mozilla PH representative here in the Philippines. Sir Robert warmly welcomed us to the event and enthusiastically discussed what Mozilla is all about. He emphasize not just being an open source of Mozilla as its edge, but also other advantages particularly security. Sir Robert states that Mozilla has its “privacy as its roots.”

First on the fray is blogger Gian Carlo Viterbo of Gadget Pilipinas. His topic was “10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress” which got a lot of positive reaction because majority of the crowd are WordPress user (me included). But first, he buttered us up with what is WordPress all about. He mentioned the benefits of having a self-hosted WordPress which kept us salivating. He then post a very striking question to us: Are you willing to take great risk to get great rewards having a bad*** website? Hmmm…who doesn’t want one? Well according Gian Carlo, the risks he encountered with his blogs is security i. e. getting hacked. He had been “friendly hacked” many times to show how weak his blog security is. He was grateful for that experience. Having that thought about security, all over his talk he keeps on bring that. Most notably #8 “Delete the default Admin WordPress Account” in which we check pop star Katy Perry’s website (which is WordPress powered) as an example. As we expected, it was not deleted. To Gian this will be a hackers gold. Anyway, the first talk was a blast. For those who want to see Gian Carlo’s presentation you can view it here.

Since WordPress was discussed, Blogger, its counterpart, as the next topic by another speaker. Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland blog not only tackle Blogger, but also showed us how to make one in less than 5 minutes. Azarel went through his talk “Using Blogger As Website and Blog”. He first differentiate a website and blog set up then show how having a blog,specifically Blogger, as an advantage. Then he went to tell us the different blog ventures he had most notably the S. M. blogs. As the finale, he showed the crowd how to set up a Blogger blog in just 5 minutes. Well it was so fast for Azrael to make a “Flappy Bird Philippines” blog considering he is already log in Blogger. It was more or less 3 minutes. As a former user of Blogger, all I can say its easy to use but I’ll stick with WordPress for now.

Blogger Jonel Uy took on a topic titled “Social Media Consulting as a Career”. With his mild mannered speaking he took us to the topic that is near to his heart. He showed the broad perspective of the social media landscape to us and point out the different divisions and branches of it. The talk was so short (I think its 20 minutes) but the point he is driving is that social media opened careers and opportunities like marketing and public relations for us to consider. Career shift anyone?

After the snack of sodas and sandwiches, we had our last speaker, Aileen “Yen” Dreyfus of Tummy Traveler blog. The “Dreyfus” struck a familiar tune to me. She is the wife of actor (and also a blogger) Chuckie Dreyfus (remember him?). Using her charm and demure, its easily for her to grab our attention when we feel like going home. She then delivered her talk “Better Blogging and Being Social” in which she gave us 15 tips how to improve our blogging. As she was sharing the tips she keeps on mentioning her “husband” and how she was influenced by him in blogging. The talk was brief but still we learned alot. She left us with this reminder: “Be the blogger you want to read.” In the Q and A part, I got a chance to ask her a question in which she satisfactorily answered it.

After the talks we got to chat with the speakers and have our photo taken. I met a couple of guys from Mozilla then asked how to volunteer in the community. It was a great event and I hope to be seen at future Mozilla Philippines activities like this. I’m also praying to be part of the community and help spread the passion of Mozilla!