I went to last Saturday’s Komikon again. I felt that there seemed to be less exhibitors and it really should have not come as a surprise, given the recent events in the country. Then again, it was also just probably because there was a considerably noticeable decrease in the number of fans in the morning. The good thing was they swarmed the place yet again by early afternoon. Ah, my faith in my fellow comics fans is restored.
I really do get where they were in the morning. Due to Super Typhoon Yolanda, many well-meaning groups have put it upon themselves to come up with events ASAP for the benefit of the victims. Last weekend alone, there were several events happening all at the same time, three of which were for fun runs alone. Ergo, people had to see where best or first to go. Personally, whatever they chose would sound just as fine. The real priority were our fellowmen needing our help. Most of the artists whom my friend Sherwin and I got to approach and even talk to were to donate the proceeds to the victims. More or less two weeks before, too, Johnny Danganan and friends already began a fundraising, allowing artists a chance to help more by donating works that were to be auctioned for the benefit of Yolanda victims. It was definitely a big success! Per his report, they were able to raise PhP54,000 in cash then and, as of this writing, PhP44,500 more to collect plus $200. Include as well stuff that people donated in kind. I say, JOB WELL DONE!!!! Well, if you guys missed last Saturday’s Komikon, you have another chance this coming Saturday at The Fort. Meet artists, purchase their comics, and maybe even have a go at bidding for chosen artworks at “ART WITH A HEART” – FUND RAISING EVENT AT THE FORT.
That said, kindly allow me to share some photos in my next post later. And before you get any ideas or react violently, no, this is not a case of being insensitive. This kind of issue I will have to tackle some other day.