14 reasons why you should go to Komikon Grande XIV

Before award-winning supernatural comics Trese caught the eye of Netflix, its creators were among those who sold copies of their komiks at Komikon, now known as Komikon Grande.

The local convention celebrating komiks is back this coming weekend at Bayanihan Center, Pasig City. Here are 14 reasons why you and your friends should troop to Komikon Grande XIV on Nov. 17-18:

1. Manix Abrera's new book
Manix Abrera is set to release his 14th KikoMachine compilation, Alaala ng Kinabukasan, under Visprint. Make sure you line up early for autographs from this komiks superstar.

2. Leinil Yu's talk
International comics sensation Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion, Captain America) is giving a live art demo and a talk about jumpstarting your career as an artist for American comics publishers.

3. Watch a docu about the struggles of comics creators.
Luke Miraflor's Sa Likod ng Guhit reveals the sad realities of being a Filipino comic artist. It will be screened on both days at Komikon Grande XIV.

4. Play the new Combatron card game.

Funny Komiks fans, rejoice! The new Combatron card game is now available for purchase at Komikon Grande. You might also get to meet Berlin Manalaysay, the creator of the Pinoy fighting robot, Combatron.

5. Get to know everyone's favorite hipster Hulyen.
Komikon Grande's sole female featured artist Julienne "Hulyen" Dadivas (Ugh) will share how to find comedy in weird, awkward, and embarrassing situations.

6. Find out the "kahunghangan"of D. Borja.
Would you believe this licensed nurse-turned-artist, another Komikon main guest, got into webcomics because of his girlfriend's nagging?

7.  Celebrate 40th year of Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas
SKP members are paying tribute to National Artist for Visual Arts and SKP co-founder Larry Alcala through an art exhibit. Other activities include a comic strip making workshop by Andrew Villar (Ambush Comics), a talk on creativity by Boboy Yonzon (Mango Comics) and a presentation on SKP's history by co-founder Roni Santiago (Planet Op D Eyps).

8. Chat with DC Comics artist Raymund Bermudez.

It's not everyday you get to meet someone who has worked for mainstream comics. Grab the opportunity to geek out with Raymund Bermudez illustrated DC Comics' JLA 3000 and Klarion, and Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man.

9. Embrace the weird and the icky with "Komiks Oddities".
Indie comics creators JP Palabon (Puso Negro: Teaching Good Values through Bad Conduct), Patrick "Rawrr" Enriquez (Lagimbal) and Carlo "Olrac Jebs" Valenzuela (Bakal Komiks, Master Bait) will talk on the genres about the gross and the unusual.

Classic comicbook title, DI-13 originally by Damy Velasquez and Jesse F. Santos will have a commemorative book, along with a brand new series illustrated by legendary artist Rico Rival and written by the original creator's grandson, Damy Velasquez III. The New DI-13 features with 13 variant covers. Read more about it here.

11. Have your copy of Stay signed by all of its 21 artists (If you can find them all).

12. Meet the award-winning artist of Melag, Bong Redilla.

13. Burn cash for art commissions at Komiks Kalye
The Komiks Kalye (Artists' Alley) is an area where internationally renowned comic illustrators offer to sketch and sign comics. The lineup includes Heubert Khan Michael (Vampirella), Edgar Tadeo (High Roads, Silver Surfer), Roy Allan Martinez (The Wicked, Son of M), Dexter Soy (Red Hood), Carlo Pagulayan (Planet Hulk), Jethro Morales (Green Hornet, Dejah Thoris), Steven Segovia (Superman - Action Comics), and Kriss Sison (Bakugan, Darkstalkers, Alice in Wonderland). 

14. Meet Aquaman artist Lan Medina
Just ahead of the release of the movie, Aquaman and Mera: Queen of Atlantis artist Lan Medina (Fables, Aria) will meet fans at the Comic Odyssey booth inside the main hall.

Come support local and international comicbook creators at Komikon Grande XIV. Tickets are priced at P150 (2 days) and P100 (1 day). Get your passes now at Comic Odyssey branches or at the event itself (Nov. 17, Saturday, 10 am - 8pm; Nov. 18, Sunday, 11 am - 7 pm).

See you there!