Journal Entry 11
Greetings of Peace!
The good people of Baguio City honored Team Tag Team and Drop Dead Dangerous with the Panagbenga Flower Festival and the Second Baguio National Comics Congress! Actually no they didn't, but we did have a good time. Good times!
The Happy Lockjaw group arrived the 2B3C a little before lunch time, and event organizer Gerald "Magic" Asbucan and Baguio's own Gripo Comics welcomed us with open arms. Very friendly people! Their comic anthology, which they sell at the local tiangge, comes out almost bi-weekly. First Manileno in was Duyan ng Magiting's Amado Aparentado, who kindly hosted komiks veterans Danny Acuna, Jun Lofamia, and Orvy Jundis at his house nearby. Orvy invited me to his comic library in Antipolo. Ladies and gents, a library three houses large. Three. We also got to hang out with the very cool Komikon-Award-winner Mel Casipit, who promises to be your friend if you buy his comics (see photo). The convention's events included comic creation contests based on guest speaker Michael Bengwayan's talk about helping save Baguio's environment from the evil forces of Skeletor (further reading --> link). The rest of the afternoon was taken up by a well-attended cosplay competition which, while entertaining, barely helped comic sales. Hakuna Matata! All in all a good time, even though we didn't catch the Flower Festival Parade, or sell a boatload of our brilliantly-written, acutely-observed, and famously well-drawn flipbook, TTT/DDD (pagbigyan niyo na)
Next stop is Better Living Through Xeroxography 2, March 2 at Ilyong's, Kalantiaw, Cubao. See you there, komrades-in-komiks!
Benjamin Bartolome (creator, Team Tag Team)