Saturday, January 6, I was invited to a little salu-salo at Hal Santiago's house. It was great! There was no real occasion, just a gathering of some komiks veterans.
Bong Leal tagged along with me. Dodo Dayao was supposed to go, too, but he was finishing up a painting or something.
I got there a bit early, and Jun Lofamia and Rudy Villanueva were there, along with Mang Hal. Rudy Villanueva is Hal's brother-in-law, and he lives next door. It was great that Mang Jun still recognized me since we met only briefly at the Komikon. Mang Hal and Mang Jun showed some original stuff, and they were amazing (and huge). They auction off original art on ebay, with Steve Gan being their sort of online agent. If you see the original pieces upclose, you'd be amazed at the craftsmanship that went into them. The brushstrokes really flow across the paper. And the sense of composition is flawless.
Others in attendance were Steve Gan, Freddie Fernandez, Florie Medina, Vic Poblete, Noli Zamora, Mel Capital, JoeMari Mongcal, and several others that I can't remember. Komiks collector, historian and all-around fanatic Erwin Cruz was also there. It was especially exciting for me and Bong to be able to meet Noli Zamora, who we both admire greatly.
One thing that I admire about these men is that even though they've all gone to different things and different jobs, they still hold a special place in their hearts for komiks. We all talked about different stuff, but every now and then the topic would go back to komiks.
I forgot to bring a camera (d'oh!), but Bong did. I hope he e-mails me the pics so I can post them here soon.