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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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.

7 comments:

Randy P. Valiente said...

Uy di ko nabalitaan to a. baka galit pa sa akin si Sir Hal kaya hindi ako ininvite hahaha.
Nakita mo yung mga originals niya? Balak ko talaga bumili nun kay Mang Steve.

Reno said...

Di naman galit, napamura lang nang banggitin kita. hahaha!

Yung mga originals niya medyo pornographic. Di puwede i-post dito. :P

erwinc said...

"Komiks collector, historian and all-around fanatic Erwin Cruz was also there"

nyahh... gulat ako dun sa description mo ah hehehe...

email ko sayo yung mga pictures sa get together for your posting. Ayos yung huntahan natin kay noli zamora, medyo nag-senti pa sya ng balikan yung student days nila ni Vicatan kay Nestor Redondo.. biruin mo 18yrs old sya at si Vicatan ay 16 pa lang ng mag-umpisa silang turuan ni Mang Nestor.

Di umabot si Garing, natrapik kasi galing Bicol. Si Randy naman eh hinihintay ni Mang Hal habang hinahasa yung Jungle Bolo (joke) hehehe

Reno said...

Sige, Erwin, ipadala mo. Di na namin inabot nung nag-senti si Noli Zamora. Tahimik nga lang siya most of the time.

I-post ko mga pics pag natanggap ko na. Thanks!

erwinc said...

pinadala ko na sa renom1 yahoo mail mo :-)

mangguhit said...

Reno, na email ko na, ngayon lang hehehe...

Kakaiba talaga ang feeling na makipag bonding
sa mga batikang dibuhista ng pilipino komiks
first time ko ma meet ang dati ay sa pangalan ko lang kilala.

Reno said...

Sige. Subukan kong ma-post agad mga pics.