MANILA -- Rafael Kayanan, who has worked on Conan, Turok, and Firestorm; Whilce Portacio, who was part of the independent movement of the early 1990s that changed comic books forever; and Leinil Yu, who is probably the biggest Filipino talent in comics today.
These three along with many other bright talents will grace the first-ever SuperManila Pop Culture Convention at the Podium Hall in Mandaluyong City on October 18-20.
With the recent high-profile debuts of Filipina super heroines Wave and Sea Hunter in the pages of Marvel Comics’ Agents of Atlas and Aero, Yu taking on the highly-anticipated X-Men comic this October, and the high-profile Funko Pops of Jollibee and Darna, the worldwide consciousness about Filipino pop culture has risen dramatically.
Filipino talent made its first splash in the 1970s with Tony De Zuniga, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chan, Alex Niño, Rudy Nebres, Steve Gan, and Gerry Talaoc illustrating comics for Marvel, DC, and Warren Publishing. In the 1980s, Romeo Tanghal, Danny Bulanadi, and Portacio came up.
Portacio made a huge splash working on The Punisher, X-Factor, and Uncanny X-Men after which he joined other creators to form Image Comics in the 1990s.
Portacio put up a studio located in Balete Drive, Quezon City where Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Roy Allan Martinez, and Edgar Tadeo among many others were given their international comic breaks.
Today, there are a host of local creators doing a variety of work – Elmer Damaso, Carlo Pagulayan, Mico Suayan, Stephen Segovia, Herbert Khan Michael, and Harvey Tolibao to name but a few.
Wave has been a major hit with comic readers. Co-created by Filipino artist Yu, the super heroine from Cebu has made appearances in several comic titles and more recently, a Marvel video game. Though the character has appeared in many Marvel books, Filipino fans have been clamoring for her own solo series.
As part of the event, SuperManila will be organizing a signature campaign, calling on Marvel to create a Wave solo series, as well as Wave Funko collectible figure.
The first SuperManila Pop Culture Convention is organized by the top local comic book specialty shops Filbar’s and Comic Odyssey.