Special Guest: Aileen Casis


Aileen Casis

Name: Aileen P. Casis
Age: 28
Course & School: AB Mass Communication / Trinity University of Asia
List of Works:

  • Luvstruck; Potpourri comic strips (The Manila Bulletin comics section)
  • Scenes we’d like to see… (Mwahaha! humor magazine)
  • Con N’ Vic (Boink! comics)
  • Cartoon illustrations (Sports Digest magazine)

1) When did you start making comics?
I have a pretty wild imagination when I was a kid and I’ve always been interested in reading books w/ lots of pictures. I never really attempted on making comics when I was young, although I remember reading stacks of comic books and drawing Garfield cartoons as early as 6 or 7.

In 2002, Manila Bulletin editorial cartoonist Norman Isaac saw my drawing skills and gave me an article to sketch. When my first cartoon came out in the front page of the lifestyle section, I was ecstatic. Since then, I started drawing cartoons/comic illustrations to supplement articles for the lifestyle section.

I work mainly as a graphic/layout artist and I consider cartooning as a hobby. My interest in reading, being highly observant, and creating funny scenarios in my head perhaps got me into the cartoon world. The ability to draw was secondary.

Aileen's Artwork

2) How did you begin making comics as a profession?
In 2005, Manila Bulletin added a second page to its comic section. Cartoon editor Roni Santiago offered me a slot to do spot cartoons. I thought it was ok because I will only be contributing once a week, so I gave it a shot. My first comic panel was called ‘Luvstruck,’ where animate objects would fall in love with inanimate ones. I got tired of the whole concept so I created another comic strip called ‘Potpourri.’ It’s also a one-panel cartoon, w/o dialogues and w/ no main characters.

3) If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing now?
I’d probably be a gag writer or a curator.

4) Is it a big deal being a female artist?
Women cartoonists are not different from men in terms of creativity, sense of humor. Signe Wilkinson won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, also for Lynn Johnston, who was the first woman to win the Reuben Award. Women artists may be discriminated in terms of employment, but not in producing excellent materials.

5) Any advice to female cartoonists, or aspiring young artists?
Follow your humorous bent. Read a lot. Draw inspiration from other artists. Stand on your head for ideas and don’t let your ovaries be a hindrance in making prize-winning cartoons.

Komikon Summer Bayanihan 2011 Indie Komiks Tiange Registration

Registration is now OPEN!!!

Indie Komiks Tiange logo

First 40 groups/individuals to register will be allowed to sell their comics at the event. By registering make sure that you will definitely be there and selling. We don’t want to waste space on people who register but don’t show up. Please note that we have some new rules for this year’s indie comics tiange.

Indie Komiks Tiange registration process

Terms to be considered:

  • Registration will be done by completing an online registration form. (required)
  • Individuals and group members are required to buy pre-sold tickets at designated locations. More details to be provided later. (required)
  • Image files of the covers must be sent via email to Komikon after the online registration. (required)
  • It is recommended that your covers indicate for what age group it is appropriate (GP – General Patronage, PG 13 – Parental Guidance for 13 years and below, R – Mature audience only). (optional)
  • If you wish to include the official Summer Komikon logo on your cover, please email us at indies[@]komikon.org and we will send them to you or you may download here (optional).
  • Official comics websites (or personal websites if no official comics website), should add a link or banner image link to www.komikon.org. Details will be provided through email. (required)
  • Please come 1 hour before the event starts to set up. Upon arrival, all individuals and members must sign in at the Komikon booth, and present their comics and merchandise that will be sold for inspection. (required)
  • To avoid crowding, ONLY ONE(1) PERSON per group can be seated in the indie tiange area (this will be strictly implemented). (required)
  • The organizers have the authority to accept and/or deny applications for indie tiange.
  • 10% OF PARTICIPANTS’ TOTAL SALES WILL BE COLLECTED. Everyone must sign out at the Komikon booth. Penalties will be given for those who do not sign out. (required)


  • Komikon Indie KOMIKS  Tiange is for selling comics – original or fanfics.
  • Merchandise will be allowed, ONLY IF, it is based on your own original comics’ creation/characters.
  • Any other merchandise will not be allowed. Unauthorized items will be confiscated by a Komikon representative.
  • Individuals/groups found to have violated the terms and conditions will be subject to penalties the organizers deem necessary.
  • Selling of indies will be confined to the indie space. Don’t go around hawking you wares around some other groups. We have received reports that some groups do this. If I receive any reports or complaints of this, you will be dealt with accordingly.

Examples of items that will be allowed:

  • Original comics that you (or your group) created using your own original characters.
  • Doujin/fan-made comics that you (or your group) created based on other characters as drawn by you with your own interpretation;
  • Non-comics merchandise (like pins, bookmarks, etc) made by you (or your group) based on your original characters from your original comics

Examples of items that WILL NOT be allowed:

  • Pornographic comics and non-comics merchandise depicting child/children
  • Non-comics merchandise (like pins, bookmarks, etc) based on your fan made comics
  • Non-comics merchandise (like pins, bookmarks, etc) based on established comics/anime/movie/etc characters that you do not own

If you are agreeable to these terms, click on this link which will redirect you to an online registration form. All information will be kept in the strictest confidence of the Komikon committee. Individuals / groups that submit incomplete or false information will be disqualified from joining.

*All information, rules and regulations here are prepared for the use of Komikon only and must not be reposted anywhere else. Please share this link (http://www.komikon.org/komikon-summer-bayanihan-2011-indie-komiks-tiange-registration) if you wish to share this information. Thank you.

Indie Creators go na! Register na kaagad! 🙂

Comic Creation Contest Summer 2011

Comic Creation Contest Summer 2011 Logo

This year’s theme is: EPIC ADAPTATION

Create a comic based on any FILIPINO EPIC STORY. (Ibalong, Lam-ang, Aliguyon, etc…[link])


  • Contest is open to all comic book artists except for professionals with published works sold in bookstores.
  • Contestants / groups are limited to only one entry.
  • Entries submitted by groups are required to submit the names of the individuals involved in creating the indie. Group entries with professionals on board are automatically disqualified.
  • Entries should adhere to the given theme. Entries deviating from the theme shall be automatically disqualified.
  • Submit 3 copies of your entry via air mail to:
      KOMIKON, INC c/o Lyndon Gregorio
      18 Esteban Street, Brgy. Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City 1550
      *send us an email at contests[@]komikon.org to confirm if we have received it
  • or to drop-off points at:
      Comic Odyssey
      •Robinson’s Place, Level 3 Ermita,Manila
      •Robinson’s Galleria, Level 3 Expansion Mall,Edsa cor. Ortigas
  • Deadline of submissions will be on APRIL 1, 2011. Entries submitted beyond APRIL 1 shall not be accepted.
  • Winners shall be announced on the event itself on April 16 and shall be notified via e-mail or phone.
  • The judge’s decision is final.

Entries should be in the form of a comic book with the following specifications:

  • Make a summary of the chosen epic.
  • 8.5 X 6.5 (long bond paper, folded, and stapled twice in the middle)
  • Entries should be placed in a short brown envelope with their name, address, phone number, and e-mail written legibly at the upper left hand corner.
  • Stories must be 4 to 12 pages long (excluding cover)
  • Please note that entries are non-returnable. Entries should be reproductions only. (originals will not be returned)
  • Colored and/or black and white entries are accepted.
  • There are no restrictions as to the genre or art style that can be used as long as the comic book follows the given theme.
  • The story should be in the form of a one-shot title. It should be whole in itself, with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Multiple comic stories in a single entry (anthology) will not be allowed.

For more questions or clarifications, email us at contests[@]komikon.org .

Map to Bayanihan Center

Everyone is asking about this new venue. So where exactly is the Bayanihan Center? This new Komikon venue is located at the United Laboratories compound at 8008 Pioneer St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It is accessible from both Boni EDSA (via Pioneer St) or Shaw Blvd EDSA.

Click on the map below to find out how to get to the Bayanihan Center, or follow the suggested directions on how to go to Bayanihan Center.

Bayanihan Center Map

What are you waiting for? See you all this April 16, 2011 for the 3rd Summer Komikon!

For a live interactive map, visit this Wikimapia link. You can change the map type to Satellite. You can also zoom in and out to find your location.


Instructions on how to get to Bayanihan Center


Option 1
-Ride any bus going to EDSA.
-Get off at BONI, Robinson’s Mall Pioneer.
-Ride a tricycle at the mall’s terminal. Ask to be brought to Bayanihan Center (near Pioneer Center)

Option 2
-Ride any bus going to Crossing Ibabaw.
-Get off at Crossing/EDSA Central and walk towards Shaw Boulevard.
-Ride a jeep going to Pasig until you see Tropical Hut / 10Q.
-Ride a tricycle going to Bayanihan Center or take a walk along the sidewalk.



Option 1
-Get off at BONI Station.
-Go to Robinson’s Mall Pioneer.
-Ride a tricycle to Bayanihan Center (near Pioneer Center)

Option 2
-Get off at SHAW BOULEVARD Station.
-Go up the escalator/stairs at the right side of station (if you came from Makati) to EDSA Central.
-Go up the escalator/stairs at the leftt side of station (if you came from Quezon City) to EDSA Central.
-Walk down towards Shaw Boulevard.
-Ride a jeep going to Pasig until you see Tropical Hut / 10Q.
-Ride a tricycle going to Bayanihan Center or take a walk along the sidewalk.


-Ride a Quiapo – Magamall FX.
-Get off at the corner of One San Miguel Street.
-Walk along Shaw Blvd. until you see Tropical Hut / 10Q (one block away) on the other side of the street.
-Ride a tricycle going to Bayanihan Center or take a walk along the sidewalk.



-Turn right at the corner of Robinson’s Mall Pioneer, that is PIONEER STREET.
-Go straight to Bayanihan Center located at the left side of the street.

-Turn right at Starmall (Crossing Ibabaw).
-Make a U-Turn to Shaw Blvd.
-Go straight and turn right when you see Tropical Hut / 10Q (Pioneer Street).
-Look for Bayanihan Center to your right.

-From EDSA go to Ortigas flyover (Robinson’s Galleria).
-Turn right at Meralco Ave.
-Turn right at Dona Julia Vargas.
-Turn left at San Miguel Avenue (to Lourdes School, Mandaluyong).
-Turn left at Shaw Blvd.
-Turn right when you see Tropical Hut / 10Q. You have now reached Pioneer Street.
-Look for Bayanihan Center on your right side.

*Paid Parking is available at the Bayanihan Center, and at Pioneer Grill and Pioneer Center across the street.


Summer Komikon 2011

The 2nd Annual Philippine Summer Komiks Convention (KOMIKON) 2011
April 16, 2011, Saturday
at Bayanihan Center, Unilab Compound

Pasig City

Php 100 entrance fee

Visit this page again for updates on the event.

Sulyap Launch At Powerbooks

Sulyap, the first comic compilation published by Komikon was successfully launched last January 22, 2011 at Powerbooks Greenbelt and January 29, 2011 at Powerbooks Mall of Asia. (Visit What is Sulyap? to know more). Sulyap features the following works:

Ambition by Ian Olympia
Baboy 1&2 by Mel Casipit
Goodbye Rubbit by RH Quilantang
Kalayaan by Gio Paredes
Lipad by Rommel Estanislao
Maktan 1521 by Tepai Pascual
Taal Monster vs Evil Space Paru-paro by Macoy
Windmills: Bearkdowns by Josel Nicolas

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All eight independent artists were present to sign copies of Sulyap and to give away limited freebies based on their own works and characters. Sulyap is available for sale at all Powerbooks stores for Php 250.