Komikon Awards 2009: Nominees and Voting

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On August - 8 - 2009

The Komikon (non-summer edition), which will take place in October 2009, has recently released its list of nominees for this year’s Komikon Awards.

The voting period will be from August 10 to September 20, 2009. While some online voting mechanism is planned, physical voting ballots will be available in the following stores:

  • Comic Odyssey (a) Robinson’s Place, Level 3 Ermita,Manila; (b) Robinson’s Galleria, Level 3 Expansion Mall,Edsa cor. Ortigas
  • Comic Quest (a) Lower Ground Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall; (b)2nd Floor Main Bldg., SM City North Edsa

Congrats to all the nominees! The list of nominees is a bit long, so you can find it after the cut. Good luck with the Comic Aid award guys… Lots of deserving folk there.

Note: the lists and relevant links can be found here and here.

An explanation of the categories can be found here.

BEST COMIC: Best Graphic Novel / Anthology:

  • Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
  • Martial Law Babies by Arnold Arre
  • Andong Agimat by Arnold Arre
  • Fresh by POINT ZERO
  • Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
  • Kubori Krash by Michael David
  • Love is in the Bag by Ace Vitangcol, Jed Siroy and Andrew Agoncillo
  • Skyworld by Mervin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria
  • Digmaang Salinlahi by Jon Zamar, Keso, Gabe DelaCruz and Jhomar Soriano

BEST COMIC: Best Comic Series:

  • Ninja Girl Ko! by Marco Dimaano and Kriss Sison , Mangaholix
  • Aporia by Kevin Libranda, Mangaholix
  • TIMAWA by Gerry Alanguilan, Buzz Magazine
  • Cast by Jamie Bautista, Nautilus
  • Bayan Knights by Gilbert Monsanto and the Bayan Knights, Sacred Mountain Publications
  • Foldabots by Jomike Tejido, K Zone Magazine
  • Bakemono High by Elbert Or, K Zone Magazine

BEST COMIC: Best Comic Magazine:

  • Topak, PSICOM
  • Mangaholix, Groundbreakers, Inc.
  • Mwahaha, Mango Comics
  • Mango Jam, Mango Comics

BEST COMIC: Best Comic Strip Compilation:

  • Kikomachine by Manix Abrera
  • Baltic and Co. by Roni Santiago
  • Pugad Baboy by Pol Medina Jr.
  • Kubori Strips for the Soul by Michael David
  • Life in Progress by Julius Villanueva
  • Callworks by Hazel Manzano
  • Beerkada by Lyndon Gregorio
  • Kulas by Freely Abrigo
  • Chopsticks by Stanley Chi


  • Gilbert Monsanto (Bayan Knights, Rambol, Tropa )
  • Bayan Knights (Bayan Knights)
  • Groundbreakers Inc. (Mangaholix)
  • Budjette Tan / Kajo Baldisimo (Trese)
  • Arnold Arre (Andong Agimat, Martial Law Babies)
  • Point Zero (Fresh, Bayani Nights)
  • Andrew Drilon (RAN ONLINE, Kare-Kare Komiks)
  • Gerry Alanguilan Elmer, Timawa)


  • Pagbangon Mula Sa Abo: A Prelude To Mananabas by Redge Vicente, Edz Rizo, Jusef Serva
  • Martial Law Babies by Arnold Arre
  • Cast issue 10 by Arnold Arre
  • Cast issue 11 by Arnold Arre
  • Die Die Evil Die, Kikomachine Komix book 3 by Manix Abrera
  • O, Kaligayahang Walang Hanggan Yeh!, Kikomachine Komix book 4 by Manix Abrera
  • Alab ng Puso sa Dibidib Mo’s Buhay! Kikomachine Komix book 5 by Manix Abrera
  • Trese: Murder on Balete Drive (Vol.1) by Kajo Baldisimo
  • Trese: Unreported Murders (Vol. 2) by Kajo Baldisimo
  • Mangaholix issue 4 by Ian Cang, Paolo Agusin and Brian Valeza
  • Mangaholix issue 5 by Kriss Sison
  • Mangaholix issue 6 by Paolo Agusin and Sam Gelua
  • Mangaholix issue 7 by Kevin Libranda and Sam Gelua
  • Bayan Knights issue 1 by Gilbert Monsanto, Edgar Tadeo, Rain Beredo and Mark Anthony Taduran
  • Bayan Knights issue 2 by Lan Medina and Gilbert Monsanto
  • Geek Machine Telemetry (Life in Progress Book 2) by Julius Villanueva and Stanley Chi
  • Skyworld issue 1 by Ian Sta. Maria
  • Ang Maskot by Macoy Tang


  • Manix Abrera (Kikomachine, Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Ariel Atienza (West Side, Topak and Nosebleed Magazine)
  • Pol Medina Jr. (Pugad Baboy, Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Greco Milambiling (Aha Hule, The Manila Bulletin)
  • Lyndon Gregorio (Beerkada, The Philippine Star)
  • Freely Abrigo (Kulas, The Manila Bulletin)
  • Roni Santiago (Baltic & Co., The Manila Bulletin)
  • Hazel Manzano (Callworks, The Manila Bulletin)
  • Syeri Baet (Carpool, The Manila Bulletin)
  • Julius Villanueva (Life in Progress, The Manila Bulletin)
  • Stanley Chi (Chopsticks, The Manila Bulletin)


  • Kalayaan by Gio Paredes
  • Sanduguan Himagsikan by Gener Pedriña
  • GradS Tayo: The Kolokoy’s Colloquium by Ian Walter Along
  • Nurse Macho Origins by Mangaholix
  • Ang Maskot by Macoy Tang
  • Unstoppable by Heubert Khan Michael
  • Trese (issue 1-7) by Budjette Tan and kajo Baldisimo
  • Pasig (issue 16) by Melvin Calingo
  • Life As Viciously Impossible (issue 1) by Lambchild
  • The Metro (issue 1) by Jerome Jacinto
  • Atomic Underground by M3 Comics
  • Komikero Komiks 1 edited by Gerry Alanguilan and Jonas Diego
  • Kapitan Tog by Freely Abrigo
  • PAG-ASA by Erico Calimlim
  • GOG 1 and 2 by Borg Sinaban, REVEL Productions
  • Ambush by Andrew Villar
  • Girl Who Turned into a Fish by Fidelis Tan and Mary Ranises
  • Cresci Prophecies by Joanah Tinio-Calingo
  • Bayani Nights by POINT ZERO


  • What the Cigarette Said by Andrew Drilon
  • By Moon Alone by Hai Ibardoaza (As of 8 August the webcomic was mistakenly titled “Moon Alone” on the nomination post)
  • Kubori Strips for the Soul by Michael David
  • No Need For Kaide by Andre’ Salvatierra
  • Fifty Peso Ninja by Lico Reloj


  • Boy Ipis of Bayan Knights, by Paul Michael Ignacio
  • Bertong Badtrip of Kikomachine, by Manix Abrera
  • Michiko of Ninja girl ko!, Mangaholix, by Marco Dimaano and Kriss Sison
  • Tomas of Pugad Baboy by Pol Medina Jr.
  • Ambrosia of Pugad Baboy by Pol Medina Jr.
  • Alexandra Trese of Trese by Budjette Tan and kajo Baldisimo
  • The Kambal of Trese by Budjette Tan and kajo Baldisimo
  • Maliksi of the Tikbalang Tribe of Trese by Budjette Tan and kajo Baldisimo
  • Kikiams of Kubori Kikiam by Michael David
  • Kapitan Tog of Kapitan Tog by Freely Abrigo
  • Kulas of Kulas by Freely Abrigo
  • Elmer of ELMER by Gerry Alanguilan
  • Mina of Pasig by Melvin Calingo
  • Bakal A of Bayani Nights by POINT ZERO


  • Keon vs. Kraust (Mangaholix Issue 2)
  • Michiko fights Kamao Vendors (Mangaholix Issue 6)
  • First strip of “Pamilya Sabaybunot” (Pugad Baboy 21)
  • Unstoppable’s late father, Mr. Unstoppable, was revealed to be just an actor in a hit self-titled TV series (Unstoppable Issue 1)
  • Rules of the Race – The Alberto and Maliksi Car Race (Trese)
  • Ces’ Poem from Will (Cast Issue 10)
  • Will and Lel’s kiss (Cast Issue 10)
  • “Manny’s new face” (strip no.170 of Kubori Strips for the Soul in kuborikikiam.com)
  • The Bayan Knights in an epic battle against the endless battalion of wolf-monsters, called “Sipakas” (Bayan Knights Issue 2)
  • Kalayaan flying off in shame on discovering that he was sterile (Kalayaan Issue 4)
  • Pinakamakabayan, Bakal-A, Maskulado and Jaguar turn the tide against the janitor fishmen. Bouyed by the super nationalistic fervour of Manny Pacquiao’s song, Pinakamakabayan grows into epic proportions to put the beatdown on the south american fish pests. (Bayani Nights:Rise of the JanitorFishmen 12)


Hugo “Boboy” Yonzon III: Publisher Boboy Yonzon believes in the Filipino’s ability to produce top-caliber stories and art. He believes in comics as a legitimate art form, and is intent on raising the bar for Philippine-produced comics, and, consequently, other forms of entertainment. Boboy is the President and CEO of Yonzon Entertainment Syndicate (YES!), Mango Comics’ mother company. He has been the president of the Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas (SKP) and the spearhead of the upcoming First Philippine International Cartoon, Comic and Animation Festival.
Orvy Jundis: He is a comic collector and historian having written numerous articles about comics internationally. Orvy is one of the core members of the KOMMIX Veterans, supporting veteran comic artists and teaching children and young adults in Angono, Rizal about the art of making comics.
Komikero.comL is a website created by the comic artist Gerry Alanguilan. It hosts video blogs, articles on comics and includes The Philippine Comics Art Museum:, an online museum featuring Filipino vintage comics and articles on veteran comic artists.
Comic Odyssey: one of the very few comic stores in Metro Manila that carries local independent comics, owned by Mr. Sandy Sansolis. Comic Odyssey has 2 branches located in Robinson’s Place, Level 3 Ermita,Manila and Robinson’s Galleria, Level 3 Expansion Mall, Edsa cor. Ortigas.
Elbert Or:
is currently finishing his thesis as a final requirement for his MA in Education while teaching in Ateneo de Manila University. There he regularly incorporate comics and graphic novels in his freshman English Literature classes, and teaches comics production classes for their Fine Arts Program. He’s been conducting workshops and seminars across the country for Nautilus Comics, where he served as editor-in-chief for a couple of years.
Visual Print Enterprises: has been publishing a large number of great quality local comic books such as Manix Abrera’s Kikomachine, Freely Abrigo’s Kulas, the graphic novel Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
and Carlo Vergara’s Ang Kagila-gilalas Na Pakikipagsapalaran Ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah. Hopefully more publishers will follow suit.
Gilbert Monsanto: is a writer, an artist and a publisher of local comics. He owns the Sacred Mountain Publications which published titles such as Tropa, Rambol and Bayan Knights. Gilbert formed the Bayan Knights calling on independent comic creators who wants their characters to be recognized by forming a unique league of Filipino superheroes. He is also known internationally, working on different comics abroad.
Ayala Foundation: for Bayan Knights#2 The Ayala Foundation works to extend the benefits of recent technological developments to a greater number of men, women and children. Through these new technologies, the Foundation continues to work for the cultivation of Filipino ingenuity and talent, as well as the preservation of our rich culture, history and traditions. With this in mind they have helped in the production of Bayan Knights 2 to promote good values in comics.
Japan Foundation Manila: The Japan Foundation (JF) aims to promote and encourage cultural exchange and cooperation between the Philippines and Japan. The Japan Foundation has been holding “The Asian Cartoon Exhibition” (one-cut and multi-cut cartoons) annually since 1995 for the purpose of capturing Asian society, culture and customs of daily life through the medium. They have sponsored a number of local artists, bringing them to Japan to be part of exhibit, some of which are Pol Medina Jr. (Pugad Baboy), Elizabeth Chionglo (Loveknots) and Lyndon Gregorio (Beerkada).
U.P. Vargas Museum: recently opened its doors to comics holding the Panel Collective Art Exhibit last March 22 to July 12, 2009 at the Edge Gallery.
UP Shopping Center: houses a number of shops that caters to every independent comic need. Surely it has given birth to a number of great of indie comics.
U.P. Bahay ng Alumni:
The home of the Philippine Annual Komiks Convention (KOMIKON) for the past 5 years.
The Manila Bulletin: the longest running newspaper in the Philippines is also a great supporter of local comic strip artists having its comic page the most number of locally made comic strips.
Intellectual Property Office: opened The Alab Art Space, the first exhibit area in an IP office, to provide a venue for the country’s creative industry to showcase their works. It hosted Sining, Kamalayan at Paglikha, an art exhibit featuring over 30 artworks of the Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas whose members are foremost cartoonists from the country’s leading newspapers and magazines last October 20 – November 20, 2008. The IPO is currently active in activities such as these to promote more awareness about protecting people’s intellectual rights.

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