The 2010 Philippine International Cartoons, Comics, and Animation festival, affectionately known as the PICCA Fest, opened today at SM City North EDSA. You may have already heard of the festival because the organizers have visited your school, or because of the other pre-events they did to promote the event, but today marks the start of the festival proper, with an exhibit at the Block (2nd floor) and a tradeshow at the SM Annex (4th floor). (Since SM North is huge and it’s easy to get lost, a reminder: the Block and the Annex are on opposite sides of SM North.)
Tomorrow there will be a Cosplay parade, while industry talks will be going on at Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines, with UP also having a book launch while Ateneo hosts screenings of animated films from here, Japan, and Canada. Note, however that the talks are only open to PICCA Members. You can see the full day-to-day schedule here.
I took a few pictures of the exhibit and the opening ceremonies, as well as the tradeshow.
The indie komiks booths are grouped together for the most part — except that if you’re looking for Hazel Manzano, as of this morning her booth was at the front, next to the PICCA Secretariat. Others indie creators whose works I saw available at the trade show were Lady Storykeeper, Macoy Tang, Gio Paredes, Sacred Mountain Publications, Scratch Comics, Atomic Underground, Kai Castillo, Lyndon Gregorio and the Komikon crew. (Apologies if I missed anyone.) If you’re in the area, do stop by and support our indie komiks creators (note that while October 25 is a holiday, I think the tradeshow only lasts until Sunday).
[More pictures after the cut and at the Flickr page.]
More pictures available at the Flickr page.