Monday, August 24, 2009

Bayan Knights: the first year

It also started with an idea, and like everything else wonderful, it all seemed like just a dream. The best thing about dreams is that it is free. Realizing that dream is another thing altogether - there will be costs, sacrifices and consequences. All things considered, we are all willing to take them. The start of this venture was easy enough. I've sent out invitations and hope that people will consider trying this idea out, without anything to lose except for their agreement to one simple task - to support, each and every Bayan Knight who will join the cause, past, present and future members.

Bayan Knights is not just the name of our comicbook. It was a title, an opportunity to be there when we really needed, right at the center of everything. A chance to touch people, to help fuel their dreams and forge them into a reality. A choice to voice out ideas and to be empowered and do something you'd only think of maybe finishing.

The initial member was 7, now we are forty plus strong. Each one dedicated to improve their craft, fueled by talented people around them. Their second family. I am
not really sure how to sum up all the things we've achieved within the year. But try, I will.

In a span of a year, we've managed to finish and publish two issues of Bayan Knights, backed with numerous independently published and owned books like BOY IPIS, KALAYAAN, SANDUGUAN, MANANABAS, GWAPOMAN, MORION and many more.

We managed to work with other studios and artists, breaching walls and boundaries. Helping each other for the sake of our local comics industry.

We've been featured in newspapers, magazines, including online reviews. We are thankful for these people for spreading the word for us.

Some of us are now working together for projects, making things easier, faster and more profitable for the members/family.

The real magic here is the undeniable truth that there is a hero in all of us. We can work together if we just do things simple and right. Frankly I was worried when I started this, thinking that putting all these people in one table could be quite a handful. A headache to beat all headaches and I feared the worst. Surprisingly, as it turned out, these fine talented individuals are just so warm funny and so easy to be with - a different kind of headache, but a headache nonetheless.

I thought I was helping them by giving them a favor with all this. Now, I find myself lucky for all their help. They are all truly a blessing to be with. We are cooking up a storm my friends, I do hope you'll be with us for another year. Thank you for the company. All I can say is, you wouldn't want to miss what we have in store for another year.

We have yet to sail countless seas with our ship, for this is just the beginning. Won't you come and join us with this voyage now? All we really needed was a little faith to blow us towards our destination, through your hearts.

-Gilbert Monsanto
a Bayan Knight

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bayan Knights #1 VARIANT COVER

The stocks are dwindling. This will be the next cover you'll see for the possible reprint of our first issue. So, If you can, grab your white version of this cover.

Friday, August 07, 2009


Another coming soon book under Sacred Mountan's Bayan Knights Event books.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The 1st Metro Comic-Con Schedule of Activites

MCC Program of Activities

August 8, 2009 - Saturday
10AM – Ribbon Cutting

Onstage Activities
11-AM – Band Performance – Matilda

12PM – Suspended Animation Media
Get to know the people behind the SAM (Suspended Animation Media), Yuri Timg, Abet Ongkingco and Lali Saulo-Ongkingco as they explain how your concepts can come to life.

1PM – Creativoices Panel
What would you do, if you find out that you're actually "talking" to Naruto? Meet the voices behind your favorite anime shows and learn more about the art of voice acting, hosted by the Voice Master, Pocholo Gonzales!

2PM – Pinoy Toy Kolektors: Show me your desk Awarding
See PTK member’s creativity in designing their own desk full of toys, action figures, statues and replicas. The best will be awarded with an Exclusive Mono Vinyl Toy courtesy of Mindstyle, PTK Shirt and Mug

2:30PM – Craze Cosprsay product launch
A new product promoted by that will dye your hair with different colors. NOTE: It's washable!

3PM – Band Performance – Gupit Binata X

4PM – Indie Film Panel – Alessandro Productions
Learn the secrets of Indie Film making and see how Filipino Indie Films made it in the international scene hosted by Film maker, Paolo Herras, of Alessandro Productions.

5PM – Indie Comic Panel
Bakemono High. Bayan Knights. Maskarado. Sanduguan. Trese. Unstoppable. YOUR OWN INDIE TITLE COULD BE NEXT! Visit the Indie Comic Panel and know more about indie-making from Gilbert Monsanto, Budjette Tan, and friends!

6PM - Pinoy Mainstream Artists Panel
Meet some of the country's internationally-acclaimed comic book artists! Listen and learn how they made it in the industry. Get the chance to ask them questions about anything under the sun. Featuring Carlo Pagulayan, Harvey Tolibao, Jay David Ramos, Ernest Jocson, Stephen Segovia and Mico Suayan.

7PM – Band Performance – Giniling Festival

*other activities
Costrip Day – booth
Are you shy to stand up on stage but has the guts to wear your favorite anime, mecha and pinoy superhero? Then be what ever you wanna be and join the “Unleash the Hero within Costrip day.”

Toy Customization Contest – booth
Attention toy customizers everywhere! Get a chance to win exciting prizes at the MCC Toy Customization Contest! Just bring your customized toy and register at the booth. One toy per registrant only. Sponsored by Magnavision and Otakuzine.

August 9, 2009 – Sunday
10am – Opening
Onstage Activities

11am – Band Performance – Los Chupacabras

12pm – International Game Developers Association – Manila Chapter
IGDA will be sharing their knowledge and will have a panel discussion regarding game development and the gaming industry.

1pm – Creativoices Voice acting contest
You think you could scare EUGENE as the voice of the dreaded TAGURO? Or make MIYAKA fall in love with you as TAMAHOME? Join the voice acting contest and find out! Awesome prizes await THE NEXT VOICE ACTING STAR!

2pm - E-games
What's new with the world of online gaming? Join E-Games as they present their latest online game in town. There will be demos, promotions and other exciting stuff!

3pm – Band Performance – Gorgoro

4pm – Animax Cosplay Competition
Talented cosplayers will take part and showcase their live performances as ANIMAX gives you “Animax Cosplay Star” and be the next Cosplay Idol.

7pm – Band Performance - Nexxus
*Other Activities
Comics Creation 101 – Conference Room SM Megatrade Hall.
Learn how to draw, ink, color and build up your portfolio and get a chance to have your art critiqued by some of the country’s best comic book artists!

See you there!