A popular comic book museum in San Pablo, Laguna founded by the late industry legend Gerry Alanguilan will reopen its doors starting September, after closing up shop since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Facebook post Aug. 29, the Komikero Komiks Museum page, managed by Gerry's wife Ilyn Florese-Alanguilan, said they'll be open by appointment, from Wednesdays to Sundays at 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
"Hello everyone. We are open beginning September 1st, 2022, and I'm inviting you for a visit!" Florese-Alanguilan said. "Hope to see you there!"
The page also shared previous posts of comic enthusiasts being granted early access ahead of the official reopening of Komikero Komiks Museum, which also underwent some renovation.
Last April, Komikero Komiks Museum said it's working toward having a bigger and "more permanent" brick-and-mortar home for the museum in another location nearby.
The museum houses not only comics but also the best works of Pinoy artists across several mediums. It also has a coffee shop.
Its founder and curator Gerry passed away on Dec. 21, 2019. He was 51.
His extensive portfolio includes Wasted, Timawa, Lastik-Man, Crest Hut Butt Shop, Johnny Balbona, Humanis Rex!, Where Bold Stars Go To Die, Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby, and ELMER.
Gerry also drew for Marvel and DC Comics, working on titles like X-Men, Superman: Birthright, Wolverine, and Fantastic Four.
Apart from being a renowned comic book artist, he gained viral fame as a meme via his video Hey, Baby in 2009. The minute-long video showed Gerry's supposed “seductive” and "creepy" smiles.