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Talk on “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.”

03/16/2017 Leave a comment

UPDATE:

Due to the Malacanang’s work suspension announcement for the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on April 27 and 28, 2017 we will be moving our talk entitled, “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.” to the 12th of May 2017 (Friday).

It will be held at the Ateneo Professional Schools – Ateneo de Manila University in 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City from 9 AM – 12 NN (Friday).

For questions, you can reach us via email or at 844-2941.

Thank you.

Attention:

Dra. Villasor would like to inform all interested participants that they are required to bring their own copy of the DSM-V to the May 12 workshop.  Thank you.

Overview:

On May 12, Metropolitan Psychological Corporation (MPC) will be holding its second talk for 2017 entitled, “Diagnostic Statistical Manual V: What psychologists, counselors, and mental health practitioners need to know with Dr. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor.”

It will be held at the Ateneo Professional Schools – Ateneo de Manila University in 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City from 9 AM – 12 NN (Friday).

This accredited CPE activity of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) is worth 3 CPE points.

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The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Non-spoilers) (April 25, 2017)

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Aside from getting into an early screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | I was able to find several issues on sale for P200 over at Comic Quest.  Issues 7-9, 17-18 of Fatale, Issue 2 of High Roads and Issues 6-7 of IDW’s Ghostbusters for the Fam

As part of my education as an aspiring comic book writer, I have made it a point to find time to listen to the creative process of other writers.   It is a mandate has also made me more open to the idea of reading books that fall outside the Marvel and DC Comics spectrum.[i]  This will be the first of many posts where I’ll try to pass on what I’ve learned about the creative writing process or maybe something about comics in general.

The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks

In one particular interview featuring writer Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Kill or Be Killed), someone asked if the essays located in the backspace[ii] of several issues of Fatale[iii] would ever be compiled into a trade paperback or featured as additional material in future editions of Fatale.

Brubaker’s response was simple: No.

He reasoned that it was a complicated process as there were many authors who had contributed essays throughout Fatale’s 24-issue run.  These were published as one-offs–meaning that any subsequent publishing would require consent from the aforementioned authors.

Therefore, the essay material would then remain exclusively in the single issues and serve–at least in my mind–as an added incentive to get them.[iv]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (The non-spoiler edition)

Was with the Fam yesterday and we were able to catch the 9:00 pm advance showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

What do I think?

Read more…

Kawhi Leonard, The Grindhouse, Comic Odyssey, and the Philip Tan and Elmer Santos Signing & Sketching Event (April 23, 2017)

04/23/2017 Leave a comment

Philip Tan gets the ball rolling well before his call time of 1 pm. | Philip’s three 2-hour sketches: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, and the Dark Phoenix. | The Spider-Man sketch that Philip did for me on my Clone Conspiracy Blank Cover Variant. | Photo opportunity with Philip. | Posing for a photo with Elmer Santos. | Elmer’s Spider-Man sketch on my Champions #1 Blank Cover Variant.

What an interesting day!

Certainly one that I didn’t expect having when I woke up this morning.

Here is how things went down.

The Early Bird makes the sketch list

With Sandy’s announcement that The Hellblazer[i] creative team of Philip Tan (artist) and Elmer Santos (colorist) would be taking several sketch commissions–for free!–during their Signing and Sketch Event today, it made a lot of sense for my good friend Mark and I to make our way to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street before they opened at 11:00 am.

San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies–a game for the ages.

Mark and I got to High Street early so we decided to head to the nearby Italiannis to catch the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies game.

This was a rare treat for me as I usually don’t watch television anymore[ii].  Game 4 between these two teams also served as my first game in this year’s NBA Playoffs.

And what a game it was!  As Mark and I settled into our seats, Memphis–down 2-1 in the series–had erected a formidable 10 point lead early in the fourth quarter lead by Grizzlies $153 dollar quarterback Mike Conley, Jr.

But Memphis had to give Conley a breather and almost as soon as he sat down, the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard took over and both teams battled till the end of regulation and well into overtime. Read more…

The limited edition Starbucks Night Sky Reusable Cup promo (April 21-22, 2017)

04/22/2017 Leave a comment
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Beating the heat with a Grande Green Tea Frappuccino! *Sigh* I miss my old order: Basic Black Iced Tea.

Had an impromptu lunch date with the Fam yesterday afternoon at my local Starbucks branch in Makati and while we were lining up to give our orders.  I saw this on top of the counter: A limited edition Night Sky Reusable Cup for only P100!

How could I resist right?

It had all the magical ingredients that only a Starbucks regular would love: Limited edition. Saving the environment. And! Saving money![i]

The Starbucks Night Sky Reusable Cup promo details:

We have a new partner in reducing cup waste. You.

Get this Night Sky Reusable Cup for only P100 or enjoy a 10% off on any merchandise item when you purchase any Grande handcrafted beverage on April 21 and 22, 2017.

Save P5 every time you use your cup for your beverage purchase.

  • Except coffee press and other brewing equipment.

Visit http://www.starbucks.ph for details.

Addendum:

I went back today to the same branch and the barista informed me that the cups didn’t last the day.  Good thing I had foresight![ii]

The promo is good until today so if you guys are near any Starbucks branch–who knows?  They may still have the cup.

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[i] Granted it’s 5 bucks but that goes a long way in the grand scheme of things.
[ii] Enter imaginary pat on the back.

Fearing the Sun: The Awesomeness of Eclipse (April 14, 2017)

04/14/2017 Leave a comment
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Thanks again Zack for sending me a signed copy of Eclipse #1 as well as a personalized note.

First-time comic book writer Zack Kaplan had been making comic book pitches for a number of years before Top Cow Productions’ President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Hawkins gave him his big break. The pitch–and I am paraphrasing here–probably went something like this.

Eclipse is a science fiction, murder mystery set 10 years from now where the world as we know it has changed. Sunspots have made the rays of the sun lethal to organic life[i] and civilization is now forced to live underground.  Several murders have also been discovered with the main suspect (a vigilante?) somehow unaffected by the killer sun.

Hope I did that some justice.

Now Zack was tasked to find an artist for the then projected 4-part mini series.  He looked through several portfolios and decided on Italian artist Giovanni P. Timpano who had done work with a number of franchise properties such as G.I. Joe: Infestation, The Shadow, and The Lone Ranger/Green Hornet.  However, there was a catch–Giovanni was committed to another project for the next five months.  Top Cow informed Zack that he would either have to wait for Giovanni or go with another artist.  But in his mind, Zack felt that waiting another five months for Giovanni was the right thing to do for the book.

It was; the Eclipse creative team was formed and they haven’t looked back since.

What I like most about this book is the world building as well as the transparency of the creative process detailed at the end of each issue.  In the first arc[ii], the writer (Kaplan), artist (Timpano), colorist (Chris Northrop), and letterer (Troy Peteri) all take turns in sharing their experiences in putting Eclipse together.

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[i] But according to Zack, the scorching heat has not affected water.
[ii] If you guys haven’t had a chance to read Eclipse, Image Comics released the the trade paperback last February and Issue #6 is scheduled to be released on May 20, 2017.

ObIsessions: The Indie Comic Book (April 10, 2017)

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The ObIsessions creative team of Tedi Villasor (writer) and Jann Galino (artist).

Really excited with my collaboration with the incredibly talented Jann Galino on our creator-owned project entitled ObIsessions.  It is slated for release on August 31, 2017.

Talk on “Strategies in Handling Bullying among Children and Adolescents” (April 11, 2017)

04/09/2017 Leave a comment
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Thank you again EdLink Foundation for the opportunity to talk to your teachers. I enjoyed your stories and hope that you were able to take something away that will help your students.

Last April 10, 2017, I had the opportunity to talk to several of the EdLink Foundation teachers on the subject of bullying.

Bullying prevention was the subject of my Masteral thesis in graduate school and has been an advocacy since then.

If you would like me to talk to your school administration, teachers, counselors, students, and their parents about bullying strategies–you can reach me over at my Facebook page.

Giving Powers a chance (April 8, 2017)

04/08/2017 Leave a comment

My copy of Powers Volume 2: Role-play

While on an out-of-town trip with some friends, we decided to stop by SM City San Pablo for lunch.  It was our first time there and SM sure made the most of their lot.  They had their staple department store and grocery sections but only an exiguous number of restaurants.

The good thing though is that SM City San Pablo did manage to squeeze in a small branch of Booksale among their many lessees.  Highest marks SM!  Anyway, I found a copy of Powers Volume 4: Supergroup and Volume 5: Anarchy[i] and decided to pick them up largely because of the Powers double-splash page homage that writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson put into Nailbiter #7[ii].

What then is Powers?  To be honest, I didn’t know much past it being a Brian Michael Bendis book.  It turns out that Bendis and Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming use a very generous–and I do mean generous–amount of panels to convey a scene.

I think by the time I am done reading these Powers books, I’d have my own Powers homage layout in mind for a future issue of ObIsessions.

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[i] The following day, I found and purchased Powers Volume 2: Role-play in Booksale’s V-Mall branch.  Anyone know where I can get my hands on Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl and Volume 3: Little Deaths? This is a nice little quest since I don’t usually buy physical TPB’s anymore.  You know, lack of space and all.
[ii] If you haven’t read that issue yet, put down what your doing right now and read Nailbiter.  Their 30-issue run ended last March 2017.