Quarantine Journal: March 15, 2020

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If Batman has Robin, I have Hydro Flask.

Enter: Hydro Flask

For several years, I’ve had a weakness for milk tea that wasn’t going to change any time soon unless I made a conscious decision to change my drinking habits.  I had kept on putting that off until I finally purchased a Hydro Flask (32 Oz Black Wide Mouth) hydration bottle last Monday (March 9, 2020).

By the following evening, my new bottle was washed, full of ice, and filled with water.

Water.

My go-to drink for the next 365 days (at least).

Two days later…

48 hours later, the President goes on television to raise the COVID-19 alert to it’s highest possible level–Code Red Sublevel 2.  As part of this alert, a 30-day community quarantine was also put into place…followed later on with a curfew.

The community quarantine–a necessary initiative to stem to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)–has affected us all.

That alone is an understatement. Continue reading “Quarantine Journal: March 15, 2020”

Quarantine Journal: March 14, 2020

Planned Quarantine

With the announcement of the government mandated 30-day community quarantine last March 12, 2020, I decided to keep an online journal of this unprecedented pandemic that we are all facing.

Like most people, I had been harping that I didn’t have enough time for a great many things.  In my case, that would be writing and regular exercise.

Man, this is a gentle reminder to us all to be careful with what we wish for.

How things are in the South

After from a long overdue assignment in Westgate Alabang Home Depot, my family and I made our way to Festival Mall for lunch followed by a side trip to the grocery for some last minute supplies.  As expected, Shopwise was full of people and we were lucky enough to procure the last remaining box of Libby’s Vienna Sausage.

These are certainly trying times.

For lunch, the restaurants weren’t as crowded and we ended up eating at Kenny Rogers Roasters.  I didn’t think much of it at that time, but it has dawned on me that this could be one of the last restaurants that I’ll be eating in for awhile.  My wife also noticed that it seemed like some patrons were choosing where they were going to eat based on the number of people in the establishment.  If that was indeed the case: Less people in a given restaurant would result in a higher probability that they will eat there.

It is something I hope that isn’t true. Continue reading “Quarantine Journal: March 14, 2020”

From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)

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Originally priced at P695 PHP, you can have The Walking Dead Volumes 5-13, 15, and 21 for P200 each. 

Everyone loves a good deal.

I am no different.

But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank.  Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life.  They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and Fully Booked emerged to give them a run for their money.

Remaining competitive

In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.

It is a fact that is getting harder and harder to overlook. Continue reading “From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)”

Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 2019)

img_2764Posting this one before calling it a night.  I just know if I put it off, I’ll never get it done.

The Penguin

When people my age think about The Penguin, one singular image comes to mind: Danny DeVito in 1992’s Batman Returns.  Similar visual comparisons have also been made to the version that eventually appeared in Batman: The Animated Series.

It was (and still is) a truly iconic image of The Penguin.

In fact, the only other version of the character that would have the same kind of impact (with me) would be the Arkhamverse Penguin. Nolan North’s voice performance (Arkham Origins, Arkham City, Arkham Knight) all but sealed that deal. Continue reading “Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 2019)”

Incoming Title: Lindol #5 (October 2, 2019)

End of Book One…

431A755A-1FB0-406B-A4EF-4ABCE806E993With BaCon Pop Vol. 2 – Bacolod City Pop Culture Convention right around the corner, here is a sneak peak of the first Lindol Comics variant cover by none other than Sir Gerry Alanguilan!

The upcoming issue–entitled “In Media’s Res”–is our second for 2019 and the fifth installment in an on-going post-apocalyptic black-and-white comic book series that is set in The Republic of the Philippines.

Created by Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente, we follow former Philippine Marine Corps member Dash dela Cruz, his childhood friend and art conservator Cam Camillo, ex-comic book store clerk Grey Sta. Maria, and psychologist R.E. “Dr. H” Hormillosa as they attempt the escape the clutches of The Klimcha.

Pre-Order Lindol #5 today!

(Release: Fourth Quarter 2019)

Enter Substack.com (August 13, 2019)

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The Inspiration

Have you guys subscribed to Ed Brubaker’s (From the desk of Ed Brubaker) mailing list? If you’re into his stuff, you really should.

Brubaker (Captain America; the crime noir book Criminal; and—my favorite of the lot—Kill or Be Killed, etc.) is one of the industries foremost comic book writers to make use of the mailing list medium wherein he gets to puts out the online content that he wants to an equally interested audience.

That’s sort of the dream isn’t it?

Enter: Substack.com

Well, with the help of Substack.com platform, I hope to give subscribers similar updates on my latest collaborations, release dates, giveaways (yes! giveaways!), and by the last quarter of this year: The anticipated return of The Tedi31.com Podcast!

At the time of this writing, I have four comic book artists and writers lined up for interviews—so watch out for Pods in the near future.

Sold Out!

Although an unofficial count, I believe the posters of Lindol Issue #1, Issue #2, and Issue #3 along with OBIsessions Issue #1 are completely sold out!

The limited edition posters were promotional giveaways during the release of each book.

Were you lucky enough to pick them up?

Upcoming Releases

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Structuring the Website (March 7, 2019)

Missing in Action

Looks like my missed posts are piling up (February 25th, March 4th, 5th, and 6th).  Exhaustion was the culprit for the 25th while a killer migraine on back-to-back days (5th and 6th) all but did me in.  As for the 4th, you know, at this point, I can’t recall.

Some Semblance of Structure (SSS)

Nice play of words there.  But I digress, if I am going to be posting for the rest of the year, I think i’ll need a theme-for-the-day to spice things up. Here is my proposed theme schedule–assuming there isn’t any movie, convention, or event review that will supersede it for that day.

Mondays – TBA
Tuesdays – Original Art Day (Traditional comic book art! Exciting!)
Wednesdays – Comics Day (Reviewing past or current books that have caught my interest.)
Thursdays – Collection Day (Focus on the things that have interested me through the years.)
Fridays – Item for the Week/Month (Pretty much examining the stuff that I decided to pull the trigger on. #NoSpend #AFail)
Saturdays – TBA
Sundays – Let It Fly Day (Post anything. That’s pretty much all I’ve got for now.)