For the last few years, those who have come to my clinic have seen this poster on my wall: Batman and Nightwing running in the rooftops of Gotham City.
The poster was inspired by the Batman (1940) #615 cover of superstar artist Jim Lee. Back in 2003 (or was it 2004), D.C. Comics marketed these Hush posters but not to long after–they stopped producing them for some reason.
To this day, I think D.C. Comics has yet to reissue them.
In its place will be a permanent wooden/glass display case that will be the future home of my art collection.
More on that in a future post.
Originally posted in one of my old blogs back in February 15, 2008.
February 10, 2008.
Despite a sudden torrid downpour of snow as we walked towards the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey—I could feel it in the cold air.
This afternoon’s match up between the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks was going to be a good one.
Or at least I hoped it would be a good one, if only for two reasons.
- Super courtside seats!!!
- Triple-double #100 (Kidd had the opportunity to record his 100th career triple-double that afternoon and finished with 13 points, 14 assists, and six rebounds—falling short of the feat by 4 caroms).
Some of the highlights: Read more…
Two days after flying in from the United States, there I was, jet lagged and all–getting ready for my second consecutive Condura Skyway Marathon. Initially, I had thought that I would not be able to participate in this year’s Condura event due to my trip abroad. But as luck would have it, while I was in the process of finalising my ticket, my schedule cleared up and the rest is history.
Prestigious and Exclusive
Since I’ve started running, I have always considered Condura to be the “unofficial starting point” to a new running season. It is also–in my opinion–the most prestigious of all the running events that are out there due to its location and exclusivity. After all, it is the only time of the year wherein human beings are allowed to run back-and-forth that long stretch of elevated road called Skyway.
The race also marked the debut of my new Black/White Nike Free 5.0[i]. This pair, much like its predecessors Nike Free 4.0 and Nike Free 3.0, will probably last me two years. Free’s–despite the obvious contradiction–are excellent investments and should serve you well.
Overall, I felt that I put up a major league stinker with a time of 3:11:43 (21.1 km). I remember having a good pace in my first 10.5 km but I then started to develop some numbness in the little toe of my left foot. It was at this point that I decided to take it easy[ii].
[i] Which I never had a chance to break in as I purchased them a day before the race.
[ii] As I was not able to get a lot of practice runs in prior to Condura, the only expectation I had for myself that morning was to be able to finish the race.
New York – With the last leg of my US trip coming to a close, I felt that I had gone out and done practically everything that I had set out to do with the exception of catching an NBA game. While in California the week before, I had hoped to see the Warriors in Oracle Arena[i]. But as luck would have it, Golden State was in the middle of back-to-back games in Philadelphia (January 30) and New York (January 31).
I missed them by—placing my index finger ever closer to my thumb—this much as I only flew to New York the following evening. So my options now were either seeing the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden (February 2) or visit the spanking new home of the Brooklyn Nets: The Barclays Center (February 3).
It was an easy choice. The Nets. As I had never been to Barclays before[ii].
Following the concierge’s instructions to the letter, I took the suggested two trains and found myself in the Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center stop—right below the Barclays Center. I was prepared for my trip up to that point, but what I didn’t expect was the proximity of Barclays to the subway’s entrance. Now, I knew it was nearby. But I didn’t expect it to be that near! By my estimation, it was only a few feet away from the subway! Read more…
During the second leg of my US trip in California, a good friend was nice enough to surprise me with an invite me to the 3rd Annual East Bay Comic Con in Hilton Concord. The one-day East Bay Comic Con, much smaller than our local conventions here in Manila, occupied a number of the Hilton’s function rooms and featured a number of personalities, guest comic book artists[i], and finds that would literally make your jaw drop to the floor!
Fortunately (or unfortunately—depending on your point of view), the ever-present knowledge that my check-in luggage was reaching its maximum allowable weight stopped me from throwing all fiscal responsibility out of the window.
But it sure was fun!
With a reasonable budget, these are the items that I went home with:
- Comic Topload Holder (5 pcs.)
- Captain America Volume 1: #249, #337, #410, and Annual #5
- Indestructible Hulk #1 and #4
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1985) #2, #3, #4, and #7
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1986) #6, #8, and #15
- Superior Spider-Man: A Troubled Mind TPB (Volume 2)
- Superior Spider-Man #014
- The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #017
For more photos on the convention, follow my Instagram account (@tedivillasor).
- I also found out that long-time Captain America artist Ron Lim was responsible for the two 2012 variant covers of the Marvel Custom Edition – The Avengers: Menace of the Mole Man #1 (Jollibee Philippines give-away promo). I was equally surprised to find out that Ron was not aware of how his covers were ultimately used by Marvel. I learn something new everyday.
[i] For more information on the convention personalities and guest comic book artists, you can visit their website at eastbaycomiccon.com.
Review: Manila Hobbies & Collectibles Convention and the Comic Odyssey Greenhills Branch Closing Sale (January 16, 2016)
Swung by Day 1 of the Manila Hobbies & Collectibles Convention at the SM Megatrade Hall 3 today and was greatly disappointed—outside the really cool Old Man Logan, King Hulk, Cave-Troll[i], and Spider-Man statues near the entrance—with what they had to offer. Let’s just leave it at that.
I then made my way to Fully Booked Promenade in Greenhills to check out the Comic Odyssey closing sale. Although I came way with a number of quality finds, I am saddened by the fact that yet another pure comic book specialty shop is shutting down permanently. In the last couple of years, we have seen Comic Odyssey’s branch in Robinson’s Place-Manila and Filbar’s (as we knew them) suffer similar fates.
Some circles feel that this is a good thing. That they could probably get better deals “online.” But let me tell you: That smell when you enter the shop. That conversation you have with your local comic book proprietor. No online shop will ever give you that.
It is one of those experiences that you will only truly value once it is gone.
[i] From the Lord of the Rings (2001) movie. It is the same cave-troll that is seen in the battle at the Chamber of Mazarbul.