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Structuring the Website (March 7, 2019)

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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.)

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Review: Problems with the printing quality of Captain America #8 [Volume #9 |February 27, 2019] (March 3, 2019)

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Top: Captain America #8 (Volume #9 | Cover A | Alex Ross Cover) and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter (Volume #1 | Cover D | Matteo Scalera Cover) | Bottom: Paint transfer on the same Captain America cover.

Had some time this morning to sit down and read a couple of the books that I purchased yesterday: Captain America #8 and Simone Bianchi and Mark Millar’s Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1.

Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1 (Volume #1 | 2019)

Now, I wasn’t immediately drawn to the name “Sharkey The Bounty Hunter” or its science fiction kid/parent dynamic premise but decided to give it a chance since I am a big fan of Mark Millar related properties…and I’m glad I did.   In addition, Italian artist Simone Bianchi’s art clearly stands out in more ways than one.

I know that last sentence is pretty vague but do ask me about it if ever we meet up in person.

It’s a fascinating story and I can’t wait for Issue #2. Read more…

An Open Letter to the People who have Emailed Me Recently (March 2, 2019)

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Dear Sender(s),

Greetings and I hope that this reaches you well.  I know that you have probably emailed me with the intention of conducting a survey, interview, or maybe even to discuss matters pertaining to your practicum or internship.

Now, I understand that it is the 21st century and electronic mail is an acceptable medium to convey your request.  However, simply sending a generic message (which, at times, I’ve also noticed is carbon copied to several of your other prospects) or–worse yet–a forwarded message with neither a subject line nor email body can be, well, quite unappealing.

Sender, always remember that when you send these kinds of requests to professionals, you are also trying to make a good first impression with the hope that it may lead to your desired request.  Sending emails in the manner that I have described earlier simply shows me that you think very little of my time–our time. Read more…

Review: The Unwritten: The Deluxe Edition Book One Hardcover (March 1, 2019)

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Lucked out with this one.

When I heard that this Deluxe Edition was part of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, my family and I just had to make a return trip to The World Trade Center to see if I could scope up a copy for myself.

This time around, the books were less organized (as compared to Day 1…and understandably so) but I managed to dig out a single copy.  Yep, just one.

Still no sign of  that Frank Quitely Graphic Ink book though.

The Unwritten

The first time I read Mike Carey (story) and Peter Gross (art) The Unwritten, I was drawn in immediately and couldn’t put it down.  The Deluxe Edition Book One is the story of Tom Taylor, a man who has spent almost his entire life under the shadow of his father’s creation: A Harry Pottersque character that was based on Tom called Tommy Taylor.

Years after his father–Wilson Taylor’s–mysterious disappearance, Tom is suddenly subjected to an inquisition that put his very existence into question.

The Unwritten: The Deluxe Edition Book One collects the first twelve issues of the series.

Final Edits on Lindol #4, OBIsessions #1, and my Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Haul Photo (February 28, 2019)

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Clockwise: Chuck Palahniuk’s Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You To Color (2017), Empress Book One HC (2017) [Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar], Survivors Club (2016) [Lauren Beukes], Melag (2016) [Bong Redila], Palahniuk’s Pygmy (2009), and Choke (2001).

We need more days!

This is a statement that the working class will agree with: We need more days in February!  Taking into account a possible leap year, those extra two or three days could mean the difference between a penalty or making a payment on-time.

Am I right!

Final Edits

Just sent in my final edits for Lindol #4 (with the award winning artist Randy Valiente) and my new book OBIsessions #1 (with Jann Galino).

If everything is in the can we should start printing by the middle of March and be ready of the April 13 launch during Summer Komikon 2019!

Kindly email me for issue reservations. Read more…

My Love for Amok Time (February 27, 2019)

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Armed with a Vulcan Lirpa, a pon farr consumed Spock is forced to battle Kirk to the death.

My first experience with anything closely related to the popular Star Trek episode “Amok Time” was Jim Carrey’s Medieval Times fight sequence in the 1996 movie The Cable Guy.  Back then, I found the scene highly entertaining–especially with Jim’s apt rendition of the Star Trek episode’s climatic background music–but the core of the bit/homage escaped me.

Then I finally got a chance to watch Amok Time and at that very moment–everything made perfect sense.  In this episode, we got to see the dynamics between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, the home planet of Spock, a literal dance of death known as kal-if-fee, and of course, the intricacies of the Vulcan mating ritual known as pon farr–the plot device that led the crew of the USS Enterprise into Vulcan airspace.

Now all of this Amok Time talk brings back memories of this scene:

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My Growing Impatience with my Netflix account (February 26, 2019)

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Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater.

In fact, I think the Netflix streaming service and its competitors have completely revolutionized the way we assimilate movies and television shows.  Gone are the days wherein we would have to wait an entire week for the next episode of our favorite show.  Shows, mind you, that had no pause button (which certainly made the decision of whether to take a bathroom break during a commercial even more excruciating) or at the very least gave you that stinking feeling that if you did indeed miss that particular episode–you’d never ever get to see it again (An obstacle that was addressed with the advent of VCD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s, and digital downloads).

But its 2019 and those were the concerns of a different generation.  Today, streaming services have obliterated any possibility of learning delayed gratification though this medium as entire seasons are now gift wrapped for their consumers to unpack–anytime or anywhere.  In fact, the only questions left to answer are: a) Is the movie/show that you are interested in available in your steaming service, and b) are you going to binge watch that particular movie/series today.

With literally thousands of movies and television shows at your fingertips (well, most of them at least–depending on your region), what are you going to watch next?

The Opposite Effect

Or in my case, the opposite effect, what movie/show will be able to keep me interested in it long enough before I decide to push that little X bottom on the upper right hand side of the screen?

Believe me…it’s happened quite a few times already and I am curious, has this happened to you too?

Have you started to grow impatient?  Specifically, are you less likely to give new shows a chance knowing full well that there are many more that you can swipe through or click on?

Patience is still there…

Lastly, I’ve also noticed that my patience seems longer for movies that I end up catching in theatres or with movies/shows that I purchased on other platforms like DVD, Blu-Ray, or via Apple digital download.