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Review: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 [Day 1] (February 22, 2019)

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Clockwise: A big fire somewhere in Makati caused a huge traffic jam on our way to The World Trade Center.  Hope those affected are safe. | The traditional family photo. | Just some of the great book finds that I saw in the modest Graphic Novel section of The Big Bad Wolf Sale.

The Mark of a Tradition

After making it to Big Bad Wolf Book Sale for the third year in a row, I guess my family and I can now confidently label the annual event as a family tradition.  Since 2017, we have made it a point to grace The World Trade Center in Pasay City–site of the Big Bad Wolf Sale–on sale’s first day.

I am a big believer in the saying, “The early bird catches the worm,” and have always felt more confident in our chances of scoring great book finds if we made it a point to come on opening day.

My BBWS 2019 Haul

To be fair, I didn’t go into this year’s sale blind as some members of the Facebook groups that I am a part of went to the VIP pre-event sale held the day before.  The aforementioned FB group members took several photos of all the graphic novels on display which made it easier for me to zero in on the books that I was interested in.

When I arrived at The World Trade Center this afternoon (5:10 pm), all of the books that I wanted were still on the tables with the exception of Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely (2014). Man, I really wanted that one.

So, this is what I ended up getting:

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

The Big Bad Wolf Sale 2019 is a 24-hour event that will run for 10-days (February 22 to March 4, 2019)

 

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Review: The Perils of Penelope (1973) (February 21, 2019)

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Back when I was in nursery, our little school library had a single copy of an extremely hard-to-find book called Sesame Street Presents Bert and Ernie (The Jim Henson Muppets) in The Perils of Penelope (1973).  An adventure story and one of my all-time favourites, the book shows Ernie placing a hapless Bert in multiple life threatening situations with the noble intention of rescuing him—each time with only seconds to spare.

Much to Bert’s dismay, Ernie’s “rescue” could only take place if he was properly dressed for the occasion.  Which, say in 1979, would make Ernie the very first cosplayer that I became aware of.  But I digress, Ernie seemed to lug around a huge chest during each of these two-page life-or-death scenarios with the aim of rummaging through them in order to piece together the appropriate attire for the aforementioned rescue (e.g., Ernie would have to physically look like a crane operator before he could actually get behind the controls of the crane and use it to liberate Bert).

It has been a number of years since I’ve read The Perils of Penelope so I am still in the process of recalling how the story ended.  But I am pretty sure it involved Bert somehow convincing Ernie that his actions could likely land him in an institution–if you get my meaning. Read more…

Review: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part [No Spoilers] (February 20, 2019)

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We caught the 5:00 pm showing yesterday.

February 19, 2019.

With the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, it was only a matter of time before my family and I caught its highly anticipated sequel on the big screen, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I went into this movie blind–having made it a practice to (as much as possible) not watch any featured film’s promos leading up to its release–but had an inkling that it may not have the same kind of cultural impact that made its predecessor an overwhelming success.

But without going into further detail, the movie was generally entertaining and the pop culture references were greatly appreciated.  However, I also felt that the sequel’s plot was one that kids would simply enjoy more than adults. Read more…

Komiket 2019 (February 18, 2019)

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Komiket 2019 Haul: Original Art, Jupiter’s Legacy #4 and #5, The Mighty Thor #332 (Volume 1), G.I. Joe Special Missions #4, and The New DI-13 #1 (Lan Medina Variant) [Not Pictured].

Medical Report

I’ll be honest.  I am not in the best of shape today.  I’ve got the flu and didn’t think I’d even get a chance to post this entry tonight as I went to bed early.  Here’s a quick summary: No cough, running nose, or joint pain (I am grateful) but my throat is so sore that I have difficulty swallowing.

Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow morning.

Komiket 2019 (February 17, 2019)

Popped up for Day 2 of Komiket 2019 in order to attend the Komiket Awards 2019.  Lindol Comics co-creator and artist Randy Valiente was one of five finalists one of the Best Illustrator category (Out of a field of 53-57 entries I believe).

I also had a chance to catch up with some friends as well as take home some fine art and comic books. Read more…

Early Morning Quiz [NBA All-Star Game Edition] (February 17, 2019)

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With the 68th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game right around the corner, I decided to put my basketball knowledge to the test by answering the question, “Name all of the NBA All-Star Game MVP’s under 6 minutes.”

But this wasn’t just any ordinary online quiz as I stacked the proverbial playing field against me by answering it on my cellphone–which more or less eliminated the possibility of constantly scrolling down to see the progress of my answers–at the crack of dawn (6:24 am to be precise).

So here is how I did: 54.9%

Needless to say, I was quite disappointed as I could have scored a few more points with “Johnson” but my answer didn’t seem to register.  Maybe I should have written “Magic” or maybe–I was still half asleep–and DIDN’T write down “Johnson” or “Magic.”  But no excuses!

Here is my personal evaluation broken down into five blocks:

2013 Chris Paul!  Really!  He won it?  I wouldn’t have gotten this under six minutes for sure.

Still smarting over not getting “Magic Johnson” on my score card.

Julius Erving? Maybe I would have also gotten George Gervin, Dave Cowens, and Willis Reed with more time.  I remember going over the Celtics greats one-by-one before abandoning the list in favor of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

Big O, Rick Barry, and George Mikan….maybe if I had a little more time.

Mikan for sure but not Paul Arizin or Ed Macauley.

Oh, I almost forgot!  Happy 56th birthday to the GOAT Michael Jefferey Jordan!

Rewriting the Lexicon (February 16, 2019)

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I will periodically update this post as more “key” words come to my attention.

In a therapeutic setting, I have heard the following words–not often, but often enough–uttered by patients:

I will try

or

I can’t do…

or

It’s so hard… or It’s so difficult

Now there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the words “try,” “can’t,” “hard,” or “difficult” but if one hopes to facilitate a certain degree of change in their lives, I feel that how they view or present their situation is equally important.  Proverbial change starts from within–a journey that instantaneously begins with the redefinition of one’s lexicon.

Master Yoda was right

During Luke Skywalker failed attempt to lift his X-Wing from the murky swamps of Dagobah, Yoda told a beleaguered Luke, “Do…or do not.  There is no try.”

Whenever someone says that they will “try,” I find the odds of them fulfilling the given task–whatever it may be–dropping dramatically.  “Try” has become to go-to word to bridge a difficult conversation into a far more comfortable.  The easiness of this transition has to stop and the one way to do is would be to remove the word entirely from your lexicon.

The same can be said for the words “can’t,” “hard,” and “difficult.”  How would you know that you “can’t” do a specific task or that it is “hard” or “difficult” if you haven’t done it consistently yet?

We define consistently as engaging in the said activity regularly over a period of 60 days.

Make that change

If you want to make some changes in your own life but need some assistance, you can schedule an appointment with me.

I’d be more than happy to help.

 

Komiket Awards 2019 (February 15, 2019)

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Lindol Comics #3 (As it is seen in Komiket’s Facebook post)

Got great news today that Lindol Comics has been considered for the Komiket Awards 2019 that will be taking place during Komiket 2019 (February 16 and 17, 2019 | The Elements at Centris along Quezon Avenue).

I am also very grateful for the kind reviews that Anima-i Germaine and EK Gonzalez gave Lindol.

Anima-i Germaine wrote:

Lindol #3 by Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente.

The three wanderers find their way to a stronghold created at former EDSA-Ortigas, through various perils.  It has more action and movement than the bridging Issue 2, and reveals one of their enemies.  Lots of 80s references are dropped, for better or worse.  The art is stable and excellent as expected.

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Anima-i Germaine’s full review via Komiket’s Facebook Page.

EK Gonzales wrote:

Lindol: Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente

Most people have probably heard of The Big One–the rumoured mother of all earthquakes that is said to hit the Philippines anytime soon.  But no one has thought of what to do when it hits or what might happen after.  But the Lindol creators bring these thoughts alive in their komiks.

In Lindol, the story revolves around a few survivors–most being strangers to one another.  The first chapter focuses on establishing its characters and events, and serves as a good hook for the chapters to come.

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EK Gonzales (@komikninja) has reviewed past issues of Lindol Comics via her Instagram account.

One distinct characteristic of Lindol is its art style–rough and sketchy–which is perfect for its setting, as well as the afterword from the creators.

Lindol may not look like much at first, but its terrifying idea of the big one will keep you wondering what will happen next, so it’s definitely worth a read.

Best Komiks Category 2018

Last February, the Lindol creative team was honoured to have Issue 1 among the six finalist in the Komiket Awards 2018Best Komiks‘ category.  In fact, the creative team was so proud with the nomination that we wanted to find a way wherein we could cite it in future Lindol publications.  Komiket was nice enough to grant us permission to do so and even supplied us with the Nominee 2018 logo that appears on Issues 2 and 3. Read more…