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)”

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

For more on the upcoming releases, click here to subscribe to the Tedi31.com Newsletter!

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.)

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

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

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. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the People who have Emailed Me Recently (March 2, 2019)”

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.