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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…

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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)

 

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…

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…

Review: Haliya Publishing’s H Club Box 4 [Sold Out] (February 11, 2019)

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The contents of my H Club Box 4.  Thanks Mervin, Prin, and Aliyah!

Very fortunate to be among the few to have Haliya Publishing’s H Club Box 4 (with a sculpture of Tabi Po’s Elias).  My H Club Box 4 arrived via courier last week and I was planning on finding some free time this afternoon to do an unboxing video.  But as luck would have it–I ran out of space on my device while I was filming.

In lieu of the video, I settled for some great shots of its contents.

Unlike its past H Club Box releases, Haliya Publishing gave consumers the option of putting together their own boxes (“Build Your Own Box”) this time around.  My customized H Club Box 4 contained the first two issues of Tabi Po, (by Mervin Malonzo), two zines: The Friendzone (by Malonzo and Noel Read more…