Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 2019)

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The Penguin

When people my age think about The Penguin, one singular image comes to mind: Danny DeVito in 1992’s Batman Returns.  Similar visual comparisons have also been made to the version that eventually appeared in Batman: The Animated Series.

It was (and still is) a truly iconic image of The Penguin.

In fact, the only other version of the character that would have the same kind of impact (with me) would be the Arkhamverse Penguin. Nolan North’s voice performance (Arkham Origins, Arkham City, Arkham Knight) all but sealed that deal. Continue reading “Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 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

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

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)

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. Continue reading “Review: The Perils of Penelope (1973) (February 21, 2019)”

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. Continue reading “Review: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part [No Spoilers] (February 20, 2019)”

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. Continue reading “Komiket 2019 (February 18, 2019)”