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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…

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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…

Fringe 2019 x Komiket Makati (February 10, 2019)

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Yakult Ice Tea!  I plan to get another one the next time I visit Century Mall.

Found out about the one-day Fringe 2019 x Komiket Makati event just last night and decided to drop by and support my fellow indie comic book creators today.

The event was held in high end food mall called Hole in the Wall.  Located in the 4th floor of Century Mall in Makati City, I had been to this particular establishment once or twice since it opened.  The pop-up was set to officially open at 11 am and since I was a bit early, I decided to take a seat try one of the lessees’ Yakult Iced Tea–a combination that I would have never considered–but turned out to be pretty good.

However, the one drawback of my dining experience was that my table had a number of tiny and medium sized cockroaches scampering from under the woodwork.  It was quite annoying, but I am sure if management ever does get around to fumigating the establishment, it would adequately address the issue. Read more…

Funko Pop! Stacks Plastic Protector: Protecting Your Investment (February 8, 2019)

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Funko Pop! Stacks may not survive that 6-foot fall, but they are good for just about everything else.

Everyone has that moment in their lives where nuggets of wisdom are thrown their way.  The kind of advice or suggestion that resonates long after it is said.

Mine happened a couple of years ago when I purchased a new cellphone and grumbled at the idea of having to purchase an expensive case to protect it.  I remember my uncle overhearing that particular rant and immediately turning towards me and said, “So, you’re willing to spend a  lot on a cellphone and not on a case to protect it.”

Now, I wasn’t able to properly swallow that particular nugget or wisdom, but as time went by–and the more I thought about it–my uncle really made a lot of sense.

I’ve kept to that piece of advice ever since.

Funko Pop! Stacks Plastic Protectors

I believe that I have talked about my Rick and Morty Funko Pop! collection quite extensively on my website and that it is likely the only Funko series that I would go to great lengths to collect.

Anyway, I finally decided to bite the bullet and invest in acrylic plastic protectors for them.  But as fate would have it,  the moment I reached that decision, the demand for the Pop! Stacks rose and we have had a shortage of them (locally) ever since.

That was until my supplier called and informed me that my Pop! Stack “orders have arrived.”

Now, I wonder if I’ll have enough for all of my Rick and Morty figures.