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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…

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Nemesis [Icon Comics] (February 7, 2019)

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Purchased from Steve McNiven during Day 1 of New York Comic Con held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last October 4, 2018.

In 2010, writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven released a four-part series called Nemesis that centered on the the intriguing premise, “What if Batman was The Joker?”

Now, I would have bought that book in a heartbeat had I been more active in the comic book community during that time.  But in truth, I knew nothing about it until I read it during a connecting flight from San Francisco to Manila (via Portland) back in 2016.

Initial Impression

Despite some over-the-top sub themes, I thought the book was relatively great.

My one takeaway: Nemesis’ design reminded me so much of an all-white Hanna-Barbera Productions’ Space Ghost.

I’ll leave it at that. Read more…

Comic Odyssey’s Secret Empire #4 Signing Event (June 17, 2017)

06/17/2017 1 comment

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Clockwise: The stuff I had signed at the event.[i] | Gerry (left) and Leinil. | Thanks again Gerry for the sketch[ii].

What a hot day!

After work this morning, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Secret Empire #4 signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

The afternoon signing–scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm–served as a reunion of sorts for the longtime creative team of Yu and Alanguilan who haven’t had a signing together in well over a year.  It was great to see them both.

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CapWolf finds a new home (May 21, 2017)

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Ah, CapWolf.

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The CapWolf head joins my other artifacts.  | Want a challenge? Can you name all the 19 artifacts in this picture? How about the toy lines that I took them from?

Another addition to my personal collection.[i]

For those of you who may be too young or unaware of the history of CapWolf, it is a Captain America (Volume 1) story that ran for six issues (#402-#407) way back in 1992.   The gist of the story: Captain America turns into a werwolf and dukes it out with Logan.  After the dust settles, Cap manages to regain human form.

I know.  It not one of the better ideas of the early 90’s but it was certainly one of the more memorable ones…so memorable in fact that it was released as a graphic novel a couple or so years ago. Read more…

Jomar Bulda Fundraising Drive (May 10-23, 2017)

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Superior (Issue #4 | Page #15) summary: “Chris, Simon Pooni’s best friend, is roughed up by Sharpie and his gang while attempting to take an ill-advised shortcut through “Sharpie’s neighborhood.”

As a way to join in on the collective efforts of the comic book community, I have donated this original inked Superior page (Issue #4 | Page #15) and left it with the kind people of Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. over at their Fort branch.

Art by Leinil Francis Yu and inked by Gerry Alanguilan, Superior (2010) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest comic ever produced as well as having the most number of creators working on a single comic.

Sir Gerry signed the piece at the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City on August 13, 2016, while Leinil added his signature during Free Comic Book Day 2017 at Filbar’s Megamall.

Contact Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. for pricing and other details. Read more…

From Filbar’s to Comic Odyssey to Druid’s Keep: My Free Comic Book Day 2017 Experience (May 6, 2017)

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Clockwise: The calm before the storm: Leinil’s desk. | First in line! | Leinil signs Page 33 of Supercrooks #4. | My copy of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by writer Mark Waid, inker Gerry Alanguilan, and now penciller Leinil Francis Yu. | Lenil and Gerry’s signatures at the bottom of the aforementioned Page 33. | Thanks again Leinil!

For many, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) serves as an annual opportunity to get new readers (as well as old ones) into the hobby by offering a wide selection of books that they would not normally pick up.  But in recent years, the status quo of FCBD in the Philippines has evolved beyond its original purpose and into an event wherein the local comic distributors and artists give back to comic book community.

For me, the highlight of FCBD 2017 was being able to attend Leinil Yu’s signing over at Filbar’s Megamall.[i] Without going into great detail, Leinil was very gracious and accommodating.  Thank you again Leinil!

After lunch at Pepper Lunch[ii], I proceeded to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street where I was able to get free copies of Wonder Woman: Rebirth (Special Edition) #1 and Skottie Young’s I Hate Image before they ran out of stocks. From what I heard, I Hate Image is an amalgamation of a number of Image Comics’ popular titles and that it’s original art Read more…

The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Non-spoilers) (April 25, 2017)

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Aside from getting into an early screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | I was able to find several issues on sale for P200 over at Comic Quest.  Issues 7-9, 17-18 of Fatale, Issue 2 of High Roads and Issues 6-7 of IDW’s Ghostbusters for the Fam

As part of my education as an aspiring comic book writer, I have made it a point to find time to listen to the creative process of other writers.   It is a mandate has also made me more open to the idea of reading books that fall outside the Marvel and DC Comics spectrum.[i]  This will be the first of many posts where I’ll try to pass on what I’ve learned about the creative writing process or maybe something about comics in general.

The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks

In one particular interview featuring writer Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Kill or Be Killed), someone asked if the essays located in the backspace[ii] of several issues of Fatale[iii] would ever be compiled into a trade paperback or featured as additional material in future editions of Fatale.

Brubaker’s response was simple: No.

He reasoned that it was a complicated process as there were many authors who had contributed essays throughout Fatale’s 24-issue run.  These were published as one-offs–meaning that any subsequent publishing would require consent from the aforementioned authors.

Therefore, the essay material would then remain exclusively in the single issues and serve–at least in my mind–as an added incentive to get them.[iv]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (The non-spoiler edition)

Was with the Fam yesterday and we were able to catch the 9:00 pm advance showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

What do I think?

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