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Not a popular opinion: My take on Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 13, 2017)

12/13/2017 1 comment
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Star Wars Movie Night: We caught the 4:00 pm showing on Day 2 of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. | The Skywalker Genogram: Prior to watching Episode VIII, I explained the lineage of Ben Solo with the help a Genogram.  In hindsight, I should have also put in Anakin’s Mom–Shmi Skywalker Lars and her husband Cliegg Lars.  If it were to be even more detailed, Owen (Cliegg’s only son with his late wife Aika) and his wife Beru would also be included.

Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, don’t read any further.

Are you sure you want to know what I think?

Well, you have been warned.

The Internal Debate

Before I begin, I just wanted to say that this was probably one of the most difficult posts that I’ve ever written to date. Largely in part to the fact that I’ve broken the first rule in blogging—I stopped writing solely for myself and have taken into account what others may feel about my opinions on the film.

And there have been many. Read more…

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Review: AsiaPOP Comicon 2015

09/19/2015 Leave a comment
From L to R: Jeric, Black suit Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Daryl, and me. | Day 2 AsiaPOP Comicon 2015 security bracelet | The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) | Dino versus Darth | Fight Club 2 cover artist David Mack and me. | My signed issues of Fight Club 2.

From L to R: Jeric, Black suit Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Daryl, and me. | Day 2 AsiaPOP Comicon 2015 security bracelet | The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) | Dino versus Darth | Fight Club 2 cover artist David Mack and me. | My signed issues of Fight Club 2.

It’s a small world after all… 

I know the world is a bigger place but it seemed as if all eyes were centered on the World Trade Center Metro Manila this week for the AsiaPop Comicon.  The buildup for the event reminded me of an ever fluctuating stock market that had fans either lauding the AsianPop organizers for their vision and ambition or vehemently striking them down for not being able to come through with announced guests like Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman in the highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, Marvel’s Agent Carter), and Bill Goldberg (WWE, Checkpoint The Movie).

Despite these setbacks, perennial Manila traffic, and the poor weather; the proverbial ‘Con was On’ and we punched our ticket for Day 2 of the AsiaPOP Comicon.  #AntFam arrived sometime after lunch and made our way to the Pinoy 501st Legion’s[i] Star Wars booth for a photo with a couple of their members who were dressed as a Stormtrooper and a Jedi.  Even R2-D2 got in on the fun.

Other notable attractions included a black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that literally brought a nostalgic tear to my eye.  It was THE car of my generation–The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.)!  A relic by today’s standards, I remember Michael Knight being able to play with an Atari console in that thing.  Jeez, now my age is showing.  Anyway, they also had a HUGE Ironman Hulkbuster which you could climb into for a photo opportunity.  However, the process involved buying a t-shirt worth P250 which seemed simple enough except that the line was just so long that I decided to pass on it. Read more…

Review: The 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)

09/18/2015 Leave a comment
From L to R: #AntFam at #MIBF2015 | Batman: Under The Red Hood TPB and Batman: Arkham Origins Limited Edition Strategy Guide | The Graphic Novel section of Fully Booked in MIBF 2015 | It isn't a scam! Robert Kiyosaki is coming to Manila! | Indy's Artline Stix's inspired doodle. | Everyone seems to have found something.

From L to R: #AntFam at #MIBF2015 | Batman: Under The Red Hood TPB and Batman: Arkham Origins Limited Edition Strategy Guide | The Graphic Novel section of Fully Booked in MIBF 2015 | It isn’t a scam! Robert Kiyosaki is coming to Manila! | Indy’s Artline Stix’s inspired doodle. | Everyone seems to have found something.

With what has become an annual event, the #AntFam marched to the 36th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at the SMX Convention Center with excitement in our eyes: Indy gushed at the overwhelming sight of all the books; Daryl made a bee-line for the nearest adult colouring books; while I headed for Fully Booked’s impressive graphic novel section.

Fully Booked’s Instagram account gave me a head’s up on what to expect: a formidable selection of Marvel, DC Comics, and Independent books.  I immediate scanned the Batman and Spider-Man sections and the first trade paperback caught my eye was Judd Winick’s Batman: Under The Red Hood.  For those of you that may not know, the character of Jason Todd (The Red Hood), the second Robin, was killed off in the late 80’s and remained in that state until he was resurrected in 2005.  I didn’t think anything of it until my interest in the character was piqued when I finished Batman: Arkham Knight and subsequently completed the DLC (Downloadable Content) Red Hood Story Pack.  It really helps when you give the character an actual voice (Doesn’t he sound so much like Anakin Skywalker when he rants?) but I digress–I had been looking for the Batman: Under The Red Hood TPB for quite some time now and I finally held it in my hand.[i]

I took a moment and looked around; it seemed as if every people I saw had anywhere between two to five books under their arms.  I guess when twenty percent is knocked off any price tag, it just makes our ability to spend seemingly more judicious.  I finished off my book haul for this year’s book fair with a Batman: Arkham Origins Limited Edition Strategy Guide[ii] and Idan Ravin’s The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball’s Best Players.[iii]

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