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)

 

Remembering Andrew Villar (February 13, 2019)

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Clayface by Andrew Philip Villar (2016)

I first met Andrew Villar during Collection 2016.  Back then, I had this grand idea of having different artists work on several 11×17 jam pieces that would feature members of Batman’s famed Rogue’s Gallery.  Participating artists had a free hand to select from a comprehensive list the villain or villains that they wanted to illustrate.  It was a long list that include some of the more obscure rogues like Abattoir (Arnold Etchison) and The Mad Bomber (Ted Dymer).

When Andrew’s turn came, several of the more prominent villains had already been commissioned, so he decided on Clayface.  I then inquired, “Would it be ok if it looked like the Clayface from Batman: The Animated Series?”

Andrew flashed a smile then said, “Ako ang bahala.” (I’ll take care of it.)

By the time Andrew was done, not only did it look like Clayface from The Animated Series–it was better.

Far better. Continue reading “Remembering Andrew Villar (February 13, 2019)”

Nike Did It: Self-Lacing Technology is finally here (February 12, 2019)

Remember the self-lacing shoe that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II? Well Nike is finally releasing a shoe to the public with similar technology. It’s called the Nike Adapt BB and it will have a smartphone “control” option as well as wirelessly charging every couple of weeks (due to the micro motors imbedded into the show.).

It will be released to the public on February 17, 2019–which happens to coincide with the 68th NBA All-Star game and GOAT Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s birthday (MJ will turn 56 on Sunday).

It will come at a cost though—$350.

Man! I’d want one but I don’t think I can ever justify wearing a pair of shoes that worth roughly P17,500 (Philippine Pesos).

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. Continue reading “Nemesis [Icon Comics] (February 7, 2019)”

Understanding Markelle Fultz though my own injury (January 31, 2019)

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All in the name of pain relief: There is a several strategically placed Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) electrode pads underneath my towel draped hot packs.

The story so far…

After a decorated high school career and a so-so one-and-done freshman year with the Washington Huskies, the Philadelphia 76ers (#3) swapped draft positions with the Boston Celtics (#1) prior to the 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft in order to select heralded 6’3″ point guard Markelle N’Gai Fultz.

On paper, Bryan Colangelo–then the 76ers President of Basketball Operations–had assembled a young, talented, and exciting team[i] with Fultz being groomed as one of its pillars.  But after only four games to start the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, it was reported that Markelle Fultz would be out indefinitely due to “shoulder soreness and scapular muscle imbalance.”

The injury was described to be so severe that ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was quoted as saying, “(Fultz) literally (could not) raise up his arms to shoot the basketball.”  In mid-March 2018, after a great deal of speculation surrounding his health, Markelle Fultz rejoined the 76ers and even posted a triple-double (13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 25 minutes) on the last day of the regular season to become the youngest ever to accomplish the feat (19 years and 317 days).

Markelle Fultz opened his sophomore season as the 76ers starting shooting guard before losing his position to newly acquired Jimmy Butler.  Shortly after, Fultz went on indefinite leave from the 76ers in order to care for his ailing right shooting shoulder–diagnosed a neck and shoulder injury called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).

A better understanding

Whenever Markelle Fultz would come up in conversations with other basketball aficionados, I have to admit, I was highly critical for one reason or another.  But when I started developing my own shoulder problems late last year, I started to become more sympathetic to Markelle’s health situation. Continue reading “Understanding Markelle Fultz though my own injury (January 31, 2019)”

Lindol Comics @ FEU (January 30, 2019)

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Komiks sa Piya: Mga talks tungkol sa History at Self-Publishing ng Komks will be at the FEU Technology Building’s 9th Floor Mini-Auditorium on February 8, 2019 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm).

As part of Far Eastern University’s (FEU) 91st Foundation Anniversary, Lindol Comics’ co-creator Tedi Gustilo Villasor will join The New DI-13 writer Mr. Damy “Ian” Velasquez III for an alternative learning class entitled, “Komiks sa Piyu: Mga talks tungkol sa History at Self-Publishing ng Komiks” (February 8, 2019 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm).

Starting with Damy “Ian” Velasquez III’s talk, “Si Kenkoy, DI-13 at ang “Golden Age ng Komiks,” FEU Fine Arts students will be treated to an insightful look at a number of iconic Filipino Komiks and the rich history behind them.  While Tedi Gustilo Villasor’s talk, “Self-Publishing: Making your mark in the comic book industry today” will provide participants with not only an inside look into independent publishing but also some tips on how indie creators could make their projects a reality.

Both talks will run for an hour each and end with a group Q&A. Continue reading “Lindol Comics @ FEU (January 30, 2019)”

Active Imagination (January 23, 2019)

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An image of Antiquity. (Taken from Page 11, Panel 4 of the upcoming Issue #4 of Lindol [2019])
Mental Note: Penmanship

Have you ever found yourself in a situation wherein you needed to hastily jot down notes and were—to a certain degree—confident with your output?[i]  Only to realize that when you revisited them, you could no longer make out what you wrote down?

This was the challenge of this particular post.   So I am hoping for the best.

Active Imagination

During one of our recent Jung Certification Program classes, my classmates and I had the opportunity to try out a Jungian intervention called Active Imagination (AI).  The process involved guiding the participant into a meditative state wherein their unconscious would somehow “reveal” to them possible dreams, feelings, images, or objects of significance.  Once the unconscious narrative presented itself, the participant is then instructed to engage it in a dialogue.

Ideally, one who is immersed in such a process should also be mindful to not consciously control the narrative; rather let the possible dream, feelings, images, or objects of interest come organically.

This then sets the stage for this question: How would I know if the narrative developed organically or that I just put it there? Continue reading “Active Imagination (January 23, 2019)”

My Love/Hate Relationship with Great Illustrated Classics (January 1, 2019)

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I used to own the pocketbook version but I misplaced it as time went by.  I’ll find it eventually. 

Unlikely Reunion

Whenever my family and I go to a mall that has a Booksale branch[i], we always make it a point to drop by.  Even going to such lengths as assigning it as our designated meeting area.

During a recent trip, I happened to come across a hardbound Great Illustrated Classics (GIC) edition of The Mutiny On Board HMS Bounty [William Bligh, Deborah Kestel (Adapter), Brendan Lynch (Illustrator)] and immediately picked it up as it brought back so many childhood memories. Continue reading “My Love/Hate Relationship with Great Illustrated Classics (January 1, 2019)”

Remembering Al Jarreau (February 13, 2017)

When I first heard the name of Al Jarreau was way back when I was watching the comedy-drama mystery television series called Moonlighting (1985-1989).  I clearly remember saying to myself, “Now that’s an entrance theme!  Who sang it?”

Back then, getting that kind of information wasn’t as seamless as it is today.  There wasn’t any music identification apps like SoundHound or Shazam.  We had to be patient and wait for the closing credits of the show.

And there it was.

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The answer to my question: Al Jarreau

Although not a product of my generation, I was able to hear more of Al Jarreau’s music from my father and uncle’s many playlists.  Musical appreciation ensued which made hits like Boogie Down (Jarreau | 1983), Mornin’ (Jarreau | 1983), We’re In This Love Together (Breakin’ Away | 1981), After All (High Crime | 1984), Moonlighting (TV Soundtrack | 1987) and Spain (This Time | 1980) among my personal favorites.

Fast forward to September 8, 2008 when I was–successfully I might add–able to drag my dad and brother to The Big Dome to watch Al Jarreau and George Benson perform.  What I remember most from that evening was the dominating performance of Benson but it was still great to see Al Jarreau give the Araneta Coliseum a taste of his brand of music.

Born Alwin Lopez Jarreau, it was reported that the legendary singer had just retired a couple of days ago (February 9, 2017) due to persisting health concerns.  News of his passing followed today.  He was 76.

Review: Condura Skyway Marathon (February 7, 2016)

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Clockwise: My new Nike Free 5.0’s. | Condura Skyway Marathon runners kit. | Hello from up front! | Race Map at the back of the 2016 Condura Skyway Marathon finishers shirt. | The finish line. | Condura Skyway Marathon finishers shirt (21 km division).

Two days after flying in from the United States, there I was, jet lagged and all–getting ready for my second consecutive Condura Skyway Marathon.  Initially, I had thought that I would not be able to participate in this year’s Condura event due to my trip abroad.  But as luck would have it, while I was in the process of finalising my ticket, my schedule cleared up and the rest is history.

Prestigious and Exclusive

Since I’ve started running, I have always considered Condura to be the “unofficial starting point” to a new running season.  It is also–in my opinion–the most prestigious of all the running events that are out there due to its location and exclusivity.  After all, it is the only time of the year wherein human beings are allowed to run back-and-forth that long stretch of elevated road called Skyway.

Footwear

The race also marked the debut of my new Black/White Nike Free 5.0[i].  This pair, much like its predecessors Nike Free 4.0 and Nike Free 3.0, will probably last me two years.  Free’s–despite the obvious contradiction–are excellent investments and should serve you well.

Overall, I felt that I put up a major league stinker with a time of 3:11:43 (21.1 km).  I remember having a good pace in my first 10.5 km but I then started to develop some numbness in the little toe of my left foot.  It was at this point that I decided to take it easy[ii].
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[i] Which I never had a chance to break in as I purchased them a day before the race.
[ii] As I was not able to get a lot of practice runs in prior to Condura, the only expectation I had for myself that morning was to be able to finish the race.