With the announcement of the government mandated 30-day community quarantine last March 12, 2020, I decided to keep an online journal of this unprecedented pandemic that we are all facing.
Like most people, I had been harping that I didn’t have enough time for a great many things. In my case, that would be writing and regular exercise.
Man, this is a gentle reminder to us all to be careful with what we wish for.
How things are in the South
After from a long overdue assignment in Westgate Alabang Home Depot, my family and I made our way to Festival Mall for lunch followed by a side trip to the grocery for some last minute supplies. As expected, Shopwise was full of people and we were lucky enough to procure the last remaining box of Libby’s Vienna Sausage.
These are certainly trying times.
For lunch, the restaurants weren’t as crowded and we ended up eating at Kenny Rogers Roasters. I didn’t think much of it at that time, but it has dawned on me that this could be one of the last restaurants that I’ll be eating in for awhile. My wife also noticed that it seemed like some patrons were choosing where they were going to eat based on the number of people in the establishment. If that was indeed the case: Less people in a given restaurant would result in a higher probability that they will eat there.
With BaCon Pop Vol. 2 – Bacolod City Pop Culture Convention right around the corner, here is a sneak peak of the first Lindol Comics variant cover by none other than Sir Gerry Alanguilan!
The upcoming issue–entitled “In Media’s Res”–is our second for 2019 and the fifth installment in an on-going post-apocalyptic black-and-white comic book series that is set in The Republic of the Philippines.
Created by Tedi Gustilo Villasor and Randy Valiente, we follow former Philippine Marine Corps member Dash dela Cruz, his childhood friend and art conservator Cam Camillo, ex-comic book store clerk Grey Sta. Maria, and psychologist R.E. “Dr. H” Hormillosa as they attempt the escape the clutches of The Klimcha.
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)
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.
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 NikeAdaptBB 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).
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.
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.
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).