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Creating a Soul Project (February 14, 2019)

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Depending on who you are speaking with, a Soul Project could have numerous definitions.  The most important being what that particular Project means to you.  For me, a Soul Project should imbibe the following qualities:

  • That it would involve the use of your hands.
  • That a firm commitment is made to it.
    • Should you not have the requisite skills for the chosen Soul Project, a further commitment should be made to acquire them.
    • Collaborations are also an option.
  • That there be a culminating activity wherein you would unveil your Soul Project to the “world.”

A Soul Project is meant to serve as a proverbial lighthouse whenever life seems to steer your vessel off course.  It is a shining beacon that hopes to give those committed a sense of unmitigated purpose as well as that fervent hope that no matter how difficult; no matter how far the journey may be–if they persevere, they will eventually reach the destination that they were ultimately meant for. Read more…

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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. Read more…

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

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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).

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…

Usapang Komiks: Si Kenkoy, ang DI-13, at ang pagsulat ng sarili mong komiks (February 9, 2019)

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Descending: My first speaking engagement for 2019. | Thank you FEU for this Certificate of Appreciation. | I actually signed over 100 pieces of this “Alternative Class 2019” cards. | The Lindol Comics table is now open for business!

February 8, 2019.

After braving through some heavy traffic and humid weather in the Manila/Quiapo Church area, the Lindol Comics team arrived at Far Eastern University (FEU) with more than enough time to set up our tables and get settled for our scheduled talks.

Retitled, “Usapang Komiks: Si Kenkoy, ang DI-13, at ang pagsulat ng sarili mong komiks[i],” Damy “Ian” Velasquez III, got the alternative learning class going with his talk entitled,“Si Kenkoy, DI-13 at ang “Golden Age ng Komiks.”  Ian, a former professor at FEU and the grandson of Komiks pioneers Damy and Tony Velasquez, gave an informative view of a number of landmark Filipino Komiks and their creators.

Velasquez also gave some insight on his debut indie comic book entitled, The New DI-13 (with legend Rico Rival on art).  He explained that he was inspired in part to write The New DI-13 as a means of honouring and continuing his family’s rich history in the Philippine Komiks landscape. 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.