Had some time this morning to sit down and read a couple of the books that I purchased yesterday: Captain America #8 and Simone Bianchi and Mark Millar’s Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1.
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1 (Volume #1 | 2019)
Now, I wasn’t immediately drawn to the name “Sharkey The Bounty Hunter” or its science fiction kid/parent dynamic premise but decided to give it a chance since I am a big fan of Mark Millar related properties…and I’m glad I did. In addition, Italian artist Simone Bianchi’s art clearly stands out in more ways than one.
I know that last sentence is pretty vague but do ask me about it if ever we meet up in person.
Earlier this afternoon, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey’s newest branch on Level 3 of Robinson’s Galleria for the Captain America (Volume #9 | Issue #1) signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.
One of the things that my son wanted for his birthday was to participate in the very first Marvel themed run in the Philippines. Now how could any parent–especially this parent–say no to that request!
Held at the Block 16, SM Mall of Asia Event Grounds, we arrived in time for a number of ColorRun Manila pre-run activities such as the “Stan Lee” interview and the Asgardian stretching exercises led by The Amazing Spider-Man and Loki: The God of Mischief.
Not long after the 10K runners sped off, our Captain America themed group positioned ourselves near the starting gate and the next thing we knew, confetti flew through the air to signal the start of our 5k race.
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.
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.
During the second leg of my US trip in California, a good friend was nice enough to surprise me with an invite me to the 3rd Annual East Bay Comic Con in Hilton Concord. The one-day East Bay Comic Con, much smaller than our local conventions here in Manila, occupied a number of the Hilton’s function rooms and featured a number of personalities, guest comic book artists[i], and finds that would literally make your jaw drop to the floor!
Fortunately (or unfortunately—depending on your point of view), the ever-present knowledge that my check-in luggage was reaching its maximum allowable weight stopped me from throwing all fiscal responsibility out of the window.
But it sure was fun!
With a reasonable budget, these are the items that I went home with:
Comic Topload Holder (5 pcs.)
Captain America Volume 1: #249, #337, #410, and Annual #5
Indestructible Hulk #1 and #4
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1985) #2, #3, #4, and #7
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1986) #6, #8, and #15
Superior Spider-Man: A Troubled Mind TPB (Volume 2)
Superior Spider-Man #014
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #017
For more photos on the convention, follow my Instagram account (@tedivillasor).
I also found out that long-time Captain America artist Ron Lim was responsible for the two 2012 variant covers of the Marvel Custom Edition – The Avengers: Menace of the Mole Man #1 (Jollibee Philippines give-away promo). I was equally surprised to find out that Ron was not aware of how his covers were ultimately used by Marvel. I learn something new everyday.
[i] For more information on the convention personalities and guest comic book artists, you can visit their website at eastbaycomiccon.com.