Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 2019)

img_2764Posting this one before calling it a night.  I just know if I put it off, I’ll never get it done.

The Penguin

When people my age think about The Penguin, one singular image comes to mind: Danny DeVito in 1992’s Batman Returns.  Similar visual comparisons have also been made to the version that eventually appeared in Batman: The Animated Series.

It was (and still is) a truly iconic image of The Penguin.

In fact, the only other version of the character that would have the same kind of impact (with me) would be the Arkhamverse Penguin. Nolan North’s voice performance (Arkham Origins, Arkham City, Arkham Knight) all but sealed that deal. Continue reading “Today’s Toy Haul: The Penguin [Batman Returns DC Multiverse Action Figure] (October 21, 2019)”

Review: The Unwritten: The Deluxe Edition Book One Hardcover (March 1, 2019)

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Lucked out with this one.

When I heard that this Deluxe Edition was part of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, my family and I just had to make a return trip to The World Trade Center to see if I could scope up a copy for myself.

This time around, the books were less organized (as compared to Day 1…and understandably so) but I managed to dig out a single copy.  Yep, just one.

Still no sign of  that Frank Quitely Graphic Ink book though.

The Unwritten

The first time I read Mike Carey (story) and Peter Gross (art) The Unwritten, I was drawn in immediately and couldn’t put it down.  The Deluxe Edition Book One is the story of Tom Taylor, a man who has spent almost his entire life under the shadow of his father’s creation: A Harry Pottersque character that was based on Tom called Tommy Taylor.

Years after his father–Wilson Taylor’s–mysterious disappearance, Tom is suddenly subjected to an inquisition that put his very existence into question.

The Unwritten: The Deluxe Edition Book One collects the first twelve issues of the series.

Remembering our lone visit to St. Marks Comics NYC (February 4, 2019)

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x MARKS the spot!

October 3, 2018

During one of our family vacation scheduled “free days,” my brother Tim and I decided to make a trip to famous St. Mark’s Comics in East Village.  To be honest, it was a miracle that we finally found the establishment as we relied heavily on the New York Transit Systems’ free internet connection in order to access my mobile phone’s GPS and online maps.

Inside the premises

Once I entered St. Mark’s, I was informed by one of their attendants that I would need to leave my satchel behind a bookshelf/divider across the counter.  I was hesitant at first as I had everything in there, but I eventually relented and pocketed the number tag they gave me.

As I went through their glass display cases that featured a number of statues and mini busts, I surmised that their bag polices might have been brought about by “being burned so often in the past.” Continue reading “Remembering our lone visit to St. Marks Comics NYC (February 4, 2019)”

Comic Odyssey’s Jean Grey #4/Superwoman #12 Signing Event (July 15, 2017)

 

After work this morning[i], I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Jean Grey #4/Superwoman #12 signing event featuring Stephen Jorge Segovia and Harvey M. Tolibao. Continue reading “Comic Odyssey’s Jean Grey #4/Superwoman #12 Signing Event (July 15, 2017)”

From Filbar’s to Comic Odyssey to Druid’s Keep: My Free Comic Book Day 2017 Experience (May 6, 2017)

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Clockwise: The calm before the storm: Leinil’s desk. | First in line! | Leinil signs Page 33 of Supercrooks #4. | My copy of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by writer Mark Waid, inker Gerry Alanguilan, and now penciller Leinil Francis Yu. | Lenil and Gerry’s signatures at the bottom of the aforementioned Page 33. | Thanks again Leinil!

For many, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) serves as an annual opportunity to get new readers (as well as old ones) into the hobby by offering a wide selection of books that they would not normally pick up.  But in recent years, the status quo of FCBD in the Philippines has evolved beyond its original purpose and into an event wherein the local comic distributors and artists give back to comic book community.

For me, the highlight of FCBD 2017 was being able to attend Leinil Yu’s signing over at Filbar’s Megamall.[i] Without going into great detail, Leinil was very gracious and accommodating.  Thank you again Leinil!

After lunch at Pepper Lunch[ii], I proceeded to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street where I was able to get free copies of Wonder Woman: Rebirth (Special Edition) #1 and Skottie Young’s I Hate Image before they ran out of stocks. From what I heard, I Hate Image is an amalgamation of a number of Image Comics’ popular titles and that it’s original art Continue reading “From Filbar’s to Comic Odyssey to Druid’s Keep: My Free Comic Book Day 2017 Experience (May 6, 2017)”

The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Non-spoilers) (April 25, 2017)

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Aside from getting into an early screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | I was able to find several issues on sale for P200 over at Comic Quest.  Issues 7-9, 17-18 of Fatale, Issue 2 of High Roads and Issues 6-7 of IDW’s Ghostbusters for the Fam

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.

What do I think?

Continue reading “The difference between single issues and trade paperbacks and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Non-spoilers) (April 25, 2017)”

The day I stopped collecting Marvel Comics (February 26, 2017)

Came home today with Amazing Spider-Man #24, Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #5, The Fix #8, and Motor Girl #1, #2, and #3.

Do you remember when you stopped collecting comics?

I do.

The day, February 26, 2017.

The History

It was coming as I had grown increasingly weary of Marvel’s continuing reboots and simply wanted to finish Dan Slott’s current Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy arc–the first current Marvel title I’ve collected since that late 90’s.

Slott, Spider-Man’s incumbent writer, had caught my eye in 2015 with his Superior Spider-Man run.  For those unfamiliar with the book, the premise alone was intriguing: What would happened if a dying Doctor Octopus was able to switch bodies with the Amazing Spider-Man Peter Benjamin Parker?

Continue reading “The day I stopped collecting Marvel Comics (February 26, 2017)”