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Comic Odyssey’s Secret Empire #4 Signing Event (June 17, 2017)

06/17/2017 1 comment


Clockwise: The stuff I had signed at the event.[i] | Gerry (left) and Leinil. | Thanks again Gerry for the sketch[ii].

What a hot day!

After work this morning, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Secret Empire #4 signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

The afternoon signing–scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm–served as a reunion of sorts for the longtime creative team of Yu and Alanguilan who haven’t had a signing together in well over a year.  It was great to see them both.

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Review: 3rd Annual East Bay Comic Con (January 31, 2016)

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Clockwise: Some of the goodies that I saw. | Reasonable prices. | Even Deadpool was here. | DC Collectibles Arkham Knight figures. | Posing by Ecto 1. | Custom G.I. Joe Law and Outback.

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

Review: Manila Hobbies & Collectibles Convention and the Comic Odyssey Greenhills Branch Closing Sale (January 16, 2016)

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Clockwise: The LOTR’s Cave-Troll statue. | The ‘Hulk King on Throne’ statue from the pages of World War Hulk | Old Man Logan statue | My Comic Odyssey haul: G.I. Joe #50, Supercrooks #2, The West Coast Avengers (Issues #19, #25, #29, #30, #32, and #37) and almost the entire run of Indestructible Hulk (Issues 002-003, 005-017, 019-020, Annual 001, and Special 001).

Swung by Day 1 of the Manila Hobbies & Collectibles Convention at the SM Megatrade Hall 3 today and was greatly disappointed—outside the really cool Old Man Logan, King Hulk, Cave-Troll[i], and Spider-Man statues near the entrance—with what they had to offer. Let’s just leave it at that.

I then made my way to Fully Booked Promenade in Greenhills to check out the Comic Odyssey closing sale. Although I came way with a number of quality finds, I am saddened by the fact that yet another pure comic book specialty shop is shutting down permanently. In the last couple of years, we have seen Comic Odyssey’s branch in Robinson’s Place-Manila and Filbar’s (as we knew them) suffer similar fates.

Some circles feel that this is a good thing. That they could probably get better deals “online.” But let me tell you: That smell when you enter the shop. That conversation you have with your local comic book proprietor. No online shop will ever give you that.

It is one of those experiences that you will only truly value once it is gone.


[i] From the Lord of the Rings (2001) movie. It is the same cave-troll that is seen in the battle at the Chamber of Mazarbul.