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CapWolf finds a new home (May 21, 2017)

05/21/2017 Leave a comment

Ah, CapWolf.

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The CapWolf head joins my other artifacts.  | Want a challenge? Can you name all the 19 artifacts in this picture? How about the toy lines that I took them from?

Another addition to my personal collection.[i]

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.

I know.  It not one of the better ideas of the early 90’s but it was certainly one of the more memorable ones…so memorable in fact that it was released as a graphic novel a couple or so years ago. Read more…

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

04/25/2017 Leave a comment
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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?

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

02/26/2017 Leave a comment

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?

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Say it ain’t so: Fully Booked Alabang Town Center to close its 3rd and 4th floors (February 7, 2017)

02/07/2017 Leave a comment

Clockwise: And then there were two. Notice the now defunct Press Cafe. | Comic Odyssey’s window display on the 4th floor of Fully Booked ATC. | Picked up several issues of Terry Moore’s Echo [Issues #10, #16, #18, #19, #23, and #24]. | Panoramic shot of Comic Odyssey. Thanks for the memories.

I wasn’t planning on writing about this today but I just got word earlier this evening that Comic Odyssey in Alabang Town Center will be moving from the 4th to the 2nd floor of Fully Booked Alabang by Thursday (February 8, 2017).

My sources tell me that the 3rd and 4th floors are to be rented out to the real estate group Alveo Land.  Real estate and books: What an odd and soon to be familiar combination considering that the only way to access the third and fourth floors of the premises are through the escalator and elevator located on the ground floor.

This development would mean that the modest book selection of Fully Booked will become even smaller as the merchandise from the 3rd and 4th floor will now merge with the 1st and second floor.  Comic Odyssey is set to have a nice slice of the 2nd floor, but I am sure that given their space constraints, they would have to be conservative with their comic titles as well.

It’s news like this that breaks my heart on so many levels.  Doesn’t anyone read anymore? Don’t they realize that by not patronizing our local book and comic books shops that we–the consumers–would ultimately lose out in the end.  If the stores don’t make anything, they will be forced to close their doors while consumers would lose out on that chance, that opportunity, to have a very personal and intimate experience that only a book can give.

Time to think about it.

Review: 10th Christmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 (December 13, 2015)

12/15/2015 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: Comic haul’s include: Batman #508; Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29; Exiles 74 (New Universe World Tour); The Nam #3-#4, #6-#7, #9, & #12; The Mighty Thor #390; Spider-Man 2099 #25; Web of Spider-Man #40-#41, #43; The West Coast Avengers #3, #6, #11, #17, and #42; and Avengers West Coast #62 and #72. | Assorted Marvel Cards | Heroclix (Left to Right) Hydra Agent H, Hydra Annhil-Agent, and Beastboy (Dolphin). Not pictured are the Upper Deck Marvel Slingers Ant-Man and Giant-Man.

This year’s Christmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 ended up being a simple pick up run[i] unlike in year’s past.  The lines on the last day were sparse–the likely result of rolling in a little past 10 am–and I wasn’t complaining.  If you’ve had any experience in these types of events, you know the odds of being a sardine (you!) canned into a tin can are pretty high.

The Megatrade Hall eventually filled up, but by that time, I had made my rounds and was pretty much done.  Highlights included a used Batman: Arkham Origins PlayStation 3 Collector’s Edition Joker statue (2013), a MIB Troop Car from Hasbro’s Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark line (2008), AND a vintage The Real Ghostbusters Fire House Headquarters play set (1987)!

All very nice and overpriced.

I didn’t go home empty handed as I managed to pick up 4 West Coast Avengers comic books at P30 each, three Heroclix game pieces (e.g., Hydra Agent H, Hydra Annhil-Agent, and Beastboy [Dolphin]), several old Marvel Comics trading cards (e.g., Famous Battles: Evolutionary War, US Agent, Blood Ties: US Agent, and the Cosmic Cube schematics card from the Iron Man 2 trading card line.), and a couple of 2011 Upper Deck Marvel Slingers (e.g., Ant-Man & Giant-Man).

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[i] Pick up and run – Bought 17 issues of old Marvel and DC Comics from a local online site prior to the convention.  Great way to get comics at a really good price!  Practical too!

Review: Komikon 2015 (November 14-15, 2015)

11/19/2015 Leave a comment

 

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For the first time since its inception in 2004, Komikon organizers decided to hold a 2-day event and all I can say is—it’s about time. The Filipino comic book community positively received Komikon 2015 and if you were present, you could certainly tell. There was a buzz surrounding the Bayanihan Center this past weekend and by the time I arrived in the afternoon of Day 1, I could feel it in my gut that someone probably beat me out to that one Holy Grail bargain bin find.

I also have to tip my proverbial hat to the organizers on their logistics for Komikon 2015. Utilizing a single entry/exit points and strategically placing the vendors tables in the manner that they did was absolute genius! It allowed for the foot traffic to possibly pass by all of the tables and granted maximum exposure for the vendors wares and art. I don’t know what you guys paid, but I am sure it was worth it.

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Clockwise: Komikom 2015 haul included two graphic novels (Deadpool: Second Cut [Max] and The Draft), two retail posters (Mark Brooks’ Ant-Man #1 (2015) | Greg Land’s Deadpool (2009)) [Not pictured], and single issues from Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil,  D.P. 7, G.I. Joe: Order of Battle, Krull: A Marvel Movie Special, Marvel Age, Showcase 94′ Scarface, The Superior Spider-Man, and the West Coast Avengers. | The Komikon single- and two-day tickets ran out by the second day and organizers had to use amusement park ticket substitutes. | We saw the dry run of the APEC and Private car lanes on the way to the Bayanihan Center (Day 1).

Now for the ever-popular haul: For P1270, I was able to take home thirty-one (31) comic books (two of them graphic novels) and two (2) 24×36 retailer exclusive posters (at P200 a pop) by the time I left the venue on the first day. As for day two, I was able to find an addition four (4) comic books for only P250.

In any language, that’s is the mark of a true haul!

And I haven’t even gotten to my first ever comic book page story. (I’ll save that for another post.)

In closing, don’t you guys think that the Komikon organizers should start making this a quarterly thing? The Filipino comic book community certainly seems ready for it.

I know I am.

 

Review: AsiaPOP Comicon 2015

09/19/2015 Leave a comment
From L to R: Jeric, Black suit Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Daryl, and me. | Day 2 AsiaPOP Comicon 2015 security bracelet | The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) | Dino versus Darth | Fight Club 2 cover artist David Mack and me. | My signed issues of Fight Club 2.

From L to R: Jeric, Black suit Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Daryl, and me. | Day 2 AsiaPOP Comicon 2015 security bracelet | The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) | Dino versus Darth | Fight Club 2 cover artist David Mack and me. | My signed issues of Fight Club 2.

It’s a small world after all… 

I know the world is a bigger place but it seemed as if all eyes were centered on the World Trade Center Metro Manila this week for the AsiaPop Comicon.  The buildup for the event reminded me of an ever fluctuating stock market that had fans either lauding the AsianPop organizers for their vision and ambition or vehemently striking them down for not being able to come through with announced guests like Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Aquaman in the highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, Marvel’s Agent Carter), and Bill Goldberg (WWE, Checkpoint The Movie).

Despite these setbacks, perennial Manila traffic, and the poor weather; the proverbial ‘Con was On’ and we punched our ticket for Day 2 of the AsiaPOP Comicon.  #AntFam arrived sometime after lunch and made our way to the Pinoy 501st Legion’s[i] Star Wars booth for a photo with a couple of their members who were dressed as a Stormtrooper and a Jedi.  Even R2-D2 got in on the fun.

Other notable attractions included a black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am that literally brought a nostalgic tear to my eye.  It was THE car of my generation–The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.)!  A relic by today’s standards, I remember Michael Knight being able to play with an Atari console in that thing.  Jeez, now my age is showing.  Anyway, they also had a HUGE Ironman Hulkbuster which you could climb into for a photo opportunity.  However, the process involved buying a t-shirt worth P250 which seemed simple enough except that the line was just so long that I decided to pass on it. Read more…