After seeing commercials of it on the Nickelodeon channel, my son said to his mom, “Mama, I want to get three tickets. One for me. One for Mama. One for Dada.”
Next thing we knew, we were at McKinley West, Taguig City, Philippines for the Nickelodeon Slime Cup Run 2017! As 4K double loop run participants, we were literally among the first to break out of the starting group and make our way to through several obstacles in the course.
By the time it was all said and done[i], my son entered the confines of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) inspired slime machine where he got to experience what Peter Venkman felt when Slimer slimed him for the very first time!
In my book, part of being a good parent is taking the initiative to expose your children to the things that you grew up with. There are quite a few, starting with: Values, Customs, Interests, etc.
Did I say interests?
Back in the Betamax days and when I was still in single digits, I remember watching a cartoon called Grendizer[i]. It was awesome![ii] It featured a flying UFO saucer (called Spazer) that spit out a single-pilot robot. Much like other earth protector robots before him, Grendizer would cut up his enemies by the end of each episode. UFOGrendizer also had cool weapons like Double Sickle, Screw CrusherPunch, and Space Thunder! Lastly, the show even hadMazinger Z’s Koji Kabuto serve as a sidekick of sorts.
As I dial back my thoughts to those moments, we really had the best cartoons…with all due respect to Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Clarence and whatever else the kids are watching these days on Cartoon Network.
Anyway, I decided to dig up those old Grendizer tapes and show them to my son. So far, we’ve gone through 1 1/2 episodes so the jury is still out if he is going to like it as much as say The Real Ghostbusters.
Review: Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons
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.
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).
[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!