From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)

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Originally priced at P695 PHP, you can have The Walking Dead Volumes 5-13, 15, and 21 for P200 each. 

Everyone loves a good deal.

I am no different.

But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank.  Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life.  They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and Fully Booked emerged to give them a run for their money.

Remaining competitive

In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.

It is a fact that is getting harder and harder to overlook. Continue reading “From Book Blowout to Everything On Sale!: Could this be the end of National Bookstore (October 24, 2019)”

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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.

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)”