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 FullyBooked emerged to give them a run for their money.
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.
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 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.
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!