Monday, March 30, 2009


One of the Trades I really look forward to is Bendis' and Mike Oeming's POWERS.

It used to be Image but now it's under Marvel's ICON Imprint. So it's creator owned.

Vol. 12 - The 25 Coolest Dead Superheroes of All Time.

Bendis' forte is really with Crime Noir and he puts a Superhero Twist into it. This is my longest and biggest collection of trades. Y: The Last Man has 10 and Sandman has 10. But this is an ongoing and I love every single book. Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim makes it into my favorite comic book tandems of all time. It's kinda like a Mulder and Scully in a sense that "When will they ever friggin get together man???"

12 Volumes and there was just ONE HUG.

That's about it. But other than that, it's also pretty much delayed. The wait for every volume is pretty long but it's still worth it.

Bendis puts in Superhero elements from Marvel and DC and makes it into a crime story. There's this arc wherein the "Batman" molested his "Robin", A "Fantastic Four" like group went insane, the "Superman" wanted the world to end. It's awesome!!!

Hope this book continues...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This one was cute

"When is that bus arriving?"

Watching Cartoons Again

The last animated series I really followed was Justice League Unlimited.

The Marvel Animated series kinda lost its touch with X-Men Evolution... The FOX versions of Iron Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men were great but Spider-Man was the best among them.

Now, I'm hooked to Spectacular Spider-Man which is now being aired on Cartoon Network every Sunday at 10am. Back to back episodes if I might add.

Ok, being the Spidey purist that I am, the only thing I don't like about it is Spidey's face... There's a straight line on his mouth!!! I always always always prefer the John Romita version. That face of Spidey is so damn sacred.

But other than that, It's a pretty cool cartoon. It has elements from the Spider-Man movies. Earlier today, they re-enacted the save the vehicle that lost its breaks. Instead of a train, it was just an 18-wheeler.

For Spidey's romance, Gwen and Betty Brant were the initial ones and Mary Jane comes in the picture after a few episodes.

The Rogues Gallery is pretty cool too. You have The Enforcers, Tombstone, Sandman, Rhino, Electro, Dr. Octopus, and of course, The Green Goblin.

Harry and drugs story is being put too. But I still haven't seen the Uncle Ben origin. I'm waiting for its take on it.

Oh, they also have the Ultimate version put too. Eddie Brock has this thing for Gwen Stacy while Peter doesn't notice Gwen.

So it's a new Spidey for the new generation.

But hey, it's still Spidey! :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

using my new phone

How technology works in this day and age.

I got a new phone. Didn't get an iPhone or a Blackberry. I got a Nokia E71.

So far so good I'm loving this new toy ü

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Mighty Muggs Madness

I stopped collecting Mighty Muggs after the 4th Wave. I believe it's the Silver Surfer batch.

Though I would like Storm Shadow, Cobra Commander, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Starscream as separate ones from the Marvel. Oh and the Biker Scout from Return of the Jedi.

But when I saw this as a sneak peek... I ABSOLUTELY ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE THIS MIGHTY MUGG!!!

The 4th Spidey Mugg!!! Woohoo!!! Must get one!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Influential Comics Part 2

Since I'm not doing anything, might as well give the second part.

Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen was done in a prestige format. 4 parts and it was THE best Superman story for me. It doesn't happen in the regular DC Universe. It's not even THE Clark Kent or Kal-El. It's about a guy named Clark Kent who gets teased in the real world since he's named after Superman. One day, he gets the powers of Superman. Holy Crap. What a story!!! Check this out. This was the book that made my brother a convert.

Blankets by Craig Thompson. This was a THICK book but I absolutely loved every page. It's a love story. An autobiography. For those whoever lost a girl... For those who have a "the one who got away". You'll relate to this... Fo' Sho'!

Spider-Man: Blue by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale - Ok, I know that not many would put this on a list but this tells the love story of Peter and Gwen. I love comics + love stories. Makes things more real. Peter lost the love of his life because of Norman Osborn. But this doesn't show the death. In fact, it ends during the time Peter and Gwen gave themselves to one another. "That was the night when you had all of me Gwen Stacy" - something like that. I don't remember the exact words! I liked how Peter was talking to a recorder. He was talking to Gwen...

Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman. Best arc among the Sandman stories in my humble opinion. Lucifer Morningstar decides that he doesn't want to run hell anymore. Who gets the key to hell? Dream gets it. Many fight for it. Many want to takeover hell. Oh yeah, Dream once sent his girlfriend to hell. He got guilty. Wants to save her soul. Awesome awesome story.

That's it for now. I have one more set to complete the influential comics of my comic life :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Influential Comics Part 1

I started reading comics when I was a kid. Probably around 7 years old.

I used to read a lot of Pupung, Pugad Baboy, Tintin, Asterix, Calvin and Hobbes, Beetle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, and the Archie Digests. Basically the books you can get in National.

But I loved the Superheroes from the Cartoons. Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends was my favorite along with Super Friends. Spidey was THE superhero for me ever since.

When I reached my pre-teen days, I noticed an older cousin reading a lot of comics.

So I started going to Filbar's and bought comics.

It's just a shame that I entered shortly before the Spider-Man clone saga thing. That was the mid 90's I believe. I also read a lot of the Image ones like Spawn and WildC.A.T.S

DC... not really got into them. Marvel just rocked my imagination.

After that, stories weren't as good. I had a lull in the comic book life. I stopped.

In 2003, one of my teachers in High School got me back into comics. How?

Ultimate Spider-Man.

It was continuity free!!!

What was the issue that changed everything? Ultimate Spider-Man #13.

The rest was history.

Anyway, here's what I believe gave a lot of meaning into reading comics.

Ultimate Spider-Man - Brian Michael Bendis gave a whole new meaning to ULTIMATE. It was Spider-Man in the modern age. The every man comes into the new millennium.

Daredevil (Hardcore) - Again, another Bendis book. He and Alex Maleev just gave the most outstanding run of Daredevil in my opinion. Matt Murdock is just the superhero who gets his life all f'd up. No hero deserves that. But the story is just too damn interesting. Hardcore was the best arc!!! "These are the rules of Hell's Kitchen!!!" - awesome!!!

Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan is the writer who just passionately does his job. He does an amazing job!!! Probably the masterpiece of the new age. I've lent this book to a lot of people and it never fails. Girls absolutely cannot put this book down! If you haven't read this, SHAME ON YOU.

STONE - Whilce Portacio gave hope to a lot of Filipino Writers and Artists. Avalon Studios made me wish to set up my own comic book publishing house. Though I haven't done it yet, STONE was influential because it had a lot of Filipino culture in the book. I was just so damn proud of this book.

Ok, I'll stop here first. I always wanted to have parts of a story. I shall write more about the comics that influenced me soon. In a few days. I'll just let this stand by.

Feel free to comment :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009



Haven't been updating because it's either I'm too tired to blog or there's just not much to say.

I had an interview yesterday. It went well naman. Hopefully I get the nod of my superior and those who interviewed me. Results to come after Holy Week.

Came from Spiral. It was Jia's birthday. Gosh... BUNDAT NA BUNDAT!!! Too much food!!!

Got an item from eBay, it was a graded copy of the 1st appearance of Gambit :) I consider it to be an investment since X-MEN Origins: Wolverine will come out this May.

Other than that, the strangest things happen. Earlier this evening, something really awkward happened. I'd call it bad timing. Wrong place at the wrong time.

You win some. You lose some I guess...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Nestlé Bucket List

My Nestlé Bucket List

I was talking to Gabby the other day and I asked him if Nestea Beach was fun. So he said that it should be part of my bucket list at work.

Ok ok. So I do want to go to the Nestea Beach this coming May. :)

But since May of 2007, I have done some things that need to be done when at work.

Last week, I went up the stairs from the 1st to the 16th floor!!! All because we had to cool down from the jog...

Things I have yet to do?

1. Have my car washed by Mang Pabling
2. Drink all the combinations in the Nescafe vending machine
3. Launch a winning campaign...


Images from the Dumaguete Trip

Some images from the CMT Rest and Relaxation trip in Dumaguete.

Went to Siquijor and Apo Island as well. :)

With Ben and Nikkiboy

The CMTs minus me...

The view from the boat

With Kaka and our red crumplers

With the fearless leader, Rizza

3 stooges invade "Dumagetty"

Night shot

On watching WATCHMEN

There was an advanced screening in Rockwell last March 5.

I couldn't pass that opportunity. Saw it with my brother. (We always have to watch together if it's a comic book movie)

I was prepared to be disappointed an all but to be honest, and this is my opinion, I liked the flick. I got to hand it to Zack Snyder because I felt he gave that certain respect to the fans making the film.

The people who didn't like the film were the ones who didn't read the book. So they can't compare!

But honestly, it was done well. Rorschach, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan and The Comedian gave the best performances. The soundtrack was pretty good too! I just wasn't too happy with the R-13 rating here in the Philippines. They had a number of cuts and that wasn't too friendly to the fanboys.

The 3hour flick may be too much for the non-comic book reading community but for the fanboys, it's a good watch. Seeing some of the stuff you saw in the pages of the graphic novel come to life was awesome!!!

I'd watch it again :)