I did a lot of new things this year. 2011 has been a surprise to me and it's helped me grow personally and professionally. I got to travel a lot this year! It's a first! I was very blessed this year and all I can say that it's been an awesome ride! Here are my highlights of 2011! No ranking in particular!
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To all you loyal followers of this blog, wishing you all an awesome 2012!!! :)
Last July at Comic-Con, I was really fortunate to have met the creator of "The Joker", Jerry Robinson. He was a real gent! He was accommodating and friendly. I was really surprised that the creator of one of the greatest villains of all time was in Comic-Con!
Last December 8, I was shocked when I got a text from my friend Gerard who was with me at SDCC. He said that Jerry Robinson has passed away... :(
I felt bad that one of the pioneers of comics had passed away... He was 89.
From Comic Book Resources
Robinson was born in Trenton, New Jersey on New Year's Day in 1922. At only 17 years of age, the aspiring artist was hired as an inker by Batman creator Bob Kane, and over the next several years, Robinson offered as much visual input into the character's world and cast as his originator. Robinson co-created Robin, the Boy Wonder and is often credited as the primary influence for arch-villain the Joker, though Kane and Robinson would clash over credit for the villain's creation in later years. The artist was soon hired away from Kane's shop by "Batman" publisher DC/National Comics, for which he served as a staff artist, drawing many of the most striking covers of comics Golden Age.
From DC Comics' Senior Executives
“Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons. As an artist myself, it’s impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind.”—Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of "Batman: Hush"
“Jerry Robinson was one of the greats. He continued to be a vibrant, creative force well into his nineties, with ideas and thoughts that continue to inspire. Jerry was a great advocate for creators. It was my pleasure to meet and work with him. He will be missed.”—Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Entertainment
“It’s impossible to work at DC Entertainment without feeling the impact of Jerry Robinson’s contributions to the industry. His influence continues to resonate today.”—Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief
“Jerry Robinson was an innovator, a pioneer in storytelling. His artwork was always astonishing, but his contributions to the Dark Knight mythology go far beyond art. The streets of Gotham City are a little lonelier today...Jerry will truly be missed.”—Mike Marts, "Batman" editor
It was an honor to have met Jerry Robinson... He will be missed by the industry.
A signed copy from my friend Miguel Ramos. I got this as a birthday gift last October.
Over the past few days I've been seeing a lot of links about Tulong Dunong. This got me thinking...
I graduated from Ateneo de Manila High School in 2003. I was a TD Kuya in H. Bautista Elementary School in Marikina. I was in the English Track and I tutored the advanced students. They were a joy to teach!
But this post goes to all the undergrad students of Ateneo High.
To the current Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen of Ateneo High, I'm telling you, Tulong Dunong is the best, if not, one of the best things you'll experience in High School. It's a big responsibility! But remember that this something unique in Jesuit Education. This is what being a man-for-others is all about. Sure cliche na kung cliche. But believe me, seeing the MTV above reminded me that even after graduating, you're still a Kuya. We will always be Kuyas to our less fortunate brothers and sisters and it's up to us to help.
You will do a lot of lesson plans. A LOT! But do it with heart and you'll be ok. :) My class was special. We were under Miss De Guia and Mr. Brazal. Sir Brazal was the guy who checked my lesson plans and hindi sa pagyayabang, I got all As :) Like I said, you're a Kuya and you have to do it with heart. Think of the kids. They really look up to the TD Kuyas. Believe me... If there's one thing I want you to pick up from this, during senior year, take your lesson plans seriously. Don't cram it guys :( We want the kids to be better at school... Just take it seriously and you'll do well :)
Below is a message from my TD Teacher Miss Meng De Guia...
Fr. James O'Brien, SJ never intended Tulong-Dunong to be a high profile program --never wanted TD to be advertised. All these years, the program relied on God's providence without the aid of media. Times have changed though and the funds to support our scholars have dwindled. But the spirit of TD -- to promote HUMAN DVELOPMENT (as Fr. OB used to say, "to let each become what he is capable of being and becoming") and to get our people out of poverty still lives. This video is meant to RECONNECT with all those whose lives had been touched by the TD Program and to hopefully ENCOURAGE them to once again be these promising kids' kuyas/ates. To find out more and to help, here's how: log on to www.tulongdunong.org. Thank you friends!
If you're a student from Ateneo High, drop me a note if you have any questions or if you need any tips! I'd be glad to help :) If you were a student in H Bautista Elementary School, drop a message too! :)
I saw probably the best movie of 2011 last night. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's adaptation of HERGE's masterpiece comic strip! "The Adventures of Tin Tin"was a movie that had my eyes glued to the screen the whole time!
I like reconnecting to my childhood and I remember reading the stories growing up. I remembered watching the cartoons in the afternoon when I got home from school. It was pure bliss!
What made the difference was that it was retold by 2 master storytellers in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. When Spielberg directs a movie, you can't help but be amazed how it's shown right before your eyes. I specifically loved the action sequences towards the end of the movie. It was the action sequence with the falcon.
Imagine the HERGE characters in the comics coming to life! It was fantastic! I loved how TIN TIN, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thomson and Thompson were transformed into 3D! They looked real with a touch of Herge! LOVED IT! I had tons of fanboy moments! Opening credits pa lang! With music accompaniment by John Williams, the movie was even better!
The only movie that can stand up to Tin Tin in my honest opinion is THOR. It's actually a toss up really. The movie contains comedy, action, suspense, thrills, and loads of nerdgasm moments! THOR had those too...
For sure I'm going to see this movie again! But in 3D this time around!
Danny Ainge must be taking crazy pills!!! The man must be out of his mind if he's thinking of trading Rajon Rondo!!! Seriously, Rondo is the most important Celtic today. Remember Game 3 of the 2nd round??? ONE ARM! RONDO PLAYED WITH ONE FRIKKIN ARM AND THEY STILL WON THE GAME!!!
Rondo is the backbone of this team. The Big 3 needs him and if Rondo leaves... Banner 18 will be no more this season...
What the hell are you thinking Mr. Ainge????
To get CP3??? NO!!! CHEMISTRY FIRST!!! Trading Perk ruined it and now Rondo!?!?!?
Get it together Mr. Ainge... YOU DON'T WANT A BOSTON RIOT...
I've posted about the Thundercats reboot a while back and it has been my favorite show of 2011. Seriously, it's pretty awesome stuff! 13 episodes so far. Not all are fantastic. There were several episodes that weren't as good. Episodes 3, 9 and 10 were a bit weak... But episodes 1,2, 4, 6, 7 and 13 are fantastic! 13? Man... Click on read more link to see my reactions on the season finale.
Sorry I haven't been updating a lot. I'm busy at work but I'm loving what I do :) Plus with my other engagements for my other blogs, I tend to forget about The Tangled Web. Sorry guys :(
Anyway, I'm back! Did you see my latest project? Jonty and I are now part of The Philippine Star Family! We're part of Young Star! (Well, Jonty's still "young" ako naman feeling young)
The 2 of us are extremely psyched for this and we promise to be as consistent as we can!
Jonty has been the backbone of this project and he's the one who came up with the title. "These aren't the Droids you're looking for" was probably most fitting. Who's C-3PO and who's R2-D2? We don't want to think of it that way... We even got suggestions like "THAT'S NO MOON!" and "IT'S A TRAP!" which are also references to STAR WARS.
We'll be writing about Everything GEEK and Pop Culture :) Heck, we may even write about food!
Our first article is about MARVEL vs DC! We thought it would be best since I'm the MARVEL guy and he's the DC guy. Both of us write but I have part 1 and he has part 2 which should be out by Friday of this week.
Thank you very much to Tita Millet of Philippine Star for giving us this once in a lifetime chance and to Mr. Raymond Ang for being such an accommodating editor!
Please feel free to give your comments/opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Guess what? My brother Jonty and I are up to something! We have a new and exciting project we can't talk about in detail. But it's gonna be awesome! You'll get to see our antics and how we just love messing with one another.
In the upcoming weeks, you'll get to see what we've been up to! It's gonna be fun! :)
Ok ok. So I gave in. I wanted to see what it was like to read on a Kindle. During my recent trip to Switzerland, I didn't want to carry a heavy hardbound on my handcarry so I decided to get a Kindle. I got the Kindle Keyboard and I got it on eBay.ph :) I have to say that it's pretty cool. But don't get me wrong. Reading on a real book is cool also.
I have an existing Amazon account so I get charged through credit card. It's pretty easy to use too!
OK now for my review.
The Kindle is very light. It's easier to carry than an iPad. Reading the text is very gentle to the eyes as well. Plus there's no glare. Using the Kindle Store is also very user friendly and downloading a book is really fast. Less than 60 seconds! Battery life is amazing as well. It can go up to a month! It can fit in your back pocket so you can practically take it where ever you want to take it. I say that it's perfect for traveling!
I got the one with special offers and I find the offers rather annoying for one reason. When you put the Kindle to sleep, you can't change the wallpaper. You'll have to hack a code and you'll lose the warranty that comes along with it. The other thing is that a lot of the books I wanted to get weren't available in the Kindle Store. Apparently not all books are available in all territories which sucks a lot.
For the verdict, the Kindle is a cool gadget to have if you love to read and travel. I didn't check if the books I wanted were available so make sure the books you want are available. At the end of the day, it doesn't hurt to own a Kindle. It's also still cool to go to the book store and look for the book that you want :)
Who doesn't love chocolate? It never fails to make me smile when I receive or see chocolate. It's just so damn good! Chocolate is close to my heart. Very close. Why? I used to work for chocolates. It was an awesome job because you got to try/taste/eat chocolate 5 days a week. (But everything in moderation of course)
Anyway, about a week ago in Switzerland, with the help of my 2 new friends Ton and Khan, I got to visit Le Maison Cailler or The House of Cailler. (Pronounced "KAH-YEY") It was a CHOCOLATE FACTORY! So think of all the Willy Wonka stories you know! Le Maison Cailler was also where The Chocolate Centre of Excellence is located and this is where Nestle and the top Chocolatiers make new recipes for the best chocolates!
There was a tour that explained the history of chocolate. It started with the Mexicans/Aztecs when they discovered this bean they named "Theobroma Cacao" or you can also say Food of the gods. But the main story included F.L. Cailler opening the first Swiss Chocolate Factory. It was in Switzerland where MILK CHOCOLATE was invented by a man named Daniel Peter with the assistance of Henri Nestle.
I got to see how they made the Cailler chocolates and believe me when I say that it's one of THE BEST chocolates in the world! I mean, Cailler was the very first milk chocolate! The assortment was just broad! There's chocolate for cooking, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, premium chocolates, etc. Also interesting is that there's this part of the tour where they ask you "For you, when is it time for chocolate?" I answered "to make Misha happy :)" Gentlemen, it's been tried and tested, you need to give women chocolates!
A tour wouldn't be complete without tasting the chocolates! So at the end, there's an all you can eat chocolate buffet!!! Argh, my mouth is drooling just recalling my experience. ANG SARAP TALAGA!
Smiling when there's chocolate inside your mouth
Cailler Milk Chocolate
Visiting the Cailler Chocolate Factory will be an experience I will forever keep in my heart. In life, we need to make ourselves happy. C'mon, don't you want to be happy? I believe our happiest days were the days when we were kids. Why not relive our childhood days from time to time? :) Have some chocolate, the endorphins will make you happy :) Share the happiness! Give someone a bar of chocolate! We ALL deserve to be happy in life :D
OK, so I can't think of a better title to this post. But so what? I'm cheesy! If you can't handle the cheese, deal with it! :) Haha! Kidding!
So back to the post.
It's November already and I came from an excellent trip to Switzerland. Misha is working there now but it's only temporary. I visited her for a week and here are just some snapshots of what we did in Confoederatio Helvetica aka Switzerland.
The weather was real nice! It's in between Autumn and Winter so it was getting cold but you could see the different colors of the leaves! It was beautiful! The yellow leaves were my favorite. Bihirang makakita sa Pilipinas ng yellow and white leaves.
Lake Geneva was just amazing. Walking by it in the morning gave me goosebumps. I'm not really that type of nature guy but seeing the lake, the trees, the different colored leaves, the snow on top of the mountains, the swans, etc. Man... God is good! It was just beautiful!
Switzerland will not be complete without Fondue and walking by the lake! There are a lot of museums by the lake in Vevey such as the Alimentarium (Food Museum) and the Photography Museum. Charlie Chaplain Square is also in Vevey! In Montruex, Freddie Mercury has a statue there! Plus Misha and I wanted to get cool and funny pictures of ourselves in a different country.
A long distance relationship can be difficult. You have to adjust to time zones plus you get lonely. But what's keeping me and Mish sane now is that there are only 39 days left! From that point on, no one leaves! :) If you're in a long distance relationship, visiting that special someone is just so worth it! It teaches you a lot plus it makes you realize that life is worth living with that special person.
I'll write more about my trip in the upcoming days but for now, hope the pictures entertain you :)
I said before that long distance is a b*tch but it's frikkin awesome when you get to visit your loved one :) I'm here now in Switzerland visiting Misha :) The place is beautiful!!! Check out the foliage!!! I've been here 24 hours so far and I'm enjoying the sights!!! I'll post some more pictures soon when I take more pictures. Hahaha!
Misha says hi!
Took this pic since my Mom likes the storm windows
This year, I got a big surprise from Shell! I was asked to become part of their Shell V-Power Network of Champions. They wanted me to travel in different places to learn more about Shell and what they do. The first leg of the trip was in London but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend since I had prior commitments. But last September, I finally got to join the trip! I went to Singapore for the F1 Grand Prix to know more about engine health.
I joined the Philippine Team in Singapore comprised of Jinno Rufino, Beeboy Vargas, Vernon Sarne, Tim Yap and Patty Laurel. There were also other Shell V-Power Champions from European countries. Believe it or not, I was the youngest among the whole group! Pressure? Haha.
Anyway, click on READ MORE to see what I did in Singapore.
During the TRESE 4 Launch, right after the program, I had to dash to reach the 6pm mass with my family. On the way out, Comic Book Artist Mark Torres called me and said belated happy birthday. He said that I had too many Spidey sketches already so he gave me this.
I was in Comic Odyssey the last time I saw him and I was getting old back issues of Thundercats from the old WildStorm comics. I wanted to read some Thundercats since the cartoon is on break.
But this sketch of LION-O is just awesome!!! Mark was really cool to have given me this. It made my day that day!!!
Thanks again Mark!!!
Oh, and by the way, Mark will be drawing TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!!! WHAT. UP. Congrats Mark!!!
I haven't done this in a bit but I just felt like sharing with you what's making me happy. Need to keep myself busy since being in a long distance relationship can be difficult...
First up is the 100 BULLETS Hardcover from DC/VERTIGO written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Eduardo Risso. I decided not to get the trades for this book and I'm quite happy that DC decided to release a hardcover just like Y: The Last Man and Fables.
I've always wanted KOMIKS to go mainstream and I'm really glad that National Book Store is supporting the local Komiks Industry. Looks like they're really getting into exclusives because my dear friend Gerry Alanguilan is partnering with NBS to launch the Exclusive 2nd Edition of ELMER!!!
You know how the Batman #608 2nd print is more expensive than the 1st? I think this is something along that line!
I have tons of Elmer Editions! Heck! I even have the really exclusive one that comes in a case with a personal Sketch from KOMIKERO himself! But I wouldn't mind getting another edition!
Elmer 2nd Edition will be launched this Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Bestsellers, 4th Floor Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas at 5pm!
I got an excerpt from komikero.com
"National Book Store has graciously stepped in and offered to publish the 2nd Edition of Elmer while allowing me to retain ownership of my characters. This deal would now make Elmer available nationwide through all branches of National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers. NBS has expressed a great interest in supporting Philippine Comics and I think we will be seeing this make an impact in the local industry in the coming years. They will also be launching Book 4 of Trese today, as well as being co-presentor of the 7th Annual Komikon. I sense really good things to come.
This edition will be virtually the same as the previous Komikero Publishing edition, although it would have a new afterword, a sample of the script, and drawings previously available in the Elmer Limited Edition Box Sets. Because of my agreement with my publishers abroad, this edition will only be made available here in the Philippines."
Again, I will be hosting the launch of Elmer's 2nd Edition! (Someone asked me if I'm doing this on the side and I said no. I never host. I never got paid to host anything. I'm doing this for the love of Komiks! And because Gerry Alanguilan is a friend :) )
PLEASE GO!!! National Book Store is giving 20% off on ALL GRAPHIC NOVELS that day :) PLUS... I heard there's another surprise!!!
Last Saturday, October 8, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo launched the fourth installment of their Horror Comic - TRESE! "Last Seen After Midnight" is the fourth volume of the series and it seems that Budjette and Kajo have no plans of ending the story! (Good news for us fans!)
Best Sellers Robinsons Galleria was PACKED!!! The turnout was fantastic!!! In attendance were Trese Fans, new readers and even the esteemed members of the comic book industry!!! Sherry Zamar of Komikon, Lyndon Gregorio of Beerkada, Marvel Artists Leinil Yu, Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia, Dark Horse Artist Mark Torres and Indie Artist Andrew Drilon. Also present was Esquire Philippines Editor-In-Chief Erwin Romulo.
The launch was also was my first ever hosting gig! All for the love of komiks! I was nervous and all but The Trese Fans, Budjette and Kajo made it easy for me! Everyone was so participative so thanks a lot guys!!! :)
The event was also the unveiling of the TRESE-fied iPad that's being raffled!!! I'm telling you, the iPad is so damn gorgeous with Kajo's art!!! Be sure to get TRESE 4: Last Seen After Midnight with the exclusive dust jacket ONLY IN NATIONAL BOOK STORE until December 31, 2011. Regular covers will be available in other stores January 1, 2012. The iPad promo runs from October 8 - 31.
Here is the second cropped detail of Kajo Baldisimo's sketch. Have you figured out what makes it so unique? Find out at the launch event on October 8, Bestsellers, 4F Robinsons Galleria at 5 pm.
Purchases of Trese 4 from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks up to October 31, 2011 are eligible for the raffle of Kajo Baldisimo's sketch.
Personally, I want to ge this unique piece of art! I'm telling you that what Kajo did is the shiznit!!! It's fantastic!!! Of course I shouldn't be telling this to you since you'll ruin my chances of winning this... Hahaha! But seriously, I've never seen anything like it!
So this is a collage of the different sketches and commissioned artwork I got from San Diego. I think I got a pretty sweet set! I got art from Francis Manapul, Humberto Ramos, Jonathan Hickman, Chris Giarrusso and Joelle Jones who all drew Spider-Man :) Terry Dodson drew the Black Cat, Matt Kindt drew the Tooth and Todd Nauck drew the Green Goblin!
I also got dedications from Jo Chen, Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, and Stan Sakai! This is just the tip of the iceberg. I'll share with you my little black book of signatures soon :)
I'll be another year older in a couple of days and I've been blessed this past year so I would like to share the blessings :) You have to keep reading The Tangled Web in order to see what I'll be giving away to a lucky follower of The Tangled Web! Click on the "LIKE" button below and let's see how this flies :)
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What am I giving away? This is going to be BIG! I haven't given away anything like this before :)
I'll be giving away several items just keep reading the blog for more updates!!!
As the launch date of "Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight" approaches, Kajo Baldisimo has released cropped details of his "unique" sketch. What is so unique about this awesome piece of art? See clue#1 and try to figure it out. Find out at the launch event on October 8, Bestsellers, 4F Robinsons Galleria at 5 pm.
Purchases of Trese 4 from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks up to October 31, 2011 are eligible for the raffle of Kajo Baldisimo's sketch.
Finally!!! The long wait is over!!! Personally, there are only 2 books I'm really really excited for and this is one of them!!! Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo are releaing TRESE Book 4!!! "Last Seen After Midnight", will be released on October 8, 5pm, at the National Book Store Best Sellers in Robinsons Galleria.
You know how we fanboys love exclusives? "Last Seen After Midnight"will have an EXCLUSIVE DUST JACKET! (See artwork above) TRESE 4 + The Dust Jacket will be exclusively available in National Book Store until December 31. All TRESE 4 books from January 1 onwards will not have the dust jacket.
I was told that Budjette and Kajo are raffling of a unique piece of art!!! We'll have to wait and see what it will be :) Don't forget! 10.08!!! Trese 4!!! National Book Stores Best Sellers!!!