Friday, November 27, 2009

My Week In Comics: November 27, 2009

By the time you’re reading this, you’ve probably already gotten the last two Lantern ring replicas from your favorite local comic shop. For those who haven’t yet, Green and Red are out right now. Try this for fun: Say the Green Lantern oath slowly and loudly while slowly slipping the Green Lantern ring on your finger. Ignore the stares you get…you just became a goddamn Green Lantern!

But I digress. New comics this week! Let’s see what I got myself into!

It’s pretty stupid of me to get Blackest Night #5 without actually getting numbers 1 to 4, but aside from getting a discounted price for a Green Lantern ring if you buy the issue, the buzz around this particular ish made me curious. And this time, curiosity didn’t kill anybody. The entire spectrum of Lanterns have come together (whether they like it or not) to stop the threat of Nekron, while the rest of DC’s big guns arrive to try to stop the rest of the dead from doing any more damage.

I’ve never read a lick of Green Lantern before getting this ish, but Geoff Johns delivered by giving us some great character moments from all the Lanterns. Larfreeze in particular just became a favorite of mine. Greedy little bastard!

Shocking revelations on the nature of death in the DCU (“You’re still connected to [death]. To me.” Nekron snarls in one panel), a shocking “resurrection”, and an ending that just spells ‘we’re fucked’, bodes ill for the rest of the DCU, but not for this book, which gets a well-deserved 4 out of 5.

Queen Sonja #2 breaks it down with a breather of an issue, with Sonja’s prisoner from the previous ish fleshing out some of the history behind some very bad country with a douchebag for a king. Sonja doesn’t like it one bit (like all good bikini-clad warriors do) and decides to teach them a lesson only the She-Devil with a Sword can provide. Never thought I’d love a ‘story’ issue like this, but writer Joshua Ortega makes it interesting enough to keep me reading. When Sonja proclaims that an entire country just gained ‘a most dangerous enemy’ (i.e., her!), you just know it’s about to get good. That, and Mel Rubi’s smokin’ hot rendition of Sonja, gives this book a 4 out of 5.

Invincible Iron Man #20 opens up with a hologram recording of Tony Stark laying down his ‘last will and testament’ to someone off-panel. Like about 10 pages of it. It’s all well and good, though, because not only does Tony back-sass Osborn like crazy, he also lays down plans to revive him from his vegetative state, and he wants Iron Man, Thor and Captain America together to clean Osborn’s mess after. Can anyone say Siege?

Not much happens this issue, but I’m guessing this is the part where it all goes to hell for Osborn and co., and I’m loving the very prospect of defeat for these very bad people. This gets a 3 out of 5.

Finally, we come to Image United, a very ambitious project involving the original seven founders of Image Comics, along with some help from Robert Kirkman. The very thought of all these comic juggernauts coming together to basically do an artjam of a comic (with each creator drawing the characters they created, save for Whilce Portacio, for reasons you can probably research yourselves) blew my brains. I’m in this for my main man Whilce, and I’m happy that despite not having access to Wetworks for this story, the character he does draw is the focus of the story!

Good or bad, the story reads just like pure, distilled 90’s. Bad guys start trashing major cities in what I assume is America, and the Image heroes' solution is EXTREEEME violence and bad puns. But Fortress, the guy in the green and violet (ugh) suit is sensing that something is very wrong, and he needs all these heroes from all these different worlds to make it right.

If you have no connection to these characters, the book might be confusing, but if you want to see what an artjam from the most popular 90’s artists looks like, that's all you'll probably get out of it. I’d get this for nostalgia, if nothing else. Aside from the sheer awesomeness of seeing the Image founders drawing their own characters in one comic (never thought I’d see Velocity as done by Marc Silvestri again!), nothing much is explained, and the only hook they have to get you to buy the next issue is that if they don’t unite against this unseen threat, they are all going to die. We’ll give this issue another shot, but they better have more Witchblade in there if they want me to keep buying! This one’s a 3 out of 5.

An altogether satisfying week for comics, and that’s all I can hope for these days. If you think there should be more Witchblade in the next issue of Image United, or just want to talk about my choice of words in this blog post, leave me a comment below and let’s discuss! Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 09, 2009

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon Review

With Transformers Universe taking an indefinite hiatus, Transfans can only get their fix from Hasbro’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie line, which is currently putting out new figures and tons of repaints long after the movie has gone from theaters.

Bludgeon (Decepticon Bludgeon to you copyright fans) is the latest Voyager class bot to come out of the ROTF line, and to be honest I’m impressed and downright psyched by what Hasbro has done to please both G1 fans and the casual movie-former lovers: they took a character so undeniably old-school and made it fit both the G1 and movie aesthetic, ultimately bridging both. He’s like the Barack Obama of TFs!

Now I’m not much of a Transformers wiz, having only started collecting TFs this year, but all I know is that back in the G1 days, Bludgeon was a samurai ghost robot, which for all intents and purposes is already awesome in and of itself. He was a Pretender, a smaller Transformer that hid under a larger shell. Bludgeon’s outer shell was a skeleton in samurai armor, and inside he was a robot that transformed into a tank. I don’t know why he thinks he can fool anyone by dressing up as a giant samurai skeleton, but Decepticons aren’t exactly known for smarts, only firepower, which Bludgeon has a metric ton of.

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
His alt-mode is a “jungle tank” according to the back of the box,, but us nerds know its actually a Japanese Type 90 tank. His turret rotates the full 360 degrees, something even ROTF Megatron was incapable of doing.

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
The machine gun on top of the turret also rotates, and it rolls on surfaces great. You haven’t even transformed him yet and you’ve got a great looking and highly playable toy tank!

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Transforming Bludgeon is a pretty involved process, but the engineering spent on this toy to turn it from a tank to a samurai robot is nothing short of impressive.

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There are a lot of things to flip over, turn around and break in two, but in the end you get a toy that really looks like an undead robot samurai, instead of Hasbro just giving some robot a samurai sword and helmet and calling it a day.

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Paint-wise, I love his shade of green on the tank, and the garish orange probably highlight his spectral nature. He’s got a Mech Alive feature, where the turret breaks in two to reveal a sheath for one his weapons, which I’ll get to in a minute.

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
Articulation is pretty limited, including a lack of waist swivel, but you can make the most out of what’s there. He’s got a neck swivel, swivel shoulders, arms and legs, double elbows and hinge knees, and you can get a pretty good variety of limber moves you expect a samurai to do!

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
Speaking of which, you can’t be a samurai without a sword, and Bludgeon gets to have the biggest-ass sword of all. Pull out the gray tip of the tank turret for his nodachi (long sword), and his Mech Alive feature brings out his wakizashi (short sword). You can store both through holes on his right hip just like a real samurai. Mad respect for Hasbro for going out of their way to put in these little details that really make Bludgeon more than a toy.

They’re both made of pretty soft plastic which is too bendy for my taste, but I guess it’s a blessing in disguise…it’s a bitch to get them in Bludgeon’s hands. Dude’s got grip! But once he’s armed, some poor Autobot’s about to become sashimi!

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
I never liked the movie aesthetic, to be honest, and the news of Universe phasing out made me ultra-sad. But Bludgeon gave me hope that we can get good, classic characters out of the movie line’s extended run. This big undead samurai robot is an awesome toy, with appeal that reaches across borders. You gotta respect the way of the samurai!

ROTF Decepticon Bludgeon
It's not out in the Philippines yet, but I got him from a specialty store in Greenhills for pretty much SRP. Once he drops, get him fast!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Yellow Lantern Rings are out!

Just got back from Planet X Comics in Glorietta 4 and it's confirmed: the first of the Lantern ring replicas have landed. Tons of Yellow Lantern rings over there! Get it for 40php when you buy the latest issue of Doom Patrol (Doom Patrol #4, a Blackest Night tie-in issue) out this week, or just buy it outright for 60php.

Yellow Lantern Ring Replica
Would have loved to buy Doom Patrol and support the books, but its either just 60php for the ring alone, or 165php for the book PLUS 40php for the ring, which is equal to WAY more than 60php. Never thought math would be this useful to me for once in my life!

More pics below.

Yellow Lantern Ring Replica
Yellow Lantern Ring Replica

Friday, October 30, 2009

My Week in Comics: October 30, 2009

Hey, you're still reading! Good! Come on, you gotta see what I got myself into this week!

Holy shit, a comic book about Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box comes out this week?! Man, that is SO bought! Wait, what? It's literally about a haunted music box that makes people do crazy shit whenever they listen to it? Talk about misleading titles, man!

Kidding. Though I could sit here all day making lame jokes about Love Hewitt and her music box (which I just went and did...damn), you'd be surprised to know that the comic itself isn't as bad as people might expect of Hollywood actor-penned comic books, though this is not so much Hewitt's written work as it is her brainchild, since veteran comic book writer Scott Lobdell wrote this particular story. Here, the Music Box in question is a bloodstained, haunted MacGuffin, whose power to make people's dreams come true at the cost of their sanity is addictive and, ultimately, deadly.

As expected of IDW, the atmosphere is thick here, as if there's a long bass note all throughout the story as the poor soul caught in the Music Box's grip slowly loses his grip with reality. Helping bring the point home is Michael Gaydos' distinctively gritty art, which makes for an unsettling experience of a comic. I guess what I mean to say is Jennifer Love Hewitt's Music Box #1 is surprisingly good, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. This one is an easy 4 out of 5.

If there's anything Hannibal Tabu and I agree with, it's that Nova has been skirting the 'good enough' territory for months now, but Nova #30 changes all that with so much awesome stuffed in one comic that paying just P165 for this ish should be illegal. Solid action, characterization and art from Nova newcomer Kevin Sharpe, makes this one of the best Nova issues so far. his book's a 4 out of 5.

And then we come to Queen Sonja #1. In case you didn't know, I dropped Red Sonja months ago since I wasn't feeling the storylines and the revolving creative teams didn't help in keeping my attention. But now with Queen Sonja, Dynamite plans to "return to Red Sonja's roots" with a new a creative team that not only boasts of the definitive Red Sonja artist Mel Rubi, but also a promise of staying on board for more than 1 issue!

One thing's for sure: Queen Sonja is damn good. I haven't smiled while reading Red Sonja in a long long while that I'm afraid my face has forgotten how to, and each page of Queen Sonja consistently rocked my face clean off instead. It's like all this time I was reading fake Sonja comics, and this was the real freaking deal. The action is fierce and fun to look at, and Sonja reads like a warrior who absolutely loves her job, and looks damn good doing it. Mel Rubi, you are a delight.

To top off this awesomecake of blood, blades and bikinis, Queen Sonja includes a reprint of Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword #1, featuring old-school Sonja as told by legends like Roy Thomas, Esteban Maroto and Neal Adams. It's a great reprint of one of Sonja's first solo stories, and I can't believe I was born 30 years too late to read it. Every panel was a work of art...totally inspiring.

An awesome main story plus an awesome reprint, all at the price point of a 22-page comic? The math speaks for itself. Go get this comic right the hell now. This gets a worthy 5 out of 5.

Wow, it's been a while since I've had an awesome Week in Comics! Anyway, think Red Sonja isn't so hot? Think Jennifer Love Hewitt is? Leave a comment and let's discuss. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Week in Comics: October 24, 2009

Okay, I admit, when I saw that there was a comic called Cowboy Ninja Viking coming out this week, the motor functions governing my hand automatically went and sent it to my pull list. There’s just something about awesome mashups that make my eyes roll into the back of my head. So does C.N.V. #1 deliver?

For the most part, yes. In the book, people called Triplets exist, highly-trained killers with multiple personality disorders. It’s all well and good until you find out that the personalities they have are coincidentally some of the most badass archetypes in history. A triplet might be a Pilot Surgeon Knight, for instance, and you’ll never know until he’s operating on your guts with a two-handed sword at 11,000 feet. The main character is a Triplet named Duncan, the titular Cowboy Ninja Viking, and all he wants is to be left alone. But a shady organization wants to use his skills to hunt down rogue Triplets, and he soon finds himself rushing headlong into a confrontation with one of the most dangerous of them all.

I think I’ve been spoiled by too many mash ups, because though C.N.V. provided an entertaining premise to start with, it suffers from not taking advantage of the possibilities of having someone with cowboys, ninjas and vikings in their heads. That, along with confusing layouts, dialogue and art that makes it hard to know who the hell is talking to who, makes C.N.V. an incomprehensible, confusing read.…though the thought of Duncan facing off with someone as kooky as a Pirate Gladiator Oceanographer next issue is making me geek out, even just a bit. This one gets 2.5 out of 5.

And now we come to Invincible Iron Man #19, one of the last issues to Matt Fraction’s Dark Reign magnum opus, World’s Most Wanted. Fraction’s been hitting his stride the whole storyline through which, if memory serves me right, happens only once in an indigo moon. In the ish, Pepper Potts, Black Widow and Maria Hill is about to punk H.A.M.M.E.R. so hard, and Norman Osborn finally catches up with Tony Stark!

Forget about whatever book you’re picking up for your Osborn fix, Fraction’s crazy homicidal asshole potrayal of Norman Osborn is total cash. I’m tired of seeing his smug face pretending to be a hero everywhere else…in Invincible Iron Man, Normy is megalomania personified, and it makes the fact that he’s about to get what’s coming to him that much sweeter. Also, Larocca and D’Armata are matching Fraction’s game, with amazing art and effects that bring the "action movie look" home.

I often get too spoilery in my reviews, but not here. I’m actually telling you to just pick up Invincible Iron Man #19 right now and see for yourself. Trust me, the last few pages are worth more than the 3.99 cover price. Shit, you should even reserve #20 while you’re at it, because by the last panel you’ve just got to know what’s gonna go down next. This is a solid 5 out of 5.

That’s it for my late Week in Comics. Agree? Disagree? Think Norman Osborn’s the sexy shiznay and got nobody to tell it to? The comment box below is your best friend. Leave me a note and let’s talk about it. Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Start the day right, COBRA-style!

Alodia Baroness

So here's Alodia cosplaying as a hot, Asian Baroness.

Day = right.

Yes, I know I'm contributing to the madness that is Alodia (which I promised not to do), but I can't help but point out that she can actually be damn hot even if she doesn't wear those garish blonde wigs all the damn time!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Today, you can be as awesome...

Nick Fury Nick Fury bursting through a wall, guns ablaze, while riding no-handed on a rocket-powered motorcycle.


*Only if allowed by your school, office and/or place of work.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Coming Soon: Blackest Night Bling!

So it's been around for a while that, to coincide with the release of their latest mega-event Blackest Night, DC Comics gave away limited supplies of promotional Black Lantern rings to comic book shops with every sale of Blackest Night #1. I didn't pick up said book, so I don't know if our local comic shops like Comic Odyssey or Planet X Comics pulled through on that one.

Blackest Night Lantern Rings
But needless to say people enjoyed the hell out of owning a 3D manifestation of a Lantern ring that DC is going balls-out by releasing the entire spectrum of promotional Lantern rings (from the popular Green to Sinestro Yellow to Rage Red) starting in November in a promotional frenzy for the upcoming finale of Blackest Night. Everybody's gonna go ring-crazy come November!

...Or not, since I talked to the owner of Planet X Comics and he confirmed that they will reach our pearly shores this November, but they're neither free nor plentiful...because they'll be selling them for 50 Pesos (under $1) a pop! That sucks, since I'm such a cheap, miserly bastard, but then again they have DC's blessing to dispose them as they please. And it comes off cheaper for me that way, anyway. 500 Pesos for the entire set of rings, plus one or two more Greens or Blacks for your best buds? Effin' sold!

Man, I love it when comic companies do these little promotions, like when DC bagged those black mourning armbands with Superman #75 way back when. I wish more comic companies would do stuff like this. The possibilities are endless!

If I were you, I'd mark the hell out November on my calendar right now. I can't wait to have difficulty typing with so many Lantern rings on my fingers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Webcomics I Love: Happle Tea

Well what do you know? It's Wednesday! The middle of the week between dreaded Mondays and sweet salvation of weekends. And do you know of a better way to spend a Wednesday than to read up on some webcomics? I don't!

This one was suggested by my best buddy at The Killah Kamikaze Blog, and it has just enough amounts of insane AND win to keep readers happy. I'm talking about Happle Tea (

Happle Tea
Happle Tea is the crazy brainchild of one Scott Maynard and is touted to be "the only comic that excoriates religion, pop culture, and politics while, at the same time, lauding the world of cryptozoology." I don't know what the hell he means by that, but I don't particularly care, since the main character has a sasquatch for a best buddy and what appears to be God dressed up as a cute, foul-mouthed kitty. Madness.

Check it out for yourselves, fellow geeks. There's no cuter way to kill time than downing a tall glass of Happle Tea.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Marvel Legends Fan Poll Results!

Man oh man...just when I thought I was pull me back in!

For those out of the loop, Hasbro (ye olde makers of Marvel Legends and Marvel Universe) recently made the Marvel Legends Fans Choice Poll, asking fans which three characters do they want included in the next Marvel Legends 2-pack wave. The poll listed a lot of familiar names (Hulk, Wolverine, Deadpool, etc) and some freaking obscure ones (like Brother Voodoo, Bi-beast and Nuke [who the hell is Nuke?!]). A lot of discussion got bandied around the internets, and a lot of votes were cast. Now the results are out, and the top three emerged as crowd favorites.

Top 1: Deadpool

Top 2: Valkyrie

Top 3: Black Widow

The results are sending people into a frenzy. The toy forums I frequent have casual collectors happy to get updates of new characters, with hardcore collectors bitching that they won't get new, obscure characters like Terror Inc. or Phantomex and accusing people of wasting their votes on Deadpool! I love the smell of facepalm in the morning.

I voted for Black Widow, Havok and Ms. Marvel, and even though I was 1 out of 3, I'm happy to at least get a Black Widow with a sculpt that won't make me want to dry heave (I'm looking at you, ML8 Black Widow!). And since I like figures with guns, that Deadpool is already a lock for me too, so it's all good! These three characters will be joined by three of Hasbro's picks which will be announced 'soon'.

To be honest, whatever the hell Hasbro's picks are is entirely moot. Black Widow, prepare to join your Mighty Avengers family soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Combat Storm: Your little plastic army men now have a use again!

Ever had those little green plastic Army men you can buy by the buckets at the supermarket? I had tons of those when I was a kid, and they looked hella awesome with the lot of them standing around in a diorama. But back then that's all they were good for (except for sometimes tying them to a cheap plastic bag and making them paradrop for no reason), and they were either discarded or left to rot in bodegas forever.

It was then that I came across talk of organized rules for setting up a miniatures gaming system similar to Warhammer or Heroclix using these Army men guys. They called it Combat Storm.

I think I'd like to repeat that.

Organized rules. For a miniature war game. Using cheap plastic army men.

Combat Storm
My mind was blown.

So I checked them out and sure enough, I was impressed. Dubbed as "the definitive rulebook for miniature wargaming using plastic army men," Combat Storm is a rules system that makes use of Army men from the 'dirt-cheap toys' aisle to play out your own tabletop battlefield scenario. It's crazy to think that someone looked at those little green guys and thought, "there should be a 'grown-up' game I could play using these. I think I'll go make one."

What's cool is that they gave personalities to each Army men sculpt. That guy with the Garand? That's a Rifleman, able to make shots from long range. That dude throwing a grenade? He's a Demolition's Expert, with enough grenades and C4 to level a building. There's also a Sniper, an Anti-Tank Personel, and lots more, and you can put them all together to make a badass 'army' and recreate all kinds of wartime scenarios!

Not only that, they also provide papercraft buildings in case you're too lazy or can't be bothered to make a 3D map of your war zone. But where's the fun in a war zone if it ain't 3D? They have free downloads of their buildings in their website, but the better stuff are for sale at their online store.

So it now comes down to price. That's right, the Combat Storm Rulebook isn't for free (unless you get it unscrupulously). It's $19.99 (roughly P1,000 here) at their online store, but if it's as good as they say it is, that one-time sale is a steal in itself. You get a gaming system for those cheap plastic Army men (I still can't get over that fact!), have lots of fun, and indirectly help whoever the hell continues to manufacture those little guys.

Check out more of the stuff at the official Combat Storm website.

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Week In Comics: War of Kings #6

Its funny how despite War of Kings being nothing but an infinitesimal blip in Marvel’s radar, ended with quite a messy, deafening bang. A bang made by a bomb designed to detonate when Black Bolt shouts into it, and and therefore exploding with such force that it exploded in an entirely different dimension, leaving a hole through space and time that’s parsecs across.

Comics are fun!

But I digress. War of Kings #6 is out, and I don't know if I should be sad that it's over, or be happy that it is. Sure the book had its awesome moments…I mean, I bet everyone and their chihuahua were jonesing for a one-on-one between Black Bolt and Vulcan (come on, this whiny sadistic bastard's been begging for a fist to the face), and this issue didn’t disappoint in that aspect. Seeing BB and Vulcan go balls-out at each other with energy blasts, naked fists, and at one point the full blast of Black Bolt's finishing move, "The Scream", had me geeking out in the worst way.

But as an ending to the War of Kings miniseries, it just leaves so much to be desired. For a comic that’s all about all-out war between two of the most powerful alien species known in the Marvel U, it all felt so contained, so restrained, like it should have been a really big deal but it’s not, and all it’s got to show for it are three dead B-listers, and a hole in time/space parsecs across. And I don't even know how big or long or hard a parsec is, and at this point I'm unlikely to care.

If there's anything good about War of Kings, it's the characterization. Everyone had their moment, their character spotlight...hell, even "Revolving Door" Smasher leaped off the page (only to be scragged an issue later...poor guy!). Nobody was a caricature or a 2d image. They all had unique, realistic 'voices' that it was hard not to relate to every single one of them. I mean, when was Ronan-the freaking-Accuser ever this introspective? Pretty mean feat for a standard-issue comic book!

It's a downright a shame, since all this build-up on Black Bolt had me as moist as a cupcake, and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have been good to me during Annihilation and Nova. But I guess DnA absolutely had to tell a story about the Inhumans, and about these two kings, and they did, and that's the one thing I can't take away from them.

So was War of Kings worth the $23.94 (1,100 in Philippine Pesos for my homies out there) you and I paid for the lot of them? All I can say is...

...I paid for it, might as well enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Webcomics I Love: Nedroid

Let's get back on the swing of things with a webcomic I've been browsing for quite some time but never got to tell everyone how awesome it is. It's a collection of cute bear and parrot pictures, as well as partying animals, but it's collectively known as Nedroid.

Nobody knows who the guy (or girl?) who's making all these awesome comics about bears and parrots living together, or about a cat with an uncontrollable urge to party, but hot damn if it isn't a fun read. The art has a simple charm to it, and the dry, ironic humor is right up my alley. And I don't know about you, but Party Cat has got to be the most adorably rendered kitty cat in the face of the internet.

If you don't know about Nedroid yet, it's high time you should. Check out some more of his stuff in his official site.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go buy a white kitty and teach it to love parties with a vengeance.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Return of The Geek

Wow, has it been a month already?

For those of you still around reading (like that one guy from Russia who seems to love this blog a lot...spasiba, comrade!), you may have noticed the steady, if not totally abrupt, decline in reading materials here at Behold The Geek!, and for that...

...I have no excuse.

I messed up.

The thing is, the gears of my life have suddenly shifted to overdrive, with work all of a sudden taking the wheel, and the obligations of an aging 20-something year old like weddings and the occasional baptism (Shit, I'm not in THAT kind of hurry!) slowly creeping up on me like never before.

And due to some hard times lately (as well as a smidgen of disillusionment in the comic book industry), I'm slowly easing off the throttle when it comes to....uh...comic books.

I know, *gasp!*, right? The people at Planet X Comics are probably pissed at me for still not picking up the fuckton of comics I still have in my file (I'll get them, I promise!). Which probably makes you wonder how the hell this blog is to survive without any (new) comics to blog about. I mean, it does say up top that I'm all about things 'comic and awesome'.

But have no fear, fellow geeks. I won't abandon this blog, nor will I let it dwindle. I'm brainstorming on some stuff to do and write as we speak, and me and my best friend's imaginary comic book company has started pre-prod on the story we've been working on for years, so it's all very exciting. But now that I've practically stopped picking up new comics, my weekly Week in Comics is going to take an extended hiatus. Anyway, I'm more of a toy collector these days, so I'll throw in some toy-related stuff for free. Oh, and also the prerequisite geeky stuff like chicks with glasses, conventions and the odd politically incorrect comic panel or two.

And yes, I know. I just apologized on the internet to people who probably don't give an askal's behind if I do. But it just feels good to know, you know?

So stand back folks, about twenty feet at least...I'm gonna start this baby back up!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Toycon 2009 Megapost: Day 2

Continuing my coverage of the 8th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (aka Toycon 2009), I came back on the second day to finally shop in peace, since I don't have to do anything for HERO TV today (I think). I came in at the unusually early 1130PM, and while the longest line in the world I had the honor of witnessing yesterday wasn't there anymore, the venue still had enough people to render the air conditioning useless.

I went to the HERO TV booth first, it being smackdab in front of the entrance, and found people happily snapping away with their cameras, posing with our life size Voltes V and Astro Boy statues.

Hero TV Booth Toycon 2009
Since it looks like it's gonna be a slow day, I decided to roam the rest of the convention floor to see if there was anything new. I checked out the gallery of toy photography again to take a closer look and what I saw where pretty awesome. Some of the entries are pretty awesome, and the Haruhi Suzumiya scene blasphemously reenacting the Last Supper cracked me up.

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There seemed to be more toys today than yesterday, or it's still the same and my lazy eye is playing tricks on me again. Still, there were more than enough toys to sell to every man, woman, child, pet chihuahua (there was one in the venue!) and man-child to play with.

Statues Toycon 2009
It was then that I found what I was looking for since yesterday...a Mikuru Asahina Figma! Would have wanted to complete the set and get Haruhi too, but I still have to look for that Yoko Revoltech!

It's really hard walking around a giant room full of toys with little money to'd wish you could buy everything. Seeing Theater Works' entire display of 12" Hot Toys, er, toys just made me openly weep.

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It was then that I noticed something I didn't notice yesterday...a separate conference hall full of toy and statue displays from members of Pinoy Toy Kolektors forum!

Here are some statues and busts by fatboystudios. It doesn't show it, but that Michael Jackson bust was literally sweating, like he just came out from the game of his life. That's too much realism for me, dawg.

fatboystudios Toycon 2009
I love dioramas, and this exhibit featured a huge one...I don't know what the diorama's about, but it's like Black Hawk Down with GI Joe figs, down to the miniature terrorists, great looking buildings, guns a-blazing and real sand!

Hell, there's even a small diorama of that memorable scene from The Ring, complete with miniature VHS tape and strobe lights!

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There weren't just toys in the ToyCon. There were the usual hats, clothes, statues and some pretty random bread with faces.

Breadou Toycon 2009
That was enough weirdness for me, so I went back to the HERO TV Booth, which by then was reduced to a ghost town. Nobody was coming in anymore, with people more interested in War Rock or looking at where Alodia last left a footprint. How do I turn this around?

Why, getting pretty cosplayers as unwilling booth girls, of course!

Two of my lovely members from the Hero TV Forums, dressed up in full cosplay, decided to help out, politely welcoming the people outside to take pictures inside our booth, without us even asking. Whaddaya know, it worked! A couple of minutes later, the place was packed! With a cute wink and a smile the girls managed to get even the most grizzled con-going veterans to take pictures next to Flash Bomba and Dragonna!

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Isn't that nice of them? Well, a few hours of padding our number of visitors for today and it was time to call it a day. ToyCon 2009 looked to be a huge success, despite the looming financial crisis hovering over everybody's wallets. People had fun, my friends had fun, I had's all good in the end.

And I didn't come home empty handed for once!

And that ends my coverage of the great ToyCon 2009. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to brag about all the swag you got when you were there, drop me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

ToyCon 2009 Megapost: Day 1

Nothing stirs so much fanboy glee like making a chick in a European maid costume hold your lightsaber while making it look like she's beating you up. Score one for self-esteem brother! But I's the 8th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, also known as TOYCON 2009, where self-esteem isn't altogether needed, only a big wad of your last paycheck, a camera, and hopefully a whole canteen of clean drinking water, as I will learn soon enough.

For those not in the know, the aforementioned and affectionately called ToyCon is THE convention for the complete geek package. Toys, statues, anime, and stuff you didn't realize you's all there. And even if there are like tons of toy conventions scattered throughout the year, you're nobody unless you've been to this one.

I was still nobody when I got to the venue at the ungodly hour of 10AM. What waited outside was, I honestly kid you not, the biggest waiting line I've ever seen in my life. It looked like it fucking looped Megamall twice! Thank goodness HERO TV was a major sponsor!

Toycon 2009
Inside was even crazier, as the venue was packed with all sorts of people with money to burn, and for good reason. This was toy nirvana, people. You wouldn't realize how much your salary means to you unless you find yourself spending it on all the latest and coolest toys and the rarest finds. 2Rats helped burn through your pockets with toy bargains out the wazoo.

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Maxicollector didn't make things any easier either.

Maxicollector Toycon 2009
And beside it was the curiously called Alodia's Edge, where people were physically struggling to get in. I wonder what could be inside?

Oh, it's Alodia again.

Alodia Toycon 2009
Anyway, the stuff I was looking for (a Revoltech Fraulein Yoko Movie Ver. and a Mikuru Cheerleader Figma) wasn't there. You could hear my wallet's sigh of relief a mile away!

There were also toy exhibits like those hipster Snitch vinyl toys, Stikfas, Transformers toys (both movie and cartoon versions) and an exhibit to the late great Alfredo Alcala, one of the first few Filipinos who broke into the American comics scene drawing some legendary comic book runs from both DC and Marvel! If there's anything to be proud of for being a Filipino, it's this one.

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Believe it or not, I cosplayed as Itsuki Koizumi from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on Day 1!

But unfortunately, my first was also my worst, as I seem to be so bad at cosplaying that nobody recognized who I was cosplaying as. I'm not fucking Light Yagami, people! My pants aren't even the right color for the guy!

It got so bad that I had to pull a hapless Haruhi cosplayer to demonstrate who I was. And unfortunately I could not convince her to stay beside me to identify me at her expense.

Haruhi cosplay
Speaking of cosplayers, there were fewer of them today than I'm used to. Maybe because ToyCon is more of a toy collector's thing than an a cosplay convention, but what few we got were awesome.

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Standing in the HERO TV Booth for four freaking hours takes a lot out of you. Good thing some of my good friends from the Hero TV Forums were there to ease the suffering a little. Or did they?

Death Note cosplay
And I just found out that one of the legendary Joker cosplayers right now is actually my college schoolmate! When you've done the Joker this good, where else can you fucking go? Where else can anyone go?

All in all it was a fun day. Saw lots of people, ogled at lots of toys, and met lots of friends from high school to was like a freaking reunion! Who knew toys can bring together people from the most disparate walks of life?

Up next, drama, dioramas and total devastation! Stay tuned for Day 2!

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