Comics, steaks, and toys

13 November 2017

Expectation: Wait until I've finished reading all the books in my unread pile before purchasing new ones.

Reality: Troop to Bayanihan Center (on a Saturday with hellish traffic due to ASEAN, no less) for Komikon 2017 to buy new comic books.


The spirit is willing but the body is weak, so last Saturday J and I experienced our first Komikon. I have frequented toy conventions, Free Comic Book Days, and various extensions of Komiket but it was actually my first time to attend Komikon, and I was overwhelmed! Overwhelmed in a good way, because of the amount of talent and passion our local artists have as well as the support the two-day event enjoyed despite the aforementioned horrible state of traffic. There were a lot of sponsors and attendees so I'm pretty sure the future of the local comics scene is in pretty good shape. 

As expected, the line for Manix Abrera's autograph was impossibly long. Because it was already late in the afternoon when J and I decided to go, I didn't get a slot for his autograph anymore. We still had a great time, though! Our wallets are not happy but hey, look at the stuff we scored!

J got a rare hardback copy of Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again and trade paperback of Harbinger: Children of the Eighth Day. I used to have a copy of this as well as issues 1-5 but I gave them away in high school after multiple rereads. Meanwhile, I got Arnold Arre's After Eden, Manix Abrera's Kikomachine Komix #13, Toto Madayag's P*cha, E Di Komiks Pa Rin Vol. 2 and prints, Dean Francis Alfar and Sage Alfar's Stars in Jars, Hulyen stickers for my friend Hannah, and Le Petit Prince postcards. Summit Books also sent me a copy of Ethan Chua and Scott Lee Chua's Doorkeeper to review so I'm pretty excited to delve into it. Also in the photo is the DC Bombshells Batgirl toy figure which was my gift for J because we celebrated our 29th month together yesterday. ♡

After exhausting our feet and wallets, we went to check out the restaurants around the area. We ended up at Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats which was great because I've been wanting to make J try it.

Mad Mark's Signature Steak with cream sauce and two sides (I chose white rice and corn and carrots) for P245 and Liquid Cheesecake (that's melted cheesecake in fried batter with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge ughhh so sinful yet so goood) for P150, y'all. It was heaven for our taste buds and tummies.

I'd also like to share what J got me: my first Made to Move Barbie! I have wanted one for so long so I'm so happy I finally have her! I don't have a name for her yet, though.

We also went on a really nice date yesterday but I'll share the story on another post once we get the output two to three weeks from now.


How are you spending the ASEAN special non-working days? I hope you're being as unproductive as possible. Hee.

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