Komiks and the Filipino Folklore: An Exclusive Interview With Tabi Po Creator Marvin Malonzo

Geekend Gladiators was able to catch the award-winning creator of the hit Komiks Series Tabi Po, Mervin Malonzo. He shares with us his history as a writer, how the idea for Tabi Po came about and what he thinks of the blossoming Komiks Industry in the country.

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Why You Should Give Ghost in the Shell a Chance

The live-adaptation of the popular Ghost in the Shell anime starring Scarlett Johansson is set to release in the coming week despite what skeptics and nay-sayers have to say. The film has come under-fire for a variety of different reasons ranging from Casting choices and liberties taken with the source material. However, we’re here to say that’s all okay and here’s why.

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Geekend Destinations: Pinto Art Museum – Cafe Tan-aw

Here at Geekend Gladiators, we are not only passionate about our comic books, TV shows, movies and video games, we are also insanely passionate about our food! In this edition of Geekend Destinations, Gladiators Gino and Phoebe went out and tried a restaurant cafe called, “Cafe Tan-aw,”  in Pinto Art Museum, located at Antipolo City.

As with every Geekend Destination review, ratings are divided among five categories, with five points each and totaling 25 points, namely: food, ambiance, service, affordability, and level of geekiness.

As a brief background, Cafe Tan-aw is a restaurant cafe located inside Pinto Art Museum. The Pinto Art Museum was opened to the public by its owner Dr. Joven Cuanang to showcase the artworks of famous and up and coming Filipino artists.

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Geekend Destinations: Mosaic by the Creek

Here at Geekend Gladiators, we are not only passionate about our comic books, TV shows, movies and video games, we are also insanely passionate about our food! In this edition of Geekend Destinations, Gladiators Gino and Phoebe went out and tried “Mosaic by the Creek,” in Industrial Vallley, Marikina.

As with every Geekend Destination review, ratings are divided among five categories, with five points each and totaling 25 points, namely: food, ambiance, service, affordability, and level of geekiness.

As a brief background, Mosaic by the Creek is a cafe and an art workshop in Marikina. It was/is primarily known for its, you guessed it, mosaic workshop. The cafe opened recently, and is owned by Bubbies Deli.

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Geekend Destinations: Salliano’s Restaurant & Bar

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Here at Geekend Gladiators, we are not only passionate about our comic books, TV shows, movies and video games, we are also insanely passionate about our food! In this edition of Geekend Destinations, Gladiators Gino and Phoebe went out and tried “Salliano’s Restaurant & Bar”, in Marikina.

As with every Geekend Destination review, ratings are divided among five categories, with five points each and totaling 25 points, namely: food, ambiance, service, affordability, and level of geekiness.

As a brief background, Salliano’s Restaurant & Bar is “a modern country, casual dining restaurant located in the heart of Marikina.” It specializes in Spanish and Filipino comfort foods, with a dash of American cuisine.

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Geekend Review: Attack on Titan

SPOILER ALERT, on both the anime and the live action movie, you have been warned.

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Indie Comic Book of the Week – Fight Club 2 #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.

Most of us are familiar with the 1999 movie Fight Club, but some of us, and that includes me (shame on me), does not know that it is actually an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same title. In this light, please allow me to give you the first crack on its sequel, Fight Club 2.

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First rule of Fight Club, you do not talk about Fight Club…

The comic book started 10 years after that huge explosion in the movie. The story starts off with The Narrator describing the life of a man named Sebastian. The Narrator claimed that Sebastian could have been a great man, but he decided to throw it all away, for what reason, no one really knows, except the Narrator perhaps. From there, we were given a glimpse of Sebastian’s life, his wife Marla, his son and their troubles. Sebastian can be described as an ordinary working man, living an ordinary life. His wife Marla, however, is not impressed, she is tired of the ordinary life they’ve been living in, she misses the man that Sebastian was. Their son it seems inherited Sebastian’s knack for chemistry.

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You see, its been 10 years since the explosion, many things have happened between that and Sebastian’s present time. I was expecting that there would be a showcase of events that happened since, however, I was left confused with what actually transpired in the story. I was like, what the big eff happened? One moment, Marla was attending this gathering and then Tyler appeared and the next moment, Sebastian’s house was on fire. Confusing right?

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Well, not really. After a second reading (yep, took me long enough) I finally realized, this is Chuck Palahniuk, what do you expect. One thing’s clear though, the Fight Club still exists, and apparently it has gained more popularity throughout the years and I believe, as of the moment, that’s all that matters. As I mentioned earlier Chuck Palahniuk is the brain behind this awesomeness, well because no one can write it better than him.

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Joining our buddy Chuck are, artist Cameron Stewart and colorist Dave Stewart, whose works ranges from Catwoman, Batman and Robin, Hellboy, and Conan, just to name a few. So you see, the art is as sick as the story, in a good way. Overall it is safe to assume that we can expect great things from this 10-issue series.

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Second rule of Fight Club, YOU DO NOT talk about Fight Club….

In sum, this comic book is highly recommended to all who are wondering what happened to Tyler Durden and his Fight Club. Hence, I am giving this series a 4/5 soaps.

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Phoebe is a lawyer wanna-be by day and moonlights as the Gladiator’s all around girl. She dabbles in arts and crafts and loves writing about the dark side of the moon.

Nerd Rave – The Indie Effect

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DISTURBING, GRAPHIC, AND INAPPROPRIATE IMAGES. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.   There is an age-old question in the comicbook community that sparked debates and confrontations. What is an indie comicbook? Many people had claimed that it is a comicbook published by neither DC nor Marvel. Some said that it is that type of comicbook which explores diverse genres, weird art, and weirder story lines. It defies all standards set by mainstream comicbooks, it caters to people who are looking for something different, something exotic, and something “original.” But all of these merely describes what an Indie comicbook is, but it does not necessarily define what it really is.

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Nerd Rave – Of Live Actions and Comic Book Adaptations

DISCLAIMER: I am no manga, anime or comic book expert. I read them, watch them, and appreciate them, I can go full on geek mode if I have to. But despite of those facts, I do not claim to be an expert on the stuff, so please spare me your bashing

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The world just recently geeked out over the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most of us sighed and looked lovingly at Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk and Black Widow. Some of us gasped when Captain America, ever so slightly, lifted the Mjolinir. We somehow felt their seeming helplessness, as they plan on defeating Ultron. I, for one, smiled when Vision appeared right before my eyes (pun intended), because well, Paul Bettany, need I say more. The world was somehow engrossed over the Avengers and someday soon we will go gaga over Batman v. Superman, and hopefully the Justice League (fingers crossed). Continue reading “Nerd Rave – Of Live Actions and Comic Book Adaptations”