Sabado, Agosto 31, 2013

Geek Alert: HP and Kibuishi

The Harry Potter series recently had a fresh update of covers in time for his 15th year anniv. I know, I haven't even read the books yet I'm so excited. Well, I did read through the first one til the 16th-ish chapter I think. After that I had to return the book to the owner lest I forget all about it. I did get to watch the movies though. All except the 5th one hahah.

Anyhoo, the first book's on its 15th anniv of its US release yay! What started out as a children's fantasy novel actually ended more mature than some, I dunno, vampire wannabe novel hahah. It is illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi, an American graphic novel artist and illustrator. Well he was born Japenese. And I think he's cute hahah.





The original American cover by Mary GrandPre featured Harry on a Nimbus catching a Snitch. This one looks cooler showing Harry being led by Hagrid at Diagon Alley.

On a side note, I also like the UK Bloomsburg signature edition covers by Clare Melinsky. The art is very minimalist.



It also features art at the back cover, all showing Harry's back on a particular scene in the books. The coolest one would have to be the final showdown with Voldemort.



Also, I've just seen the Swedish cover for Deathly Hallows and I really liked the anime-ish style hahah. Plus the illustrator Alvaro Tapia is also cute hahah. Or maybe I'm just too biased on the guys. Kebs.




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References:
To see all seven illustrated by Kibuishi and GrandPre, click here: Scholastic.

For a listing of HP covers, you might want to look at this site: Linto Experiment.

Sabado, Agosto 24, 2013

An Open Letter to...


Madami na namang galit sa mundo. Madaming affected sa mga bagay bagay, maliit man o malaki. Sa dami ng problema ng mundo like depleting ozone layers, flashfloods, nalulusaw na polar caps, hurricanes, earthquakes, at mga bagyo, iisipin pa ba nya yang problema mo? Kaya go lang daw sabi ni Mother Earth, mag open letter ka na lang sa problema mo. Baka mabasa pa ng pinapatamaan mo. At dahil jan, makikitrending na rin ako.


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An Open Letter to Whom it may Concern:

Teka lang. I changed my mind.

Dear Emiko,

Remember me? Do you miss me? Ako, naalala pa kita. 

1990 kakabili ko pa lang ng bagong bagong Mongol number 2. Wala pang kagat ang eraser at di pa natatasahan ng kutsilyo ang lead. Ipinatong ko lang sa desk ko para kunin ang craypas sa bag ko ng biglang poof. Nalost na sya in mid air.

After a week, pati si Michelle, si Ferdie at si Cherrie nawawalan na rin ng lapis. It's as if may Bermuda Triangle ng lapis dito sa classroom.

Di pa naman uso ang CSI nun kaya siguro very very light pa lang kami sa investigation. Nagkaalaman na lang ng may maka caught in the act sayong dumedekwat ng lapis. Grabe ka! Pero sure na sure ako teh, kung ako ang nakahuli sayo, baka iCalvento Files kita!

Alam mo bang pinaghihirapan ng mga magulang namin na bumili ng lapis, well nagiging every week na dahil sa kagagawan mong gaga ka, para lang maitaguyod ang aming pag-aaral. At para na rin mas makatipid kami sa pagpapaphotocopy ng books. Isipin mo kung ilang pamilya ang sinira mo ang budget sa pagbili na naman ng lapis?

At nung may-I-confront na peg namin, anong ginawa mo? Nag imbento ka pa ng kwento. Kesyo may sumpa sumpa sa iyo ang isang witch na magiging compulsive klepto ka! Bruha ka!!! Hiyang hiya naman sayo si Winona Ryder. Di nya naisip ang ganyan ha. A+ for Originality ka teh. Ngunit walang sumpa. Tayo ang gumagawa ng mga mga sumpa, ng mga himala. Ang sumpa ay nasa puso ng tao!

Kaya kung ako sayo, magbago ka na. Well, sana after 20 years eh nagbago ka na nga. Di ka na pumasok sa next school year eh. Siguro kung makikita kita ngayon, baka rumaraket ka na ng mga 10 billion pesos sa gobyerno. Dahil walang pinagkaiba ang klepto ng lapis sa klepto sa kaban. Magnanakaw ka pa rin, ibang magnitude nga lang. Kahit maging Robin Hood ka pa, the end doesn't justify the means. Magnanakaw ka pa rin.

Lubos na gumagalang,

Anonymous


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Ayaw po magpakilala ng ating letter sender. Kasi hanggang ngayon po affected pa rin sya sa punyetang classmate nya nung elementary. Scarred for life ganyan. Pramis di ko sya kilala. Move on move on din teh. Si Maring nga nakamove on na eh, ikaw pa kaya?

Title ng episode: Mongol


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