I'm regular!!!!

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I feel so happy and accomplished, and all around blessed right now.

I like knowing I've accomplished something solid this year.

Sigh.

I think this photo shows what I'm feeling, the utter cheer and glee and all the other synonyms of joy I have in me right now.

jumping with my favorite people
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"What's going on? Is it supposed to be like this? My heart isn't feeling what I want it to feel."
(Hani, Playful Kiss)

unrequited benefits.

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The great thing about one-sided love:

  • You don't spend any money! After all, you aren't really dating, so you don't need gifts, or money for movies or anything like that.
  • No restrictions! You don't have to answer to anyone but yourself. 
  • I don't hurt anyone. Because I am the only one doing the liking.
  • It's only me. I can stop liking him whenever I want. 

(Ga In and Director Choi, Personal Taste)

That last part? So not true.

I just finished Personal Taste a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I liked the story, it was fast, easy, simple, especially the way they handled homosexuality and sex. Plus, the story had apples everywhere. I also adored Lee Min Ho, though my favorite character would be Director Choi.

It was full of cuteness, like this:

adorable discomfort


I mean, have you ever seen anything so uncomfortable, yet so cute? I don't really think you get a lot of rest this way, but you like the person so much, you let them do it.

Sigh.

Korean dramas are awesome destressers.

*Screencaps are my own.

comics and more.

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So, I'm supposed to be resting, but I feel that I am no good at that. Or that I rest very differently from other people, because resting to me is this. (This being listening to bouncy bubblegum pop while reminiscing.) Then again, my mother tells me I have made a career out of sleeping.

And before I truly veer off into the merits (and obvious awesomeness) of a career in Sleep, I will talk about Comic Con.

In keeping with my dictum of trying something new everyday for this year, I trawl the Web a lot for events and activities. Some simple and fun (like SavetheWords) and others weird and personal (That is all you get.).

One of the things I came across was Metro Comic Con 2010. It was more of an aside, really. My dream comic con had just finished for the year, so I was reading about what happened when I got curious. Was there a local version of Comic Con, where people paid tribute to Darna, LastikMan and Inday Bibe (my personal favorite)?

Turns out there is. And so, I grabbed Den, did some fast talking about how it was preparation for San Diego, and we were there!

Metro Comic Con was held in Megatrade Hall, in SM. We were there pretty early, so we bummed around Forever21 (Is it just me, or is it incredibly difficult to get out of that shop? Every time I think I am glimpsing an exit, it leads to another variation of their label.), and ate in Mesa (I get hanyan! when I think of Mesa. Sigh.)



Finally, it was time for the Con.

We bought tickets early in the day, so we just got in line for the entrance.


 


There were a lot of kids, and a lot of cosplayers. Some of my friends are of the opinion that cosplay is an eww activity, but it has always fascinated me. Having had to be in costume for a few commitments, I can say it is not easy. Particularly when you need wings. I admire them, for being able to take their appreciation of a story and show it to the world. It also doubles my interest/admiration of the story they're presenting, because a work has to be pretty engaging for you to want to dress up for it.

We finally got inside. I was struck by how bare the set up was. I've been to Megatrade for a few events: I was there for sales, for Panibagong Paraan and even for a few food fairs. The setup was always booths, a main stage area, and promo people milling about. For MCC, it was more relaxed, in a way. There were tables, where comic artists sat. Their work was displayed in front of them, and you stepped up, browsed and bought. There were also toy booths, though I hesitate to call items of that price "toys". There was this giant Wolverine figure that I totally wanted. Sigh.


The sight of cosplayers made me wonder who I would cosplay if I had to. I mostly come up blank. I mean, I like a lot of manga. But I have never honestly liked anything to want to dress up as that. Though I do think I'd make a cute Mrs. Teapot (Isn't she fun? She's so fussy and sweet!), she is not exactly for cosplay.




There was also a stage area, where Den and I caught two panel sessions: one was on the Philippine videogame industry, the other on Philippine comics. The sessions were incredibly interesting, because I had no idea there was a game industry in the country. I mean a gaming industry, sure. But game development? That was enlightening. Right now, it's mostly small games, such as mobile and PC. But some of them have been able to go on to Dreamcast, and are trying to land other consoles.
I am not much of a gamer myself, I enjoyed Prince of Persia, Metal Gear and the Final Fantasy games but I think I was more there for the look of the thing. I have also experienced Halo and Grand Theft Auto, and found them awesome. I guess I just really like blowing things up. So to an amateur, this was all just fascinating.
They explained that it was really hard to establish games as an industry in the Philippines, because the environment is quite hostile. I rather agree: at one of the job fairs I went to, I was given a card for a game development company and I was quite surprised at the woman. I talked to her, and found it interesting but all the while, I was thinking, 'For serious?'
Internationally, the requirements for games is also incredibly strict. Games go through a stringent process of evaluation before they can even be considered as a possibility. Which, considering how hard core some gaming magazines can be at critiquing, is something they kind of need.
Still, the session ended with them being quite hopeful that with technology advancing, it would give developing countries a shot at being able to develop more games for the mainstream consoles. I hope theyĆ­re right.

We went around and bought Luna Lovegood, because she is awesome:



There was also an interesting booth, asking us to attend a LoliGirls meet. There are Loligirls in the Philippines! I am meeting so many subcultures, it's awesome. We also spent our time daring one another to ask for a photo with the cosplayers. Sadly, we were still wussing out when we saw someone dressed as Darth Maul (Alternately, best and worst Sith everrrr), so we didn't get a photo with him. We did make it with some other costumed people, though:



We also met Den's brother, who was there for Manix. It took some doing, but we finally got them together. Rakenrol, man.




The second panel was something I had more experience with: comics. It reminded me of a conversation I've had with some friends over the years, because I despaired of how fallen our print media has gotten: comics was the first to fall, and now, people are hopping aboard those digital reader thingies. (Which, really people, come ON. How can something tiny and hurtful to your eyes be a good way to read? Don't we all LOVE new book smell? Digital thingies don't have new book smell!)

I bought a few comics, the one I am absolutely enjoying is one that is set in a world where Patintero is an Olympic sport. I think it has a web comic version, but so far, I'm out of luck with finding it.

The panel, really the whole Con experience, was heartening to me, because it showed me that there was a lot more going on in the comic industry than I had figured. They were doing their best, to revive comics.


All in all, it was a pretty awesome experience. Though there was a dearth of Inday Bibe (heh), I got to meet actual comic artists, to be threatened by ninjas and see Loligirls in action. I leave you with my dream comic strip, below.



*Photos, combination author's and author's friends.