Comics

Pull List Survivors

There was a comics apocalypse in 2016. Along the bad start of the year I had in economical terms, the downfall of the Mexican peso had it’s first¬†impact on collectors and gamers, before anyone else. Also, Decomixado, my main comic book provider decided to inexplicably close its doors. Even in spite of its evident partnership with La Mole Comic Con and the thousands of people attending events like the “Free Comic Book Day”, it seems that business wasn’t as good as expected. I guess that, again, the fall of the peso is to blame.

But this forced purge on my pull list comes as somethings good, because if we compare it with the list from more than a year ago, the surviving titles are all of very high quality, and they are mostly creator-owned books. There are almost no titles from the big M.

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Music

Thank you, Lucy

Being the couple of anime geeks that we are, my wife and I discovered Lucy Rose’s music through the opening song for the second season of¬†Mushishi, a very contemplative and unconventional anime. After hearing the song (“Shiver”), we immediately went online to find out more about the artist and listen to her stuff.

Since then, Lucy’s music has been a part of our everyday playlists. And when we found out about her trip through South America and Mexico, we were very exited about seeing her live for the first time. Up until that point, we hadn’t bothered to dig up any information about who Lucy was, or where she stood in the music industry. We hadn’t even watched most of her music videos. For all we knew, she was a¬†renowned artist¬†that could have easily toured in larger venues, so we were lucky she was playing for free at such small and personal places.

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Anime & Manga

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood | One of the best anime series in recent years

I finally¬†got around to watching this anime series after a few years of having watched the first series, so I decided to write up a quick review while it’s still fresh in my memory.This will help kick off the new type of reviews for the site, that you can now select in our shiny new menu. But I digress…

I mentioned this is the second series, but fear not: although this is the second Fullmetal Alchemist series, it’s not a sequel. It’s in fact a retelling of the story that follows the original manga more closely.

For those of you unfamiliar with this saga, Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa. It’s about a world set in a fictional European-style 1900’s era where alchemy is commonplace, and treated as a formal science (although it’s actually performed like a magical ritual of sorts). Alchemists are people who understand the law of equivalent exchange and are able to transmute matter with the help of “transmutation circles”. The circles and the process itself has a more mystic feeling to it than scientific rigor, since the alchemists are able to perform it by channeling power but do not fully understand who or why is it exactly that allows them to so. Their knowledge is limited to drawing the right transmutation circles, by knowing the chemical components of whatever it is they are ¬†trying to transmute. This would normally be a complaint against the plot, but it doesn’t go unaddressed. In fact, this very mystery is the main source of the overarching plot.

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Music

Playlist 2016 – Can’t Give Everything Away

Once again, let’s start a playlist for the year. But here’s the new dynamic: I’ll add the albums I’m currently listening to, limiting myself to the last 2 or 3 productions of every artists, and I’ll specify which tracks are my favorites in each album. And since most of them will be fairly new releases, not all the music will be available on YouTube, so I’ll give you links to the official websites so you can buy the music in whatever format you prefer. I’ll eventually make a list in YouTube with the songs that are available there.

So here’s the list in alphabetical order, which¬†will be updated throughout the year:

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Saved Data

At the start of every year…

To reinvent oneself every year is a common goal among us humans, don’t you think?. In my case, that trite saying has been a defining albeit involuntary aspect of life. I have more “past lives” in this life than I would like.

But here we are again, with an update to the site I had been processing for the past 5 months: “Hello!! Save Data”, remade, now with a menu (also for mobile devices), little icons and other trinkets. Most of the changes are a gift to myself, since they’re supposed to facilitate the process of administrating the site. Let’s see if we can finally write more often!

Great things are on the way, like the launch of “Astro Web” and my struggle for survival in the freelancing world. For now, I leave you with a song by Porcupine Tree that helps me remember all those past souls and lives:

I woke up and I had a big idea
To buy a new soul at the start of every year
I paid up and it cost me pretty dear
Here’s a hymn to those that disappear.


Comics

Pull List, November 04, 2015

This week is so full of awesome books coming out, that I felt I had to get back into the habit of writing about my weekly pull list. Never mind that I have procrastinated in a much needed (albeit minor) redesign for my site.

So, as you’ll see, my pull list continues¬†at a stable 50-50 rate. One half consisting of super hero and franchise comics, and the other are creator-owned comics. This is something I’m not only proud of, but something I¬†feel the need to spread the word about, to let people know that there are some serious master pieces being produced in the medium. Even if you don’t usually read comics, there’s certainly going to be something that catches your eye if you take a look at the creator-owned books. There’s a broad range of genres and styles, so just take a peek or feel free to ask me for advice. You’ll be hooked and you won’t regret it!
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Music

Play List 2015 ‚Äď This Is Where We Are Now

Trying something new and easier to handle, I give you a playlist that will include everything I listen to regularly throughout the year. There will be music that I first listened to many years ago, and I’ve  picked up again with a new appreciation; music from last year’s playlist that I still listen to; music from a few years ago that I’m just now discovering; and pretty newer music that has represented very accurately what this year has meant to me.

Give it a listen, play it on shuffle and enjoy a little more than 3 hours of music (and counting). In its due time, I’ll be commenting on the albums it includes.