№25: This Week’s Comic Book Haul | A Surprising Funko POP! Find | The Opening of our Route 115 Store!

June 30, 2021

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This Week’s Comic Book Haul (June 21st - 27th, 2021)

Due to the pandemic, impromptu trips to my Local Comic Book Shop (LCS) are now few and far between with common weekly visits now replaced with a scheduled after every two or three weeks visit. (It also didn’t help that my LCS had to close two of their branches in my area.)

In general, comic book selling and buying preferences—at least in Manila—have also had to make some concessions in order to keep the business viable. Gone are the days wherein you could just walk into the comic book shop and patiently go through all the new arrivals. Chances are—if it’s a hot or low demand book—it won’t be on the shelves. Hence, pre-ordering your books beforehand is the key.

If you miss the pre-order window (Like I did a few weeks ago when I failed to put in my order for any of the Department of Truth #8 covers—including the Bill Sienkeiwicz variant cover [Cover B]), you’ll likely get nothing as stores only order as much as they know they can sell.

Luckily, this wasn’t one of those weeks.

Here is a breakdown of this past week’s comic book haul:

1) Batman/Fortnite Zero Point #5 (Donald Mustard Variant | Cover C | 1st Print) - Due to my son’s Fortnite influence, I managed to pick up a couple of copies for the both of us.

2) Geiger #1 (4th Print Variant) - I’ve read the first three issues of this on-going series. A man with terminal cancer mysteriously survives a nuclear fallout. He also doesn’t require a hazmat suit to get around.

3) Jupiter’s Legacy Requiem #1 (Blank Cover Variant | Cover G) - Off the heels of the now cancelled Netflix series, comes Mark Millar’s latest installment to the Jupiter’s Legacy universe. I am also a sucker for Blank Covers.

4) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #283 (Andrew Griffith Variant | Cover A and Freddie E. Williams II Variant | Cover B) - For the record, I’ve been collecting Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe run since it’s Marvel run. This issue features the first appearance of the 1st Filipino Joe character named Nestor Abuba. Code name: Multo.

5) The Walking Dead Deluxe #17 (Dave Rapoza Variant | Cover D) - The issue where Rick Grimes loses it. TWD colored edition seems to be the gift that keeps on giving as its creators continue to earn from previously released products.

That Funko POP! moment has finally arrived! (June 26, 2021)

Last Saturday, it finally happened. I was able to find a Funko POP! Rick and Morty - Mr. Poopy Butthole (Bleeding Hot Topic Variant)! It’s a big deal as this was the POP that had eluded me since I started collecting the line way back in 2017.

Has it really been that long? It would seem so as the entire collection has grown to 98 POP! Figures, 2 POP! Rides, and one 2-Pack (UPDATED: As of June 2021). What had started out as “I’ll only get the few choice figures that I like” collection has turned into a full blown completist quest. Yikes!

That said, I believe the two that are left on my want list are the Hologram Rick GITD ["We see through you!" sign] (Amazon Exclusive) and the Rick with Funnel Hat (Target Exclusive).

Finding the aforementioned Mr. Poopy Hot Topic Variant has renewed my hope that I would still be able to source out these two figures locally.

The Opening of our Route 115 Store!

Starting July 2, 2021, my brother, Martin and I will join forces as we unveil our very own shop display in Promenade Hall, Promenade, Greenhills.

Located in BOX 115 Cabinet of UNBOX Greenhills, our Route 115 Store will consist of comics, books, action figures, and other collectibles!

Check out and follow our Instagram account (route115store) for upcoming items or you can email us directly at route115store@gmail dot com.

Remember, all roads lead to BOX 115! ■


Tedi Gustilo Villasor, Ph.D. is a former columnist for Baby Magazine (Philippines) as well as a past contributor to NBA.com/Philippines. His other works include the indie comic books Lindol and OBIsessions.

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