№6: The CGC Chris Evans Private Signing Event | The Distinct Art Style of Yuko Shimizu | National Pizza Day 2021 | Valentine’s Day 2021 | Movies of the Week

February 15, 2021


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The CGC Chris Evans Private Signing Event

As part of my inaugural Substack podcast (which I have decided—in the interim—to simply call the “10 Minutes or Less Podcast”), I delve into the intricacies that go into investing in private signing events and comic book grading.

You can find the 10 Minutes of Less Podcast at the top of the newsletter.

The Distinct Art Style of Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu, 55, is a Japanese illustrator and comic book cover artist that is based in New York City. Yuko spent the early part of her career in a corporate setting before deciding to take up further studies. She completed the School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003 and her work has been featured on a number of products (e.g., Apple, Microsoft, Nike, etc.) and publications.

I first saw Yuko’s distinct style on the covers of The Unwritten—a Harry Potter/Christopher Robin inspired story that follows its protagonist Tom Taylor as he attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding his long-lost famous father.

Recently, several cover studies were made available to the public. Among them were the three studies of the first issue of The Unwritten—one of the most recognizable comic book covers in the last 15 years (IMHO***).

Here is the initial cover study. Based on Yuko’s notes, there seems to be a desire on the part of the creative team to see more of Tom Taylor’s face.

*** - In my humble opinion.

Here is the third (and last?) study. Less text in this one. Tom’s right hand and right leg can be seen emerging from the text clouds. Although not pictured here, I have seen the 1B cover study: In that one, Tom’s head and most of his right arm have extended out to the text clouds.

Here is the final cover art.

Don’t you find the creative process fascinating? Which one did you like best?

National Pizza Day 2021 (February 9, 2021)

It completely slipped my mind that February 9 was National Pizza Day! But thanks to the generosity of my brother, I was able to join in on the festivities with two slices of Papa John’s pepperoni pizza. How did you celebrate National Pizza Day this year?

To be honest, I can’t remember that last time I had a slice of Papa John’s Pizza. Pre-pandemic for sure. |Photographed February 9, 2021 | ©Tedi Gustilo Villasor

Valentine’s Day 2021 (February 14, 2021)

My better half surprised me this Valentine with a 64oz classic silver steel AquaFlash insulated bottle (When converted, that’s almost two whole liters of any tasty beverage! (Well, 1.893 liters to be exact). The possibilities are endless!

Comes in Arctic White, Cherry Red, Marine Blue, Silver Steel (mine!), and Space Black. |Photographed February 14, 2021 | ©Tedi Gustilo Villasor

Movie(s) of the Week (MOTW)

Batman vs. Robin (2015)

I have never been a big fan of reboots. Whenever the big two comic book companies decide to 86 their present continuity in lieu of a new one (Sadly, #1 issues do tend to sell more copies), I stop collecting cold turkey. I mean, why bother? By the time that emotional investment takes hold of the new character, their comic book run will end. Then it’s back to issue #1.

Wash, rinse, repeat as the old saying goes.

However, there few instances wherein I have been able to look beyond my personal bias and actually give a comic book reboot a chance. They are: The Ultimates (and by extension The Ultimates 2), The Superior Spider-Man, and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s New 52 run on Batman—specifically, The Court of Owls.

With the Court of Owls featured prominently in this animated movie, there was a lot of incentive going it and it certainly did not disappoint.

I highly recommend it.

During one of my many trips to Greenhills, I happened to luck out and find this elusive DC Collectibles figure (To this day, I have yet to see another in the local market). | Watching Batman versus Robin (2015) also gave Talon a voice—which only made me appreciate the character more. |Photographed February 14, 2021 | ©Tedi Gustilo Villasor | Villasor Collection

Superman: Red Son (2020)

Based on the 2004 Eisner Award nominated comic book mini-series of the same name, the premise of Superman: Red Son is a simple yet intriguing one: What if the rocket carrying the last son of Krypton landed in the USSR instead of a farm in Kansas, USA?

It has been several years since I’ve read the Mark Millar and Dave Johnson graphic novel, but it seems that the animated adaptation has done justice and honored its source material.

Batman vs. Robin and Superman: Red Son are available on iTunes Philippines.


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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