November 8, 2012
THE END!

Hey guys! My first attempt at Tumblr is a confused one. So I’m closing this account. Well, not really closing, but I will no longer be updating it.


BUT! I have a new one. Which is kinda more vain. Yes, I’m going there. Check it out! I’ll be updating this one semi regularly from now on: 

http://gerryalanguilan.tumblr.com//

November 1, 2012
A Superman drawing I completely COMPLETELY forgot I drew. I don’t even know what it’s for, and I’ve never seen the original again. It’s a mystery!

A Superman drawing I completely COMPLETELY forgot I drew. I don’t even know what it’s for, and I’ve never seen the original again. It’s a mystery!

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Filed under: superman lois lane 
October 3, 2012
Goodbye to the Ponds

Ok, I finally saw the final episode of Rory and Amy Pond in Doctor Who. It was sad, and while watching it I enjoyed it, but after a while I started to see how a lot of things just didn’t make sense.

SPOILERS!

Never mind the Statue of Liberty being a weeping angel… how ridiculous it would be for people NOT to stare at it rendering it permanently immobile, in New York, the city that never sleeps. That’s not even it.

It’s the fact that the Doctor can’t save Rory and Amy. It might cause a paradox that destroys New York? RIDICULOUS. Rory sees his name and only his name on a  tombstone in the cemetery. If that was the Doctor’s basis for a “fixed point in time” and should never be messed with, why does the tombstone CHANGE to show Amy’s name as well when she followed Rory? That means things CAN be changed.

Ok, what if things can’t be changed, how ridiculous is it for the Doctor to say he can never see Amy and Rory again? He can always visit them. He can visit them at any time. He’s got a fucking time machine. He doesn’t have to bring them back.

And how tragic is it for viewers never to see any closure on the part of Rory’s dad? Why didn’t the Doctor visit him to tell him what happened? Say sorry or whatever.

And why did Rory and Amy grow old and die in New York? One would think their first instinct was to go back to England to connect with family, even ancestors. Their grandads and grandmas or whatever. You mean to say they never left New York? RIDICULOUS.

Why didn’t they send letters to the Doctor like Sally Sparrow’s friend did to her? They would know where the Doctor would be and where.

And what happened to that scene where future Rory and Amy were waving back to present day Rory and Amy and the Doctor in the “The Hungry Earth” episode? They were supposed to be their future selves visiting them knowing them they would be there. Now this can’t happen. Where’s the paradox? Nothing?

Just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

The Ponds deserved better than this. What did they really do? They didn’t really do anything. Rose fought back into the Tardis, destroyed the Daleks and became the Bad Wolf. Martha walked the Earth for a freakin’ year trying to get the message across that would save not only the Doctor but the entire Earth. Donna saved the entire universe.  Compared to that, what did the Ponds do?

I still think Amy was useless. But I just loved Rory. That’s all.

Steven Moffat, you didn’t live up to the promise of “Blink”.

July 31, 2012
APE IN A CAPE: I Don't Know What To Say

kjsilopanna:

gailsimone:

I am a writer, even at the worst of times I am rarely at a loss for words. In this case, I am afraid words fail me entirely.

I just received a note that verified a fear that had been lingering in the back of my mind since the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado.

Not that long ago, I went to the first ever Denver Comic Con, the first large scale comics convention in the city’s history, apparently. It was a massive success, completely sold out, and I fell in love with the town and the people of Denver. They could not have been kinder, more welcoming, or more genuine. They treated me like a friend, and everyone from the organizers, to the attendees, to total strangers, showered the legendary hospitality of their city down upon myself and my husband. Immediately after leaving, we couldn’t wait to start planning for a return visit at a future date.

It was also a convention with a huge number of cosplayers, and two of my absolute favorites were two characters well known to me, Knockout and Scandal Savage, played by two delightful, funny, fierce young girls, one of the highlights of a show full of highlights.My husband and I insisted on photos with them and they were kind enough to agree.

I was also interviewed for a video interview by a very sweet and considerate young man named A.J. Focht. He was as gracious as can be even though I had to reschedule the interview several times as my table was swamped.

Since then, I had had a terrible fear that someone I met at DCC would have been in that theater. ANY loss of life or threat of danger is a tragedy, but knowing it was someone that I met and really liked was just too scary to contemplate, somehow.

I just received a note from A.J. that confirmed my fears. A.J. and a group of people from the convention were in that theater, including Caitlin, the lovely woman playing Scandal Savage.

They both survived, thank god. But one of their group, Alex Teves, did not survive. He died a hero, trying to protect his girlfriend. Another of their group was hospitalized.

I am broken-hearted again. As relieved as I am to hear that these two people I barely know, but who left an indelible impression in that brief time, are alive, my heart goes out to them for what they lived through, and for the friend they have lost, and for the other friend who has suffered.

Because Caitlin was one of the first to tweet a message after, that she was okay, to let her family know she had survived, she apparently became hounded extensively by the press, and was not allowed to mourn in peace.

A.J. has written about this at the Suicide Girls website…please read:  http://suicidegirlsblog.com/blog/back-row-perspective-part-1-an-aurora-theater-survivors-message-to-the-media/

My heart and my thoughts go out to the victims of that awful night, to the survivors, who are also victimized, and to their families. We all feel so empty and helpless, but we can insist that the media treat these people with respect and kindness. They do not need to be traumatized again.

Finally, I’m going to say something that has been in my mind since the first reports started coming in. I don’t want this to appear frivolous, I hope I say this correctly.

We have been seeing stories of impossible heroism that occurred that night in that theater. Jarrell Brooks, just nineteen years old, had an exit out of the theater, and went back in to help a young mother and her two daughters get out, getting wounded in the process.

Three men gave their lives using their own bodies to shield their girlfriends; Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, and the member of my friends’ party, Alex Teves. All three threw their girlfriends to the ground and put their bodies in the path of the bullets. Not one of these men was yet out of his twenties.

Stephanie Davies, when her friend was shot in the neck, dropped to the floor and held pressure on the wound while the gunman was still firing, instead of making for the exit, quite likely saving her friends’ life.

Mike White, Sr., after his son, and his son’s girlfriend were shot, removed his shirt to apply pressure to her wound to save her life, and then as the gunman approached, put his body on top of hers to take the bullets if necessary.

There’s more, but this is what I keep thinking about.

I write stories about morals all day…stories about fictional heroes and fictional villains. And I want to believe they have influenced my life, that they have taught me to stand up when called upon, to try to do the right thing even when it is a sacrifice.

Few are called upon like the heroes of Aurora that night. They remind me what heroism really means. They give me hope. In the middle of the despair and shock, these people saw what needed doing and did it, regardless of the cost to themselves.

A lot has been made of the idea that the gunman was influenced by a fictional villain.

But I think it’s very telling to note that all those heroes, all those amazing, remarkable, beautiful people, came not just to see the latest Batman movie…they went to the first possible showing, a midnight show. They wanted to see Batman. I have seen the power that character has, I have felt it myself. He doesn’t kill, he doesn’t use guns.

He’s a good guy. A hero. A protector.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that THOSE remarkable people were there to see a movie about a hero.

Bless every one of them.

APE IN A CAPE: I Don’t Know What To Say 

I think this was posted a few days ago, but I’ve been off most of the Internet recently for obvious reasons.

Here I was, thinking today would be the first day without tears since everything happened. These are good tears, though. I’ve never felt so loved by so many in my entire life, and it’s truly amazing. The outpouring of support from the fandom and entertainment community has been absolutely overwhelming. To read Gail’s words and know that I was not forgotten in all this madness gave me hope. The next time I see you, Gail, you’re getting a hug. A big one.

I actually met Mr. White that night, and in my daze, I didn’t understand at first why he didn’t have a shirt on. We were sitting on a bus to the high school where first responders took us after the shooting, and I realized this kind man had literally given the shirt off his back to save the life of another. We were a bunch of ordinary people, doing something ordinary people do every day—seeing a movie—and so many in that theater rose up and acted like heroes. Our friend who was hospitalized was the one who pulled me to the ground when the shooting started, with a frantic “Down!” He’s not my boyfriend, but he cared enough about me to be the guy who saved me.

I’ll never forget the smell of tear gas, blood, gunpowder, burning plastic (from the seats that were shot through), the sound of projector room glass shattering above my head. I’ll never forget running for my life, my custom Batgirl cowl still on my head, reaching the end of the parking lot and shrieking my friend’s names until A.J. emerged from the crowd, and we were able to find everyone but Alex. The long hours that followed were a blur, except for the moment I finally got through to a dear friend on the phone, and I knew someone outside the “tent”, as the police called it, knew I was alive and he was coming for me, to take me home. When he was eventually let through the security perimeter around 8AM, I’d never been happier to see another person, ever.

Despite the horror, despite all of it, I will also remember the humanity of what followed: the hugs, the messages from friends I haven’t seen in years, the offerings of support from Victim Advocates, the friends who practically force-fed me each day until they knew I was taking care of myself, the social media response from all over the world (even when “journalists” were practically breathing down my neck). And, as much as I miss Alex with all my heart, I’m certain that if he had the chance to do it all again, he would still be the biggest damn hero I know and do exactly what needed to be done. Alex believed in heroes, and I still do, too.

The world can still be a beautiful place, if we let it. In brightest day, in blackest night.

June 16, 2012
From a 2006 Entry in my Blog

I’ll have none of that “text speak” in any correspondence. I’ll have no stranger trying to coerce overt familiarity with me by calling me “Tito Gerry”. This isn’t showbiz, and I’m not German Moreno.

June 13, 2012
Mmmm… that vegetarian looks meaty.

Mmmm… that vegetarian looks meaty.

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Filed under: food 
June 13, 2012
Time to Drive Someone Paranoid

No, I won’t go to that thing again. Ever again. If you don’t remember the last time, well, you asked me to come, but you forgot all about me, leaving me high and dry with nowhere to go but home. And to think I took a break from work and went all the way to Manila for NOTHING.

June 12, 2012

Old Video

June 10, 2012

The one reason why I’ve never liked the PBA. People root for… and players fight for… PRODUCTS. They root for and fight for ALCOHOL, for HOTDOGS, for MILK, for COURIERS, for PAINT. Doesn’t anybody stop and think about this?

June 10, 2012
Playing with my breakfast. Because I’m a child.

Playing with my breakfast. Because I’m a child.

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