They're located at:
4801 Shore Drive, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Today was one of those days when I just wanted to take my family out for a long drive without a specific destination and just wing it. Fill up the gas tank, lower the door windows, open the sun roof, turn the volume and just enjoy the ride; so that's what we did! We drove for a while and my wife spotted a dance studio (she's a professional dancer) and asked me if we could stop real quick, to which I replied: "Sure". Of course, I immediately spotted a book store right next to the dance studio and I told her I wanted to check it out afterwards. The books store was independently owned and it looked inviting.
There were tow male clerks who immediately acknowledge me and my family and were very courteous, something that employees from every field are missing more and more these days! I looked around for a few minutes and they asked me if I needed help, but before I could ask them, I noticed that one of the clerks had a pile of at least 50 comics in front of him! All I could say was "Yes you do!" He looked at me funny and I said "Comics, do you guys carry comic books?" And he said "Yes we do!" He showed me three aisles full of comics ranging from Batman to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The Mighty Thor to Wildcats! It was a beautiful thing!!!
As soon as I turned that corner where the clerk told me to, I was suddenly in front of what can only be described as a comic book hidden treasure! Even more so when it's located in Virginia Beach, so to me it felt like I was a pirate, and I discovered an abandoned treasure chest full of comic book gold! I'm talking about hundreds, if not thousands of comic books, and at great prices too! It's too bad that I had just went to my local comic shop and spent a pretty penny there, because I only had so much extra cash to spare. But rest assure, I'll be stopping by this book store on a more regular basis and I'll be getting a bunch of those comics they had in their store.
So, next time you're in Virginia Beach and get the mood to buy some comic books, visit AFK Books, Music and Movies.
They're located at:
4801 Shore Drive, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Hello peeps! Alvaro (or Lance if you prefer) here with another blog post. Some days ago I went into my twitter and in the feed, Advice to Writers plugged this link to a blog about 10 Bruce Lee quotes that can inspire writers (I suggest you read it, it was very good http://www.authoralden.com/2012/07/10-bruce-lee-quotes-that-can-improve.html ). And it got me *gasp*...thinking.
In my life, there are two stages I can clearly define about Bruce Lee and how, in certain ways, he has influenced me. When I was a kid growing up in New York I was fascinated by his movies. More than just the incredible fighting and action, it was in a way a bond with my father. Most of my childhood was spent without him, and those few moments we would be together I enjoyed things he enjoyed doing most. In other words, watching Charles Bronson movies, Mets games, and of course, Bruce Lee movies.
So during that time of my life more than just an entertainment figure, Bruce Lee in a way was a link, one of the smallest links, but one none the less, that I had with my father. Lazy Sunday afternoons. An old TV that changed channels with a knob rather than a dial. That too familiar scent and sound of beer cans opening and fizzing. Our German Shepard named Lobo resting at his feet. Myself. And Bruce Lee.
After moving to Puerto Rico and trying to adjust to the culture shock, for a brief period of time there was a channel here that actually transmitted Fox in the island. So that made the transition a little easier. During that period of months I had actually forgotten about Bruce Lee for a while. Until they transmitted on that channel "Return of the Dragon" (originally named "Way of the Dragon", it was renamed in the US to capitalize on the name of "Enter The Dragon" and try to pass it off as a sequel).
I can honestly say this was the first time I actually saw a Bruce Lee movie. As a kid I was simply too caught up in the moment of being with my father like to really pay attention to the movie. So alone, for the first time I actually saw this movie and formulated my own opinions about it without the emotional attachments from the past. And I simply loved it.
Also, I thought (and still do) that actress Nora Miao is simply gorgeous. And of course, it features one of the most iconic fight scenes in cinema history: Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris.
This sparked my second stage in my admiration for Bruce Lee. Eventually throughout high school and freshman year of college, I finally tracked down the movies and I took advantage of the 25th anniversary of "Enter The Dragon" and bought the special edition VHS and a VHS box set that had 2 other movies, and riding the wave of nostalgia, the missing movies from that box set, "Return of the Dragon" and "Game of Death" were released separately and I got them as well. But what I found interesting was the featurette in the "Enter The Dragon" VHS, which was a bit of a biography that explained many of Bruce Lee's philosophies. It was the first time I had heard of that, and made me see things in a new light. Soon after I started hunting down his biographies on TV and eventually on the internet as well and was blown away by the fact that not only can it be applied to martial arts, but he did it in a way that it reflects on ALL aspects of life.
As such when it comes to my creative output in my own webcomic, I try to apply many of his philosophies in terms of the creative process I go through in making the comic (or any project I'm involved with, really). Especially two quotes in particular:
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it."
"If you put limits on everything you do—physical or anything else—it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there; you must go beyond them."
Riddled throughout my webcomic there are small nods to Bruce Lee here and there. As a tribute. A tribute to a human being who, even after his death when it was when I discovered his work, as I'm sure with many, has helped form my own identity, by giving me one of those few genuine moments of happiness with my father. By giving me what would become the groundwork for my attitude towards doing comics and life in general. Thank you, Bruce Lee, for being a creative force in many aspects of my life. Thank you all for reading if you made it all the way down here, take care, be safe, and I'd like to close this blog with these lines:
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."
-- Bruce Lee
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr
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