Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 30th 2013 Contents My name is Dion Herbert and I sell
I m from Diego Martin originally
but I m going to be Down South in
Corinth with my girlfriend, Khadija
Peters, soon. From January, I ll be a
As a boy in Diego, I used to walk
through the river to go from school
to home and back. Nobody jostling
you, you could keep your lunch money.
But I wouldn t send my son through
the river today, Hell, no! They have
shootings and robbings. Right there by
KFC, they shoot a man in the river.
had a library at home, must be seven
foot high, five foot wide, just books.
And I used to read that every day. Text
books, story books, the Bible and all,
I just read.
I don t have a favourite writer: I
have favourite writers. Stephen King,
Dean Koontz. Frank Herbert --- I like
that surname --- I feel Frank Herbert
supposed to be good! I like James Her-
bert even more, which is a British
writer. I like British authors more than
the Americans. They re much more
I didn t start reading comics until
I went to Fatima, where a pardner
introduced me to the X-Men. Fro m
then to now, I was hooked.
School was good. I wasn t bullied.
I was never robbed. Well, they tried
to bully me once, but I put an end to
that. I m not a karateka, I just could
kick really good. They decided I was
too much trouble and left me alone.
I loved English because I loved to
write. It s another reason I ended up
getting into the comics thing: I loved
the storylines, the dialogue between a
character and a next one.
I think the movies from comic
books aren t true to form. In a Spi-
der-Man movie, e.g., they must have
a female love interest in it to get the
young girls to go watch it, but in the
comic book, they wouldn t necessarily
have a female interest.
I must watch the SyFy but the
Ghost Hunters is not my cup of tea.
I watch SyFy for sci-fi.
If not for the original Star Trek, we
would not have had a lot of things.
The cellphone, the automatic-opening
sliding doors. Some guy watched that
and ask, "Why can t we have that in
real life?" And there you go!
I used to borrow X-Men comics
from my pardner, Curtis James, in
Fatima College, and then I started
buying them on my own. From various
drug stores. But, out of a 13-issue arc,
I might miss four. That s how I ended
up selling comics: I couldn t get any
back issues, so I bought them on my
own and, when I told some friends,
they said they would buy from me,
too. So I turned my hobby into a busi-
If it wasn t for the Big Bang Theory,
comics wouldn t be popular in
Some of the stuff we buy in
Trinidad is so overpriced, you could
order it off EBay, have Customs charge
you their ridiculous duty, and they d
still be cheaper than in stores!
Comics are for adults and not just
to pass the time. A superhero flying
bout the place is dealing with prob-
lems you and me are dealing with!
The way Batman does move, so sus-
picious and cynical, I could believe he
could have a cocaine problem!
The best movie-adaptations of
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TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
S We wish to advise our customers
that branches of Ferreira Optical Limited
will be closed on
We are open for business on
Thursday 2nd January, 2014.
We look forward to serving you
Quarry Driller Needed
comics I ever saw was the Batman Dark Knight
series. Heath Ledger s Joker was spot-on! They have
plenty bad movie versions: Daredevil; Thor; Iron
Man 3; the Eric Bana Hulk. Plenty!
The best thing about selling comics is when a
little boy or girl holds one in their hands for the
first time, and their eyes light up! Hopefully, he
might graduate on to books and might stop and
think, "Maybe there is more to life than just working
a maxi." No offence to the maxi-drivers but you
want people s imagination fired up!
The bad thing about comics is people don t respect
it like they ought to. I tell them, "What is the last
good movie you watched?" Nine times out of ten,
they say, Iron Man, Batman or Spider-Man.
Trini is somebody who would publicly dismiss
a comic book--- but read it in private.
Trinidad & Tobago is home, plain and simple.
I wouldn t leave here for all the tea in China or comic
books in New York.
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