Hi guys! First of all, a quick reminder that my Shrink Plastic Crafting Workshop is happening this Saturday, November 21, from 1-4pm at Hey Kessy in Katipunan .Please head to this link to view the details and/or sign up for a slot. The fee already includes basic materials and snacks but participants can get extra shrink plastic sheets from me at a discount.
Below is an example of what you can learn to make. among so many other fun things, with shrink film. 🙂
And if you’re wondering about the doodles in the background of my shrinkydink “sampayan” collar pin, those are some of the illustrations you will find in my coloring book FLUTTERBY. 😀
Thanks to Chamber Shell Publishing, Arnold and I both have our own adult coloring books.
LOCAL COLOR – A Philippine Fantasy Coloring Book features (as the subtitle says) Arn’s Filipino fantasy themed illustrations that depict both modern and classic facets of our mythology. Think diwatas, aswangs, people from a techno-future and what-have-you. 🙂 It has 30 of his original drawings contained in 64 9″ x 12″ pages, perforated so you can tear out and frame your finished colored work! SRP is PHP 295.00
A few more preview images from Arnold Arre’s LOCAL COLOR —
FLUTTERBY – A Daydreamy Coloring Book has my doodles of girls in dreamy, breezy scenarios that typically involve flowers, leaves, and, on occasion, birds, butterflies, and cute furry creatures. There are 20 original hand-drawn pen and ink drawings in 44 pages, also perforated. SRP is P150.00.
A few more preview images from FLUTTERBY —
The covers for both books aren’t glossy on purpose so you can color them too if you want! They will be in bookstores soon but you can also order directly from the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org for stress-free delivery to your doorstep! Bulk and overseas shipping are available as options. 😀
UPDATE: Limited quantities of Flutterby are now available at my online shop!
I will also be bringing a few of my books to the holiday bazaars which I’ll be participating in soon. So far, here is my schedule.
November 28 (Saturday) – BGC Art Mart
December 6 (Sunday) – BGC Art Mart
(unconfirmed date) – Steady Sunday Bazaaro
It might get even quieter here on the blog as I prepare for the art fairs but you can always check my Instagram for (a bit more) regular updates. 😀
My husband Arnold released a new graphic novel called “Halina Filipina” last weekend at the Komiket, his first one since “Martial Law Babies” in 2008, and I for one am glad that he’s back making comics again — which is actually what he was doing — and what he was quite known for — when we first met.<3
That’s my hot-off-the-press copy of “Halina Filipina” when our copies arrived from Nautilus Comics last Thursday, a couple of days before the launch. Look at how our kitty was excited to read it as well! You can see the synopsis here, but I’d also like to share with you a few in-the-making notes. (He also wrote about this at length in the afterword.)
Arnold wrote Halina way back in 2002 when we weren’t even married yet. It’s first incarnation was of a simple love story with a bit of social commentary here and there but he decided not to release it because he didn’t want to follow up his previous novel “After Eden” with another romance book. He ended up releasing the Pinoy fantasy and action-filled “Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat” instead. Thus the Halina pages were kept in storage for many years.
Sometime in Jan or Feb of this year, we chanced upon the pages while organizing our files. We pored over them together and I asked him if maybe he give it another chance? At first, Arnold considered turning it into an animated short. We even talked to our favorite voice actors but somewhere along the way, Arn decided to re-write and re-draw some of the pages — actually most of them. He worked on the story for the next couple of months, and once it was done, he finally let me read it.
I liked it before, but I loved the new and improved “Halina Filipina” written and drawn by the 2015 Arnold even more. It’s not the same simple love story I read 13 years ago, it goes much deeper. Through the characters Halina and Cris and subtle details in the background scenery, Arnold inserts personal statements about social class differences, Philippine mainstream media’s stranglehold over the viewing masses, and other inevitable developing-nation issues (*cough* traffic *cough*). Of course not to be missed is the ultimate message about finding one’s identity through appreciating one’s roots, flaws and all. And when you read it again and again, the subtext becomes even more apparent. That’s how much thought Arnold weaves into his works — he truly makes them a complete reading experience. I won’t go all spoiler-y on you but my only wish is that you will love and appreciate the brains and heart he put into it as much as I do. 🙂
Meanwhile, below are some photos from the launch. Inquirer also wrote about it along with a short interview with Arnold here.
Thank you to everyone who joined us that day and endless thanks to Jamie & Iyay Bautista of Nautilus Comics for publishing and making it possible for all of you to read it. It’s not in bookstores yet (as of this writing) but you can order online through email@example.com .
And since I’m devoting this entire post to my husband, I might as well write a bit about “The Mythology Class” movie project with the hugely successful director & producer tandem of Jerrold Tarog and Artikulo Uno. Not to preempt anything but since Mr. Ed Rocha already gave a statement that they’re developing an adaptation of Arnold’s graphic novel, and more recently Jerrold gave this slightly more detailed interview about the project, then I suppose I can tell you that yes Arnold had a couple of meetings with the producers early this year, and we are both thrilled that Jerrold — whose work Arnold has always admired and raved about for years (go ask our friends!) — way before he even started making “Heneral Luna,” — is on top of this project. However it’s still very early to say anything more so for now, let’s just cross our fingers that things will go well. If you haven’t read the book yet, please do check it out. (It’s in bookstores but you can also order “The Mythology Class” online via firstname.lastname@example.org ) . 🙂
Also thought you might be interested in watching Arnold’s talk at TEDxDiliman in October of this year. 🙂
From TEDxDiliman: In this talk, Arnold Arre shares his personal journey to develop his art, and reveals how comic books can both reflect and serve as a tool to promote Philippine culture.
Arnold and I hope that you can come to his signing event tomorrow, Saturday, at Filbar’s SM Megamall from 1-4 pm. (This is at the Ground Level of Bldg. B.) We’re grateful to Filbar’s for the invitation to hold this event, and of course to our good friends Jamie and Iyay Bautista of Nautilus Comics for publishing his work and bringing them to a new generation of readers. <3
In case you’re not familiar with Arn’s graphic novels, here are most of them:
I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my graphic novelist husband Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]