Arnold Arre is a Filipino comic book artist and writer. He has won National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle for his graphic novels The Mythology Class (1999), a four-part action-adventure miniseries that was republished as a special collected edition by Adarna House in 2005 and Trip to Tagaytay (2000), a one-shot future fiction short story. Both were released under his self-owned Tala Comics Publishing.
His other titles include the romantic comedy After Eden (2002) published by Adarna House, the self-published Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat (2006), and Martial Law Babies (2008), released by Nautilus Comics.
Arnold has been on the illustrators roster of Wisconsin-based Eureka Productions‘ publication Graphic Classics since 2002 where he has contributed art for the Jack London (1, 2), H.P. Lovecraft, Louisa May Alcott and Western Classics issues. He has also been invited as a delegate to the Bucheon International Comics Festival (BICOF) held every year in Bucheon, South Korea twice, in 2005 and in 2010.
In 2004, he and fellow comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan teamed together to work on a retelling of Mars Ravelo’s Lastikman. Gerry wrote the story, Arnold did the character designs, pencils and inks, and Edgar Tadeo worked on the colors. In 2011, Arnold and Gerry would again work together on a re-imagination of another Mars Ravelo classic, Darna.
In 2007, writer Jamie Bautista tapped Arnold to illustrate on occasion for his series Cast as well as for a new comic geared for kids titled Private Iris. He designed the characters and worked on the first story arc consisting of 6 issues which were later compiled in a special collector’s bookcase called Private Iris: The Arre Files.
Aside from his comics work, Arnold has done numerous design and illustration jobs for various clients such as The San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts and Sony BMG Music Entertainment Philippines. He has also taken part in local and international group exhibits and has had a one-man fantasy-themed show titled Mythos in 2000.
Frustrated with the limitations in static comic book pages, he recently started studying how to bring his drawings to life and this has resulted in a 3-minute animated video titled Andong Agimat: Kanya ang Kalye starring his original character Andong Agimat.
Arnold took up Visual Communications at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where he graduated from in 1994. He resides in Quezon City with wife graphic designer Cynthia Bauzon and their orange tabby.