ARNOLD ARRE Filipino Fantasy Artist

The Mythology Class (2014 Edition) – Now Available

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I’m very happy to announce that my graphic novel, “The Mythology Class” is FINALLY back in print. (If you were at the Komikon last weekend though, you already know about this. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth. :))

I’m very, very grateful to Nautilus Comics for their interest and willingness to publish reprints of my books (“Trip to Tagaytay” was also reprinted earlier this year) and I’m only all too glad that a whole new generation will be able to read them.

By the way I’d like to share this interesting story. My good friend and publisher Jamie Bautista of Nautilus (author of “Cast Comics” and “Private Iris” among others) actually e-mailed me as far back as 2002 or thereabouts and asked if I would be willing to let him reprint Myth Class which, back then, hadn’t been published as a collected edition yet. At the time I had already committed the title to Adarna’s Anino Comics so I had to decline his generous offer. A decade, a Bucheon Korea Comic Convention trip together, and many comic collaborations later, I’m very happy that Mythology Class has found a new home with Jamie, his wife Iyay, and Nautilus Comics. :D

The three new covers:

The Mythology Class graphic novel

* Cover #1 (Tala) is a special events-only cover so you’ll be able to purchase it in events like comic conventions and signings.
* Cover #2 (Nicole and Kubin) is a comic book store exclusive cover and will not be available in events.
* Cover #3 (The Orrery) will be available in events and comic book stores.
However, you can order any cover directly through Nautilus Comics’ Jamie Bautista. E-mail him at jamiebautista at gmail dot com or message him through Facebook.

As of this writing, the book is now available in Comic Quest Megamall and Filbars Megamall (along with my other books “Trip to Tagaytay” and “Martial Law Babies”). It will soon be available in other branches and in other bookstores.

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A few of my favorite scenes.

This scene with Nicole and the class meeting Lusyo, a Tikbalang, for the very first time was the very first page I drew, September 1997.

the mythology class comics tikbalang

“The Chase”: A raving mad tikbalang runs after Lisa and Bob down South Superhighway. (1999):

tikbalang chase the mythology class graphic novel

And this is a digital painting of the tikbalang chase scene for The Mythology Class’ new edition (November 2014):

tikbalang chase the mythology class 2014

I video-capped my drawing / painting process and you can watch it here:

 

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And now that it’s available again, I hope you guys enjoy the book!

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Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby – Collaboration with Gerry Alanguilan

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Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby

It’s been 2 months since the release of “Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” at the Summer Komikon and the feedback has been absolutely amazing! Thank you guys for all your support.

I am honored to have worked on this book with my friend and colleague, award-winning comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on “Lastikman” and “Darna Lives” before.  The last time I worked on a comic was 6 years ago, after which I started dabbling in film making and, later on, animation. I have to say that it was fun working on a comic again and Rodski and Gerry had a lot to do with that. :)

To know more about how this project came about, I’ve reprinted my afterword below:

I first met Rodski Patotski that one evening in Cubao after watching a short film which, incidentally Gerry starred in. (He played a drunkard who manages a brothel — a complete opposite of the nice guy that he is). Gerry, whom I’ve known since the early 90s and have had the pleasure of collaborating with on “Lastikman” and “Darna Lives”, told me all about this new story concept that he was thinking of having me draw for. It was going to be about a “dalagang isip baby”, he said, and of course it piqued my interest. A female Bondying, so to speak. How could I resist? Bondying is one of those stories we’ve known as kids and who else but Gerry could take it up a notch? Teasing and testing our imagination. Something he’s been known to do since he released “Wasted”: a remarkable book wherein, while reading, I always imagined the artist/writer wearing a Chesire Cat-like grin amid all the violence, blood, and gore.

[caption id="attachment_906" align="alignnone" width="550"]rodski-initial-sketch The very first sketch of Rodski Patotski (August 3, 2012)[/caption]

A year later, Gerry sent me the first chapter. I couldn’t work on it right away since I was busy with other commitments but I did send an early sketch of how I imagined Rodski, a female adult child, complete with hair in a high ponytail and lollipop in mouth — which pretty much looks like what you see in the book. So began this wonderful collaboration with a fellow artist whose creative mind I can’t seem to get enough of . Once I received all of Gerry’s scripts, the book was completed in under three months, proof that it’s quite a page turner even for me since I couldn’t wait to see what will happen next. I have to say, Gerry made those three months absolutely fun.

Rodski Patotski - Ang Dalagang Baby

“Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” is a heart-tugging, feel-good, fun book, the kind that will make you smile when you wake up. Or it could also be an exciting science-fiction-action-adventure-romance story, depending on your mood. While working on it, I couldn’t help but wonder how different “Rodski…” is from “Wasted”. One is a colorful tale about family and friends helping each other in the face of adversity, and the other, an edgy black and white graphic novel about a man who will shoot anyone who pisses him off. But now that I think about it. maybe “Rodski…” and “Wasted” are somewhat related, or at least the two books represent Rodski’s mind.

Rodski Patotski, after all, is a cute and innocent pistachio ice cream-loving girl who holds a teddy bear in one hand, and an XM25 grenade launcher in the other.

Arnold Arre
Quezon City
March 31. 2014

On that note, I will leave you with this Rodski animated ad that I made for the Summer Komikon launch. Enjoy!

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Stargazer: A Comics Story by Luis Katigbak and Arnold Arre

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I first worked with award-winning writer Luis Katigbak more than 10 years ago on a comic version of Charlson Ong’s “How My Cousin Manuel Brought Home A Wife” so I was thrilled when I was presented with the opportunity to work with him again.

Presenting “Stargazer” —

Stargazer by Luis Katigbak and Arnold Arre
As seen on The Philippine Star, October 11 2013

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“Milkyboy” Animated Film in the Making

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Just thought I’d give you guys a quick update on what I’ve been doing these past months that I haven’t been blogging. (I actually forgot that I have a blog! )

3rd Quarter of 2012 to early 2013:

After finishing the “Lupang Hinirang” animation, I was again commissioned by Rock Ed Philippines, in cooperation with the National Youth Commission and the Commission on Human Rights, to make animated videos to celebrate our country’s freedom from Martial Law. You can see all three videos on this page.

February 2013 to the present:

Right now I have a few comic projects in the works: I’m illustrating Gerry Alanguilan‘s story “Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby” which is a project we’ve been discussing for a long time already. I also illustrated for a comic in an anthology written by Chris Costello, and Jamie Bautista and I have also been working on reviving “Cast Comics”.

I also made a quick animated fan video for Pol Medina Jr’s “Pugad Baboy” comic series which I’ve loved since high school called “The Pugad Baboy Shuffle” . It’s a simple thank you to him for inspiring generations of artists like myself.

My personal project for this year is my first animated short, “Milkyboy”. The story is inspired by TV commercials featuring child endorsers that I used to see back when I was a kid myself. I’ve always wondered about how their lives are when they’re no longer famous. Are they happy? How did the TV stint affect their lives? I’ve had the idea since 1994 and it was supposed to be the 2nd act of a (yet unpublished) three-part anthology titled “Sell the Nation” that I was planning back then. Fast forward to the future — I decided to update the story and make it into an animated film. (One thing I realized about animation is that there are almost no limits to what you can do!)


This is also my first time animating dialogue so it’s been quite a challenge but I’m learning a lot along the way.

I’m very particular with naturalism in dialogue and I don’t want the film looking and sounding like it was dubbed — especially not with that singsong / “class recitation” style which I absolutely hate.  So I asked friends whom I’ve already worked with in my previous film projects to provide voices for the characters: Mihk Vergara, Yvette Tan, Denise Mallabo, Chris Costello, Miguel Nacianceno, RJ Ledesma, Erwin Romulo, Gang Badoy-Capati to name a few. These guys were all wonderful to work with and did such AMAZING jobs. It was great seeing my story’s characters come to life through them!

We recorded the voices in a QC Studio called Independent Minds. Prior to recording, I sent my actors the script so they can study their roles and lines. I also made sure to give them a free hand in interpreting the characters in their own way. After receiving the sound clips,  I listened to the different takes and spliced together lines that worked best and then animated based on the timing of the words and pauses. I saw it as a matter of imagining how the characters would act and move in relation to the spoken words. (This is something that I’ve always wanted to achieve in comics and now I’m seeing a world of difference between the two media!)

Right now the film is underway and I’m posting a trailer real soon. If you would like to keep updated on this project (and others), you can find me on Facebook — I update my profile there a lot more often than I do this blog. :D

UPDATE (Aug.29)the page for Milkyboy where you can see the trailer plus some of my background notes is now up. There’s also a short feature on it on Manifesto.com.ph.

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New website + trying my hand at animation

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Welcome to the latest version of my website! We finally found time to load it with new works (for the first time since 2004 :D). Cyn and I agreed that a simpler portfolio site with a blog is best since it’ll be easier to update. ( In case you miss the old site, it can be found here. )

I always get messages asking about where copies of Trip to Tagaytay, After Eden, Andong Agimat, and The Mythology Class can be found. Sadly, you won’t find them anywhere since they’re all out of print. However, I heard from Nautilus Comics publisher (and my Private Iris partner) Jamie Bautista that Martial Law Babies is still available so please check it out too and I’ll see what I can do about getting the others republished.

There hasn’t been a book from me since 2008. That was when I decided to switch gears and focus on a long time dream of mine… film. With the help of family and friends I was able to produce two shorts, Chapter One and Kaye for Komiks. I’ve screened them in schools so you might have seen them already. For those who haven’t, I’m still researching on how to stream the full-length movies from this site and I’ll make sure to give you guys a heads up when they’re finally online.

When I work on my stories I always play them in my head as movies with sound, music and motion which is why I’ve always felt hindered by the limitations of  the static comic book page. Music is especially tricky to interpret although I did my best with the “Night and Day” sequence in After Eden, and this concert scene from Martial Law Babies (the page on the right), but I guess it’s not the same.

Due to this frustration, just half a month ago I decided to try my hand at animation. Apart from making flip books as a kid, I’ve never done it before but I took that as a challenge and went ahead and made one.

Two weeks and several sheets of paper later, I’m happy to present my first animated work. It’s a 4 minute long short film titled Andong Agimat: Kanya ang Kalye. Animation is tedious work but I really enjoyed making this and I hope you’ll like it. You can watch it below.

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