We decided to make our comic book group "official." Here's a super cute teaser for all of ya'll. Also, we'll be selling at Summer Komikon, and proceeds of LIDP Parts 1 and 2 will go to Philippine Animal Rescue Team! It would be really great if you could drop by and just listened to their representative talk about the dogs in the pound, or you know buy comics for a cause!
Okay, first of all (let's just get this out of the way): I SUCK AT BLOGGING. OFFICIALLY. To those people who say "blogging" is not a real thing, trust me, it is. When I started this, I had no idea how much time and effort it took just to sit down and write about your thoughts (or at least map out what you think people would be interested to read, and get to blogging about it), while attempting to construct it in a presentable way. I used to keep journals as a kid, and well, I write, so I thought this would be easy. Apparently not. I don't even know if ya'll are gonna be reading this, but it's different: to try to remain as casual, conversational, and accessible as possible for a "readership" (that may or may not exist).
It is now the first of February and I have not posted a single substantial thing on this blog. That is to say that November - January ended up a lot busier than I thought they'd be (don't get me wrong, I love what I'm doing and I'm so happy to be busy), but it did leave me with nothing for the blog except, well, updates.
And I hate to be that kind of girl, but I only have updates (in list form, as per usual) coming your way again (I know, I suck). But here goes:
1. The Artists' Kits Are Out
I wrote about this (teased it with a photo of some paper worms to be specific) last November, and it's finally here. What exactly is it? WELL: THE ARTIST’S KIT. (TADA!!) Simply put, it's an all-in-one package for artists and artists-to-be.
Now, here is where I get lazy and copy-paste the Facebook caption: Coming from the 3 basic kinds of performance art, you can choose from The Actor’s Kit, The Singer’s Kit or the Dancer’s Kit!
Together with the help of our mentors: Topper Fabregas, Caisa Borromeo, B Delgado, Ejay Yatco, Cara Barredo, Jim Ferrer and Erica Marquez-Jacinto, these kits were built to equip you with the material essentials in one art-filled package. These include guidebooks, audio and video files that give you an insider’s look into the world of theatre through the lens of our mentors at your own convenience!
To place an order, all the details you need are in this link http://bit.ly/1PGI8AU :) For questions and concerns, feel free to send us an email at email@example.com or leave us a Facebook message!
Like our Facebook page facebook.com/SpectrumCollabs and follow us on Instagram @spectrumcollabs for more updates. :) *end copy-paste spiel*
Spectrum Collabs is me and my co-founders' baby, and I guess that makes The Artist's Kit kind of my grandchild. Weird references aside, it would mean so much to me if you help us make art more accessible to our fellow artists and artists-to-be by spreading the word about the kits, placing an order, or simply just letting us know what you think!
2. I'm in a PLAY!!!
Art Kills. February-March 2016. Produced by Spectrum Collabs in partnership with the PARC Foundation.
And it's going to make you want to scream bloody murder. (Details to be released soon) But do block off the latter half of your February Friday nights ;)
On a side note, I am absolutely loving the work the entire team has put in in this show :) I'm just overwhelmed by the amount of passion and talent coming from EVERYWHERE - from the directors, to my castmates, our SMs, the crew, the writers, to just AUGH everyone. So much love and so happy to be a part of this <3
3. The Pup has an Instagram
This is hands down my favorite photo of Mr. Hutch.
My followers got tired of seeing Hutch's face on my feed and asked me to make one. Half kidding. Truth is, I didn't want to keep spamming people with photos of my dog, so my sister and I decided to make him an Instagram account :) Follow @gethuched for a (possible) day-to-day recounting of my little bae's life. #letsgethutched ;) (Special thanks to Thanh for this awesome hashtag, and of course for the instagram handle)
4. Comic PupdateS?? (GET IT???...?...)
So... bad news: we weren't able to register for the Feb 2016 Komiket until today so I honestly don't know if we were able to make it. Good news is... we haven't received a rejection email yet so there's hope (fingers crossed).
That said, if we do get to sell at Komiket (February 20, 2016, 9am-7pm, Centris Elements, Q.C.), we'll be selling Part 1 and Part 2 of LIDP there. Lots of mishaps went down last Komikon, and to be frank: we were just not ready. (RUSHING IS BAD GUYS, PREPARATION IS KEY!) But, I swear, we've learned our lesson. We're not going to rush to be able to produce a new comic just to make it in time for the next exhibit. We do have some new ideas up our sleeves, nothing concrete yet. We were thinking of selling prints too of some of our other artwork, but we'll see. For now, LIDP Parts 1 and 2 are definitely going to be on sale there (if we weren't too late for the registration cut off, that is!)
Oh, and while we're on the topic, Hutch's surgery went well. We were able to raise a total of P11,770 for his surgery. You guys were absolutely phenomenal. I cannot thank you all enough for supporting our comics (aka his surgery). He recovered fast, and he's (fat and) happier than ever (minus the allergies he now has all over his face, but well, that's my dog for you)
L-R: Hutch came to seconds right after his last stitch. His vets at VIP White Plains took (and take) really good care of him. Couldn't be happier; Hutch upset about his cone the day after his surgery (yes, he was already that alert the next day); Aaaand he finally gets used to sleeping with a cone (yes our husky sleeps with a blanket (in fact, I do have a photo of his brother as a puppy hiding under the sheets. So odd considering they have a double coat)
BONUS: A Footnote (read: A semi personal life-update)
Because I realized I have not posted any life-updates whatsoever in a long time, I'm going to end with this: 2015 was a f@#*@(!) (wow, I censored. How mature (??) *pats self on the back*) mountain. And by mountain I mean the type you prepare months beforehand for to hike, and then when you get there you still find yourself wondering what the hell you got yourself into.
To be honest, I don't know how I got through that (I don't even know if I want to sit down and write about it). But I'm here. I'm well. I am barrelling through.
2015 is a blur – I spent most of the year on the run, trying to find myself in all these places, thinking that the quickest to self-discovery and peace was a plane/boat/car ride away. Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn’t. Most of the time, these trips only made me more tired, and yet, still left me itching to get away. But there are a few exceptions: Sagada, Lucena, Coron – places I found myself wishing I could stay longer, that I could just live there and start over (away from everything), places I find myself longing for now.
There are still things to run away from – truth is, I don't think I'll even run out of reasons to leave. But on a more serious note, maybe that's not what this year is going to be about. Maybe this year is going to be all about finding comfort in a place I can return to (lakas maka How to Return Home lol); knowing that as far as I go, for as long as I decide to be gone, there's always a place that will call me back – a wagging tail, a soft bed, a conversation between two friends (and by that I do mean a conversation between me and my mother) over brewed coffee at any time of the day.
Here's to a healthy, drama-free, and travel-and-art-filled year. And of course to kicking 2016 in the ass.
Here's a photo of my favorite trip of 2015 as a reminder that all is well (and as it should be), and yes, I do have to write about that.
Photo by (my cousin): Kayla Zabala
This post is long overdue. Che and I came up with this baby way before we even thought of creating Ringo and his story. Not our first comic, but definitely our first short and a concept we were playing with for a while before we decided to do a full story. Here's the first strip. Enjoy.
I am fully aware that I am way too late to the promotions game (November has been a crazy month), but here it is finally. That said, I am happy to announce that Love in the Dog Pound, Part 2 will be released this coming November 14-15 at Komikon.
We're participating in the Komikon Indie Komiks Tiangge market (this is a great place for comic creators like us who are just starting out cause you don't have to pay for the actual booth, just give a percentage of your sales at the end of the day). Our booth is E4, A and B (see below), so please do drop by. It'll be a great chance to see all upcoming komiks out there and an even better opportunity to support local comics!
We'll also be selling a limited number of copies of Part 1 (which was also recently featured in The Inquirer) for those of you who still want to get a copy and weren't able to during the first two batches.
I'm pretty stoked about this (as you know, my love for reading and writing comics has grown exponentially in the past year) and am hoping you could come through to support us and other local comic creators! Click here if you want more details about the event.
Hope to see you there!
Preview pages from Love in the Dog Pound, Part 2
I have yet to write about my first ever Komiket (and comic convention) experience, but long story short: I had a lot of fun, made new friends (and learned a thing or two), and am definitely considering doing this regularly (as long as time and money permit it).
Anyway, I'm happy to announce that we've run out of stocks of the comic and are going to do reprints this Saturday, so if you want a copy, kindly fill out this form my sister made for us and we'll be sure to include your order in the reprints :)
To everyone who has grabbed a copy and told a friend or two about it, thank you very much!! Mr. Hutch and his financier (not to mention) really appreciate all the love and support.
For those who asked, here's a Hutch update: His vets have given him a temporary shot that works like estrogen pills do (for humans) that'll slow down the enlargement of his prostrate. But this is only a temporary fix and will last a couple of months. By November, we hope to be able to get surgical treatment so that the prostrate stops enlarging completely and doesn't bring in anymore unwanted complications.
Mr. Hutch says thanks <3
Lara L. Antonio
93% Stardust. Exploring the world–a camera, pen and notebook in hand–one island at a time.
Note: All photos on this blog are taken by me, unless stated otherwise.
Disclaimer: This blog is not necessarily reflective of my best writing and photographs, just somewhere I need to dump my thoughts. If you want to see some of my art, you can also jump to my tumblr (which is usually more updated): storiesbylara.tumblr.com!