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
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!!!
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
4. Comic PupdateS?? (GET IT???...?...)
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)
BONUS: A Footnote (read: A semi personal life-update)
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.
Photo by (my cousin): Kayla Zabala