Ta da da dum…

Got a lovely surprise delivered to the office yesterday!

Ta da da dum…


Ta da da dum….

It’s heeeeeere!

Forgive the shameless plug, it’s not everyday I get a book released! :)

Ang Pag-ibig ni Maryang Sinukuan is a book in the latest set of Anvil Publishing’s Lola Basyang series, stories written by Severino Reyes, retold by Christine Bellen. Illustrations by yours truly. It’s a dark fairy tale with a lot of magical elements (my lips are sealed!).

You may have seen the cover on my Facebook profile, but I wasn’t expecting it in print just yet. The publisher was exploring the e-book option for our set, but aieee! It’s hot off the press and in print just in time for the Manila International Book Fair! Yay for good ol’ paper and glue!

And I must say I have an emotional attachment to this book, because it was one of the biggest challenges I had to overcome. Not a lot of people know the story: Ondoy came smack dab when I was in the thick of the work; more than half the original artwork literally dissolved in the thigh-deep flood that entered our house, and (after a good cry) I had to repeat the plates.

But all that’s over — it’s finally here.

Here’s a sneak peak (no spoilers, I promise :p)

Ang Pag-ibig ni Maryang Sinukuan
will be available at the Anvil booth at the Manila International Book Fair.

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36 Responses to Ta da da dum…

  1. Tina says:

    Wow. :) Congratulations, Blooey! Will definitely pick a copy up during MIBF. :)

  2. Honey says:

    Congratulations, Blooey! Make it an ebook, too!:)

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Thanks, Honey — I have to ask what will happen in that direction, they really were planning to release in ebooks first. Although I’m a bit worried about some spreads either getting shrunk or split.

      But I must say, ebook technology does add an exciting dimension to illustrating children’s books :)

  3. roselle says:

    Wow, congratulations Blooey! Pa-sign! =)

  4. Honey says:

    Bloo, if you make it in standard epub, the formatting and layout will change drastically. Children’s books should be in fixed-layout epub and enhanced (meaning can be with video/audio/interactivity). You can maintain your layout then.
    Hope they can explore that, too. It would be great and would mean wider distribution. (And if you need help, let me know.;P)

    • Sumthinblue says:

      I know… This series was created a couple years ago, so we did not have the ebook format in mind.

      We actually had a briefing for the ebooks, already, which is why the print is a surprise.

      I have kuwento haha, let me PM you.

  5. Ray-Ann says:

    Congrats Blooey!!!

  6. aloi says:

    Wow! LOVE your illustrations :) Yeah, you know that already :) (remember the manual?)

    I’m going to have to start up my Pinoy library! And I’ll need to get copies of the books you’ve illustrated. Papa-autograph ko ha!

    Congratulations :)

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Quite memorable that, manual :)

      Actually, I need to reinforce my Pinoy picture book collection as well — I’m at the MIBF every year and I keep forgetting to stock up!

  7. Iya Santos says:

    LOVE!! I want a signed copy!!

    Isn’t this one of the stories Honey narrated for the iPad?

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Iya, nope not that — I think that was Ibong Adarna :) And under a different publisher

      :) This should be in the bookstores, soon, too

  8. jzhunagev says:

    Congratulations, Blooey!
    Will get one at MIBF, too. :)

  9. Smarla says:

    Congratulations!!! :D Ondoy’s terrible but still, you were able to make it! Congrats!

    I think Christine Belen was my teacher back in Ateneo. :)

  10. wired_lain says:

    Congats!!! I need to get myself a copy and have you sign it :)

  11. Congratulations, Blooey! I’ll surely grab a copy. :)

  12. Aji says:

    Congratulations Blooey! :)

  13. Monique says:

    I’m a fan. :) Will you sign a copy for me at the MIBF? :D

  14. arianne says:

    akala ko imbento mo lang ang “Blooey” for this website pangalan mo pala talaga yun!! LOL!

  15. mauie says:

    Oi, another book to collect. Bought “Fetch” last time when I saw that you’re the illustrator. Idol! ;)

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Thanks for your support :) I really appreciate it. Don’t worry, the books will be distributed via NBS so you’ll get copies in Cebu soon enough.

  16. dang says:

    got my copy last weekend in MIBF. :D

  17. Got a signed copy! The illustrations are really good, Blooey. Galing!

  18. dang says:

    I got the signed copy :D

  19. Stanley says:

    Congrats Blooey! Papa-autograph ako sayo sa MIBF! :)

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