The Mythology Class
2014 edition cover as published by Nautilus Comics
The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September 2005. The latest edition is a reprint of the special collected edition, published in November 2014 by Nautilus Comics.
Summoned to a secret gathering one stormy night by the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta, University of the Philippines anthropology student Nicole Lacson finds herself face to face with tikbalangs, kapres, and all sorts of engkantos–Philippine mythical creatures–she had only heard about from her grandfather’s stories. Together with new found friends, she embarks on a quest into the realm of myth and folklore where she fights alongside heroes of her childhood against an age-old terror. Follow in their footsteps as their adventure takes them through the familiar streets of Metro Manila and into a world more fascinating than they had ever imagined.
The story also invokes historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Sulayman and Lam-ang.
Citation by the Manila Critics Circle
"This four-issue series is a landmark in itself: a comic book that combines Filipino myths and legends with modern humor, action and sensibility. The result is a quirky, enjoyable comic book series that is thoroughly modern and Filipino in its approach. Through his distinctive art and story, Arre imbues his young warriors with a spunk, spark, and whimsy that resonate with any reader. In The Mythology Class, Arre gives us a glimpse of all that a truly Filipino comic book, drawing on all our multifarious influences, can become, all with a confident and unique style all his own."
Potential film adaptation
In October 2015, Jerrold Tarog announced that he would direct a film adaptation of The Mythology Class, and Jade Castro (co-writer of Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington) was tapped as co-writer. He had been given the green-light after successfully pitching the idea to the producers of Heneral Luna, a film he directed the same year. He has envisioned the film as being divided into two cinematic parts. Tarog himself has praised the graphic novel, saying it "remains potent and exhilarating" since its first publication, as well as complimenting Arre as someone whose "imagination and creativity soar to dizzying heights." Owing to its success, he hired Arre and his wife to design the poster for his film Senior Year (2010). In December 2016, Tarog told Esquire Philippines that the project was still under way, reiterating that he and Castro had been working on the screenplay.
- "The Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Awards". List of Past Winners. National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "NDDB List of Award-Winning Books". National Book Development Board. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- Densing, Gia (4 October 2015). "Heneral Luna director set to tackle Philippine mythology". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "The Mythology Class". arnold-arre.com. Arnold Arre. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- Gomez, Jerome (5 December 2016). "Jerrold Tarog". Esquire Philippines (in Filipino). Retrieved 10 April 2017.
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