You guys know who Larry Alcala is? I couldn’t place his name at first, too, but when I saw his drawings — I remembered my childhood!
His most popular cartoon series was Slice of Life, which is a reflection of the many unique aspects of everyday life in the Philippines. He captured the interest of his weekend patrons by giving them the task of looking for his image cleverly concealed within the weekenhhbj d cartoon.
I know these weren’t really during my time but I distinctly remember finding a collection of Congressman Kalog comics in the storage room when I was young. I think this early exposure to local comics led to my having read all of Pol Medina Jr’s Pugad Baboy series. I didn’t really understand Larry Alcala’s comics at the time I found them but I loved the drawings — the shapes of the heads, the expressive lines on each cartoon’s face. I did research on him and he’s really someone to look up to.
All in all, he made over 500 cartoon characters, twenty comic strips, six movies, two murals, and 15,000 published pages in his 56 years of professional cartooning career. He believed in the far-reaching role of cartoons in education and value formation.
Clothing brand Solo, one that is proud of their love for vintage-inspired designs, has decided to immortalize Larry Alcala’s drawings in a special limited edition Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection.
Check out some of the cute stuff for sale (also available for men but I’m guessing most of you who read my blog are girls):
A LOT more shirts and dresses and button downs and necklaces but I can’t possibly post them all here. Go to their website to check out more products. Also follow Solo on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.
Did I mention that Solo also has an Online Model Search?
Just wear one of Larry Alcala’s items in your submission entry with the creative use of graphic elements available in the contest website and submit it! Anyone registering on the site can vote. Have fun looking at all the entries and the comments posted about each entry. Vote and post your own comments too! The winners win cash and product prizes and will grace the walls of all Solo stores in the next campaign shoot. Contest starts August 22 until November 15.
Solo can be found at: SM North Edsa, Trinoma, Alimall, Festival Mall, Robinson’s Galleria, SM Pampanga, Marquee Mall Pampanga, The Row Glorietta 5, SM Bicutan, SM Manila, Robinson’s Ermita, The Row Edsa Shangri-La Plaza, Chimes Mall Davao.
Wanna win a Larry Alcala shirt from Solo? Simply reply to this blog entry and say so. Make sure you leave your e-mail address. Open only to Philippine residents. I’ll select a winner at random on Wednesday 🙂