The Mythology Class
The Mythology Class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Filipino comic creator Arnold Arre. It was originally published by the author under his own Tala Comics Publishing in four issues in 1999, and was collected into a special edition by Adarna House in September of 2005.
The story centers on University of the Philippines anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture enkantos (supernatural creatures) who have escaped and are causing havoc in the human world. The story also references historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Kubin, Sulayman and Lam-ang.
The original series won a Manila Critics Circle National Book Award in September 11, 2000.
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.
- The Comic Book Wizard Casts His Spell On Pinoy Characters: Arnold Arre interview at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, January 15, 2006