February 18, 2010 Arlan passed away at 5:30 this morning. :(
Thanks for all your comments. Arlan was very appreciative of all the messages posted for him on this blog. I printed out the comments and gave it to him, and he read them all himself just a few days ago.
The Art of Arlan Esmeña
Arlan’s Amazing Robots
Bold Star Art
“Where Bold Stars Go To Die” Review at GMA 7
The Madness that was Komikon 2009
The Short Films Arlan and I did Together
TRUE LOVE BLOOPERS
IT’S THE REAL THING
BUHAY COKE BLOGGER’S PARTY
More of Arlan’s Videos:
February 12 Update Arlan was rushed to the ICU a few days ago for breathing problems, but he was out of the ICU a day later. His radiation treatment is effective in lowering his tumor markers by half.
February 6 Update: Ilyn and I visited Arlan today at the hospital. We printed out all the messages as of 8:30 in the morning and brought them with us in case Arlan doesn’t manage to go online. He’s taking his treatment well. He has hair and a beard. But the radiation treatment he is receiving (which is different from chemotherapy which Arlan had already undergone) has left him really weak and dizzy, and always in bed. I read some of the messages to him, and he smiled. He appreciates all the messages so please keep em coming!
Many of you met Arlan Esmeña through this blog and because of his art on “Where Bold Stars Go To Die”. I’ve known him longer than that though, having been his friend since the mid 1990′s, Architects together, sharing an interest in comics, robots, and cartoons here in San Pablo City.
He has never kept his cancer a secret, openly telling people that he was undergoing chemotherapy for the past few months and answering any questions about it. He found out he was sick as he was working on Bold Stars and it was Bold Stars that accompanied him on his many trips to the hospital as he studiously worked on the pages.
After a lifetime of building houses, he finally fulfilled his dream of drawing a comic book. I can tell you how happy he was working on it and finishing it. And I for one hope to see him draw more.
Over the past week his cancer seems to have taken a turn for the worse. I’m a firm believer in positive thinking and the power it has not only in uplifting the spirit, but the body as well. I’m very sure Arlan is feeling really down at the moment, and if you are a friend of his, if you met him over the last year at the Komikons, or if you read Bold Stars and you liked it, I really think Arlan would appreciate words of support just about now.
Please feel free to leave whatever message you want to tell Arlan at the comments section below. Anonymous comment will be accepted this time around. I’m very sure Arlan will eventually get to read this, but we will also be printing out comments to send to him directly.