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August 2013 links

Various links we shared via our social network accounts for August 2013:


August 15: Found on the web http://fuckyeahbookarts.tumblr.com/

“A blog for creative types interested in the (un)conventional world of Book Arts! Posts here will feature artist’s books, illustration, book binding, typography, sketch-booking, scrap-booking, print-making, paper making, altered books, how to guides, zines, paper engineering and more!”

August 17: Recommended viewing to our journal / notebook buyers. Bullet Journal


August 18: Let’s play a game. Name the book based on its word cloud. Post your scores! http://www.sporcle.com/games/ubergerber/word-cloud-titles



August 21: How does reading affect your senses? From one of our dear customers, Reading: A Feast for the Senses –http://jennifernon.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/reading-a-feast-for-the-senses/


August 23: The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebookhttp://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/08/23/the-manly-tradition-of-the-pocket-notebook/

And we leave you with image of the month from Twitter user @lilynovels

Books + Cat combo, from Twitter user @lilynovels


All images from their appropriate linked website.

Field Notes Colors: The Expedition Edition now available!

Field Notes Expedition

Field Notes: Expedition Edition is the 17th release of the Field Notes Colors special edition.

via Field Notes:

“FNC-17? marks the start of our fifth year of FIELD NOTES COLORS. In that time, we’ve explored a wide variety of papers, colors, and printing techniques, but with this new “EXPEDITION” edition, for the first time, we’ve actually expanded the basic utility of our notebooks.

Aesthetically, you’ll find an all-new design with plenty to like: a hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica. The body pages feature our popular ‘dot grid’ graph paper, printed in light gray.

But the real innovation here is the paper. It’s maybe not even fair to call it paper. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, an amazing water- and tear-proof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. We could go on and on about our new books’ durability and incredible properties, and we will, in this series of 12 (reasonably) scientific tests:

TEST 9: FLAME RESISTANCE (Fail, but fun to watch)


Months of development and testing were required to get these books just right, and we’d like to thank Yupo for their extensive support, as well as the great printers and ink technicians that pitched in to help.

The majority of our customers may not test the limits of these books, but the map of Antarctica is neither hyperbole nor coincidence. We’ll be sending the “EXPEDITION” edition to the South Pole with explorer Ben Saunders as he and his team retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the Pole and back, on foot and unsupported, starting in October 2013. More on that soon.

Field Notes Expedition Ink Test

Note: Synthetic paper is nonporous and doesn’t absorb ink like our conventional papers.

Our new “Expedition” FIELD NOTES are pretty close to invincible, at least by notebook standards, but waterproof paper is nonporous and doesn’t soak up ink like most paper. That’s good in some ways (no bleeding, feathering, or show-through), but it does limit the writing implements you can use. Regular ball-point pens and pencils work fine, but pens that lay down a lot of ink, like fountain pens, rollerballs, and markers, don’t dry as quickly, and may smudge and/or come off on the opposite page (as seen in the last example in the photo).

Your “Expedition” 3-Pack is wrapped in a bellyband made of the same Yupo paper that’s in the books, so (after trying to tear it!) you can test your pens there and see what works best.

Field Notes COLORS: The Expedition Edition and other Field Notes products are exclusively available on Avalon.ph (PhP450.00).


Moleskine Images from Peter Tan


From Peter Tan,

“Three are moleskine while the other 2 are Front Notebook & an old diary.

I am a 30 year old civil engineer working for a engineering design firm in Ortigas. My interests are photography, notebooks, books, pens, stamps, graphics, etc. I usually use Moleskine Square Notebooks, the lines help me in my work sketches & note alignment. I use the square skine for work drawings when in the field where you have to draw without rulers.”

“As you can see the spines are the first to go in my moleskine. I tried other notebooks over the years but always buy a moleskine when I get the chance.”

“The contents of my notebooks are like I said, work sketches, meeting schedules, reminders, contact information. If I have a nice family or travel photo then I just print these in 2R size & paste them on a page with some notes about the picture.”

“After several years when you read the notebooks again, it is like a diary of sorts.”

“I have a flickr account if you want to see some of my “artsy” photography images. – http://www.flickr.com/photos/57857775@N03/


 If you have some shelves of books, comics, toys & other related collectibles you’d like to show off, send us an email at: support(at)avalon.ph.

Win a Fashionary X Sibling iPad Pouch Limited Boxset!


Quiet Girl (Ms. Valerie Chua) and Avalon.ph welcoming 2012 with this exclusive giveaway!

We are giving away a Fashionary x Sibling iPad Pouch Limited Edition Boxset worth PhP5,000.00! Only 400 of this item produced in the world!

Visit here for details. Good luck!

Image by Ms. Valerie Chua

TECHNOTEAPOT: A Gothic and Steampunk Tea Party


Art Exhibit Featuring the Works of

Dione D’Souza | Maku Felix | Isobel Francisco

With the Special Participation of Dokissaten Maid & Butler Café
Featuring the Live Performance of Similarobjects
and DR. SKETCHY’S Anti-Art School Manila
December 8-10, 2011
LRI Design Plaza, 2nd Flr, Nicanor Garcia St., Makati City

For more details, visit their Facebook Event page here.

Greetings. We are SPIDERSILK PRODUCTIONS, a trio of feisty and
fearless arachnids ready to make our debut on December 8 to 10, 2011 at LRI DESIGN PLAZA, Makati City.

More than an exhibit, TECHNOTEAPOT is a glamorous tea party that features live performances, stylized refreshments, exclusive works and merchandise from talented partners and participants, and elegant service courtesy of the events company Dokissaten Maid & Butler Café.

With this special event, we intend to reveal our various works of art, and also the talents of other wonderful individuals coming together, to bring to life the gothic and steampunk glory as they envision it.

We wish to formally invite you to our night of magic and spectacle. Dressing up for the occasion is highly encouraged, and surprises await those most faithful to the theme.


Avalon.ph will be there showcasing our various novelty products like Oracle cards, Moleskine, Fashionary and others. Drop by and say hi!


Interesting Product in stock: The Heart of Faerie Oracle by Brian & Wendy Froud Box Set

Image credit: Faerie World Events blog

Three boxes available, overstock/box light hurt (due to storage/transit). Includes illustrated book and full deck of original oracle cards.

Available now. You can send inquiries here.

Novelty Items, quick sale

Here are some loose / unwrapped / rush items we want to dispose. Some items for pick-up unless you want to pay extra for shipping (P300-P500.00).

ORDERING: By emailing support(at)avalon.ph or use this link. First-come-first-served.

Pick-up: TriNoma or SM Hypermart Centris (EDSA cor. Quezon Ave., besides MRT station). Shangri-La Mall EDSA on Saturdays is also an option. Best time between 12nn to 2pm. Note: pick-up arrangement only when store administrator is free, may not be able to accommodate “asap” orders.


Tarot Card

The Tarot Card Set – (Code: Tarot) PhP350.00

IMPORTANT: 78 cards in total however, one card is a duplicate and one card is missing. The cards are unsealed and handled by my hands (for some people, this is important information).

Box Size: 14.5″x7″x1.75″

Tarot Card set only for pick-up only. Shipping is welcome but expect it to be costly.

Book of Runes

The Book of Runes: 25th Anniversary Edition. Commentary by Ralph H. Blum.

You are holding in your hands something very special, an ancient Western Oracle to serve and guide you in your life right now.

Package Contains: Book of Interpretations * 25 ceramic Rune Stones (sealed) * Drawstring Bag.

Two sets available.

Set A: with Drawstring Bag (Code: RUNE01C) – PhP400.00

Set B: missing Drawstring Bag (Code: RUNE02M) – PhP300.00

Shipping for Runes okay.

Charlie Brown Dominoes Set – (Code: Domino) PhP500.00

– Collectible Dominoes Set. Celebrating one of the most popular holiday television specials.
– It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
– Peanuts Gang
– Peanuts favorites includes Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally and Snoopy.


Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart



Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart – (Code: MD) PhP500.00

Sealed and brand new. Kids will love managing their own responsibilities or learning the concept of days, weeks, and months with this colorful interactive board! Perpetual design allows for years of use. The magnetic surface even doubles as a dry-erase board! 24″ x 16″ hinged unit folds to 12″ x 16″ and includes over 130 multicolored magnetic wood pieces. Built-in rope hanger makes mounting simple!


Uno Homer Simpson

Homer UNO


UNO Card Game: Homer Simpson – (Code: Homer) PhP300.00

Cardboard holding the cards may have small tears/partially open. Items are overstock (technically brand new).


UNO Hairspray

UNO Card Game: Hairspray – (Code: Hair) Php330.00

Item sealed in cardboard.

Other UNO Card Games available:

UNO: The Golden Compass – PhP300.00


24 Countdown Board Game

24 Countdown Board Game – (Code: 24) PhP500.00

The 24 Countdown Game is based upon the popolar Fox TV show 24. A terrorist has infiltrated the CTU! As Agents, you have to uncover which player is the terrorist, using your keen powers of observation and the latest advances in technology. Meanwhile, the covert Terrorist will be trying to collect contraband tech to thwart Jack and the CTU. Can you identify the terrorist in time?

Other Board Games available:

The Da Vinci Quest Board Game – PhP800.00
The Da Vinci Code Board Game – PhP600.00
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Perilous Parlor Game – PhP800.00


Tuscany Set

Village Walks Tuscany with Frances Mayes books Set – (Code: Tuscany) PhP500.00 (sale)

This set includes:

– Village Walks Tuscany: 50 Adventures on Foot (City Walks) (Brand new, sealed)
– Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (Trade paperback, vg condition)
– Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes (Trade paperback, vg condition)

Take a trip off the beaten path and stroll through the hidden wonders of Tuscany, from larger cities to out-of-the-way hill towns.

Walks include:
– Pisa
– Florence
– Lucca
– Siena
– And more!

Happy shopping!



COMPLETE 6-Book Set! Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling Dark/Adult Fairy Tales Books

All hardbound. Probably the only complete set available for sale on Earth (/Internet).

Snow White, Blood Red (1993)
Black Thorn, White Rose (1994)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)

Contributing authors: Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Gene Wolfe, Kathe Koja, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Roger Zelazny, and many more…

A jealous prince plots the destruction of his hated broter’s wedding by inventing a “magic” suit of clothing visible only to the pure at heart…

A marvelous frog holds an astonishing secret, until a maiden’s kiss reveals a terrible truth…

A troll-killing, princess-rescuing warrior is compelled to consider events from his adversaries’ point of view…

A young girl’s strange fairy tale obsession results in a brutal murder…

An embittered mother cares for her slowly dying son who is trapped in a thicket that guards a sleeping beauty…

A take on Rapunzel, which takes place in modern times, in the beauty-pageant circuit, yet follows the old story almost exactly.

A Sleeping Beauty retelling set in an alternate, magic-rich nineteenth-century England, and full of insight about the nature of “true love”. Ends not happily, but perfectly.

“Snow in Summer” turns the tables on Snow White’s evil stepmother with a deep-dish apple pie and a fry pan.

“Goldilocks Tells All” is especially memorable for its Jerry Springer-like portrayal of the ultimate dysfunctional family.

A seduced prince willingly and knowingly fell prey to a sensuous usurper’s treachery…

A flesh-eating ogre gamboled in the footlights…

… and many more…. 



Erotic, compelling, witty, and altogether extraordinary, these stories lay bare our innermost demons and desires- imaginatively transforming our youthful fantasies into things darker, slyer and more delightfully subversive.

All hardbound, posted on our website here.