I’m delighted to announce today the latest addition to the Arsenal FC Blog Shop.
“Chibi Cesc!!” is an ode to our beloved captain, who leads like a king but plays with the enthusiasm and vigour of a child. Inspired by the iconic Japanese cartoon Captain Tsubsa (aka Olive & Tom) “Chibi Cesc!!” is designed by Sonia, an illustrator/digital designer and passionate Arsenal supporter from Philadelphia in the US.
Like every single AFCB shirt, the latest design comes in a range of different colours, ships all over the world and is available for the very excellent price of £16.50 (excl. VAT). So do your bit to support the Arsenal FC Blog and a buddy young Arsenal-loving designer — we’re trying to make a living, after all! — and get your shirt now.
To celebrate the release of our great new shirt, I interviewed Sonia to find out more about her designs and her love of all things Arsenal…
I have been a passionate Arsenal fan for many years. But being so far away from London made it really hard to find a great Gooner community. Last year I came across the Arsenal FC Blog and after reading a few articles, I subscribed. Now I follow the blog daily and speak with Andrew about football regularly.
Have you enjoyed watching the boys this season?
I have enjoyed it! Especially when beating Chelsea — because we didn’t look scared or hesitant anymore. Now the team is building the right momentum and hopefully we will get some silverware very soon!
Has anything particular surprised or impressed you?
I have been very surprised and saddened by Arshavin’s performances. I hope he will get back on track and start believing in himself again. But the player who has impressed me the most has been Samir Nasri. He’s just incredible!
Where did you get the idea and inspiration for the shirt design? Why Cesc?
When Andrew and I spoke about this project, I did a lot of research and drawings. I was mainly inspired by a famous Japanese Anime that I watched when I was very young, Captain Tsubsa (aka Olive & Tom). As I drew, I had Cesc in mind, because he’s my favorite player and the captain of the team. It’s a miniature version of Cesc, which is a popular sub-genre called “chibi” in manga.
Since I graduated in May of 2010, I have been busy working on my own brand Angel S. Design and also for some clients. I design everything from logos, websites, motion graphics and even skateboards! Most of my work is inspired by Japanese manga and anime.
Can we expect to see you work on any future designs for the Arsenal FC Blog?
Certainly! Arsenal has many amazing players. I would like to draw each one of them in cool pose. My main goal is for all the Gooners to wear something unique. I hope you all like it and give me the chance to create more.
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