ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ARTIST
Philip C. Barragan, II is an author and activist born and raised in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. He has been published in The Blade Magazine, The Big Ad, and Two Hawks Quarterly, an online literary journal.
Earning his B.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, Philip's debut novel, Fatizen 24602, was published by Branch Hill Publications in 2015. In early 2017, that journey led to the creation of Embonpoint Publishing-a joint project between Philip and his husband/artist Mason Arrigo.
Under the Embonpoint imprint, Philip and Mason publish to ongoing titles:
The Fatizen Project is the result of a life-long passion for Philip. Choosing life
as a fat man, Philip has been an advocate for people of size for as long as he can remember. He believes that everyone should be comfortable in their own skin, whatever size that is. But most importantly, Philip believes in the elimination of body shame. It does nothing but hold you back from living the life you want.
By accepting ourselves and our beautiful bodies, whatever the shape or size, we can learn to accept the differences in others and embrace diversity as a wondrous thing. And in the end, we move one step closer to true happiness and total fulfillment by living an authentic life.
Mason Arrigo is the artist and creator of Blank Noir and illustrator for Fatizen, The Graphic Novel. Mason was born and raised in Lockport, New York.
Mason’s childhood was spent buried in comic books. Inspired by D.C. & Marvel illustrators as well as Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella comics, Mason learned to draw at a very young age. He continued his craft while pursuing a career in make-up artistry in Chicago and Florida.
Mason is now working full time as Artistic Director at Embonpoint Publishing working on several upcoming graphic novels. You can learn more about Mason at Embonpoint Publishing, Twitter at @MasonArrigo, or Instagram at @MasonIllustration.
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Live well, be happy, eat well, and eat a lot-if you so desire. But most importantly,
never apologize for being fat. Insist on every inch you need to live a happy and fulfilled life.