Monday, August 31, 2009

Indie Komiks Panel: Metro Comic Con 2009

"... the Indie Komiks panel proved to be an insightful glimpse in to the prevailing attitudes of some of the most successful veterans in the field of Independent Local Comics. The panelists were Heubert Khan Michael (Unstoppable), Reno Maniquis (Maskarado), Gener “Ner P” Pedrina (Sanduguan), Elbert Or (Bakemono High), Gio Paredes (Kalayaan), Gilbert Monsanto (Bayan Knights), Budjette Tan (Trese), and, in an appearance that was a surprise even to him, Andrew Drilon (The Love Eaters)."


Monday, August 24, 2009

LOLA: A GHOST STORY (October 2009)

Written by J. Torres; Art by Elbert Or

Jesse sees dead people, monsters, demons, and lots of other things that go bump in the night that no one else can see. No one except his ailing grandmother — a woman who used her visions to help those living in her small town. The same rural community in all the scary stories Jesse's heard as a child. Man-eating ogres in trees. Farmhouses haunted by wraiths. Even pigs possessed by the devil. Upon his grandmother's passing, Jesse has no choice but to face his demons and whatever else might be awaiting him at grandma's house.

Genres: Supernatural, Mystery
Help Rating: Y
Pages: 112
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-932664-24-9
Diamond Code: JUL09 1012

Available 10/08

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It's been a long time coming, but my graphic novel Lola is finally hitting stores in October. I think I first started writing this book almost five years ago. We went into production at one point with the script only partially written, but got derailed on the art side. I shelved it for a while but eventually dusted it off, found a new artist, finished the script, and we've been putting it together for the last year or two. All good things to those who wait?

Lola is solicited in the current issue of Previews. I've included the ISBN number and Diamond order code above for your friendly neighborhood comic shop or book store's reference. In other words, please pre-order your copy today!

Friday, August 21, 2009

KOMIKON AWARDS 2009 (And the nominees are...)

You can vote by going to:

If you're a member of DeviantArt, you can vote at:

Or you can do it the old fashion way and fill up VOTING BALLOTS at:

Comic Odyssey
•Robinson’s Place, Level 3 Ermita,Manila
•Robinson’s Galleria, Level 3 Expansion Mall,Edsa cor. Ortigas
Comic Quest
•Lower Ground Floor Bldg. A, SM Megamall
•2nd Floor Main Bldg., SM City North Edsa

Saturday, August 01, 2009

TRESE in Supreme/Phil.Star

Lucky 13
READ NOW By J. Vincent Sarabia Ong
Philippine Star, SUPREME, August 1, 2009

The number thirteen doesn’t need to be unlucky. This is true for Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s comic book Trese that has gained an occult following and sold over 8,000 copies in Powerbooks alone. Trese follows the adventures of private investigator Alexandra Trese and his bodyguards, the Kambals, who investigate the not-so-friendly aswangs and tikbalangs in your neighborhood.

Although this column has already spotlighted Trese last October, I was able to catch up with its writer Budjette Tan in his National Book Development Board (NBDB) talk about his creature creations at Filipinas Heritage Library last Saturday. The number 13 has been good luck for its creator as Trese has goose-bumped its way into many readers’ nightmares. This includes being the first comic book to be reviewed by the NBDB. For those who missed the talk, Budjette revealed many things for fans to scream about, including clues about book 3. Enjoy the 13 sacred elemental facts about Trese below that will keep you up at night.

• Unknown fame: In college, Budjette Tan and his friends worked on a one-hour radio show called The World of the Unknown. It aired on 990RT-AM with his friends Mark Gatela, Bow Guerrero, JB “Taps” Tapia, and Arnold Arre. They told ghost stories during that hour under the alias Anton Trese. Budjette’s inspiration for these stories came from meeting a witch doctor as a kid. Also, Budjette used to live in a haunted house. (NOTE: yes, we did live in a haunted house, but I never got to meet that "witch doctor"/mang gagamot/ mang tatawas. My mom just told me about it and describe the rituals of the mang tatawas to me. And when that occured I was already in college-- although, I did act like a kid during thoses time. And I still do. --budjette)

• A woman’s touch: Alexandra Trese was originally supposed to be tabloid reporter Anton Trese. The creators decided to make the lead a woman to give the story a new perspective. Budjette says that with a female star, the crimes would be solved with more finesse than a bloody rampage.

• Extreme cases: The single-case format was influenced by CSI. The creators wanted to focus on the cases and seek character clues along the way. Also, they were fascinated with hooking readers with the extreme motivations of its supernatural criminals. For instance, how far would Darna’s brother go to protect his sister, Budjette says.

• Babies in bins: The story of the unwanted tiyanaks in mall parking lots was based on Budjette Tan’s old habit of leaving creepy mall basement parking areas in the late evening after watching the last movie showing with friends.

• Kambals: Budjette says that their team works because they understand the pace of the advertising industry where they both work in. Also, Kajo is able to experiment with Budjette’s free-flowing agency type scripts.

• Freaky film: Trese has been invited to be a feature film or even a short web episode. However, the creators will decide on greenlighting these projects after their third book establishes Alexandra Trese’s past.

• Creepy curriculum: A St. Scholastica and La Salle teacher have used Trese in their literature classes. At UP, a fan convinced his teacher to take up the comic book in a class discussion. Budjette says that he is always bewitched by the unintentional meanings that are unearthed from these classrooms.

• Ordinary oddities: Budjette collects weird newspaper clippings of real suspicious crimes in his Metro Crime Scene blog (

• Devilish writings: Short stories about Alexandra’s bar The Diabolical can be found in

• Trese twitters: Read Alexandra Trese’s twitter messages at

• Ghoul local: The creators get e-mails from around the country asking for their provincial monsters to be featured in Trese, such as a special type of aswangs known only in their area.

• Treselogy: Book 3 will reveal the truth behind the Kambals and Trese’s past. Also, there will be the first story arc for the series in the book. However, Trese won’t investigate matters of the heart anytime soon. Book 3 will be out this September/October.

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Trese is available at Powerbooks and local comic bookstores.

(ADDENDUM: In the printed version of this article, the Kevin Smith photo was taken by Quark Henares.)


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