I was so happy to find out that TRESE 4 was on National's Bestseller List that I just had to send a Thank You note to Neil Gaiman, one of my big inspirations for Trese. His Sandman stories and his novel America Gods prompted me explore our own myth and folklore; made me also ask, "Where are the old gods of the Philippine islands hiding these days?"
So, I sent him a message saying how our little comic book, that once sold only 50 copies, is now in the bestseller list of the country's biggest bookstore chain.
This morning, I found this message in my inbox:
So ridiculously proud of you! When I came out all those years ago for the first time, that was what I wanted to see happen...
I feel like you and all the smart Filipino writers and artists out there are doing something really brave and powerful, making a whole new wave of Filipino art and story.
So far, the week has been great! The year has been great! Feel so blessed and so lucky to have reached this far, to have reached this chapter of my ever-changing graphic novel. We have more stories to tell. I am so excited to tell you all these tales!
The last time Neil Gaiman was here, this is what he wrote on my copy of Sandman :-)