Friday, November 30, 2012

Trese 5: a bestseller


TRESE 5: MIDNIGHT TRIBUNAL is now #5 on National Book Store's Bestseller List (Philippine Publications). 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL OUR READERS!!! :-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shanty Harmayn talks about TRESE

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"From the first moment I got a glimpse into the world of Alexandra Trese, I was hooked.  It was wonderfully new and exciting, yet somehow familiar as many of the supernatural creatures and their stories were similar to the tales I grew up hearing in Indonesia. With Budjette's masterful ability to weave a great mystery and Kajo's beautiful graphic imagery, I look forward to visiting Trese's world many times over."-Shanty Harmayn, CEO at Salto Film Company Producer of the award-wining Indonesia film “Sang Penari” (The Dancer)


Friday, November 23, 2012

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas talks about TRESE

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“The late Steve Sabol of NFL films once said, ‘Tell me a fact and I’ll remember. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But, tell me a story and it’ll live in my heart forever.’ It is a unique and admirable skill to craft a well told story set in an intriguing world, inhabited by compelling characters. Yet, every time I open a chapter of the Trese saga, I’m blown away by Budjette’s imagination and by Kajo’s imagery. They’ve created a series full of swagger, featuring one of the most dynamic heroines you’ll ever see. Trese is thrilling, engaging and epic.” Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Executive Producer of Southland; writer/producer of CSI:New York, Numb3rs, Friday Night Lights

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 24 TRESE book signing

National Book Store presents 
the TRESE 5 book signing session.
National Bookstore, Alabang Town Center
November 24, 4pm

Join us and get the chance to meet Trese and the Kambal!
Models: Malbin Hung, Joy Wilgin Ong and Kim Wilgin Ong, Photo: Katherine Lei Caparas, Artwork: Malbin Hung


Be there for the launch of the special NBS Edition of TRESE 5: MIDNIGHT TRIBUNAL.
This version comes with an Exclusive NBS Dustcover.



Join Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, creators of the award-winning graphic novel TRESE, for an afternoon of mysteries and revelations.

Ask them questions about the underworld. Check out the Trese art gallery.
Get the chance to win Trese art work and shirts. Stick around for the book signing session.
Have your pictures take with the Trese and Kambal cosplayers!
Hosted by Yvette Tan, author of WAKING THE DEAD

See you this Saturday!


Trese 4 wins 2011 National Book Award

 
PRESS RELEASE

“Trese” wins National Book Award, Best Graphic Literature for 2011

Trese Book 4: Last Seen After Midnight, written by Budjette Tan, illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo was awarded Best Graphic Literature for 2011 at the National Book Awards.

The award was received by Tan, Baldisimo and their publisher Nida Ramirez of Visprint, Inc.

Kajo Baldisimo, Budjette Tan, Ruel de Vera, Nida Ramirez, Manix Abera

This is the second time that National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle have recognized and awarded the works of Tan and Baldisimo. Last 2010, Trese Book 3 won the same award.

Trese follows the adventures of paranormal investigator Alexandra Trese. She is the main consultant of the police whenever they encounter crime involving supernatural creatures. In Trese Book 4, she is called to solve the murder of a manananggal, stop a plant elemental from committing a massacre, investigate a case involving a bangungnot, and reveal the secret of the country’s champion prize-fighter.


Ruel de Vera of the Manila Critic Circles, wrote in his introduction for Trese 4: “With each case, Budjette and Kajo raise their levels of artistry to new heights without ever resorting to gimmickry, relying instead on an expertise in the unexpected twist and self-awareness, a feat that transcends the tropical islands Trese originates from. From a cult hit, Trese has now become a true mainstream success—which it deserves—and the next step should be widespread international recognition—which it deserves as well.”

In the past two years, Trese has received much praise from here and abroad.

"Trese continues to impress and surprise, daring to go where no Filipino comic book dare to go," said Gerry Alanguilan, creator of the award-winning graphic novel Elmer. 

Leinil Yu, artist of Marvel’s Indestructible Hulk said, "Trese excites the little child in me which used to believe in the wonders of Filipino folklores, and my adult self who enjoys intelligently written and drawn tales.  Budjette and Kajo's Trese is a gem"

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Executive Producer of Southland and writer/producer of CSI:New York, had this to say about the graphic novel: “The late Steve Sabol of NFL films once said, ‘Tell me a fact and I’ll remember. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But, tell me a story and it’ll live in my heart forever.’ It is a unique and admirable skill to craft a well told story set in an intriguing world, inhabited by compelling characters. Yet, every time I open a chapter of the Trese saga, I’m blown away by Budjette’s imagination and by Kajo’s imagery. They’ve created a series full of swagger, featuring one of the most dynamic heroines you’ll ever see. Trese is thrilling, engaging and epic.”

"From the first moment I got a glimpse into the world of Alexandra Trese, I was hooked,” said Shanty Harmayn, CEO at Salto Film Company, Producer of the award-wining Indonesia film “Sang Penari” (The Dancer) “It was wonderfully new and exciting, yet somehow familiar as many of the supernatural creatures and their stories were similar to the tales I grew up hearing in Indonesia. With Budjette's masterful ability to weave a great mystery and Kajo's beautiful graphic imagery, I look forward to visiting Trese's world many times over."

In 2011, after Trese 4 ended up on National Book Store’s Best Seller List, Tan received this email from Neil Gaiman, “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. Well done!”

National Book Awards was held last November 17, 2011 and was presented by The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The event was held at the Old Senate Session Hall of the National Museum of the Philippines.


National Book Award Trophy designed by Michael Allen R. Cacnio

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Trese 5 Book Signing Sessions

National Book Store presents TRESE 5 book signing sessions




Be there for the launch of the special NBS Edition of TRESE 5: MIDNIGHT TRIBUNAL.
This version comes with an Exclusive NBS Dustcover.



Join Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, creators of the award-winning graphic novel TRESE, for an afternoon of mysteries and revelations.

Ask them questions about the underworld. Check out the Trese art gallery.
Get the chance to win Trese art work and shirts. Stick around for the book signing session.

November 10, 4pm: Bestsellers, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas
Hosted by Karen Kunawicz

November 24, 4pm: National Bookstore, Alabang Town Center
Hosted by Yvette Tan

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