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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Meanwhile ... at the Mall of Asia

This Saturday, you will find us lurking around:
Mangaholix Manga Mania '08
May 31, 2008, Saturday
SMX Convention Center
Seashell Drive, Mall of Asia Complex,
Pasay City, Philippines

I think they have plans of dragging us up on stage to talk about Trese and the Kambal.

TRESE: MURDER ON BALETE DRIVE will also be available at the Mangaholix table.

(We might come in costume. I will be the Fat Kambal and Kajo will be the Thin Kambal.)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

VPE's Prime Suspects

9-in-1 VPE Kolektib Intelidyens

9 of VPE’s great page masters will come together in this 1 sizzling event.

The three-hour meet and greet event will showcase our published books, upcoming titles, and the people behind them. A short talk by the editor and some extraordinary presentations will highlight the program.

featuring :
carlo vergara
david hontiveros
manix abrera
freely abrigo
eros atalia
alan navarra
budjette tan
kajo baldisimo
carlos malvar

Avid readers, fans and followers, publishing partners, writers aspiring to get published under the VPE name, and curious cats are all invited to grace the event.

See you on Saturday!

9-in-1 VPE Kolektib Intelidyens
May 24, 2008
Shop 33, Cubao Expo

Saturday, May 10, 2008

TRESE (The Inquirer Review)

Spook Out Sister By Ruel S. De Vera / Philippine Daily Inquirer

“My name is Alexandra Trese. I am nothing like my father.” Her father Anton dabbled in affairs mystical and mysterious; she—called “Little Trese” fondly and otherwise—has inherited his gift for the eerily unorthodox, with a difference. It is to her that Manila’s police turn when a crime scene confounds them, because there is no one like Alexandra Trese.

Stepping resolutely apart from the crowd of the commonplace, “Trese: Murder on Balete Drive” by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo (Visual Print Enterprises, Pasay City, 2008, 100 pages) is a graphic novel that stands apart from what has come before.


Tan provides a suitably street-level feel to the dark happenings, producing plots that feel like Warren Ellis’ Planetary, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and Chris Carter’s The X-Files all melded together and contained in a fully realized Metro Manila avatar. “That will be the least of your problems,” the fascinating Alexandra Trese barks. “As the universe seeks balance, so does the underworld.” Full of sharp characterization and suspenseful revelations, “Trese” is clearly Tan’s best work, a transcendent product of modern spookiness.

There are some creations that really are better in black-and-white, and “Trese” is one of them. Baldisimo’s moody art, full of negative space, speed lines, a black grid and sharp angles, enthralls the reader.


The elements present in the fortuneteller’s brew that is “Trese” are not new, but the seamless communion of Tan and Baldisimo’s talents imbues “Murder” with a palpable energy. Every few years, a completed Filipino-crafted graphic novel emerges from the mist to take its place among the work of greats such as Mars Ravelo and the Redondo brothers: Gerry Alanguilan’s “Wasted,” Arnold Arre’s “The Mythology Class” and Carlo Vergara’s “Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah,” in particular.

With a subtle glint of eldritch metal and a mystery woman’s steely relentlessness, “Trese: Murder on Balete Drive” by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo joins that potent pantheon, something that emerged burning brilliantly from the shadowy streets we assumed we knew so well.

Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
Published by: Visual Print Enterprises
ISBN: 971-92574-7-4
B&W comic book
SRP: P140.00

Now available in Comic Quest, Comic Odyssey, National Bookstore, Powerbooks, Fully Booked, and Pandayan Books.

TRESE can also be ordered via the National Bookstore website. Click on the link below: