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Monday, September 21, 2009

TRESE at the Book Fair 2009

No... no... this is not the latest incarnation of the Justice League.

This is a picture of me and Kajo at the Visprint booth at the recent Manila International Book Fair.
(Thanks to Wella for taking the pic)

And before you ask, "Who's that character beside Gloomy Kambal?" ... let me tell you that that's Bob Ong. I meant ... that's Bob Ong's KAPITAN SINO character.

(Now that I look at all these characters together, it might be a bad idea to do a "marvel team-up" starring all of them. Maybe we can do that next year.)

Anyway, we just wanted to say thank you to every one who dropped by the Visprint booth while we were there. Thanks to every one who pre-paid for Book 3. Thank you for being so excited and for being so patient. We're just putting the finishing touches to it right now.

The Book Fair also gave us the chance to sit and chat with Alan "Girl Trouble" Navarra, David "Penumbra" Hontiveros, Carlo "Ang Kagilagilalas na ... oh, of course, you know what he did" Vergara, and Nida "I'm really not Bob Ong... really I'm not!" Ramirez; where we got to talk about upcoming titles, future plans, and the importance of Nida being pregnant when we launch new titles.

(thanks to alan for the pic)

During lunch, Kajo popped the question (no... no... he didn't propose!). He asked me, "So, what do you want to do for Book4?" And boy, did we come up with plans for that!

But before we even go there, we've got to launch and release Book3.

While waiting, would you like to see some pages from the book?

TRESE: MASS MURDERS preview pages

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Visprint at the Manila International Book Fair 2009

The MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR aka MIBF is happening this week!

September 16-20, 2009
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
SMX Convention Center,
SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Visprint will have a booth at the MIBF.

Trese Book3 will NOT be available at the MIBF. (sorry!)

You can pre-order Book3 “TRESE: MASS MURDERS” at the MIBF!

We’ll deliver your
autographed copy free of charge*, 1 week before the book's commercial release! You’ll even get the chance to win an original Trese artwork from Kajo Baldisimo.

You can also pre-order these upcoming Visprint books:
CRASH, a Not Quite Unreal sequel, by Carlos Malvar
12, by Manix Abrera

1. Promo applies to Metro Manila addresses only*.
2. Advanced order and payments should be made during the MIBF.
3. Promo forms available at the Visprint booth.

See you at the Book Fair!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Show me the Munny!!!

Aren't they just adorable!

(Of course, if you're aswang then you better start running because they're cute guns will blow your aswang-ass away!)

These Munny KAMBAL were designed and created by Jan Calleja.

Many thanks to Brandie, who commissioned Jan to do these pieces.

Wait... I sense a question in your mind...

... and the answer is, YES! There is Munny TRESE in the works. Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rocket Kapre takes off!!!


Taking our cue from SF Signal, in Rocket Round Table, we pose a single question to those who toil in the fields of Philippine SF. Our aim is to promote reflection and discussion, as well as to simply compare notes on the genre we know and love. This month we ask the question

What is your favorite Filipino-created Speculative Fiction story?

The story can be prose or komiks, a movie or a television show… any medium by which a narrative can be told is fair game. One caveat though: let’s limit ourselves to works whose authorship is certain, and not Philippine myths/legends. In other words, Florante and Laura qualifies but “Ang Alamat ng Pinya” doesn’t. Let’s leave those for another day. ^_^

Here are the first batch of answers–I’ll compile any further replies in a subsequent post.

Yvette Tan: [Blog]
==Yvette’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in so many venues online and offline that I truly believe she could put together an entire magazine all by her self. Her stories have been recognized by the Palanca Awards, the Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards and the 2008 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her first short story collection, “Waking the Dead,” was released just last month to stellar reviews.==

Mine would be Luis Katigbak’sDear Distance” for the imagery [Ed. Note: An excerpt can be found here.] , Arnold Arre’s Andong Agimat [Ed. Note: Dedicated blog is here.] and Budjette Tan’s Trese series [Ed. Note: Blog and the first seven issues in full can be found here.], the last two because of the well crafted storytelling and use of horror elements in a distinctly Pinoy setting.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

TRESE in the Manila Times

"Alexandra Trese’s Full Hands"
by Karen Kunawicz, Manila Times

In an often crazy and absurd city like Manila, with 11 million souls pounding its grimy streets, I’m pretty sure within the endless stretches of tightly packed buildings, behind secret passageways and unmarked doors, a slew of strange things are going on Alexandra Trese is going to have her hands full for a long time.