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Sunday, March 21, 2010

awesome! he really liked it!

RJ Ledesma was lucky enough to have a really long interview with Neil Gaiman (and managed to hug him as well). It was also great that RJ got to ask Gaiman about what he thought of the local comic book creators.

RJ: Did you also like Budjette Tan’s Trese?

GAIMAN : I really liked it. What I’m really enjoying right now is that people from the Philippines send me and give me comics. This makes me happy. And I just love the fact that these are comics using Philippine culture and folklore. One of the things I really love about the contest is the feeling that I got to point out to people that this stuff is cool. Because when I first came out here, people were giving me books of local folklore and I was reading them. And I was loving them. People would then ask me, “What do you like?” and I would tell them “I liked the aswangs and the manananggals.” After that, they would ask me if I would put them in my stories. Then I started feeling as if I did (write about them) it would lend them some kind of legitimacy, but I would be like a cultural tourist. But what about you guys? This stuff is yours!

read the complete interview at:
Sandman Hearts The Dork Knight

(The Philippine Star) March 21, 2010

Last Thursday, I had my third close encounter with the Prince of Stories and was able to personally give him a copy of TRESE: MASS MURDERS. Despite having OT that night, I was able to get to the line on time all because of Wella, who got me my signing pass, my number in line (I was #337), and arranged for everything so that I could once again meet Mr. Gaiman. :-)

I introduced myself, showed him a copy of Trese and the postcard he sent me last year, and he said, "Oh, that's you! AWESOME!" (Wella also shot a video, so we have proof that Mr. Gaiman said that Trese is AWESOME.)

While Gaiman was signing my copies of Sandman, the Fully Booked clerk who was assisting him saw the copy of Trese that I just handed over. He looked at the book and then looked at me and asked, "You're Budjette Tan? You wrote Trese? Oh wow! Nice to meet you!" And we shook hands above Gaiman's head -- which was a very strange moment for me.

And all the while Gaiman was signing my books, I just kept saying thank you. I wonder if I should've kept bowing while and should've said, "Thank you, m'lord! Thank you, m'lord! Thank you, m'lord!"

And Mr. Gaiman wrote...

thanks to Wella and Gerry for the photo & video coverage

flashback!!! here's my report from the 1995 San Diego Comic-Con
the first time I met the Dream King.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reviews about THE CLINIC

"To me, [THE CLINIC] is the most fully-executed story of the four, just because it seamlessly marries the dreamlike quality of Baldisimo’s light, airbrushed images to the irrevocably showbiz backdrop of Lyn’s encounter with the supernatural. The story offers an unforeseen turn-around--just when you thought the worst thing Lyn would have to face was a tiyanak, you are greeted with a pleasant surprise: that there are more frightening things than unborn babies. The incidents that occur while Lyn is unconscious at the titular Clinic evoke a variety of reactions, among them the morbid wonder and mild disgust of good horror. The idea it leaves with the reader is the sort that persists long after you’ve put the book down, and this is a phenomena which, depending on how you look at it, is the worst or best thing that a horror story can do."
Deficient in Darkness: A review of Underpass by Fidelis Tan

"I have never accepted, at least on my literature’s style of writing, the use of flowers to symbolize a woman’s sexual organ. And with this credence, I never incorporated flowers and butterflies on my works to denote womanhood in terms of sex and rock and roll. A vagina is a vagina. No less, no more. But when I read the Underpass, a graphic anthology comprising of four different stories of Summit Media, I changed my mind. The Clinic by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo is a one good comic story."

"Face your worst fear as they say. Summit Media comes up with this Graphic Anthology called Underpass and collects 4 original stories from today's great minds like Gerry Alanguilan and Budjette Tan. (It's Summit's take on putting komiks mainstream) For some strange reason, we like being scared. We Filipinos have this thing for the mythological/paranormal creatures and these 4 short stories will give you that. I think that Budjette Tan is probably the best person to talk to when discussing Aswang, Duwendes, Kapres, Tiyanaks and Manananggal. The writer's brilliant when it comes to these creatures."

Read the complete episode of THE CLINIC at

THE CLINIC is part of the horror anthology UNDERPASS (now available in bookstores and magazine shops nationwide)

For more preview pages of UNDERPASS, click the link below