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Monday, October 31, 2011

FHM Pinoy Horror Death Match

In the October 2011 issue of FHM, they feature a Halloween Death Match that pits several creatures from Philippine myth and folklore against one another. They even matched up characters from Pinoy pop culture and legends against each other.

Below are sample of the creatures that fought to the death! Makes me wish there was a real video that featured all these characters!
Tikbalang vs Sigbin

Undin vs Sirena

Bungisngis vs Nuno sa Punso

Kapre vs Babae sa Balete

TikTik vs Tiyanak

Words by Anton Umali and Gelo Gonzales
Art by Mervin del Mundo (Robot with a Smile)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Neil Gaiman emails about TRESE

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.

Well done!


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 :-)

Trese on National's Bestseller List

When we sold the very issue of Trese (in all its Xeroxed glory) at the Komikon in 2005, we sold a grand total of 50 copies. I was so happy that we got sold-out two hours before the event ended.

When we sold TRESE:MASS MURDERS in 2009 at the Komikon, we were surprised that we got to sell 300 copies in one day.

So, imagine my surprise when I found, that two weeks after we launched TRESE: LAST SEEN AFTER MIDNIGHT we had already sold 1300 copies.

Barely a month after we launched this fourth book, we've sold nearly 3000 copies and have landed in National Bookstore's Bestseller List for Philippine Publications.

This was definitely a great way to start the week. All of which would not have been possible, if it wasn't for you, our wonderful, magical, diabolical readers. 

Thanks for all your support and your most generous feedback!

Exclusively available at all branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Win an iTresePad for Halloween

TRICK OR TREAT!!! Get the chance to win this one-of-a-kind iPad with orginal TRESE art by Kajo Baldisimo.

Just buy TRESE:LAST SEEN AFTER MIDNIGHT and you'll get a raffle stub so you can enter and get the chance to win the Trese-fied iPad.

Books with raffle stubs are only available in National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers.

Deadline for entries for the TRESE iPad Raffle is on October 31, 2011.

By the way, if you buy a copy of ELMER (The 2nd Edition) from the same bookstores, you can enter the raffle and win this ELMER-fied iPad with original art by Gerry Alanguilan. Deadline for entries is November 15, 2011.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Trese 4 special edition

Watched the video? Ok... let's review... Here's the variant cover / dustjacket:
And here's the regular cover:

The edition with the dustjacket will only be available in branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers. And if you buy from those bookstores, you can to join the raffle and win an original TRESE artwork by Kajo Baldisimo. Here's a sneak peek of Kajo's work. Can you figure out what makes it so special? :-)


See you at the book launch!

October 8, Saturday, 5pm
Bestsellers bookstore
4F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas