Tabi-Tabi Po - Entering the World of Trese: Budjette Tan & Kajo Baldisimo
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 17:30-18:30
Session No: 120
As the sun sets in the city of Manila, creatures and monsters of the night rise in its streets. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese, a private investigator with psionic abilities and the supernatural wit capable of unravelling the strangest paranormal cases.
Described as the ‘modern grandchild’ of local Filipino Komiks, Trese offers us a world where creatures of Philippine lower mythology exist side-by-side with humans in the concrete jungle and, more often than not, the latter are the real monsters. Join creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo as they delve into their journey developing the komiks and their recent Netflix adaptation, reflecting on their relationship both as friends and as creative collaborators, and on what lies ahead for the world of aswang, dwende and Alexandra Trese.
(Make sure to say ‘Tabi-Tabi Po’ as you enter the session …)
Budgette Tan is a Filipino writer best known for writing the horror/crime komiks series Trese, co-created with illustrator Kajo Baldisimo. Trese has received the Philippine National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature of the Year across multiple years and has been adapted into an animated series by Netflix. He is also the co-editor and writer of The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo and The Black Bestiary. He currently works in Denmark as one of the creative leads in the LEGO Agency.
Kajo Baldisimo is the illustrator and co-creator of the award-winning comic book series Trese, the story of a detective unravelling criminal cases of the supernatural kind. As a devoted doodler of fun worlds and dark realms, Baldisimo has worked for local Filipino komiks publishers to maintain his addiction for books and worked in advertising to sustain his biological functions. He is currently based in Davao, Philippines, residing with his family and his army of overly excited canines and feisty felines.