We are very honoured and extremely excited to announce our featured guests this September and October in GatheringBooks. Since our bimonthly theme is on Monsters, Beasts, and Chimera: Of Spooks and Spectres, we thought it best to invite the demon-hunting team, the slayers of monsters and supernatural creatures – who else but the unparalleled Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo of Trese Fame.
Meet the Storyteller: Budjette Tan
I met Budjette during the Little Lit Festival in Manila last May 2013. I moderated their panel on Situating Southeast Asian Traditions in Picture Books and Graphic Novels. So I am aware of how dynamic a speaker he is. We are truly very happy that Budjette is one of our featured stellar guests in GatheringBooks.
Budjette Tan is creative director by day, copywriter by night, comic book writer after midnight. He is the author of TRESE, a series of urban fantasy graphic novels co-created with Kajo Baldisimo. TRESE won the Best Graphic Literature Award at the 2010 and 2012 Philippine National Book Awards. He recently launched a new comic book called The Dark Colony: Mikey Recio and the Secret of the Demon Dungeon, co-created by Bow Guerrero and JB Tapia. Tan is also the editor of the graphic novels Skyworld, The Filipino Heroes League, Bathala: Apokalypsis, Erik matti’s Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles and Co-Editor of the YA Magazine, Kwentillion.
Illustrator’s Sketchpad: Kajo Baldisimo
Kajo is the amazing artist who brings the kick-ass Alexandra Trese to life. We are excited to know more about his creative process and artistry.
Guest Blogger: Erik Weibel
We are also very excited to welcome Erik Weibel of This Kid Reviews Books as our guest blogger. He would be talking about his recently-published book The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, Book 1: A Bad Idea as well as some of his favourite spooks and spectres tales.
Congratulations, Erik on your book!