There are very few things I get my inner fanboy on for, but the comic book series Trese is on top of that short list.
The series details the adventures of Alexandra Trese, an investigator of all things supernatural. When the Manila PD have a problem with the various mythic denizens of the city, they call on Trese and her bodyguards, The Kambal, to help sort things out.
It's sort of like CSI, but so much more fun.
I've been buying the collected editions regularly since first stumbling onto the series several years ago, and have been waiting for word about when book 4 was coming out. Imagine my chagrin when I found out I'd missed the announcement on Budjette Tan's various blogs.
Trese Book 4: Last Seen After Midnight Book Launch
October 8, 2011, Saturday
4th Flr. Robinsons Galleria
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
The collected Volume Four will have four stories (released as ashcans at various cons over the past year or two) included: A Private Collection, Fight of the Year, Cadena de Amor. and Wanted Bed Spacer. I've actually read 3 of them since I've started going to the cons again this year and was able to buy the single issues. Still doesn't mean I'm not excited as hell to get a copy.
But wait! There's more!
If have the ashcans too and you need an excuse to buy the new book, here it is: If you buy a copy at National Bookstore (or Bestsellers or Powerbooks) before October 31, 2011, you get this exclusive dust jacket with it:
But WAIT! If you come on October 8th to the launch, you have a chance to win... A SET OF GINSU KNIVES!
No, I'm just yankin' you. You get to win unique original art by Trese artist, Kajo Baldisimo! Here's a detail from the piece from tresekomix.blogspot.com
They had me at book four, but I'm definitely not saying no to the extras. I've also run out of extra copies of the first 3 books (I like to give them as gifts) so it's probably time I get some more of those as well. And hey, extra raffle tickets! Also, if Budjette Tan and Kajo are there, hell if I'm not going to fall and line and get them signed. Stalker mode ON!
Seriously, if you like great storytelling or Philippine folklore, you owe it to yourself to go to Robinsons Galleria next Sunday and BUY THIS BOOK. Be nice to me and I might give you one for Christmas, but once you're hooked, don't come crying to me.
You can read my review of book one of Trese here: Trese: Murder on Balete Drive
You can read my review of book three of Trese here: Trese: Mass Murders
Aspiring stalker and don't know what Budjette and Kajo look like? read this: Komikon 2011!
For more information on Trese, visit the homepage at http://tresekomix.blogspot.com/
You can read more of Budjette Tan's Trese short stories at http://diabolical13.blogspot.com/
You can see more of Kajo Baldisimo's art at http://kajobaldisimo.blogspot.com/
Don't forget to follow Trese on twitter: http://twitter.com/AlexandraTrese