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‘TRESE’ Vol. 1 out in the US Nov. 4; Vol. 2 announced for April 2021

Halloween has come early for fans of “TRESE”

The scary, sleek indie Filipino comic that could just broke through again. After being picked up by American publisher Ablaze Publishing, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “TRESE” will continue to roam bookstore shelves in North America, a feat no other Filipino comic book team or property has done.

Ostensibly, Alexandra Trese runs a bar called the Diabolical, but when the Manila policemen find a case that befuddles them, they call her and and her twin bodyguards the Kambal to help them out. The famous product of a creative dare, “TRESE” began as a photocopied ashcan series in 2005 that was picked by pioneering publisher Visprint and became a retail sensation with a cult following Last year, the 7th volume of “TRESE,” “Shadow Witness,” was release.”

Earlier this year, it was announced that American publisher Ablaze Publishing, had picked up “TRESE” and would be releasing it for the North American market. Translated into English with completely redrawn art by Baldisimo, “TRESE Vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive” would also feature extra sketches and behind the scenes material. The trade paperback now has a release date of Nov. 4, and it has been highlighted by numerous respected trade publications as a title to watch out for.

Now, Ablaze has announced that “TRESE Vol. 2: Unreported Murders” will be released in the United States and Canada in April 2021. This means that “TRESE” becomes the first completely original Filipino property from a Filipino creative team to be carried by an American publisher.

Tan had been keeping the Ablaze deal a secret for a year and was ecstatic to be able to announce it, but he dded that Ablaze was also looking at releasing the other “TRESE” volumes in North America as well. It looks like this just might be happening.

In the Philippines, Tan and Baldisimo are working on an 8th “TRESE” volume, so one can only hope that all the Visprint volumes will be re-published by Ablaze to an entirely new audience.

In fact, Comic Odyssey in the Philippines will have its own limited edition variant cover.

And as everyone know, “TRESE” has been picked up by Netflix as a Netflix Original Animated series to be helmed by Jay Oliva (“Justice League Dark”) with details about the series to be released soon.