Panel: Trese writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo

moderated by Carl Angel
Saturday, 5/8/2021
1:00 - 2:15
Virtual Library

United States

Join us in a book talk with Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, creators of the award-winning serialized graphic novel, Trese, set in Metro Manila, Philippines. A place where the dark worlds of Philippine folklore and lower mythology and their creatures exist side-by-side with the human world. Baldisimo and Tan will also talk about their upcoming Netflix series and more.


Kajo Baldisimo is a cartoonist and co-creator of Trese. He is an avid reader of Filipino komiks from the 80s and 90s. He draws storyboards for a living and creates comic books to live. After spending forty years of his life in Makati City, he is now permanently residing in Davao City trying to establish an animal shelter together with his wife and son.

Budjette Tan is the writer and co-creator of Trese. He also collaborated with Bow Guerrero and JB Tapia in creating The Dark Colony Books. He’s also co-editor and co-writer of the Alejandro Pardo books with David Hontiveros. Recently, he co-edited with Charis Locke the Southeast-Asian comic book SOUND: A Comic Anthology, published by Different Engine. He currently works for the LEGO Agency in Denmark and lives there with his superwife and their little superboy. 

Carl Angel is a visual artist who grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Angel is the illustrator of numerous books, including Lakas and the Manilatown Fish, Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, The Girl Who Saved Yesterday and the forthcoming Pedro’s Yo yos. He is also the art director and designer of many books from Children’s Book Press and Lee and Low. His art is included in the anthologies Honoring Our Ancestors and On Our Block. He lives with his wife and son in Burbank, California. 


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Kajo Baldisimo - Website | Instagram

Budjette Tan - Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Trese Comics - Website | Facebook 

Carl Angel - Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

A partnership with

Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Philippine Studies Department, City College of San Francisco

Arkipelago Books 

Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) 

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