Inside the Industry: 'Trese' and Filipino komiks with Budjette Tan

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With the recent casting of Shay Mitchell and Liza Soberano for Netflix's Trese, fans have been in a fervor, eagerly awaiting the animated adaptation of the breakout Filipino komiks.

We, fellow fans at Hustle, wanted to learn more. So, we decided to go directly to the source: Trese writer and co-creator Budjette Tan.

Budjette, a senior creative at Lego now based in Denmark, took the time to walk us through his entire origin story. He recounts how the idea for Trese spawned from his time hosting a late-night radio show, and then evolved into a DIY-comic project with illustrator Kajo Baldisimo, his advertising colleague.

If you caught us on our lunch break, you would see Kajo with a sandwich in one hand and drawing pages with the other.

Budjette Tan, co-creator of 'Trese'

As for the upcoming Netflix show, Budjette can't say much, but he's happy to share how he and Kajo guided the acclaimed Filipino-American animator Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) through the extensive world they built.

For now, fans can look forward to the reprinted books released by Ablaze Publishing, as well as the long-awaited Trese Vol. 8. (You can stay tuned and even interact with Budjette himself on the Trese Facebook group.)

In this episode, Budjette paints an optimistic picture of the future of Filipino stories and comics.

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