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Book review: Carlo Vergara’s “Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila”

I don’t remember how I first heard about “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah”, but I do know that the moment I laid hands on it I couldn’t put it down.

I read comic books alongside more “serious” material, and one thing I always found lacking in both were characters that my young homosexual self could relate to. The closest character I could latch on to was Storm, because that girl is fierce.

MAHOGANY 2012

So to see the main character in a comic book be a gay man and a hilarious woman? It was like the Powers-That-Be thought it was about time my childhood was redeemed.

And it seemed like I wasn’t the only one who thought so! Not only did “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah” get turned into a movie (see above clip) and a blockbuster musical, it won its creator Carlo Vergara the National Book Award in 2003. It was just so great for me to see a comic book with a gay sensibility achieve not just mainstream success but also critical acclaim as well.

It’s been a decade since then, and only now has Carlo Vergara come out with “Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila”, the long awaited sequel to his blockbuster work. Will it live up to the standards set by the first book? Or will I just be bitterly disappointed?

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Book review: Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight”

Because I’m one of those terminally uncool people who’s late to everything, I was way behind on getting onboard the “Trese” train. I knew of the Komikon’s but never went to any one of them, which is how I missed out on the genesis of so many great Filipino komiks like Carlo Vergara’s “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni ZsaZsa Zaturnnah”.

I only found out about “Trese” when Budjette sent a copy of the graphic novels over to my editor, who promptly handed them to me and asked that I write a story about it. Turns out that was my lucky day as I absolutely loved “Trese” and how it filled in the dark corners of Metro Manila with various creatures that go bump in the night.

Since that time about two years ago, Budjette and Kajo have won the National Book Award for Graphic Literature and have now come out with “Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight”, the fourth book in the series. Will it maintain the standard of excellence set by the previous three books?

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