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Graveyard Wars: ABLAZE teams up with AJ Lieberman

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Imagine that people among us, all of whom have had a near-death experience, now have an ability called a Soul-Skill. This allows them to access the skill sets of the dead. Fighter. Surgeon. Sniper. Anything. Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars.

ABLAZE  has announced that it will publish Graveyard Wars as a series of original graphic novels, with the first graphic novel set for publication this September. Graveyard Wars is written and created by AJ Lieberman, illustrated and colored by Andrew Sebastian Kwan, and lettered (with color design) by Darren Rawlings.

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Graveyard Wars is my first new book in a few years and my only goal was to be sure from a story and art standpoint it surpassed the others. And I think we did it. It’s a fun, action story that doesn’t fully reveal itself until the very last page. My only other hope? That it would attract the attention of a director/producer like Chad Stahelski so I can hear all the batshit stuff that goes on during the [John] Wick movies,” Leiberman said in a press statement.

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TRESE comes to readers worldwide via ABLAZE

Portland-based ABLAZE has announced that it will bring the critically-acclaimed Filipino comic book series TRESE by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo to English readers worldwide. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Philippine mythology will now reach an even bigger audience. Portland-based ABLAZE has announced that it will bring the critically-acclaimed Filipino comic book series TRESE by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo to readers worldwide. TRESE is a three-time winner of the Philippine National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature of the Year. It won in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

ABLAZE will release the series of graphic novels, starting with TRESE Vol 1: Murder on Balete Drive this September. When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where blood-sucking aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where gigantic kapre are the kingpins of crime, and magical engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.

In a press statement, writer Tan talked about how TRESE started.

“When we started TRESE back in 2005, we did it for fun, because we wanted to tell stories about Philippine myth and folklore through the lens of a detective story. We photocopied 30 copies and sold it for less than a dollar. Most of copies ended up with friends. Thankfully, more people wanted to read our stories. So, we are extremely excited to have partnered up with ABLAZE and now have a chance to share with the world the wonders and mysteries of Philippine mythology to a new set of readers,” Tan said.

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Comic book fan Jiggy Cruz shares love for Marvel

Jiggy Cruz is a comic book fan and he loves Marvel Comics. Here he is with the late Stan Lee, the legendary publisher of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man and other iconic Marvel superheroes. Image credit: Jiggy Cruz
Jiggy Cruz is a comic book fan and he loves Marvel Comics. Here he is with the late Stan Lee, the legendary publisher of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man and other iconic Marvel superheroes. Image credit: Jiggy Cruz

When it comes to being a comic book fan, one of the biggest in the Philippines would have to be Jiggy Cruz. In fact, he used to blog about comic books for Yahoo! Philippines. That was how we met, when I invited him to join our Yahoo! Southeast Asia blog network, which I was overseeing at the time.

Nowadays, Cruz is in the entertainment business as a producer, working with people who create videos for brands and services. And of course he is still a big comic book fan. He loves Marvel Comics, in particular, and his favorite superhero is Spider-Man.

Cruz, by the way, also happens to be the grandson of the late Philippine President Cory Aquino, who restored democracy to the Philippines in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

When did he first encounter Spider-Man?

“It was Christmas 89 or 90, I believe. My Lola gave me this Spider-Man action figure and a Spidey Dragster. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was because of ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’ that I got to know more about Spider-Man. Shooting webs and swinging was so fun to watch,” Cruz told Digital Life Asia.

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