Yes, I’ll be talking about future of Jacara Zar. And yes, it is good news. And no, I won’t be releasing another issue this year. Hehe!
As some of you guys know, Jacara Zar is an old creation way back when I was in high school. Stolen from the little panel of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore, drawn by Stephen Bisset and John Totleben, this character and artwork inspired me to create my own story. Trying to redevelop my little twist, I came up with “Mandirigma Ng Latian” (Swamp Warrior). I gave him a name that resembles Jackboxer, I came up with Jacara Zar.
Jacara Zar has been in the attic for years. I’ve been trying to develop this character for years. Putting him in the future world, or present time, but I wasn’t satisfied. Looking back to the old idea and story, I thought of giving Jacara Zar his own world, rather than to the world we know.
Most of the people who read the first two issues of my komiks always asking me how many issues I’ll be publishing. I keep telling them probably four to six issues. If I want less, then I have to release one double-size issue. But that will be a pain for my pocket. So, right now, I’m telling everybody that I am not very sure if this will be six issues.
I haven’t finished writing the fourth issue, I’m still re-writing half of the script after halting for a while. I’ll try to compress the story as much as I can, keeping the important ones to stitch the first two issues. I already have the plot for the last three of the series, so I guess I have no problem with that. It’s the details that will be my biggest problem, avoiding loopholes and questions unanswered.
But dreaming of finishing this series, the story of Jacara Zar will not stop. Jacara Zar has his world with humans and other race of beings. Jacara’s world hasn’t shown the entire races and cultures yet. There are Zarreebbans, Mircans, and Zeestalians that are about to appear on the third issue. There will be revelations about the rulers of the Zarreebban kingdoms. The world hasn’t shown everything. Questions still needed to be answered.
After issue six, I might continue Jacara Zar’s story just within the swampland. I really wish I could bring back Zeerfann. I really like that character. Who knows…he might come back.Comments Off | Print This Post
Jacara Zar comics and prints, Summer Komikon 2013.
The first Jacara Zar comics was released three years ago (2011) as an ashcan version. It was featured in my “fun comics” called YSB! or Yew Stupid Basturd! #3. Later, after a year, I decided to release the actual comics in print form, in actual comic book size…just like Marvel or DC. My “fun comics” are now a serious matter for me and the readers. Now I am totally committed to finish the entire mini-series.
I cannot say how many issues I’m going to make. This can be four, five or six issues just to tell the entire story of Jacara Zar, the kingdoms, the Zarreebbans, the Mircans, and the entire world of Jacara Zar. Telling the story of Jacara alone will take some time to tell. His story isn’t just him, it’s the entire world of the comics.
I really can not say anything about the on going story. Sorry if it will take sometime to finish issue #3.
I just want to talk about the prints and production of this comics. I just don’t draw my comics, spend some money just to print what I want. Printing comics for myself and for those who love it is a serious fun for me. I’d like to put unlimited craft to the artworks and the print.
To show that I am serious about releasing the comics, of course I have to spend some cash for good print. Issue #1 shows that we are serious about it. Of course I needed some help from friends on the literature side. To make it more serious, I have to show in this issue that there’s a next issue, which was “in the can” when #1 was already printed. Now, that’s just enough to tell the readers that the 2nd issue is ready for print!
Issue number 2, I became nervous about it. So I needed another friend who was willing to help me with my writing. Robin C. Rivero came along and was so happy to join in. I am actually very happy that she joined me. Now I cannot say it is MY comics anymore, it’s hers too!
I need something to give away as a treat to the readers every time I release an issue of Jacara Zar. The first was giving away preview teaser of #2. Issue #2 was printed in gate-fold cover with thicker paper and matte coated, glossy interior, and 31-page story. Every thing here is in the price of PhP100.00 only. Yes, a hundred bucks. The first decision was PhP120 or PhP150 but putting off the 20 or 50 bucks for a long wait is just another treat.
Issue #3 will also have its own treat for you guys. I already told some of my friends about my plans in this issue, so it’s also time to share what I told them. The next book will have couple of pages with crazy two triple page spread, and double duplex page spread. This will be a challenge for the printer. If they did it on the 2nd issue as a cover, why not pages?
I’m sure some of you will ask why do it? Why not? This is my dream comics. I enjoy opening a comic book with tons of surprises inside, not just artworks and story but how you gonna open the entire book. If I can afford to print the entire mini-series in color then I will.
I’m in the half of the book writing the continuation the story on issue four. I haven’t thought of anything for a treat. But I’m sure there will be something.
Big shout out to my editor for the first issue–Nikko Sansolis who was a big help on that book. There won’t be issue two if it weren’t for him. Nikko and I talked about making a one-shot comics in the future. I do hope it will push through.
Thanks to those who purchased their copies of issues #1 and #2 of Jacara Zar. Also those who purchased the digital prints! I wish I can make a smaller and affordable versions of the prints in the future.
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Jacara Zar digital prints available only at Komikon 2012!*
These digital prints will be sold exclusively at Komikon 2012, which will happen on October 27th at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City! These will be numbered and will be very limited. But if demands then I’ll try to make some more.
Those who will buy Jacara Zar #1 plus any of the prints will get a free full commission sketch. So bring your backing boards or sketch pads for me to scribble. Just don’t let me sketch at the back of the digital print, okay? XD
Each digital print will cost PhP100.00 each, no reservation. Sorry.
See you all on the 27th!
*Thanks to XPrint located at the following locations:
- 2nd Level Market! Market!
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
- 3rd Level Virramall
Greenhills San Juan, Metro Manila
- 2nd Level Trinoma, North Ave.
Cor. Edsa Ave.
I will be attending this year’s 2nd Komikon. Last Summer Komikon 2012 I didn’t get a chance to attend coz I was so occupied with my work, still working on Dynamite Entertainment’s The Bionic Man. This year, I will be one of the guests along with Marvel Comics artist Dexter Soy and Kubori Kikiam’s Michael David.
There will be bunch of artists in the Komiks Kalye! For the first time, Roy Allan Martinez will be attending this event. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this man–the genius artist behind Image Comics’ Wicked! So you guys better get those old Wetworks, Grifter, Wicked, and historic Kick Fighter comics pile up for him to sign!
Oh, I’ll be occupying a small portion of Comic Odyssey, selling Jacara Zar #1, few copies digital prints (announcement coming soon!), signing and doing some FREE rough sketches for every purchase of Jacara Zar #1.
If you’ll ask about Jacara Zar #2, sorry, no issue this year. Maybe next year’s Free Comic Book Day (2013), the 2nd book will be out. I hope you won’t get disappointed coz the issue is 32 pages with 31-page story. You’ll get to see the map of Zarreebba.
I will be accepting commission sketches (PhP500.00) at the event. Sorry, no take-home for now coz I still have pending commissions I need to finish. At the event, I can only accept five (5) commission sketches. Can’t do anymore than that. Either you can bring your sketch pads, backing boards, or blank covers for me to scribble on.
Hope to see you all there!Comments Off | Print This Post
Bionic Man #14 alternate cover.
Bionic Man #13 alternate cover colors by Ivan Nunes.
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