I just made this using an A3 picture frame. Although this one has a very thin flexible glass. So if you’re planning to make your own, better check if the glass of the picture frame is real glass or thicker.
Here are the things I used:
1) A3 picture frame from NBS; with thin, narrow, frame, flexi-glass, plywood back cover.
2) Two mini, fluorescent, 8W lightbulbs.
3) Any switch like this.
4) Wire from old, broken electric fan.
5) Tracing paper and some bunch of Scotch tape. ^__^
6) Screws, bolts and little wood for boxing the plywood.
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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Me & Pol Medina Jr., creator of Pugad Baboy.
This is the only photo I’ve taken last Komikon. I was so busy, can’t even move myself from tons of crowds. But I had a blast selling my first ever printed komiks Jacara Zar #1. I was nervous that no one will ever look at it and buy (for those who haven’t seen/heard of it). But there were people passed by, caught their eyes and immediately bought it. There people I heard saying “this one’s a realistic approach, which is good”. But they never bought it. I guess they ran out of cash or they were just passing by for the event.
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Details: JACARA ZAR #1, full-color painted cover, American size comics format, interior B&W pages, 32 pages, with 10-page preview of issue #2, plus inside back cover pin-up sketch. Back cover is BLANK, means I can do quick sketch for everybody.
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Jacara Zar #1 – print proof approved!
It has been years when I started drawing and doodling my character Jacara Zar. So it’s finally coming out 100% serious! I have spent time, love and money to this first issue, and hopefully won’t be my last. Jacara Zar is my first ever created character since I was in my early years in high school. Here’s the first issue to celebrate.
When good things go better early next year, issue two will come out. Let’s just cross our fingers and toes if you may to push this through.
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Baby! Go figure, click the image.
The following images are my first installment of the progress of the cover for Jacara Zar #2:
Stages: 1, 2, 3, 4.
STAGE 1: I already have the layout or idea drafted on small index paper. All I have to do now is to redraw everything on bigger paper. Usually I draw on regular 11×17 inches boards. For my komiks, I draw everything on legal size vellum (8.5 inches x 13 inches). This is quite small but since I will be inking my own drawing, this will limit my time spend on a page.
This cover will be (hopefully) a gatefold, wrap-around. I still haven’t decided whether it will be a fully inked, or inked with watercolor, or fully painted. If everything looks tight and tough, then I might have it just inked and watercolored.
STAGE 2 & 3: I always do changes on the final layout. In these two stages I decided to remove the head with helmet of a character and his blade across the other side. The reason is to get the eyes away from it when it’s colored. Because it will be the brightest object you’ll see in front instead of the main character. So instead of the head I drew a hand pointing then removed the big blade.
I didn’t expect another character that will appear. To have the other side of the cover a purpose, I drew Queen Reena leading the rest of the soldiers.
STAGE 4: This stage is rough detailing, where I draw their outfit, weapons, and facial expressions before I erase everything with kneaded eraser. Note: kneaded eraser will not totally erase every pencil lines I drew on paper. So when I drew the final details I’ll still see my construction lines.
I’ll post the next progress soon. See you all on the next update!Comments Off | Print This Post
Jacara Zar #1 watercolor cover in progress.
Major additions on the bigger version. More stuff going on, more dead trees, grass, water, twigs, etc. The last difficult thing to do here are the rain drops. Heck, I have no idea how to do it.Comments Off | Print This Post
I’m always fascinated with clouds. I like taking photos of clouds and skies when I see them clumped up like icing on a cake. What fascinate me most is at night when lightning strikes inside the clouds. That will be the best thing I can make a shot of if I know how, or if I have proper equipment.
The heat is really a bitch lately and I’ve been wishing to rain soon. Before I posted this entry, I took several shots of the clouds outside by the horizon. The sky is really dark so I took the camera. Three areas of the horizon with dark clouds were flashing lightning where rain was about to make. It took me several minutes until I shot the best picture. I’m quite happy with it.
Storm clouds at night.
Below is Pixie’s lazy day photo. She sleeps a lot lately in daytime. She’s always awake late at night and early morning. She sleeps when she’s bored and no one to play with.
Pixie sleeps a lot lately.
More than 12 hours a day of sleep for Pixie. Well, she seem to enjoy it more than just playing.Comments Off | Print This Post