Zegas #1 made its debut August 2011 as a limited edition, full color, 28 page, magazine size comic. This self-published effort contains all new material that cannot and will not be seen online in its entirety. This one-man anthology is specifically designed to be read page to page as a physical object, ideally on an issue-by-issue basis.
The first printing is SOLD OUT, as is the second printing (called the “Misprint Edition”). It used to be available mostly at our Etsy store WHITEHAUS.
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Here are a few brief examples of how I worked on certain aspects of Zegas #1. The way I make a comic page changes all the time, but below are the most typical steps I take.
This issue contained a larger cast than I’m used to handling. I’ve gotten used to drawing the main characters, Emily & Boston, but I wasn’t sure how these other folks were gonna look. Thankfully, it didn’t take a slew of study sheets to nail them down.
One panel, three samples: pencil, ink, and color. All by hand.
Another character sketch.
I knew I had to carefully stage this following splash page. Lots going on here, but the main concern was clearly portraying a sense of movement through a specific space. I liked the rough layout and tried to remain faithful to its foundation.
Note: the arcade chase scene from above was made into an 11 x 14 print.
Writing comics has got to be one of the most difficult things I do throughout this entire process. Takes me forever, too. I write and re-write and edit the results while trying not to kill any initial spark they may have had. I’d hate to snuff out the spontaneity of any given scene, so I try not to overwork it.
As far as a “script” goes, I find that scribbling on any ol’ sheet of paper yields better results than typing. I can barely get a sense of how a comic will read any time I read a comic script, by anyone. This is how I’m most comfortable.
Finally, here are a couple of layouts ”Plum”, Boston’s story previewed above (also the only story in Zegas #1 that has portions of digital coloring).
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This issue has officially SOLD OUT. The stores below initially carried it, but they may no longer have copies. Feel free to ask them, but it’s highly unlikely that they have any left. Since a reprint isn’t in the works, a collection is the next time this issue will be back in print. I appreciate the interest on our part and am thankful to these fine shops for stocking the title in the first place!
[However, Zegas is also available at the Multnomah County Library in Oregon! It's cool to think of those comics being checked out... do so if you're in the area!]
Bergen Street Comics (Brooklyn, NY)
Floating World (Portland, OR)