A work-blog for the Zipper PSP digital manga

Friday, March 02, 2007

Zipper Renewed! New Illustrator Onboard

When ja'il had to leave the project, to say I was disappointed was an understatement. But it was nothing compared to the heartbreak I felt about having the project slip into no-man's land. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see my dreams of getting this project out the door. And while it still isn't, and counting my chickens, as they say, is a dangerous thing, at least we are once again back on track.

The new artist is 'Fura', a sauve Colombian from the hip city of Bogata. If you are worried about the quality of the work, worry not, for if you have been reading this journal, you have already seen his work. Check out the HARA KIRI images below. That is Fura's work. I would say this project is in excellent hands.

As I write this, Fura is busy reading over the script and revamping designs. Will be just a wee bit before we have anything to show you all, but all good things in good time.

Before I close, I would like to thank everyone for being patient, and remind all of you lucky readers who qualified for the free issues, will STILL get them. The only thing that has changed is the artist, not my promises.

Until later,
Made in DNA

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Auditioning Serious Illustrator for Manga/Comic (pls read below)

I am currently seeking an illustrator to work on a comic/manga project that my current illustrator has to take leave from. Am not looking for artists to copy the current work, but rather, take the (finished) script, and the current designs/work, and begin fresh, giving the manga a new life. Interested parties should contact me via site mail. I will ask for samples of ORIGINAL artwork (no fan fic work please) and give a contact address. I am open to questions, and I will be fully open about the project. Strong English language skills a must, though applicants need not be native speakers. Thanks so much for your time and interest. Happy holidays to those of you who celebrate them. Made in DNA

Monday, December 18, 2006

Hara Kiri Manga/Comic

Ladies and Gentlemen, it my proud duty to announce to you that a second manga/comic is going into production next year (early 2007): HARA KIRI (tentative title). Scripted by myself and illustrated by the fantastic "Z Fura" (more on him later).

A manga set in a future, alternate reality Japan (Greater Nippon) where the Shogun and the Emperor rule two separate, yet friendly, states (similar to two Koreas). The heroine is Hara Kiri, a young bounty hunter, whose job it is to track the criminal elements of New Edo.

A combo of samurai chambara (sword play) and high-tech. No release date is set yet.

For those of you wondering what happened to ZIPPER... I wish I could say more. It seems to be in a limbo state. Frankly, I feel I am going to have to make some very hard decisions about it. I AM NOT cancelling this project!!! NO NO NO NO. I will not allow this to happen. Zipper is something I have spent the good part of more than a year on now, including writing the script and coaching the illustrator. So, I *REFUSE* to give up on it.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Hara Kiri (Alternate 02) Dressed for Success

Rendition of the heroine of my upcoming novel HARA KIRI by the fantastic Colombian artist zfura

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Published @ Lulu

I have published two works; a comic/script combo about a body-for-hire (ZIPPER: BOUNTY) and a short story collection featuring news stories from the future (NOT NECESSARILY THE FUTURE). Both of them may be purchased at Lulu.com. At $1.00 and $2.00 respectably, they are priced to go! PayPal accepted, immediate download!


Not Necessarily the Future
Not Necessarily the Future is a collection of five humorous short stories featuring news from the future. Tune into the future of news: from A.I. robots to zombies. Also features 4 superb illustrations from horror comic author/illustrators Jerem Morrow.

Zipper: Bounty
Zipper is an "AnyBody" -- more specifically a body for hire -- who, together with her A.I. dragonfly companion, will take on any job for any one. Set 700 years into the future where humans have excelled at the sciences, taking them to the stars as well as allowing them to manipulate their world in a variety of mediums. This is an original short 6-page comic in rough ink, and the working script from which it was illustrated.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Live and Learn

It's been far too long since I've posted anything here, and I apologize to those of you following. It was my intention from the beginning to keep this site active right up until the manga was published, and then slow down slightly. To be honest, it was my intention that the manga be published mid-summer, but that date has come and gone, and the manga is still not finished.

For many of you, it might seem as if the site and indeed the project have been abandoned. This could not be further from the truth. The project is still on and currently being illustrated. That said though, I must own up not only to you all, but myself, that I cannot put down a date for publication.

I do not put any blame on delays on anyone at all. I simply think that there is so much going on in the lives of myself and ja'il that it is hard to always keep a schedule. Moreover, Ja'il is in Jakarta and I'm in Japan. So we have to meet online when we have the time. Such is life in the very global world that we have created for ourselves with the Internet. It's bright, beautiful, and a complete miracle that we were even able to get together, however, it has its innate problems. C'est la vie. Live and learn.

The real point is, to get the comic out. If it takes a little more time doing it, then that's the way it is. So instead of fretting over it all, I prefer to chill and let things fall into place as they do.

Thank you all for your support and patience (especially all of you who are entitled to free copies ;) ).

All my best,
Made in DNA

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Many Apologies

Many apologies to everyone who has been so patiently awaiting the comic. We have been working hard on it, but can only go so fast.

However long it takes, this project WILL be finished and published, along, hopefully with companion comics. Currently I am in negotiations with another artist about producing a second comic. Which of the two publishes first is not a problem as, for the most part, Zipper will not be a linear storyline.

One comic will equal one complete story. All the stories will be standalone. This keeps all options open for me as the creator of the comic, and gives a freer hand to illustrators.

In the meantime, I will post the background information on the world as promised.

Best regards,
Made in DNA

PS Many thanks to Edgar H for giving us a shout out. You've just won yourself a free copy of the comic when it's finally published! Congrats!

"Zipper: By All Means" Character Montage

A montage of the main characters from ZIPPER: BY ANY MEANS.