ZsaZsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila Special Preview available on February 26

Follow the adventures of the sassy ZsaZsa Zaturnnah in the new graphic novel by Carlo Vergara.


Follow the new adventures of the sassy ZsaZsa Zaturnnah.  Click for more.


Can’t get enough of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, the voluptuous red-haired heroine who defends her small town province from Amazonistas, giant frogs and zombies?

Illustrator and graphic artist Carlo Vergara is launching a special preview to ZsaZsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila, a new set of illustrations which chronicle the new adventures of the sassy ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, the popular heroine in Vergara’s graphic novel, Ang Kagila-gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni ZsaZsa Zaturnnah (The Spectacular Adventures of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah) published in 2002.


The sequel follows Ada/ZsaZsa and Dodong’s adventures in Manila. Vergara, who started working on the sequel in May 2008, posted forty pages of the sequel on his blog and the published preview will include the first 26 pages of the sequel. According to Vergara, the sequel "will definitely be a bigger story with more characters and a more complex plot that, hopefully, readers will find interesting. Ada/ZsaZsa and Dodong arrive in Manila and move in with Gwyneth, the one who created the Zaturnnah costume. The Zaturnnah stone comes back, and Ada and Dodong meet a bunch of other characters who directly or indirectly put a strain on the Ada-Dodong tandem."

Limited copies of the 26-page preview will be available to those watching the February 26 shows of ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater.  Adds Vergara, "I hope to work fast enough to get the second part out by November, and the third part by early next year. Those interested can visit the Zaturnnah fan page on Facebook to check for updates."



ZsaZsa Zaturnnah was also made into a movie in 2006

Now on its 7th run, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal will be staged until March 13. Eula Valdes reprises her role as ZsaZsa Zaturnnah; Pinky Amador as Zaturnnah's nemesis, Queen Femina Suarestalla Baroux; and Rocky Salumbides, the new Dodong, ZsaZsa’s object of affection, in this year’s production. Adapted to a stage musical by Chris Martinez and directed by Chris Millado, the costumes for this year’s production is by radical designer Kermit Tesoro.

"I had to learn the fundamentals of making the actors move, dance, run, what have you, in a costume that shouts out the character," shares Tesoro who watched the trailers from the movie and read the graphic novel over and over again for reference, more than inspiration. "I took inspiration from the actors and added my own design sensibility."

Expect to see the cast garbed in nylon bodysuits, power knits and spandex, molded compressed fiber, beadwork and leather. Adds Tesoro, "I love all the characters. They all convey an essential psychological respect for the LGBT community. This is a story that can tackle one's awakening in a witty, political, and a very funny animated literature."


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