Sara Rising is a very special story about a teenage girl, an alien bounty hunter, an adaptive bio-weapon, alien gangsters, and an evil fast food manager — so, no, not your typical teenage angst tale. It is a Epic sci-fi tale that tells the story about Sara Vargas who is just your average 16-year-old high school student. Sara is something of a dreamer and well, like most high schoolers, is totally bored with her life. Needless to say, that is about to change. She is also something of a non-conformist and thus winds up being a target for the ire of the “it” girls in school. All of this changes on the day that she was going to meet her best friend Jess, when she spotted an alien spaceship that has crashed into a nearby lake.
Upon investigating the incident she discovers a transport canister containing an experimental power source — which she inadvertently activates. Sara absorbs the power it radiates into her young body, causing her to develop super-human abilities. As it turns out, the ship’s pilot is a member of an intergalactic law enforcement corps —had been on his way to his own retirement party when he was attacked by enemy ships. Now that Sara has these powers, he feels that he has an obligation to train her to use them until a rescue team arrives to them to their proper recipient. Meanwhile Sara must defend Earth from an incoming alien assault while still attempting to live a normal life.
Sara Rising is the pet project of cousins James and Emilio Rodriguez who teamed together because they discovered that they were both burning to tell some special stories. The story of Sara Vargas is one of many we have in the pipeline and is the one that is the subject of this Kickstarter campaign. We intend for the book to be an ongoing series. They tell us that while there is a definite end to the story are a little unsure as to exactly how many issues it will take to get there. The first issue runs 40 pages and is nearly finished (all that remains is 5 pages that need to be inked and colored). They plan on debuting an ashcan of the second issue at the NY Comic Con in October. Proceeds from the campaign will cover printing and production costs of the first and second issues, costs of attending the NY Comic Con, marketing costs, and commission costs for some of the rewards we are offering. They also have some very high-powered artists on hand ready to contribute to the campaign.
James and Emilio have indicated that they believe that there are actually very few challenges that will arise after the project is successfully funded. This is because they have already gone through all of the possible production delays and have gotten the story to exactly where they want it. As stated before, the first issue is completed save except for five pages that require inking and coloring, and they have already begun production on the second issue. They will be done with the ashcan well before the NY Comic Con in October because it will be comprised of 13 black and white pages and will not require the full production time of a 32-page color issue. The cousins tell us that they have hit a groove in terms of the production system that they have in place, and because they each play multiple roles in the production of the comic they can execute the work faster instead of having to hand it off to someone else.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.