I don’t remember how I first heard about “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah”, but I do know that the moment I laid hands on it I couldn’t put it down.
I read comic books alongside more “serious” material, and one thing I always found lacking in both were characters that my young homosexual self could relate to. The closest character I could latch on to was Storm, because that girl is fierce.
So to see the main character in a comic book be a gay man and a hilarious woman? It was like the Powers-That-Be thought it was about time my childhood was redeemed.
And it seemed like I wasn’t the only one who thought so! Not only did “Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah” get turned into a movie (see above clip) and a blockbuster musical, it won its creator Carlo Vergara the National Book Award in 2003. It was just so great for me to see a comic book with a gay sensibility achieve not just mainstream success but also critical acclaim as well.
It’s been a decade since then, and only now has Carlo Vergara come out with “Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila”, the long awaited sequel to his blockbuster work. Will it live up to the standards set by the first book? Or will I just be bitterly disappointed?