Kagan McLeod. Artist. Writer. Absolute Fuckin’ Hunk. Illustrator of the “hit” comic book Kaptara.
Kagan is many things, but one thing he is not, is generous. I’ve been his friend for almost fifty years and he will absolutely disappear to the washroom when the check appears. And when he comes back he’ll be drenched in water, screaming to the server that “your toilet tried to kill me” and demanding that his meal be on the house.
So it surprised me when he emailed to say that he had a great idea for this week’s Kaptara post. “I love my fans,” he said. “They’re everything to me. I wish I could go to everyone’s house for a nice meal and thank them in person. But because of this SCAMdemic, it’s just not possible. So maybe we could have a random giveaway of some of my most cherished Kaptara illustrations?”
I was floored. Was this the same Kagan who once came over to my house, borrowed twenty dollars from me, went to the washroom, then came out soaking wet shouting, “your toilet tried to kill me! I had to use your twenty to clog it! Can I borrow another twenty?”
Obviously, I said yes. So here, on zdarsky.substack.com, we’re having a…
KAPTARA ART GIVEAWAY!
ALL you have to do, loyal subscribers, is to leave a comment below naming your favourite KAPTARA CHARACTER! In a week’s time I’ll do a random draw and then MAIL ORIGINAL ART at no cost to you, the paid member of our exclusive club!
Here are the pieces, which will be referred to as KaptarArt going forward!
1: Issue 1, page 20
A rare issue one full page of KaptarArt! And yes, Kagan adds warm and cool tones to his pages even though they’re going to be coloured later! Why does he do this? “Because I can probably get another twenty when I sell it.” Huh! The artistic process is fascinating!
2: Issue 3, page 14
Another full page! This one features fan-favourites Melvon and The Glomps! Honestly between you and me this page is disgusting and I don’t know how you’d explain it to your friends when they come over to your house for a nice dinner and see a nude old man seemingly break his own bones after a troll licked jam off of him. Good luck!
3: Issue 6, page 16
Unlike previous issues, Kagan now works in pieces. When I asked him why that is, he said, “I can sell half a page for the same price as a full page and no one’s the wiser.” I told him that, realistically, EVERYONE would be “the wiser” because they’d receive half a page and know he ripped them off. He said, “but by then I’m gone with all their twenties” and gave me a grin that I can only describe as “lascivious”.
4: Issue 6, page 18
Even though this is, at best, 1/8 of a page, I actually really love it. A nice tender moment between Keith and Manton! Good job, Kagan!
5: Issue 7, page 1
If there’s one thing Kagan loves to draw it’s muscles and plants. Technically two things, but on the world of Kaptara? The same thing.
6: Issue 7, page 4
Ooo! A rare cat-tank illustration! Once we sell the rights to a plush-toy company THIS illustration is going to be worth a looooooot of money!
7: Issue 7, page 4, part 1 and 2
A majestic blow page! Did you know that Dartor’s hair was based off of Who’s The Boss era Judith Light? It’s true! Dartor blows AND blowdrys!
Obviously this is a matching set. You can’t just hang one of these in your home. People will either go “what did he blow at” or “where did the blow come from,” which is an exhausting conversation that you should avoid at all costs.
8: Issue 7, page 15
A majestic hero shot! Those cat-tanks mean business! The business of being adorable!
9: Issue 8, page 1
The nice thing about this illustration is that you can add your own motivational saying to Motivational Orb’s body! Kagan suggests “a toilet is an opportunity waiting to happen” or “flush until you’re flush”.
lol whatever you say, Kagan!
10: Issue 8, page 6
And finally! A majestic clash between exes! If you win this you don’t have to explain Glomps or broken old men or cat tanks! It’s just old-fashioned sexy men clashing! Everyone understands that!
So yeah! COMMENT BELOW with your favourite Kaptara character and you could win one of these lovely pieces, mailed at NO COST to you! We’ll announce our winners next Friday! And if you can’t leave a comment that’s because you’re not a paid subscriber!
See you next week!
Chip (& Kagan for twenty dollars)
Keith is my favourite because he’s a human being and not a DISGUSTING FREAK like all the other weirdos in this comic!
In the time it took me to sign in, I changed my mind about fifteen times, so I'm going to call it a draw for She-La and Manton. (And the Motivational Orb.)