Zawa #1

Zawa #1

Illustrated by: Michael Dialynas

Cover Art by: Michael Dialynas

Written by: Michael Dialynas

Release date: November 8th, 2023

Boom! Box

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

Trapped inside her mountain by pollution-spewing factories, the guardian spirit Zawa only has industrial waste to eat, leading her to a bitter existence of paranoia and destruction.

But when two siblings from a nearby village help her escape, they’ll quickly learn that the way to calming Zawa’s heart is through a well nourished stomach!

GLAAD Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Michael Dialynas (Wynd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) crafts a charmingly macabre eco-fable about nature, greed, the dangers of retribution, and good food shared among friends.

“Zawa #1” from Boom! Box, a sub-imprint of Boom! Studios, is a captivating journey into the world of guardian spirit Zawa, masterfully brought to life by the talented Michael Dialynas.

Set against a backdrop of pollution-spewing factories, the story takes us on a spellbinding adventure as we follow Zawa, the guardian spirit trapped inside her mountain sanctuary, surviving on an unsettling diet of industrial waste. Her existence is one of bitterness, paranoia, and destruction, mirroring the grim consequences of environmental neglect.

However, when two compassionate siblings from a nearby village intervene and aid Zawa’s escape, the story takes a heartwarming turn. Zawa’s heart, it turns out, is not won through violence but through the simple joys of a well-nourished stomach.

Dialynas weaves an enchanting eco-fable, rich with wit and wisdom. The narrative touches upon vital themes of nature, greed, the perils of retribution, and the power of friendship and good food. The comic’s ability to address these complex topics with charm and humor is a testament to Dialynas’ talent and storytelling prowess.

“Zawa #1” offers a fresh and original perspective on environmental concerns, wrapped in an engaging tale that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The characters are endearing, the artwork by Dialynas is simply mesmerizing, and the story’s underlying message resonates deeply.

Michael Dialynas, a GLAAD Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist, delivers a delightful first issue that leaves you eagerly anticipating more. It’s a must-read for comic enthusiasts, eco-conscious readers, and anyone who appreciates a story with heart and humor.

Don’t miss the beginning of this exceptional journey. Get ready to be enchanted by “Zawa #1” – a story that reminds us of the magic that can be found in the most unexpected places.

Zawa #1 is available on our weekly new comic book wall and can also be placed on your pull list.



An Enchanting Eco-Fable with Heart and Humor!

Colors - 9.4
Design - 9.7
Illustration - 9.2
Narrative - 9
Subplot - 9.1


In the debut issue of "Zawa," published by Boom! Box, written and beautifully illustrated by the talented Michael Dialynas, we enter a world where the guardian spirit Zawa finds herself imprisoned within her mountain sanctuary, surrounded by pollution-spewing factories. Her sole source of sustenance is industrial waste, leading her down a bitter path of paranoia and destruction. However, when two compassionate siblings from a nearby village extend a helping hand, they soon discover that the key to soothing Zawa's troubled heart lies in a well-nourished stomach!

Genre: Teen
Series: Zawa | Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
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