Zay Escobar was created in November 2013 and comics have been produced since said date. It takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and focuses on the life and exploits of Zay Escobar, with his two closest friends Vic and Shabba. Although most of the comic's content is light-hearted, early on the series was meant mostly ironically, hence its bizarre, nonsensical nature.
Many animators and artists, such as David Rappoccio, Butch Hartman, Maxwell Atoms, Trey Stone, Matt Parker, etc. were cited as big influences on Mr.Zaya's own work. The biggest inspirations for Zay Escobar, however, are both South Park and Cyanide and Happiness. Team Escobar, the collective name of the original creators, all had similar interests in entertainment, specifically animation and video games. These inspirations helped create a series reflecting the liking they took to it.
Early Stages (2013-2015)
Zay Escobar began in November 2013 as an image of a boy holding a video game in hand as a joke to fellow CSFW user SS3K. At the time, the boy had no name. However, later that same day, he was given a Persona and his own comic, and thus Zay Escobar became a series. The comics featured intentionally bad visuals. In spite of this, the comic was eventually taken more seriously, and the art style evolved over time.
The original series spanned over 100 comics; however, after the series taking a turn much to the creator, Mr.Zaya's dismay, he decided to reboot it in 2015 (however, a comic would not be posted again for over 2 years). The original cast of writers were credited as Mr.Zaya, ZexalSlash, BlurayOriginals, ApolloFlare and LegionDX.
The comic series was successful in its own right despite its lack of exposure, spanning 108 comics in almost two years between November 17, 2013 to July 19, 2015.
Contemporary & Post-Reboot Era (2015-Present)
In June 2015, creator Mr.Zaya decided to reboot the series after becoming disgruntled with how the series was executed after he concluded to draw Zay Escobar comics anymore. Although the series was meant to deviate from the original production, it was ultimately decided that Zay Escobar would keep its integrity.
The Escobar Chronicles
A spinoff of the comics known as the Escobar Chronicles was written, and it had a more profound story telling style than the main series. Although the series is canon, none of the events so far have been directly translated into the main series' comic. Currently, 6 stories have been completed.
The series had seemingly ended during 2015, as Mr.Zaya voiced discontent with the direction of the comics. However, he did not want to end it, but restart it. The series was further pushed back as little interest was shown for it. In a conversation, BlurayOriginals apologized to Mr.Zaya on account of what was made of the comics towards the end of its original run.
As of October 10, 2017, the two-year hiatus of Zay Escobar has been broken. This would be the first comic created by Mr.Zaya in over three years; his last installment being published on May 5, 2014. Although the original illustrating crew such as BlurayOriginals and LegionDX have not published an issue, Zay Escobar is back to daily releasing.
Zay Escobar- Zion "Zay" Escobar is the main protagonist and is the namesake character of the series. His two best friends are Shabba Clay and Vic Shiggy. A strong-willed teenager, Zay is capable of getting the best of a situation often.
Shabba Clay-The cool guy with the cool guy shades. Shabba is a lifetime friend of Zay and Vic. Like Zay he is very nonchalant, but still tends to be sensible.
Vic Shiggy- Vic is the third in the three. He is unwilling to get involved in antics with Zay and Shabba at times but he still makes things work.
Crispy McChicken- Crispy McChicken, or Jaire, is another member in the Escogang. Although he is portrayed as very immature, he has had his moments.
Shelbye Harris- Shelbye is Zay's girlfriend. She is caring and warmhearted, and dreams of being a professional tennis player. Shelbye is also very intelligent.
Jeoff Escobar- Elder brother of Zay, more or less a role model to him. Jeoff is a senior at Darien High and is the starting tight end on the school's varsity football team.
Johnny "Nopac" Tora - One of the Escogang's best friends.
Mikaela Renee - Mikaela is Johnny's girlfriend.
Yoyo Killa- Other than Vic and Shabba, Yoyo is perhaps Zay's closest friend, as Zay sees him like a slightly younger brother. In fact, Zay is very confident of Yoyo's strength. He is an avid collector of various weapons, particularly swords and guns. At times, Zay joins him and Icey on misadventures.
Icey- Surname unknown. In terms of character, Icey is a greater Jonathan. He has gotten into self inflicted trouble, and he also apparently suffers from incontinence. He and Johnny are two of the wide receivers on the Darien Condors football team. He has, or at least had, a crush on Shelbye.
Jonathan Sanchez- Perhaps the butt monkey of the series, Jonathan never gets the better end of a situation but still miraculously takes hardships in stride in the same vein that Icey does.
Clay Matthews- The linebacker of the Green Bay Packers. He is often depicted as a burly and very powerful man. One of the first famous people portrayed in Zay Escobar.
James Kehler- The seventh grade English teacher at Parkgraw Middle School. He was likeable, but he was often made fun of because of his Kool-Aid obsession.
http://chillsonicfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Zay_Escobar_(Comic) - Main article
http://chillsonicfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Zay_Escobar_Creator_Archive_2013/2014 - Archive of comics created in 2013 and 2014
http://chillsonicfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Zay_Escobar_Creator_Archive_2015 - Archive of comics created in 2015
- Throughout the comics, there are several easter eggs that reflect other series liked by the illustrators.
- Zay Escobar's name was originally going to be Barry Escobar; however, this name was instead used for his father, Barry Escobar, Sr.
- In spite of Zay Escobar being vulgar at the times, the main three characters are seldom seen swearing.
- Initially, Zay Escobar was going to take place in Maryland, possibly in Baltimore, MD, which is Bluriginals' hometown. Once, even at one point it was set in fictional Jerston (which would include the real-world states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio). Although the series takes place in fictional Philadelphia, many of the city's elements are portrayed through the likeness of both Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ, the latter being Mr.Zaya's hometown.