Behind the Scenes Look at "Sanctum"

10 Mar 2017


The comic book series Sanctum is being produced as a TREE Academy Passion Project. Its authors are Kobie Dozier, Jason May-Suzuki, and Cheickna Semega.  The project started a few months ago and will continue to be developed as we progress in the school year.
Evergreen was recently granted behind-the-scenes access to a draft of Sanctum’s debut issue. So we sat down to talk to its creators and found out more about the project.
Sanctum started back in September when Kobie, a student at TREE, began drawing anime characters. Then Jason approached Kobie and discussed a plan to develop a comic book series. The third member, Cheickna, was then offered a spot as an artist after Jason and Kobie agreed that they needed more help with their project.

​​The main protagonists are named after the creators, except for a character that is inspired by one of their friends.

The four-man group of characters is thus named Caru, Kobie, Chiekna, and Jason. Together they set off on many different adventures to try and complete their goals. In many ways, the story, the art, and the page layouts have been inspired by many animes such as Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Ball, and more. The authors have put a lot of heart into their characters and have spent a lot of time developing them.


The Origin of the Characters

The creators decided to give us some information on the background of Sanctum — such as character origins, abilities, and so on.


Kobie was 7 when he obtained his "Sanctum". The sanctum is an ability you receive after going through hard times. It is an ability that is awakened in such moments, and the abilities it gives each person is unique and different for everyone. Kobie’s sanctum, however, wasn’t by natural occurrence. His sanctum was made by Dr.Mono, the main villain of Sanctum’s second arc. Kobie was abducted and tested until his "sanctum" was awakened by unnatural means. He was met by another captured child named Mist whom he nicknamed “M”.


Chiekna was living by himself (which is how he gets his sanctum) and got money for food and water off an underground organization for talented people with strong sanctums. Usually, these fights would be hosted at abandoned stadiums. He was the champion for a while, but once someone came to fight him with a stronger sanctum he was destroyed. He then found him for a rematch in chapter one.


Work On Sanctum 

The authors of Sanctum have learned how hard it is to create a masterpiece. They first had to come up with an idea for a comic book, then they had to write and illustrate the book. The last things are inking, printing about 4 copies for promotional purposes and around 20 for sale. The plan for distributing is up in the air as the authors are not sure how to actually sell comic books just yet.


All of the illustrations and pages of writing take a lot of work. It usually takes a week or two to finish a chapter. Sometimes if the writers are able to concentrate and work harder on Sanctum, they can get about three chapters done a week.


So far we have completed 7 chapters and are going to print out and make copies for sale. The authors have now appreciated what other writers for comic books have done, “It takes a lot of time,” says the team of Sanctum authors.
Beyond Sanctum

The authors say that although Sanctum is their main project right now, when they are ready they plan to expand more, and create different comics for more enjoyment. Although the authors don't know how long Sanctum is going to take, they are sure that it will be a great experience. Not only for them but also the people reading it. 

Authors Jason May-Suzuki, Kobie Dozier, and Cheickna Semega have stated that they enjoy writing Sanctum and hope to keep writing it as long as they can.


The authors have also guaranteed that the experience will hopefully push them towards becoming more than just Sanctum. Nothing has been officially released, however one of the authors Kobie Dozier wants to do a zombie apocalypse story.










Please reload

Our Latest Stories

May 29, 2019

 The Gabriella Foundation was founded twenty years ago to honor Gabriella Axelrad, who loved to dance. Unfortunately, Gabriella passed away in a biking accident in Grand Teton National Park while on a biking trip with her family in 1999. A report in the Los Angeles Tim...

May 29, 2019

Heritage is an important asset in which everyone should value. 2019 marks the 100th year since Koreans protested in a non-violent declaration for the rights of independence. 

The March 1st Movement, also called Sam-Il Jeol, is an important date that is widely celebrated...

May 29, 2019

Elon Musk has designed exciting products over the last few years, and as of a few weeks ago under his electric car company has released a surfboard.

The surfboards, however, will cost you a pretty penny initially selling for $1500, they are now reselling for around $250...

May 29, 2019

Most people know what optimism and pessimism are: optimism being when people act positively, and pessimism being when people act negatively. However, very few people really know what they are in regard to your brain's functionality and how they impact your life.

To begi...

May 29, 2019

Our personal lives highly revolve around technological advancements. 

The CEO of Ory Laboratory, 27-year-old Kentaro Yoshifuji, grew up suffering physically and mentally due to stress and illness. He was not able to attend primary school for three and a half years becau...

May 29, 2019

Guy Montag is a firefighter in a dystopian society set in the distant future. However he does not put out fires, he starts them. Fahrenheit 451, in which Guy Montag is the protagonist, was written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1953.

The government has people like...

Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen-year-old girl living in the distant future, in a fictional version North America. This area, called Panem, is split into twelve districts. Each district has its own specialization -- such as luxury items in District 1,  or lumber in Distri...

May 29, 2019

The blowout at the Aliso Canyon oil field in Porter Ranch became one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S history. It lasted for 108 days from October 2015 through February 2016. This large uncontrolled natural gas leakage was escaping from the Canyon’s undergro...

May 29, 2019

Coffee is currently the most prominent drug in the world, it is also the number two traded commodity. As these facts indicate, coffee has become a worldwide product, but what makes coffee so popular, and what caused it to become as widespread as it is today.

According t...

May 29, 2019

With Unicorns becoming more and more popular in modern culture, I decided to begin a search to find out where they came from, and how they became so popular.

Unicorns were first depicted in early Mesopotamian artworks but gradually made its way up to China, and India. U...

Please reload