Jazz Maynard

Jazz Maynard

No matter how far you run, trouble will always follow you home.

Jazz Maynard is a mystery.  A jazz trumpeter on the surface, he also hides a variety of skills best kept secret, the sort of skills best applied to crime and espionage.  The sort of skills that come in handy when discovering his long-lost sister in the grip of seedy New York sex traffickers.  Sweeping to her rescue and ushering her back home to Barcelona, a labyrinth of trouble opens up beneath his feet, dropping him into a tangled web of intrigue and danger that most men would not survive. But Jazz Maynard is not most men.

A hard-boiled, high-octane crime noir series.

Written by: Raule
Illustrated by: Roger

Jazz Maynard was born in the slums of Barcelona, surrounded by the sort of criminal element that gets under your skin for good.  He tried to escape their influence by  moving to New York City, but after ten years of living by his own rules, his past caught up with him, forcing him back to the streets that groomed him.  Shadows of his former life have been waiting for him, and its time for him to face the inescapable.

Now, Jazz and his childhood friend Teo are not enjoying their unexpected reunion.  Jazz just returned from New York, where just three days earlier, he received a desperate letter from his long-lost sister, who had fallen in with bad company.  Jazz did what any good brother would do – he rescued her from the bad company and whisked her back home to Barcelona, the homeland he left 10 years earlier.  But it didn’t take long for trouble to catch up with him.  Three days, in fact.

Old criminal relationships are renewed, and Jazz’s skills as a thief and bodyguard are put on display, forced into various underground jobs by foes both old and new.  It becomes pretty clear why Jazz might have left, but the question now is whether he will ever be able to leave again…

A complex tale of anti-heroes and criminal agendas in deadly competition, with our Hero trapped in the middle.


5/5 stars

“You could feel the music coming off the page and that was just magical.” “The writing is great, don’t get me wrong, but the artwork is where so much of the storytelling and personality oozes from.”

Coverless Reviews

a hectic and furious action show of lines and colors

“For a furious read of action, violence, sex and mischief, this is damn good stuff. “

Collected editions:

  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Format: hardcover with spotUV and curved corners
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″
  • Cover Price: $19.99


Vol.1 - The Barcelona Trilogy
Vol.2 - The Iceland Trilogy

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Raule, Writer

Born November 10, 1971, in Spain, Raule briefly attended animation classes at the Joso School before launching the fanzine “Tribulaciones” in 1993 with the cartoonist Mr. Chaves. Both won the “Prize for Best Draft Drawing” in the Comic Contest of El Prat del Llobregat. In 1994, the duo created “Lady Down” for the magazine “De Tebeos” published in Almería. In 1995 and 1996, they collaborated in the first and last issue of “Ryu” for the Camaleón editions, a manga magazine bringing together several Hispanic authors, and produced “Violencia Sonica”, a mini-series of 4 episodes compiled into a volume in 1997.  It was then that Raule began an exclusive collaboration with Roger Ibáñez in “Otaku”, the manga magazine published by Norma. In 1999, with Roger handling art tasks, he worked for “Penthouse Comix”. In 2002 and 2003, they published “Hole’n’Virgin”, “Amores muertos” and “Cabos sueltos” together with Amaníaco. Presented at the Barcelona Comic Fair, this latest title attracted the screenwriter JD Morvan (“Al Togo” – “Reality Show”) who submitted the work to French publisher Dargaud. From there, launched the annual BD Festival in Angoulême 2004, the triptych project “Jazz Maynard” was born. The first of three albums was released in June 2007.

Roger, Artist

Roger Ibanez Ugena studied comics at Joso School in Spain. In 1993, he directed several short humorous comics for the fanzine “GN” and, in 1994, he won the first manga contest of Éditions Norma publishing in the manga magazine “Otaku”, featuring several of his short stories. For Cameleon Editions, he drew the periodical “Sukube” and “Hiromi”. From 1999 to 2001, he created over a dozen stories with writer Raule for the magazine “Penthouse Comix” published by El Jueves. Under the pseudonym Nono, he also produces comics for various American erotic magazines including “Sizzle” published by NBM. In 2002 and 2003, he and RAULE created “Hole’n’Virgin”, “Amores muertos” and “Cabos sueltos” for Amaniaco Editions. These last projects attracted the attention of screenwriter JD Morvan, who submitted the work to French publisher Dargaud, who signed the duo to create “Jazz Maynard”, which debuted at the annual BD festival in Angoulême in 2004.