Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

14 years.

That’s how long I’ve been coordinating Seneca’s 3-Year Animation Advanced Diploma program.

I’ve been teaching at Seneca for the past 16 years, and 14 of those have included managing curriculum development, student issues, instructor schedules, budget projections, and evaluating portfolios.

Being Coordinator might be the longest and most consistent thing I’ve done in my life. I worked at UDON as an artist and project manager for 9 years. I’ve been freelance comic writing for 11 years. When Stacy and I started dating in 2007 I was already Animation Program Coordinator, so it’s been a constant through our entire relationship and marriage.

Until now.

Juggling both teaching and writing, two full-time careers running in tandem, has been a challenge at times. I’ve earned a few grey hairs thanks to it, but also wouldn’t trade it for anything. The friends I’ve made, projects I’ve been a part of, and places I’ve traveled to, it’s been such an incredible ride.

At the end of last year, we finished our 5-year program review. Animation broke records for applications and portfolios for the fourth year in a row. Our student body is enthusiastic and focused. Our instructors are top notch. Our graduates are working for some of the biggest animation, game, and special effect companies in the world. Seeing all that laid out in black and white in front of me, it felt like a good place to evaluate my own progress as well.

As I looked ahead to 2020 and beyond, I realized how much more would be required, both with the creative projects I have lined up and the expanding needs of one of the college’s most popular and successful programs. Something had to change, otherwise I’d burn out trying to keep doing it all at the same time.

So, I spoke to Mark Jones, a dear friend and Seneca’s Chair of Creative Arts, and requested a professional leave from the college. My professional leave starts late April 2020 and continues through to end of August 2021 – 16 months to focus on my writing and other creative development, working away on some stuff that’s already public along with a couple secret projects I’m excited to see come to life.

When I return after my leave, I won’t be picking back up the Coordinator mantle. After 14 years of building and running the Animation program, it’s time for someone else to take charge. Sean Craig, current Coordinator of our post-grad 3D Animation program and the 3rd year Digital Animation stream, is stepping up to take over. He and I have been discussing this changeover for many months and he has a rock-solid vision for where the program needs to be in the years ahead.

So, that’s the news. After April 22nd, I’ll be focused on writing and other creative endeavors along with expanding my travel schedule so Stacy and I can go places we’ve never been and spend more time in the places we enjoy. I get to see what it’s like to have one crazy creative career instead of two and a half. 

I got into this business (art, animation, comics, games, teaching, all of it) because I love storytelling. Getting to work with so many skilled people who love it as much as I do has been a dream.

What comes next? Keep watching and we’ll find out together as the future unfolds.

Wish me luck,
Jim

Screen Rant Talks D&D: Infernal Tides

SJ Twining from Screen Rant chatted with me about my ties to Dungeons & Dragons and all the fun Max Dunbar and I have had working on Infernal Tides, the latest D&D comic mini-series. Check it out!

CBC q Radio Interview

I spoke to Laurie Brown from CBC’s q radio program all about the effect Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop role-playing games have had on my life and creative career and the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides I helped work on. Give it a listen!

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in April 2020

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #8
JIM ZUB (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

SECRETS OF THE SPACE DRAGONS!
Fin Fang Foom is one of the mightiest creatures in the Marvel Universe and now he’s no longer alone! Can Broo and the other Agents of Wakanda unravel the mystery of this bizarre new “Legion of Foom” before their rampage destroys Avengers Mountain?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15
JIM ZUB (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by SKAN

MURDER IN THE PITS OF THE CRUCIBLE!
• CONAN’s fate is altered by the sudden murder of one of the contestants!
• But as all signs point to Conan’s guilt, has he fallen victim to a cruel betrayal…or a demonic possession clouding his actions?
• The Crucible tournament continues with its deadliest twist yet!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1 (of 3)
Jim Zub (W) • Carlos Magno (A) • COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
VARIANT COVER BY TBA

With the threat from the stars now reaching Earth, Captain America sends out the call for heroes to meet its advance across the globe! But in the far–off Antarctic Savage Land, Ka–Zar and the Agents of Wakanda have located an enemy offensive that could change the course of the conflict! Which Avengers will answer the call to this remote area and will they be able to cope with the strangeness they find there?
32 pages/Rated T …$3.99

Midnight’s Edge Interview

I spoke to Andre Einherjar from Midnight’s Edge about my comic writing career and excitement for taking over Conan the Barbarian at Marvel in February. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, so check it out.

Spoiler Country Podcast


I spoke to Casey, Jeff and the rest of the crew at Spoiler Country all about my current comic titles, including Conan the Barbarian, Serpent War, Dungeons & Dragons, and more!

Empyre: Avengers Begins in April!

Just announced on Marvel.com, I’m writing EMPYRE: AVENGERS, a special tie-in series to Marvel’s big Empyre event happening this summer.

“Empyre is all about an intergalactic threat targeting Earth, battling our heroes on multiple fronts, putting them on the defensive while the world hangs in the balance. EMPYRE: AVENGERS showcases three important conflicts with an eclectic group of Avengers, some who we haven’t seen as part of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in quite a while. Some of these Avengers are ones I’ve written in the past (on UNCANNY AVENGERS or AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) while others are characters I’ve been itching to write for years.”

“I don’t want to tip my hand too much, but I can also say that the Savage Land is one of the main locations for this tie-in and that brings Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil into the mix as well. Jungle action, heroic reunions, and big surprises. That’s what EMPYRE: AVENGERS is all about.”

Talking Conan, Avengers, and Dungeons & Dragons on Word Balloon!

Listen to “Comic Books Marvel writer Jim Zub On Conan D&D Avengers and Serpent War” on Spreaker.

John Siuntres and I get caught up on the Word Balloon Podcast after over two years since our previous conversation. We cover Conan the Barbarian in a big way, along with Serpent War, Avengers, the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons, conventions, and more! So much great material here.
Give it a listen!

0:00:00 John’s Introduction
0:04:06 Jim Interview Start – Taking over Conan the Barbarian
0:16:58 Conan: Serpent War – James Allison, Solomon Kane, and Dark Agnes
0:33:00 Intense fandom and reaching readers
0:40:22 Building the Avengers: No Surrender and No Road Home weekly stories
0:51:54 Dungeons & Dragons is back in a big way
1:09:20 Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons
1:13:53 The Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides
1:24:34 Playing Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop RPGs
1:28:50 The Convention Circuit – SDCC memories and more
1:34:58 Original art – browsing and buying
1:45:55 Hong Kong action movies and the wrap up

Super Powered Fancast Interview

I spoke to Deron at the Super Powered Fancast all about Conan the Barbarian, comic book writing, sword & sorcery, Black Panther, writing process, and more. Give it a listen.

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “…this very fun issue makes all the right moves. This is a super enjoyable science and superhero adventure to kick the year off right.”

Chillmonger: 8/10 “Character consistency. You can plug this T’Challa into any comic and he would fit.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “Deadpool’s arrival in the latest Black Panther And The Agents of Wakanda essentially turns this into another Deadpool comic, but if you’re a fan of that you’ll find nothing but laughs in this issue.”

Comic Book University: “A whole lot gets explained in here, a whole lot of Deadpool in this, and another one of those surprise endings.”

Comic-Watch: 7.6/10 “It’s a pretty straight forward adventure where Deadpool falls ass-backward into joining the team for a mission. Zub delivers a solid story, some pretty funny lines, and some exceptional surprises.”

Green Machine Comics: “This whole issue was amazing. I laughed the whole way through it.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.8/10 “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Tipstor: “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. We really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.5/10 “I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading this month after month. I came into this series blind; I’ve read only a very little Black Panther in the past, and now I’m hungry for more.”