Wayward #1 Arrives Today!

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Hard to believe it’s finally here: Wayward #1 arrives in comic shops today.

For the past 10 months, Steve and I have been developing this creator-owned series and it’s an incredible feeling to finally see it out in the world. We hope you read it, enjoy it, and tell others all about it.

Projects like this are not just one person and although it’s common for me to say “my new creator-owned book” that’s not accurate. Beyond the fact that Steve and I are co-creators on this, there are quite a number of people I need to thank for their involvement and support.

Steve Cummings, thank you for working alongside me to develop this story while drawing your heart out. Your incredible dedication shows on every page.
John Rauch, thank you for enhancing Steve’s pages with incredible color and atmosphere.
Marshall Dillon, thank you for always sticking with me and doing more proofs on this issue than any other project we’ve worked on together. You tirelessly made lettering edits right up until we went to press.
Zack Davisson, thank you for your Japanese mythology consultation and wonderful essay back matter material.

Our variant cover artists: Alina Urusov, Jeff “Chamba” Cruz, Adam Warren, Tamra Bonvillain, Ross A. Campbell, Erik Larsen, Chip Zdarsky, and Kalman Andrasofszky. Thank you for creating eye-popping artwork to help grab attention, near and far.

Eric Stephenson, Ron Richards, Kat Salazar, Meredith Wallace, Addison Duke, Jonathon Chan, Branwyn Bigglestone and everyone else at the Image Comics office. Thank you for your support and your role as a creator-owned publisher that truly empowers creators to make the books they’ve always dreamed of.

Thank you also to:
Charles Soule, for your invaluable advice and support.
Nishi Makoto, for Japanese language/lettering help.
Chris Butcher and the Beguiling, for arranging the Wayward launch party (happening tonight!).
Brandon Seifert, for introducing me to Zack.

Thank you to the many retailers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support Wayward, including Happy Harbor Comics, Strange Adventures, Third Eye Comics, and the Phantom retail group.

Last but not least, thank you to my family and friends. Thank you for listening, sharing, understanding, and patiently accepting stressful days and neurotic nights as we built momentum to get this out the door. None of this would be possible without your love.

We’ve set up a fan email address where you can let us know what you think of Wayward (and we’re compiling the letters page for issue #2 this week, so please send us messages ASAP). Email
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and include “OK To Print” with your message if you’re okay with us possibly including your letter in a future issue.

Wayward Interview and Exclusive Preview on USA Today!

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Brian Truitt at USA Today just posted up an interview with Steve and I all about Wayward (#1 in stores tomorrow!), including an exclusive first sneak peak at issue #2!

Click on through to check it out!

Zub at Fan Expo 2014!

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The summer is almost over, so it’s time for the country’s big pop culture extravaganza, Fan Expo Canada. I’ll be at the show all four days and you can find me at TABLE P32.

This year will be extra special as I’ll be there celebrating the launch of WAYWARD, my new creator-owned comic series being published by Image. If you’re in town for the convention it would also be wonderful to see you at the official Wayward Launch Party happening Wednesday night, hosted by The Beguiling.

Fan Expo Canada has an exclusive Wayward #1 variant cover illustrated by local artist (and awesome all around guy) Kalman Andrasofszky, which you can check out here:
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I’ll have a bunch of great stuff available at my table: Wayward, Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Pathfinder, Makeshift Miracle, and a whole lot more. Bring comics to get signed. Buy comics. Chat comics. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

Here are table listings for Wayward alt cover artists at the show:
Adam Warren: Table P110C
Alina Urusov: Table P8
Kalman Andrasofszky: Table P19

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Wayward Launch Party! Wed 6-8pm

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On Wednesday WAYWARD #1 arrives at comic shops everywhere and Wednesday night we’re throwing an official launch party here in Toronto!

WAYWARD LAUNCH PARTY
WED AUGUST 27th
at GUU SAKABAR
559 Bloor Street West, Toronto
6-8pm (presentation at 7pm)

I’ll be there along with cover artists Alina Urusov, Adam Warren, Kalman Andrasofszky, and Chip Zdarsky. It will probably be the only place where you’ll be able to pick up every variant cover for the first issue (along with a super rare Japanese language doujinshi version and a special cover postcard set) and get them signed at the same time.

Guu Sakabar is an award-winning Japanese izakaya with fantastic food and drink. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city and I’m absolutely thrilled to be celebrating the launch there with my dear friends from The Beguiling.

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Samurai Jack #11 Reviews

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Samurai Jack #11 arrived in comic shops this week and it kicks off a new epic 5 part storyline. Andy Suriano and I are working hard to deliver the goods and push Jack into new territory. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it!

IGN: 8.8/10 “Jack fans will definitely want to check out this issue.”

Comic Crusaders: 5/5 “The team stays true to the character’s artistic roots and delivers a book that could easily serve as a storyboard for an episode of the popular Cartoon Network series.”

Unleash the Fanboy: 8.5/10 “In short: this was a really good comic that absolutely deserves a spot on your pull-list.”

Comic Bastards: 4/5 “I love this new issue and the flow of the story.”

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “Zub’s penchant for humor both subtle and not so subtle is once again a big part of the story too and he continues to show a proper understanding of what makes the character work as well as he does.”

Reading Pictures: “Jim Zub and Andy Suriano have done absolutely everything right with this book and the eleventh issue is no exception.”

Comic Therapy: 4.5/5 “Samurai Jack kicks its next big story off with a surprising bang.”

The Outhousers: “Zub and Suriano have crafted a strong story that Jack has yet to face before, one that leaves his hopes figuratively and literally shattered.”

Sean Network: 9/10 “They’re on their A-game. I can’t say enough about it.”

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The Disney Kingdoms: Figment series keeps rolling along defying expectations and all of us on the creative team couldn’t be happier about it.

• Figment #3 has sold out and is receiving a second printing! Wonderful! Here’s a look at the purple-centric cover art:

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• The Disneyland Gazette reviewed our first 3 issues and liked what they found:
“So far this series has really impressed me, and I can’t wait to read the last two issues.”

• The Laughing Place Disney fansite interviewed me about working on the series and you can check that out HERE.

• The hardcover collected edition of our story arrives in November. Here’s the solicit:
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FIGMENT HC
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

The next great Disney adventure is here — starring one of Disney’s most popular characters! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created a purple dragon called Figment!

Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Clockwork Control invades London while the intrepid explorers are trapped within the Nightmare Nation, the only obstacles standing between the Singular and total domination are Dreamfinder, Figment and their newfound friends!

Acclaimed and uniquely talented creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to Epcot’s mind-bending attraction, Journey into Imagination! Collecting FIGMENT #1-5.

136 PGS./All Ages … $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9099-8
Trim size: oversized

Wayward #4 Solicitation

Arriving in November… Pre-order now!

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WAYWARD #4
story: JIM ZUB
art: STEVE CUMMINGS & JOHN RAUCH
cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & ROSS A. CAMPBELL
cover B: PHILIP TAN

NOVEMBER 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

IMAGE COMICS’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION!
A storm rages across Tokyo while secrets are uncovered below the city streets.

“Masterful and authentic”
-Ain’t It Cool News

Skullkickers #30 Reviews

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Skullkickers #30, our special “Tavern Tales Through Time” issue, arrived in stores Wednesday. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…

Newsarama: “good laughs with a healthy mix of weirdness”

FA Comics: 4/5 “This will provide you the biggest laughs of the week, so much so that nothing else this week comes close.”

Geeks Of Doom: “a great take on role-playing and fantasy tropes”

Comic Bastards: “Both of the guest artists have a wonderful style.”

Bag & Bored: 4.5/5 “The art is great all around, really delivering a fun and dynamicness from both Chamba and FooRay”

Wayward Interview on Comic Related

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Stephen Walker from Comic Related spoke to Steve and I about Wayward, the influences we’re bringing to the series, and what readers can expect to see once the series launches. Give it a read!

Pathfinder Vol. 2 Arrives Wednesday!

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The second Pathfinder comic collection, Of Tooth And Claw, arrives in comic and gaming shops on Wednesday (and will be available at the Paizo booth for those of you heading to Gen Con this week). Here’s a preview you can read.

Building on the character development that started in our first volume, I really feel like we hit a solid stride with this one. The group is already established so we’re able to concentrate on the adventure at hand and the effect it has on the party members. As much as the Pathfinder cast represent the “iconic” versions of each character class, I wanted to ensure that their story wasn’t just about stereotypical characters going through the motions as they stride through dungeon encounters.

Working with Paizo on the Pathfinder comic series has been a real joy. The whole team is incredibly passionate about games and storytelling and they provide a lot of great feedback without ever trying to steer the story away from the core elements I think are important. From initial story brainstorming, through production and editorial it’s a real team effort, through and through.

If you’re a gaming fan then the Pathfinder comic is an easy fit and, even if you’re not, I’ve written the story so you can easily jump into our adventurous sword & sorcery world without any prior knowledge.

Here’s what’s available so far:
Pathfinder Vol. 1: Dark Waters Rising (collects issues #1-6)
Pathfinder Vol. 2: Of Tooth and Claw (collects issues #7-12 and the Pathfinder Special)
Pathfinder: City of Secrets (our current mini-series that picks up from issue 12 and the Special)

Also:
Pathfinder: Goblins (a mini-series with crazy goblin short stories by various creators)


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Pathfinder Vol. 1
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(issues #1-6 plus extras)

Paizo’s incredible award-winning fantasy world, fiction line, and tabletop RPG is now the ultimate fantasy comic from Dynamite Entertainment. With an action-packed story written by Jim Zub and detailed artwork by newcomer Andrew Huerta, this first volume introduces readers to a richly envisioned fantasy world filled with compelling characters and impressive sights.
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Pathfinder Vol. 2
Of Tooth and Claw

(issues #7-12 plus extras)

When Valeros and his companions are tasked with tracking down a mysterious beast scaring the locals of Sandpoint, they find far more than they bargained for! A seemingly simple monster hunt becomes a twisted tale of danger and betrayal as the Cult of Lamashtu exacts its revenge on our iconic heroes.
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