Next week the AVENGERS-MONSTERS UNLEASHED Special arrives in stores. 30 pages of big action and lots of quips written by me with art by the incredible Sean Izaakse and Frankie D’Armata! I spoke to Newsarama all about what it was like to write the Avengers and what readers can expect from this gargantuan story. Check it out!
Fan-favorite writer Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS) and red-hot new artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, All-New Wolverine) will release the first trade paperback collection of their explosive horror series GLITTERBOMB this March from Image Comics.
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water: something ready to exact revenge on the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray.
“GLITTERBOMB is a very special project for Djibril and I,” said Zub. “Delving into the dark heart of celebrity with wonderful collaborators like K. Michael Russell, Marshall Dillon, and Holly Raychelle Hughes has been a thrill. We’re excited for readers to read this opening salvo as we reload and take aim at new targets in the next story arc.”
The entertainment industry feeds on our insecurities, desires, and fears. You can’t toy with those kinds of primal emotions without them biting back…
GLITTERBOMB, VOLUME 1: RED CARPET (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0051-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 1st and bookstores Tuesday, March 7th. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN170804 and is available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.
Select praise for GLITTERBOMB:
“A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this.” —Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)
“A dynamite debut.” —IGN
“GLITTERBOMB is a scathing look at fame and our quest for it.” —Horror Talk
“Taut, human, creepy s**t. Finding a new angle on the Hollywood meat factory is hard as hell, but this is all kinds of neat.” —Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
“The horror of GLITTERBOMB comes from a very real, very dark place.” —Newsarama
“Sharply written and drawn, with deft insight into the trappings of celebrity culture, GLITTERBOMB just might be the ultimate Hollywood horror story.” —Karen Berger (Founder of DC’s Vertigo imprint)
The newest Dungeons & Dragons comic mini-series launched this week and the response to our first issue has been fantastic! Thank you to everyone who sent supportive messages. D&D as a whole seems to be on an upswing as of late and it’s a thrill to be a small part of it. Let’s see what critics thought of our first chapter…
• Adventures in Poor Taste: “They each have unique personalities and their conversations seemed more natural and less cliched than you might expect from a D&D book, where it would have been easy to fall into familiar archetypical fantasy dialogue and tropes.”
• Big Comic Page: 8/10 “There’s some genuinely terrific stuff in Diaz’s line work, particularly in a mid-issue action sequence, where his excellent panel staging and the lovely contrasts between characters, effects and environments in Ribeiro’s color-work combine beautifully.”
• Comic Bastards: 8/10 “Good writing and solid art make for a fun read for any fantasy fan.”
• Comic Book University: “Combining my two favorite hobbies: comic books and Dungeons & Dragons. I’m loving this!”
• Couchman’s Corner: “More than a few panels have a sort of baroque feel to them, and I adore it. You can feel the weariness of the characters, the sense of sorrow and bitterness that’s enfolding them.”
• Court of Nerds: 10/10 “The narrative Jim Zub has crafted with these heroes is nothing short of brilliant. It’s compelling, fast paced, and keeps the reader hungry for more.”
• Fanbase Press: “a wonderful jump-start into this fantasy world. Not only are the illustrations so lively you’ll want to wrap yourself in a blanket to keep warm, the colors are as bold as the characters who hope to survive and defend one another.”
• GWW: “I am in love with Jim Zub’s writing style as he brings to comic book life the campaigns and adventures you would find around a tabletop full of dice, supported of course by the WotC campaigns.”
• Multiversity: “Tensions are high and time is running short, and it does a great job of making us fear for the safety of the characters.”
• Newsarama: 9/10 “Capturing the energy of a well plotted campaign is no easy feat but Frost Giant’s Fury #1 is so fun you can practically hear the dice roll.”
• Pop Mythology: “It’s got everything a game player could love. You can’t help but feel like you are sitting around a table populated with gamers when you read this book.”
• Reading With a Flight Ring: “The creativity and imagination in bringing these Giants to life, not to mention their new ally Saarvin, is utterly delightful. “
Wayward #19 arrived in stores last week. What did reviewers think of it? Read on and find out…
• Big Glasgow: 9.6/10 “Wayward is a very pleasant series, very entertaining without ever being dull or excessively simplified”
• Geeked Out Nation: 8.3/10 “Wayward finds new ways each month to further our investment in this world, and this issue was no exception.”
• Horror Talk: 8/10 “Writer Jim Zub is moving the characters around as if they were on a chessboard. All of the pieces were just knocked astray and now they’re slowly moving into their new positions”
• Under the Comic Covers: “This whole arc is setting up the scenario for the future.”
As I’ve done in years past, I try to use this post to sum up the year that was. 2016 was such a strange and turbulent time around the world and that made it even more surreal as I personally had a banner year in my work and personal life.
In May, Stacy and I traveled to Japan for a 6-week sabbatical, mixing in a few work-related events with an extended stay in Tokyo along with a half dozen other locations. It was something we’d been planning for the past two years and really was the trip of a lifetime. So many wonderful experiences and such meaningful time spent together, it’s hard for me to even describe. It strengthened the bond between the two of us and got us thinking about future travel opportunities.
After the big course curriculum changes in 2015, this year was way smoother by comparison. It’s my tenth year as Coordinator of Seneca’s Animation program and so I have a pretty good feel for the hills and valleys that come up as each term rolls along. With a record number of applicants to the program, the current group of students is one of the strongest we’ve ever had the fortune of teaching. I’m excited to watch their skills develop.
Comic-wise, I thankfully had far more highs than lows. I finally had the chance to tackle a monthly superhero series at Marvel with the new Thunderbolts, and the repercussions of delivering on that looks like it’ll ripple into 2017 and beyond. More news on that as we head into the Spring.
Launching Glitterbomb, a new creator-owned comic series at image, was an especially wonderful opportunity. Pushing my storytelling skills with something unexpected and working with rock solid newcomer Djibril Morissette-Phan has been a blast. We’ve got fun plans for the second arc arriving later in 2017.
Wayward continues and the whole team has been so incredibly consistent and wonderful that I need to make sure I don’t take any of it for granted. In an industry where even Marvel and DC series can struggle to make it past issue 12 we’ve just sent our 20th issue off to press, which is a heck of a milestone. On that front as well, we’ve got exciting plans I can’t wait to share with all of you.
Dungeons & Dragons, Street Fighter Legends: Cammy, the upcoming Freelance series and Monsters Unleashed: Avengers – I feel like I’ve hit a good groove in terms of material that exemplifies what I do best and collaborators who I work really well with.
I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to teach, write and create, working with and meeting so many amazing people. I know things look bumpy for the year ahead, but my fingers are crossed that we’ll all be able to weather the storm. Wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year.
Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury #4
Jim Zub (w) • Netho Diaz (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
Stowing away on a frost giant greatship to discover the location of their hidden base amongst the glaciers of the north? Sounds like a plan…a very dangerous plan. Sharpen your swords and pack your hamsters, adventure awaits!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
– Dungeons & Dragons is seeing a renaissance with the release of the fifth edition rules in late 2014. Hundreds of thousands of players are returning to D&D or embarking on their first adventures and they’re hungry for extra content.
– This new D&D story ties into the Storm King’s Thunder event that runs across multiple RPG products, novels, and video games.
– This series continues with the cast from the hit Legends of Baldur’s Gate and Shadows of the Vampire stories, but is also built as a perfect jumping on point for new readers, bringing them into D&D’s classic blend of sword & sorcery adventure.
WAYWARD, VOL. 4: THREADS AND PORTENTS TP
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART / COVER: STEVEN CUMMINGS, TAMRA BONVILLAIN
MARCH 01 / 136 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $16.99
The group is pulled apart, and the hidden mythic worlds of Ireland and Japan are revealed. JIM ZUB (Thunderbolts, Samurai Jack) and STEVEN CUMMINGS (Dead Shot, Legends of the Dark Knight) continue their supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with foreign cultures and fascinating mythological monsters. This volume includes design artwork by artist STEVEN CUMMINGS and new profiles on mythical creatures by monster scholars Zack Davisson and Ann O’Regan.
GLITTERBOMB, VOL. 1: RED CARPET TP
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN, K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN
MARCH 01 / 136 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $9.99
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water…something ready to exact revenge on the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray. Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN (The Ultimates, All-New Wolverine) tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure. The entertainment industry feeds on our insecurities, desires, and fears. You can’t toy with those kinds of primal emotions without them biting back…
Collects GLITTERBOMB #1-4