Zub at Montreal Comiccon

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This weekend I’ll be a guest at the Montreal Comiccon running from July 3-5. At the show I’ll be set up at BOOTH 3305 and will have a great selection of comics available: Wayward, Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Figment, Makeshift Miracle, and more!

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If you live in the Montreal area, come on out to the show! It’s going to be a fun weekend.

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Zub’s Capcom Fighting Tribute Pin-Up

I’m thrilled to have a new pin-up piece included in UDON’s upcoming Capcom Fighting Tribute book. Going off the beaten path a bit, I did three characters from Warzard (also called ‘Red Earth‘ here in North America) and went for a more cartoony approach. It was tons of fun putting this together.

Here’s a step-by-step on my process. You can click on each one for a larger version:

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STEP 1: This one started as a series of really loose lines and shapes, trying to find an appealing composition and flow to the overall drawing. Once I was happy with how that first pass looked I could move on to a more structured drawing.

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STEP 2: I try to keep some of the energy of the initial gesture while building structure into the figures.

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STEP 3: Looking more carefully at the character reference, I make adjustments to the proportion and costume details.

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STEP 4: I do a quick shadow pass to get a sense of the mood and make sure that the direction of light is clear and accentuates the character volumes properly.

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STEP 5: I carefully digitally ‘ink’ each character to create the final line art, using different colors so I can more easily keep track of each one.

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STEP 6: I drop in flat colors for a base palette.

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STEP 7: Here’s the base palette with shadows added.

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STEP 8: And the final step – highlights, reflected light, effects, and color correction to finish it off.


Capcom Fighting Tribute will premiere with a limited-run convention edition hardcover at San Diego Comic-Con, July 9-12!

The standard edition of Capcom Fighting Tribute will be released September 2015. Links to pre-order the book at a variety of online retailers can be found here: http://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/product/capcom-fighting-tribute

Wayward #9 Reviews

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Wayward #9 arrived this week and momentum is building for the big finish to our second story arc. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it.

All-Comic: 8/10 “This comic continues to be a breath of fresh air in Image’s line-up. It can honestly be said that there isn’t an American comic like it. It’s educational, entertaining, emotional and gorgeous.”

Big Glasgow Comic Page: 5/5 “Once again, Wayward managed to go past my expectations – which are pretty high with this series.”

Comic Attack: 8/10 “Wayward is the series you should be reading for that supernatural, fantasy escape with panel after panel of great artwork.”

Comic Book Bin: 10/10 “What more can I say about the comic book that should have received a ‘Best New Series’ Eisner nomination?”

Comics the Gathering: 9/10 “Zub, Cummings, Bonvillain, Dillon are producing top of the line work and Zack Davisson’s excellent essays continue to provide education and interesting topics related to the comic.”

Fandom Post: B+ “Wayward’s moving in some interesting directions here and we’re seeing the cast take shape in new ways due to all the pressures being applied to them.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.3/10 “Solid issue showing us what happens when youth, disaster, power, and responsibility create a dangerous combo.”

Omnijerbear: “It’s really fantastic. Each issue blows me away.”

Paradox Comics Group: 8/10 “Wayward continues to impress and should be on your radars by now.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “It’s no wonder that for me this is a top tier book that’s been in my top ten list every month it’s been out. This is an amazingly special book that wraps you into a world you dare to only dream exists.”

Snap Pow: 9/10 “there’s no room for doubt because month in and month out Image Comics continues to have a winner on their plate.”

Telltale Mind: 8/10 “Great story and fantastic artwork equals another win for Zub and company.”

TM Stash: 10/10 “Zub’s scripts continue to be outstanding, mixed with the beautiful illustrations of Steve Cummings and colors of Tamra Bonvillain.”

Under the Comic Covers: “I can never say enough about Steve Cummings’ artwork. Just so damn stunning.”

We the Nerdy: 9/10 “This is how you do a build-up comic. You make me love the characters more, and then you make me worried that they’re all walking into danger.”

Figment 2 In the Press

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The announcement of the new Figment mini-series created a nice ripple in the comic and Disney press this week. Here are links to a few of the articles and interviews:

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My Harley Quinn Story Reprinted in New DC Collection

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My Legends of the Dark Knight story, “Dr. Quinn’s Diagnosis“, is being reprinted as part of a new Best of Harley Quinn story collection arriving in comic shops next month. I’m incredibly proud to have a story alongside others by Paul Dini, Matt Kindt, and other killer comic talent. If you’re a Harley Quinn fan I hope you check this out once it’s released in July.


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Head over heels in her devotion to the Joker, Arkham psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel gave up her career (and her sanity) to transform herself into the ultimate companion for crime’s clown prince – the mad moll Harley Quinn. Collects stories from Batman: Harley Quinn #1, Gotham Knights #14+30, Detective Comics #831+837, Joker’s Asylum II: Harley Quinn #1, Batman: Black & White #1+3, Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, and Detective Comics #23.2.
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FIGMENT 2 Starts in September!

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’m writing a new Disney mini-series starting in September!

FIGMENT 2: Legacy of Imagination picks up right where the previous hit mini-series left off as Dreamfinder and Figment embark on new and exciting adventures. The new series was unveiling officially on the Disney Parks Blog and you can read an exclusive interview with me all about it over on the site.

In addition, check out the fun action figure variant illustrated by cover artist John-Tyler Christopher:

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Needless to say, I’m excited for readers to see what we have planned. :)

Samurai Jack #20 Reviews

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Samurai Jack #20, our final issue, arrived in comic shops last week. I posted some of my thoughts previously, but hearing from reviewers that they feel we hit the mark is wonderful too.

IGN: 9/10 “Samurai Jack #20 finally gives this story the conclusion it deserved.”

Comic Bastards: 8/10 “…although I am sad to see to this tale go, I also think readers will be left with a great feeling about our favorite warrior.”

Comics Beat: “great for fans of the comic, but also perfectly suitable for fans of the animated series, even if they skipped the previous nineteen issues. It impressively offers closure without necessarily being a final chapter. Highly recommended.”

Goodreads: 5/5 “This issue was both superb, and meaningful…gently closing the book on Samurai Jack and the myriad of characters we’ve met along the way.”

I Reads You: “Zub and Suriano proved that they can produce a high-quality comic book that is true to the original Samurai Jack”

Infinite Comix: 10/10 “They succeed in delivering a finale that both celebrates all the stories that have come before and continues developing the titular character, keeping the door open for future tales while presenting a satisfying endpoint to Jack’s epic adventure.”

Moar Powah: “Samurai Jack #20 is the ending to the series I didn’t know I wanted, but am glad I received.”

Outhousers: “This issue is the culmination of everything that Jim Zub has wanted to say about Samurai Jack. He’s always been a symbol of hope and faith for humanity and it has never been more evident than now.”

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “The series was hitting high notes from the start and it consistently did that for the duration. This last issue sends things out on a high note for sure – take a bow, guys – here’s to a job well done.”

First Print Podcast

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I was a guest on the First Print Podcast, where I talked all about making comics and working in the industry, Wayward, Skullkickers, Figment, and more. Give it a listen!

Zub at New York Special Edition This Weekend!

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I’m a guest at this week’s New York Special Edition convention at Pier 94 in New York City. Special Edition is a comic-focused show, like Artist’s Alley on steroids and I’m excited to meet readers and hang out with industry friends in the Big Apple.

I’ll be set up at TABLE D18 while my books last. I’ll have copies of Wayward and Skullkickers on hand and am looking forward to signing copies of Samurai Jack, Conan Red Sonja, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Pathfinder, Figment, Street Fighter and much more.

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I’ll also be on three panels over the weekend:
SATURDAY JUNE 6th:
Writer’s Unite: Pitching Creator-Owned Comics
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Theater 1: Creator-owned comics have grabbed the imagination of the comic-reading community all over again and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as Charles Soule (Letter 44, Death of Wolverine), Greg Pak (Action Comics, The Princess Who Saved Herself), Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, A-Force) and Jim Zub (Wayward, Samurai Jack) discuss pitching their comic series to publishers and offer advice on how to traverse the treacherous submission mountain, along with comic writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.

Dark Horse Builds Characters
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM | Theater 1: Join Dark Horse Comics for a Panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers and creators to discuss independent comics, creator-owned rights, brand new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Deputy Director of the CBLDF Alex Cox and featuring Alex de Campi (Archie vs Predator, Grindhouse), Brian Wood (Rebels), Jim Zub (Conan Red Sonja), David Mack (Kabuki, Fight Club 2), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) as well as a number of surprise Guests – this is a Panel you won’t want to miss!

SUNDAY JUNE 7th:
Image Comics: Where Creators Own Genre
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM | Theater 2: While the mainstream comics industry was once dominated by one genre, we’re inching toward a world where every genre is on the same footing. What’s your taste? Sci-fi? Sword and sorcery? Country-fried crime? Bryan J.L. Glass, Jason Latour, Simon Roy, Scott Snyder and Jim Zub have just the books for you.

Zub’s Atomic Robo Postcard

Atomic Robo is in the midst of an incredible Kickstarter to fund reprinting their comic collections in new spiffy hardcovers. As a huge Robo fan (if you haven’t read the series you really should, especially now that it’s FREE online) I was already on board with supporting Brian and Scott, but after they asked me if I’d like to contribute a piece of postcard art to go with the fundraiser, I was even more ecstatic.

They asked me to do up a piece based on Atomic Robo Vol. 2: The Dogs of War, and here’s the step-by-step process of my illustration. You can click on each one for a larger version:

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Step 1: After gathering ref material and noodling around with some sketches I came up with a composition I was excited about showing Robo hiding from a Laufpanzer mech.

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Step 2: I tighten up the sketch with proper proportion and perspective.

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Step 3: Before I move ahead to final line art I gave the work-up version a quick light and shadow pass to make sure it would work.

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Step 4: Once I’m happy with the work-up I carefully digitally ink the final line art.

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Step 5: Flat color areas are blocked out.

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Step 6: Initial shadows are added.

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Step 7: Highlights, lighting effects, and color correction are added and the line art is lightened to give it a sepia tone/1940’s look.

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Step 8: The piece is finalized with a postcard-appropriate slogan.