Innerspace, the pop culture news show on Space Channel here in Canada, did a segment all about Wayward and I was interviewed on air by host Morgan Hoffman. Click here to watch the segment!
Baltimore and Washington DC-ers: On Saturday I’ll be in Annapolis, Maryland with the infamously wonderful Chip Zdarsky, the artist and co-creator of Image’s smash hit series Sex Criminals, for a signing at Third Eye Comics!
2027-A West St, Annapolis, Maryland, USA 21401
Saturday September 13th
First 20 in line receive a FREE gift!
Third Eye has been incredibly supportive of Skullkickers and they went above and beyond the call of duty to bolster Wayward as well. Their store-only variant of issue #1, done by Chip, is an awesome eye-catching design.
In the evening, Chip and I will also be appearing at a special Drink & Draw event hosted by Third Eye Comics.
169 West St, Annapolis, Maryland, USA 21401
Doors Open at 7pm
Comics, Cosplay, Live Art, Live Music!
I was interviewed by Fulle Circle all about the Figment comic series. Read on to find out about how the project came about and the development process.
Wonderful and crazy. In just over a week the first printing of Wayward #1 has sold out! Whatever copies remain at your local comic shop are all that’s left. Image wants to make sure new readers can still get on board following the incredibly positive reviews we’ve received and they asked us to whip up a second print cover. Here it is with art by Steve Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain, along with the press release.
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic response to Wayward! All of us on the team are blown away.
The first issue has sold out and is being rushed to a second printing
The first issue of Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) and Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) all-new ongoing supernatural adventure series WAYWARD has hit home with readers in search of myth, monster fighting, and magic. The first issue has sold out completely and is rushing to a second printing to meet demand. Critics and comics readers rave about the first issue’s detailed artwork and intriguing mysteries and Comic Book Resources says that WAYWARD is “Bright, vibrant, and alive. Rori Lane’s world will enchant readers with its relatable protagonist, intense action and fascinating mythological allusions”
WAYWARD #1 introduces Rori Lane, an outsider by nature, who is transplanted to Tokyo to live with her single Mom. She’s feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes… and she’s the only one who seems to notice.
“I’m overjoyed readers are discovering Wayward and telling their friends about it. We’ve got exciting plans for the series and having this kind of tremendous launch gives us the momentum we need to take our story even further” said Zub.
WAYWARD #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. It is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, and on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
The second printing of WAYWARD #1 (Diamond Code JUL148487) will release on 10/1.
WAYWARD #2 (Diamond Code JUL140588) will hit stores on 9/24. A variant cover by Riley Rossmo is also available with Diamond Code JUL140589.
I was one of the first guests on the Comics Are Awesome podcast. Give this interview a listen to hear about my ‘comic origin story’ and talk about new projects like Wayward, Figment, and Dungeons & Dragons.
It’s hard for me to express how incredible last week’s whirlwind launch and overall response to Wayward #1 was. We’re still climbing out from underneath a mountain of fan mail, tweets, kind words, and support. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.
Without a doubt, Wayward is also the most reviewed comic I’ve worked on at this point in my comic writing career. Lots of new readers picked up the series and the overwhelming majority of reviewers really enjoyed our first issue. I feel a bit ridiculous trying to introduce this monster list, but here we go…
• Bleeding Cool: “If Wayward isn’t the next Saga, it will be a damn criminal shame.”
• Comic Book Resources: 4/5 “Bright, vibrant, and alive, Rori Lane’s world will enchant readers with its relatable protagonist, intense action and fascinating mythological allusions.”
• Newsarama: 8/10 “A delightful debut issue that be sure to please fans of Buffy and Manga.”
• Multiversity: 8/10 “Wayward shows signs of being the next runaway Image Comics series.It’s off to a great start.”
• Ain’t It Cool News: “Rori’s journey, the loss of her parents’ love for each other, how crazy Japan is for first timers…all told in masterful and authentic detail.”
• 8CN: 8/10 “If writer Jim Zub can continue to strike a such a careful balance between these two tones, I think there’s a lot of entertainment to be had in this series.”
• 13th Dimension: “If the first issue is any indication, the series will be a vibrant coming-of-age story, steeped in monsters, magic and ancient lore that revels in predictable unpredictability.”
• Agustin Guerrero: “Wayward #1 does what any good first issue should do. It sets up the world, gives you the first hint of a story, and makes you want to learn more. “
• All-Comic: 4/5 “Wayward has pulled off a striking first issue that made for an incredibly fun read. A bright supernatural east-meets-west story has a little bit of something for everyone.”
• Alpha Comics: “The first issue of Wayward hooks you with bright, lively characters and Buffy-esque action that leaves you immediately wanting more as the last page puts a stamp on this first chapter in the mystical life of Rori Lane.”
• Biff! Bam! Pop!: “Strange powers, stranger villains and teen angst amidst a backdrop of Japanese mythology (and manga) – Wayward is definitely a series to be caught!”
• Big Glasgow Comic Page: 4/5 “All in all, an entertaining first issue that gives high hopes for what will follow.”
• Bloody Disgusting: 8/10 “Wayward #1 delivers a fun premise with a quirky protagonist. The first issue delivers a lot of promise”
• Broken Frontier: “It’s a strong debut issue in which the mundane and the supernatural reflect and reinforce each other.”
• Comic Bastards: 5/5 “…another fantastic entry in Image’s already staggering amount of knockouts.”
• CC2K: 4/5 “Wayward #1 is off to a good start and is sure to fulfill all your supernatural and fantasy needs.”
• Comic Book Bin: “…the Young Adult novel has finally made it to comics in the form of Wayward, and I think it will be one of the stand-out new titles of the year.”
• Comic Book.com: “Wayward is a beautifully told introduction to a brand new world that I cannot wait to explore.”
• Comic Book News: “The story from Zub and Cummings made me love Japan again. Now it’s your turn to be entranced!”
• Comic Book Tasting: “This initial offering was an intriguing one. An extremely fun read.”
• Comic Crusaders: 4/5 “This issue serves as a perfect introduction to Rori’s world and is a great read.”
• Comic Spectrum: “The coloring by John Rauch was impeccable, and captures what the back-up article in this issue calls the ‘shiny neon veneer of modern Japan.'”
• Comic Vine: 4/5 “it’s age-appropriate for a wide range of readers, and it explores Japan from a supernatural angle that isn’t often seen in Western comics. Zub, Cummings, and team have piqued my interest, and I can’t wait to see how a feisty half-Irish teen handles being swept up in Japanese myth.”
• Comicosity: 8/10 “The resounding note to take away from this issue is artist Steve Cummings’ ability to amaze in this issue. “
• Comics Bulletin: “Rori Lane is a strong willed young woman with uncommon and mystifying events in her future. Wayward will hypnotize readers for issues to come.”
• Comics the Gathering: 10/10 “The first issue of Wayward left me craving for more. I’ve barely even scraped the surface in this review.”
• Comicqlee: “Definitely a book worth picking up.”
• Comix I Read: “The story was fast paced and we got a good introduction to what future issues can bring.”
• Con Freaks & Geeks: 9/10 “The Comicfreaks out there need to get this book! I cannot say anything but good things about the story, the art, and the style.”
• Deadshirt: “My favorite part of this comic so far is the vibrant representation of Tokyo; the artwork nails the city’s aesthetic right down to the street grates and the ever-present vending machines.”
• Eat. Geek. Play.: “Something big is about to happen in the streets of Japan, and I can’t wait to see Rori become the hero.”
• exPress News & Reviews: “This comic is creating its own world within a culture and I feel like this is going to be a series that many people will love.”
• Fellowship of the Geeks: “Adventure and humor go hand in hand in his books, and this one is definitely working. Jump on at the beginning.”
• Florida Geek Scene: 8.5/10 “This is one book that I will absolutely be following each month.”
• Front Towards Gamer: “Mind-blowing artwork grabs your attention from the first page and the story by Jim Zub makes Wayward #1 from Image Comics an instant hit.”
• Geek Sushi: “Without a doubt, “Wayward” #1 gets a high recommendation”
• Geeked Out Nation: 8.5/10 “Wayward #1 is great for a new series and Jim Zub shows that he wants to create a story that challenges what you believe to be real.”
• Geeksverse: “Wayward #1 is a first issue done right: It tantalizes with its novelty and promise while still delivering enough content to satisfy. Wayward may just be Image Comics’ next breakout hit if the creative team continues to deliver expert craftsmanship.”
• God of Comics: “The characters are quite engaging, it has a strong sense of humor and the art is phenomenal.”
• Graphic Policy: 8/10 “Wayward #1 is a solid debut, bringing us a new female heroine to cheer for.”
• Hex Dimension: “Nothing feels contrived and stereotyped, it just looks deep and wonderfully intricate.”
• Horror Talk: 5/5 “This is a damn near perfect first issue…writer Jim Zub gets right into the story and pulls you into this world head first to the point where you never want to leave.”
• Kliq Nation: 5/5 “Wayward #1 showed readers just enough to leave them wanting more.”
• Nothing But Comics: “Writer Jim Zub, artist Steve Cummings, and colorist John Raunch craft a great first issue with a compelling protagonist.”
• Okazu: 8/10 “It’ll make a nice change of pace from romance manga.”
• Omnicomic: “Wayward #1 is a pretty fascinating first issue that completely grabs the reader and brings them right into the world.”
• OmniJerBear: “It was a huge gamble, but it pays off. It’s amazing.”
• One Hundred XP: 8/10 “I’m excited to see where this series goes and to explore the fantastical Tokyo with Rori as my guide.”
• Outright Geekery: 4.5/5 “The vivid character emotions, great action scenes, and overall panel diversity in this first issue required a good artist, and Wayward has a great one!”
• Panel Pushing: “The art is really fantastic. Rich in detail and has a softness to it.”
• Panels and Pixels: 5/5 “Wayward is a fantastic comic book from a talented creative team that are doing the best work of their careers. Go get it.”
• Paradox Comics Group: 9/10 “Suffice to say that picking up issue two is no gamble for me; it’s a sure-fire thing!”
• Pop Culture Network: 5/5 “There honestly was not a single thing I could find to gripe about.”
• Readerly Geek: “Wayward‘s one of the most fun comics I’ve ever read. I absolutely loved it. The setting, bright colors, and it’s blue haired girl drew me in. I’m definitely excited to see where this story goes next.”
• Reading Pictures: “Steven Cummings hits every nail on the head. His style is perfect for supernatural Japan, and everything really jumps off the pages.”
• Reading With a Flight Ring: “It is a beautiful start to such an imaginative story of not only one girls journey of self-discovery but of a world people have no idea exists”
• Rhymes With Geek: 9/10 “Wayward #1 is an impressive beginning for a series that I feel is going to be huge. Jim Zub and Steve Cummings have a winner in Wayward.”
• Sequential Tart: 8/10 “Wayward is a terrific read, and the creative team of Jim Zub, Steve Cummings and John Rauch is showing some great flare.”
• Shadowhawk’s Shade: 9.5/10 “Pretty damn fantastic first issue I’ll say!”
• Super Effective: “This is the best first issue I have read in such a long time.”
• Talking Comics: “Check it out! Wayward #1 is a promising start for a new coming-of-age story from Jim Zub and Steve Cummings. “
• Telltale Mind: 5/5 “Wayward is a really, beautiful book that cannot be recommended enough.”
• The Moon Is A Dead World: “Wayward looks like a promising new series, especially because it melds genres together and leaves questions for later issues and arcs.”
• TM Stash: “The artwork is breathtaking, and the story is riveting…do you need to know more? This tale is easily worth a 10/10.”
• Unleash the Fanboy: 9/10 “Wayward #1 is an engaging start to a title that looks to be something different than the norm, which is exactly what Image Comics represents and promotes. Highly recommended.”
• We The Nerdy: 9/10 “Even in this one issue, I feel like I get a strong sense of Rori, and I only want to know more. “
• What ‘Cha Reading?: 4/5 “It’s a set-up issue but all the pieces are put in place for a wonderful series. I’m definitely looking forward to watching Rori discover her new world.”
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and include “OK To Print” with your message if you’re okay with us possibly including your letter in a future issue.
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.
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