Making Comics – Old Pitches Never Die

In this new video I explain why I never talk about stories I didn’t have a chance to complete or pitches that didn’t get approved, with a very special current project example pulled from a pitch that was old enough to vote!

Zub at Emerald City Comic Con 2022!

It’s wonderful to be back at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington on August 18-21, 2022!

Normally the show is in March, but this time it’s happening in August. This is the first show where I’ll be set up with the Comic Sketch Art team, at Artist Alley TABLE P-01.

In addition to signing at my table, I’ll also be on a slew of different panels throughout the weekend-

THURSDAY August 18, 2022

Comics are everywhere and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Sensational Wonder Woman), Zack Kaplan (Mindset, Metal Society), Jim Krueger (Justice, Earth X), and moderator Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons) discuss pitching story concepts to publishers and offer advice on climbing to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.

FRIDAY August 19, 2022

Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Associate Editor Danny Khazem alongside special guests Tini Howard (Knights of X), Rod Reis (New Mutants), and Jim Zub (Thunderbolts) to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Have you ever wanted to design your own roleplaying game? Create scenarios and worlds for players to immerse themselves in for hours, days, even years? Hear from some of the biggest names in RPG design as they discuss their experiences, the campaigns that shaped them and share tips for budding game designers. Featuring Tracy and Laura Hickman (Skyraiders of Abarax, Curse of Strahd), R.A. Salvatore (The Accursed Tower, Legacy of the Crystal Shard) and Jim Zub (Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty).

3:30-4:30pm SUPER FUN COMIC TIME – AA STAGE SCC 618-620
Comics are fun! Join pals G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Invisible Cities) and Zack Davisson (Demon Days, Cat + Gamer) and any of their friends they can recruit to talk about the joy of comics and what makes them fun. Reading comics. Collecting comics. Making comics. If it isn’t fun why do it?

What happens when the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game and Adult Swim’s dimension-hopping hit show collide? It’s a combination that shouldn’t work yet somehow does in a pair of bestselling comic mini-series and a wild tabletop RPG adventure box set. Join writer Jim Zub as he discusses the unlikely origins of this offbeat crossover, gives insights into the development of the TTRPG adventure, and offers advice on how you can Rick-Roll your players the next time you game.

SUNDAY August 21, 2022

Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarian, Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons) is back with his fan-favorite con horror stories panel! What’s it like working as a pro in the business on the convention ‘circuit’? Ridiculous, embarrassing, and always entertaining. Some of these stories will make you laugh out loud, some will make you cringe! This panel is recommended for those 16+ due to coarse language.

Black Dice Society at Gen Con 2022

Here’s the captured video of our liveplay on stage at Gen Con 2022!

The cast of The Black Dice Society includes-
Tanya DePass (Rivals of Waterdeep)
Noura Ibrahim (Tides of Wildemount)
Deejay Knight
Mark Meer (Mass Effect)
Saige Ryan (Pixel Circus)
Becca Scott (Dimension 20)
Dungeon Master B. Dave Walters (G4)
and, at this session, special guest Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarian).

MURDERWORLD Begins in November!

Announced today at, I’m the co-writer of MURDERWORLD, a series of connected
one-shot issues taking readers through a tense and deadly thrill ride of a story that co-writer Ray Fawkes and I came up with 18 years ago!

Pitched originally to Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada way back in 2004, before I had any professional writing credits at all, it’s surreal and exciting to finally see this story concept coming to fruition after so many years. Ray and I are well established writers now able to deliver on the potential of our original Murderworld idea and can’t wait for readers to see the twisted tale we have planned.

MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS launches in November!

Let the games begin! This November, Marvel’s greatest heroes will confront the full terror of Murderworld in a new saga!

Crafted by writers Jim Zub (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) and Ray Fawkes (ONE SOUL, CONSTANTINE), this five-part series will plunge readers into the darkest depths of Arcade’s Murderworld, the classic location that’s caused mayhem in the Marvel Universe for decades! Overloaded with gut-wrenching twists, unbelievable deaths, and bloodied and bruised Marvel heroes, this unpredictable story will reveal just how deadly Murderworld truly is and uncover shocking truths behind the countless victims that have found themselves trapped there.

Zub and Fawkes will be joined by a murderer’s row of talented artists throughout the series starting with Jethro Morales. The wildly violent ride will kick off in MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS #1 and then continue in one-shots starring Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Moon Knight before exploding in typical Murderworld fashion in a dramatic finale issue!

“When I first saw Murderworld in an issue of UNCANNY X-MEN, I was fascinated by its colorful corniness mixed with deception and violence,” Zub explained. “Many years ago, Ray and I chatted about a twisted thriller-survival story set in Arcade’s deadly playground and now, starting with MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS, we’re finally getting the chance to unleash it!”

“Murderworld is one of those stealthy, ultra-compelling concepts that always made the Marvel Universe so fascinating to me – the gaudy, family-fun veneer slapped over a deadly threat. When Jim and I were discussing it, ideas to make it more and more frightening and exciting just kept coming to us. I’m thrilled to bring them to readers in all their horrible glory!” Fawkes added.

On Sale 11/16

Hundreds are killed every year in an elaborate secret tournament run by a sadistic man with nearly limitless resources at his fingertips.

It’s not an urban legend. It’s not a myth – MURDERWORLD is real! It’s online, and the gruesome truth has been hidden from everyone except its victims – until NOW.

Meet Paul Pastor, the extraordinary young documentarian who’s going to expose it all…with some super-powered help, starting with the Avengers! In MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS, the Black Widow has a personal grudge to settle with Murderworld mastermind Arcade – but can she stop this game before it kills again?

Who is Boo? | The Miniature Giant Space Hamster

Dungeons & Dragons developer Chris Perkins chats with Todd Kenreck all about the legend of Boo, Miniature Giant Space Hamster, including a callback to D&D Live 2019 with Matt and I-

Zub at Gen Con 2022

At last, it’s time for North America’s largest tabletop, card, and board game show, GEN CON in Indianapolis, Indiana!

Tracy and Laura Hickman (Dragonlance, Ravenloft), Howard Tayler (Shlock Mercenary, Writing Excuses), Sandra Tayler (Hold On To Your Horses), Stacy King (D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides) and I will be set-up together at BOOTH 1849 in the main exhibit hall, ready to sign for readers.

We also have two spiffy new RPG books: Skullkickers: Caster Bastards and the Great Grotesque and X-treme Dungeon Mastery 2nd Edition!

If you’re headed to Gen Con, it would be great to see you there! It’s one of my favorite shows each year. Getting the chance to promote my comic work and also dig into the latest and greatest the gaming industry has to offer is a wonderful opportunity.

In addition to being at our space on the show floor, I’ll be doing a live play and panel as well:

1:00-4:30pm – Black Dice Society Live at Gen Con – ICC : 101-103
The cast of The Black Dice Society includes Tanya DePass (Rivals of Waterdeep), Noura Ibrahim (Tides of Wildemount), Deejay Knight, Mark Meer (Mass Effect), Saige Ryan (Pixel Circus), Becca Scott (Dimension 20), Dungeon Master B. Dave Walters (G4) and, at this session, special guest Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarian).

3:00-4:00pm – Tabletop to the Page: Comics and Games – Crowne Plaza : Haymarket A

Tabletop gaming and comics are a natural pairing, and it’s no wonder that many tabletop games have made the jump to comics–and vice versa. Game designers, comics creators, and more come together for this panel to discuss adapting TTRPGs for comics; creating board games and RPGs based on comics; and finding audiences and funding for these projects in different ways, including crowdfunding.

Zub Now Represented by Comic Sketch Art for Events

Short Version: I’m thrilled to announce that the crew at Comic Sketch Art will be handling my upcoming appearances that haven’t already been booked for 2022 and 2023. If you work for a convention or store and want me to attend your event, please reach out to them or drop me a line and I can put you in touch with them to work out details.

Long Version: I’ve been going to comic conventions as a professional now for twenty years. Just looking at that typed out in front of me, it feels utterly strange. With well over two hundred shows under my belt at this point I’ve run the gamut of events, from store signings and small book festivals to some of the largest pop culture gatherings in the world.

Attending conventions has been an incredible boon to my personal life and creative career, as both a fan and professional. That said, it’s also been a tremendous amount of stress on top of juggling my writing deadlines and teaching day job. Every show has its own set of logistics that need to be worked out – travel, lodgings, shipping, scheduling, set up and tear down – and dealing with all that takes time and energy away from other things, especially creative things.

Part of me really enjoyed intrepidly heading forth each new trip, hauling my banner and other stuff to each show, doing it all myself or traveling with Stacy and having the two of us figure out each challenge as a team. But again, it’s a ton of work, especially now.

Here in 2022, as soon as we returned to the con circuit, I could feel the difference.
Two years away and things had changed.

My time is being squeezed more than ever. The number of meetings and meet ups happening off the show floor have increased and, honestly, I’m not getting any younger, so hauling everything and doing set up every time just doesn’t feel as fun or satisfying as it used to. The mileage is literally starting to catch up with me.

On top of that, conventions are more corporate than ever before. In the face of celebrity-driven mega-events and so many companies throwing their weight around, it feels good to have a group like CSA advocating for the creators they represent, leveraging our skills and credits to get better placement, promotion, and compensation as part of the ongoing convention business. I know that’s not something a lot of other creators talk about, but I’m always pretty open about my experiences, both creative and financial. Time, money, and hassle all factor into this decision.

I want to do more events, see more people (friends and fans alike), and experience more places without wearing myself down to the nub and working with CSA looks like it’ll enable all that and more. The fact that they’re also repping a bunch of my friends and we’ll get to spend more time together on the road is just icing on the cake. With so many exciting projects on the horizon and now extra resources in place to handle coordination on events, I’m even more pumped for the future.

Thanks, as always, for your support. Getting to write stories for a living is a gift and I never want to take any of this for granted.

Batman: Urban Legends #20 Arrives in October!

Announced on Friday – My first DC Comics project since 2014!

Max Dunbar and I team up on an Elseworlds-style story in BATMAN: URBAN LEGENDS #20!
CASTLE ARKHAM is Batman as a creature killer on the twisted Gothic-Victorian streets of Arkham!

Lots more details to come.

(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Max Dunbar
Written by Jim Zub, Joey Esposito, Chris Burnham, and Nadia Shammas
Art by Max Dunbar, Sergio Acuna, Chris Burnham, and Jahnoy Lindsay

Jim Zub and Max Dunbar take us to the world of Batman, monster hunter!

What is the Murder Club and how are they going to rock Batman’s world forever in the start of a four-part epic by Joey Esposito and Sergio Acuña?

Chris Burnham’s epic Alfred saga draws to a close!

And Nadia Shammas and Jahnoy Lindsay craft a deadly parenting short story starring Batman and Talia al Ghul battling for the soul of their son, Damian.

In-Store: 10/11/2022

CONAN THE BARBARIAN is Back – May 2023!

When I co-wrote the Conan-Red Sonja mini-series back in 2015, I put my all into it because I thought that would be my one and only chance to write the original sword & sorcery legend.

When I co-wrote Conan in Avengers: No Road Home, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I wrote Conan: The Gambler in Savage Sword of Conan, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I wrote Conan: Serpent War, I wrote it like it was my last chance.

When I took over Conan the Barbarian at Marvel, again, I gave it my all and wrote it like it was my last chance.

(You’re noticing a pattern here.)

Now, as announced at the SDCC Conan panel, I’m the flagship writer on Titan’s new CONAN THE BARBARIAN series with a Free Comic Book Day story and first issue arriving May 2023.

I’m still giving it everything I’ve got. Get ready for something special.

Announcement art by Rob de La Torre.

Unbreakable Red Sonja Launches in October!

Red Sonja is Unbreakable!
Sword & Sorcery Fan-Fave Jim Zub
Leads Into 50th Anniversary

July 18, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Red Sonja has been invincible, immortal, and through it all she is Unbreakable! Dynamite invites fans to check out her new flagship title launching this October, helmed by Hyborian legend Jim Zub.

“I grew up on a steady supply of sword & sorcery novels, comics, and games in my youth and they indelibly imprinted on my mind in ways that inform all my work,” said writer Jim Zub. “I’m absolutely pumped to bring that to Red Sonja. This time I have more room to explore what drives her and the depths she’ll go to overcome threats wildly stacked against her.”

The She-Devil With a Sword soars toward her huge 50th anniversary in 2023. To lead fans into the big celebration, Dynamite is proud to present a sweeping story of high adventure to join the canon. Acclaimed writer Jim Zub returns to write the character, but for the first time with full focus and an extended take. This series follows his previous collaborations on the beloved Conan/Red Sonja crossover with Gail Simone and Dan Panosian, and the one-shot special Red Sonja and Cub. This project also follows a revered tenure on Conan the Barbarian, the final run in Marvel’s return to that character. Across the fantasy genre, Zub has also contributed to Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and Samurai Jack as well as writing many other top superhero titles.

Zub is joined for the series by Giovanni Valletta, known for his artistry on titles like John Wick and James Bond. Now he’ll be bringing his eye for vicious and thrilling action to the Hyrkanian Heroine for a perfect match. Other celebrated artists will contribute to the series through jaw-dropping cover art. Red Sonja luminary Lucio Parrillo paints another masterpiece. Superstar David Finch returns to show us why he’s a fan favorite. Judy Jong, one of the biggest rising stars in the industry, brings her skills to bear. And Zub’s Conan/Red Sonja compatriot Dan Panosian is spotlighted with an incentive variant. They’re all joined by Celina, Giuseppe Matteoni, and cosplayer Augusta Moore.

In this new adventure, Red Sonja carries a hazy memory lurking just out of reach. As she seeks to solve the mystery of this strange vision, it will unlock a journey of forbidden magic and searing steel. Moments from Sonja’s past, present, and even the future collide in a quest unlike any other our scarlet-haired hero has faced before! It’s a Sonja story different from any fans have seen before, but at its core is classic sword and sorcery fare.

Sonja is a self-made woman and warrior, from her earliest days to her legend built as Queen. In her harsh era and environment, death can come at any turn, necessitating an uncompromising and unforgiving approach to battle and life. This is where the Unbreakable title comes to the forefront. The creative team is determined to put her through one of her most brutal stories yet to truly earn that “Unbreakable” adjective.

“Red Sonja is one of our flagship characters, and we’re always looking for the perfect creators and stories to maintain the high standard we set for her and take her to the next level, on behalf of the fans,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “This go around, it didn’t take much deep searching [Laughs]. Jim Zub is one of the foremost masters of fantasy in comics and beyond, and we hope fans will be overjoyed to see him sticking around a little longer in the Hyborian Age!”

UNBREAKABLE RED SONJA #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2022 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2022. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!