This Kindergarten Class Loves Figment!

Teacher Paul Hart dropped me a line to let me know how much his kindergarten class loves the Figment comic series, along with photos of class artwork and some questions his kids asked me to answer. Needless to say, I was delighted!

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“Our kindergarten class loves the Figment comic and Figment is our favorite character!”

Question: Sarhenitie wants to know how did you and Mr. Andrade get the book to be so colorful?

Answer: The comic is made by several different people. I write the story, Filipe draws the pictures, and our colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu adds the beautiful colors like how you would in a coloring book, only he uses a computer.

Filipe and Jean-Francois are a really good team and they’ve been working together for quite a while, so he chooses colors that work very well with Filipe’s imaginative line art. In my story I sometimes recommend color choices, but the final colors are decided by Filipe and Jean-Francois.

Question: How were you able to match the words to the pictures? Did you and the illustrator talk about it before writing?

Answer: The book publisher, Marvel Comics, asked me to come up with the story of Dreamfinder and Figment, so I had to explain my ideas to them for approval before I started the actual writing.

Writing a comic is a bit different than writing a storybook. For the comic I write something called a “script” that has descriptions of the pictures the artist will draw, dialogue the characters will say in the word balloons, and the sound effects on the page too. Filipe reads the script and imagines what that would look like in his mind, then illustrates that on the page. At each stage we send ideas and notes back and forth to make sure the whole team knows how it will look when it’s finished. It takes a lot of time and teamwork to make Figment, but we’re very proud of the final result.

Question: Zariyah wants to know if Figment needs anything special to fly super high and fast?

Answer: Even though Figment’s wings are small, he’s also very light so it’s easy for him to fly really high and very quick. That’s just part of his nature as an inspiration dragon.

Question: Room 101 wants to know if only Illocrant and Blair can use the thinking cap, or can Figment, Chimera and Fye use it too?

Answer: Good question! I think anyone could use the Mesmonic Convertor Helmet, though it might be tough to fit it on their head if they’re extra-big or extra-small. The helmet creates things they deeply wish for, but not always how they expect.

Question: Marvin wants to know what made you think or inspired you when writing Figment?

Answer: When I was 12 years old I went to Walt Disney World and it was a really exciting trip. There’s an attraction there called Journey Into Imagination that’s all about Figment and how each one of us has wonderful ideas deep inside. I’ve always remembered that, so when I was asked to make a new Figment story I used that idea, that we can all make new things if we dream big enough, as my inspiration.

Question: Tyroneccia loves Figment and her question is how do I make a comic book like Jim Zub?

Answer: I’m so happy to hear you want to make comics! If you like to draw then you can make your own stories and pictures at the same time. If not, then you should team up with one of your friends to make it together. Come up with a fun idea, draw each picture panel, and then add dialogue coming from the characters with word balloons. Comics are all about art and words working together so it’s a great way to tell all kinds of fun stories.

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“Our weekly literacy bulletin board.”

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“Made by Kamren during free writing! He is flying!”

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“Sarhenitie made a picture of her camping with Figment during free writing! They love Figment!”

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“This is from Tremayne. It’s Blair and Figment getting away from a sprite! He used word bubbles!”

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“Armani made Figment’s grandpa, ‘Faffi’! The little green friend is ‘Disney’!”

Zub at Rose City Comic Con This Weekend!

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It’s my first time attending Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

I’ll be there both days at TABLE C-12 promoting Wayward, Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Pathfinder, Figment, and all the other comic titles I’ve worked on.

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I’m a Special Guest of the show and they’ve put together a special show-exclusive variant of Wayward #1 with cover art by Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon) and John Rauch (Invincible). Erik did the cover art in a Kirby-esque style so I did up the trade dress to match and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

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If you’re in the Portland area I hope you can make it out to the show!

Makeshift Miracle Vol. 2 Arrives in December!

Arriving in December… Pre-order now!

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MAKESHIFT MIRACLE Vol.2 HC: The Boy Who Stole Everything
Story: Jim Zub
Art: Shun Hong Chan

Colby has fallen into a surreal realm of dream and imagination in his search for answers about Iris, the strange girl who fell into his life from out of the blue. What he discovers about the link between them will change both their lives and leave one of them with the ultimate decision of life or death.

The hit online comic concludes in a beautiful graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans.

5.75×8.25″, 128pgs, Full Color, Hardcover, $24.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-927925-28-7
ISBN-10: 1-927925-28-2

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Wayward #5 Solicitation

Arriving in December… Pre-order now!

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WAYWARD #5
story: JIM ZUB
art: STEVE CUMMINGS & JOHN RAUCH
cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
cover B: MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

DECEMBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

IMAGE COMICS’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION!
The first story arc ends. Revelation and sacrifice.

Wayward Print by Kalman Andrasofszky

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Kalman Andrasofszky now has a high quality art print available of his alt cover piece for Wayward that was used as the Fan Expo variant cover for issue #1.

If you love that illustration, here’s your chance to get a spiffy high quality version of it unmarred by logos/trade dress.

Wayward on Innerspace

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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!

SATURDAY: Wayward-Sex Criminals Signing in Maryland!

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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!

THIRD EYE COMICS
2027-A West St, Annapolis, Maryland, USA 21401
Saturday September 13th
11am-1pm
First 20 in line receive a FREE gift!
FACEBOOK EVENT

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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.

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In the evening, Chip and I will also be appearing at a special Drink & Draw event hosted by Third Eye Comics.

CRUCIAL FEELS NIGHT at Metropolitan Lounge
169 West St, Annapolis, Maryland, USA 21401
Doors Open at 7pm
Comics, Cosplay, Live Art, Live Music!
FACEBOOK EVENT

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Ain’t It Cool News Comic Podcast Interview

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I was a guest on the Ain’t It Cool News/Poptards podcast over the weekend. We chat about Wayward and Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate. The interview starts at the 53 minute mark of the podcast. Give it a listen!

Interview With Fulle Circle

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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.

Wayward #1 SOLD OUT. 2nd Print Announced!

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.

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WAYWARD LURES IN READERS WITH MAGIC AND ADVENTURE
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.