It’s the final week before all pre-orders are finalized for Wayward #1, so we’re pushing to get the word out. David Dissanayake from Bleeding Cool interviewed Steve and I about our work on the new series and has some exclusive new artwork up as well. It’s a pretty in-depth run through of how the project came to be, Steve’s art training and our hopes for the series. Give it a read!
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con, my 13th year at the show, was mind-boggling. It was everything that you expect North America’s largest pop culture extravaganza to be.
I pinballed between my Artist Alley table, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and IDW inbetween panels and business meetings. It was intense!
With so many people and so much going on it can be tough to maintain a high energy level and positive attitude over 5 intense days. I made a real conscious effort to not sweat the small stuff and it made a huge difference. It was a great time, exhausting and inspiring in equal measure.
And here’s Dreamfinder!
Announced over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, I’m co-writing Conan-Red Sonja, the first team-up of these two fantasy legends in 15 years, with the equally legendary Gail Simone!
Unleash the Fanboy has the first interview with me about what we have planned.
Dan Panosian is on board for art and, if you check out his online gallery, you can see that he’s perfect for this savage saga of sword & sorcery.
More details and previews will be coming as we head into the Fall. Look for the first issue to arrive in comic stores in December/January. Pre-order now to make sure to you don’t miss out!
Skullkickers #29, the final part of our fifth story arc, “A Dozen Cousins and a Crumpled Crown”, arrived last Wednesday. Here’s what critics thought of it:
• Newsarama: 8/10 “…a multitude of explosive and colorful fight sequences that are just plain fun to read.”
• Eat.Geek.Play.: “With a strong narrative voice, and a stoic stumbling cast, this book is one for the pull files.”
• Comic Bastards: 4/5 “…it’s sometimes nice just to see a conflict come to a close with fisticuffs when fisticuffs are the only answers.”
Hard to believe, but it’s my 13th year at Comic-Con International: San Diego. It’s become a milestone along this creative journey and, as much as it can be stressful and difficult at times, I do enjoy it.
When I’m not running around for panels, signings, or meetings I’ll be at ARTIST ALLEY TABLE GG-06 with Edwin Huang. We’ll have Skullkickers trades, variants, and a limited number of Wayward pre-release postcard sets for sale. Come by and see us!
I’m still waiting to confirm a few other events, but here’s my current appearance schedule for the show. At different times I’ll be at the Marvel, Image, IDW, or Dark Horse booths:
THURSDAY JULY 24th
10:00am-11:00am Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way – ROOM 7AB
01:00pm-01:45pm Marvel Signing – BOOTH 2329
02:00pm-03:00pm IDW Signing – BOOTH 2643
05:30pm-06:30pm Dark Horse Signing – BOOTH 2615
FRIDAY JULY 25th
10:00am-11:00am IDW Signing – BOOTH 2643
01:30pm-02:30pm IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies, and More! – ROOM 8
03:00pm-03:45pm Image Signing – BOOTH 2729
SUNDAY JULY 27th
10:00am-11:00am IDW: Kids Comics! – ROOM 4
02:00pm-02:45pm Image Signing – BOOTH 2729
I chatted with Sarrah October Young about working on the new Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate comic series. Info on how the project came to be, what it’s like working with fan favorite characters, and more.
So happy to finally announce this:
I’m writing a new comic series called Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate that launches in October and includes fan favorite characters Minsc and Boo from the Baldur’s Gate video game series!
Anyone who knows my work knows how big a role tabletop RPGs in general, and D&D specifically, played in my development as a storyteller. To be able to contribute a new Dungeons & Dragons story on the 40th anniversary of the game while a new edition launches, it’s an incredible honor. Special thanks to Ted Adams, John Barber, Mike Mearls, Greg Bilsland, and Hilary Ross for their help in making this project a reality.
Obviously I’ll post more info as it comes available. In the meantime, please help spread the word to your gaming friends near and far. D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate arrives in October but it’s available for pre-order now from your local comic shop.
Here’s the official Press Release:
JIM ZUB GOES FOR THE EYES WITH DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
ON A BRAND NEW JOURNEY THIS FALL!
Dungeons & Dragons takes adventuring to the next level this year with a brand new comic from IDW Publishing, Legends of Baldur’s Gate. The series—which ties in to Wizards of the Coast’s massive Tyranny of Dragons event—comes smashing into stores this fall with a tried-and-true team of questers.
With a battle-proven track record on series like Skullkickers and IDW’s own Samurai Jack, Jim Zub leads this all-new comic series into battle with variant cover and interior artist Max Dunbar (Red Sonja: Atlantis Rises) and breakout The Transformers: Windblade artist Sarah Stone who provides the standard-order covers for the series.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but playing Dungeons & Dragons as a kid was the foundation of my creative career,” said Zub. “It ignited a desire in me to build memorable characters and weave entertaining tales of high adventure. Getting a chance to tell new Forgotten Realms stories as part of the D&D 40th anniversary is an absolute dream come true.”
The legends of the past still resonate with the modern heroes of Baldur’s Gate, and when a new threat rises, an unlikely trio takes upon themselves the mantle of heroes! Launching alongside Wizards of the Coast’s next edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG, the new series will feature both familiar and new characters—including the return of the fan-favorite ranger, Minsc—and his hamster, Boo!
“We wanted to tell the Tyranny of Dragons story in lots of ways, and Jim Zub and IDW have done a great job bringing our story to life for comics fans. They’ve brought fan favorites Minsc and Boo back into action, and this story is a great way to help us celebrate an amazing year for Dungeons & Dragons,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast.
Legends of Baldur’s Gate sets off for adventure this October with a Tyranny of Dragons story—don’t miss out on the most epic quest of the year!
Arriving at the end of October, just in time for Halloween.
story: JIM ZUB
art: STEVE CUMMINGS & JOHN RAUCH
cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & ROSS A. CAMPBELL
cover B: JORGE MOLINA
OCTOBER 29 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
IMAGE COMICS’ NEW SUPERNATURAL SENSATION!
More students with strange abilities, more creatures emerging from the shadows…Rori can see patterns pulling it all together, but can she discover the secret beneath before it’s too late?
Arriving October 1st, so pre-order now!
SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 5: A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN TP
story: JIM ZUB
art / cover: EDWIN & HUANG & MISTY COATS
OCTOBER 1 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $16.99
In this volume: The dwarf has been forcibly returned to his homeland and the deranged diminutive denizens of Dwayre will make sure it’s a homecoming like no other. Get ready for compressed calamity, small skirmishes, truncated troubles, and pint-sized pugilism along with the history of dwarves (y’know, the “short” version).
Collects SKULLKICKERS #24-29
A Dozen Cousins and a Crumpled Crown
The dwarf has been forcibly returned to his homeland and the deranged, diminutive denizens of Dwayre will make sure it’s a homecoming like no other. Get ready for compressed calamity, small skirmishes, truncated troubles, and pint-sized pugilism along with the history of dwarves (y’ know, the ‘short’ version).
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