I was interviewed by the gang at GeekDad on their Great Big Beautiful podcast and I’m really happy with how this one turned out. we talk about working with the Disney Imagineering team on Figment, finding the voice for a series, and juggling multiple projects. Give it a listen!
Thanks to the shipping strike that happened in California and a couple printing delays a bunch of my comic titles have synced up, leading to the craziest new comic book day of my career so far:
6 new books from 4 different publishers all arriving in comic shops TODAY!
Yeah, it’s ridiculous.
Click on any of the covers below to read preview pages from each of the books:
As always, thank you for your support!
This weekend convention season 2015 kicks into overdrive with the wondrous Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington! It’s one of my favorite shows every year and this time it’s going to be extra-special as I’ll be there celebrating the release of WAYWARD Vol. 1 and the arrival of WAYWARD #6 and SKULLKICKERS #31!
Here is where you can find some of my artistic collaborators and I at the show:
JIM ZUB – Table HH-11
ANDY SURIANO (Samurai Jack artist) – Table HH-12
EDWIN HUANG (Skullkickers artist) – Booth 1702
MAX DUNBAR (D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate artist) – Table HH-10
ZACK DAVISSON (Wayward essays) – Table F-14
Image and Emerald City Comicon teamed up to create a limited hardcover edition of Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory for the show. It’s limited to only 250 copies and I’ll be selling them at the table for $30 each as long as they last.
I’ll also have a selection of issues, sketch covers, trade paperbacks, and variants from my other series there as well: Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Conan-Red Sonja, Munchkin, Wayward, and more!
Here’s a list of signings and panels I’ll be on over the weekend:
FRIDAY MARCH 27th
Writers Unite: Pitching and Writing Comic Stories
11:30AM – 12:20PM in Hall F (TCC 304)
Comics are everywhere and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Letter 44), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, Wicked + the Divine), and moderator Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Wayward) discuss pitching story concepts and offer advice on climbing to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.
Wayward and Weird Japan
2:50PM – 3:40PM in Hall E (TCC 303)
Dive into the weird world of the hit series Wayward from Image Comics. Series writer Jim Zub and back matter writer and Japanese folklore expert Zack Davisson take you on a tour of the mystical menagerie of Japan’s Yōkai.
4:00PM – 4:50PM Gail Simone and Jim Zub sign at the Dark Horse booth (BOOTH 802)
SATURDAY MARCH 28th
Convention Horror Stories
1:50PM – 2:40PM in Hall E (TCC 303)
Join Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and Jim Zub (Samurai Jack) for their fan-favorite con horror stories panel! What’s it like working as a pro in the business on the convention ‘circuit’? Ridiculous, embarrassing, always entertaining. Some stories will make you laugh out loud, some will make you cringe! This panel is recommended for those 18+
After a shipping delay, Legends of Baldur’s Gate #5, wrapping up our story, has finally arrived. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…
• Bleeding Cool: “I can only hope that this isn’t the last time we see this fun team together.”
• Fanboy Comics: “The story sings, and it’s a fight that we’ve been waiting for from the first moment we heard the word Dragon, and it doesn’t disappoint.”
• Fanboy Nation: “Legends of Baldur’s Gate has been a blast. Here’s hoping that issue #5 is not the end!”
• Geeks With Wives: 8.5/10 “Once again, Zub nails the script and dialogue. The conversations and narration were wonderfully done, and captured the spirit of the source material.”
• Reading With a Flight Ring: “the interiors are simply stunning to behold. If you need proof pick this up and flip through it the visage of the Dragon on any page is a thing of beauty.”
This weekend, March 20-22, I’ll be a guest of the Toronto Comicon, set up for the show at ARTIST ALLEY TABLE P-22. It’s my first comic convention of the year and I’m excited to be kicking the 2015 season off with a hometown show.
I have a limited number of advance copies of WAYWARD Vol. 1: String Theory, WAYWARD #6, and SKULLKICKERS #31, so make sure you swing by to grab a copy before the regular release date. I’ll also have trades, comics, and sketch covers for a bunch of my other series, including Samurai Jack, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Conan-Red Sonja, and more!
If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area and can make it out to the show I hope to see you there!
(PS: I might be late on Friday as I have to head right from my teaching day job down to the convention centre, so between crazy Toronto traffic and set-up I might be delayed.)
Arriving in June… Preorder now!
story: JIM ZUB
art / cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
cover B: GURIHIRU
JUNE 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
IMAGE’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION CONTINUES!
Tokyo is a battleground and blood will be spilled.
COVER A is part four of a five-part panorama by STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Buy all five issues of this story arc to fit them together into a massive WAYWARD illustration.
COVER B is a variant by acclaimed Japanese illustrators GURIHIRU.
In June, Skullkickers comes to an end with the wrap-up of our sixth and final story arc “Infinite icons of the Endless Epic”. We didn’t want this momentous occasion to go unnoticed, so we decided to do what the other comic publishers do when they want to celebrate a big story event – we bull$#@&ted a big number on the cover because we could.
Here’s the June ordering solicitation:
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: CHRIS STEVENS & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JUNE 24 / 40 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99
“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC” Finale
ISSUE 100?! Hey, if other publishers can just slap any old number on a cover and call it an anniversary, then we want in on that action for our final issue.
Yup, this is the big finish. All skulls must be kicked.
Join us in sending off the series in style with a big 3-digit number and tweet with the hashtag #SK100 to let us know what happened in the 66 issues in between. The best entries get a place in Skullkickers history.
That’s right, we’re jumping straight to #100 to finish the series and are letting our fans fill in the 66 issue gap with the Twitter hashtag #SK100. Tell us in 140 characters a summary of what happened in an unpublished issue of Skullkickers (from #34-99) and the best ones will be listed in the back of our final issue. Anyone could be one tweet from their first Twitter comic writing credit.
So few creator-owned comics ever have an issue 100. We’re feeling quite honored to share this rarified air with Spawn, Savage Dragon, Walking Dead, and Invincible. It’s a milestone for creator-owned comics and we couldn’t do it without Image Comics and our dedicated fanbase.
Thank you for
34 100 issues of love and support.
Over on the Geek Dad website Steve Cummings and I talk about working together on Wayward and some of our plans for the upcoming second story arc.
Geeked Out Nation has the first advance review of WAYWARD Vol. 1: String Theory and they give it their ‘Trade of the Month’ with a perfect score.
“Wayward is a fantastic series and this trade is absolutely something you need to pick up. It’s for fans of manga, magic, Japanese culture and kick ass female leads. It features beautiful art and thoughtful back matter. Wayward is a winner and easily deserves the title of ‘Trade of the Month’.”
Click on through to read an interview with me and an extensive review of our first story arc.
Over on Panels.net, Jeanette Solomon talks Wayward and protagonist Rori Lane’s difficulties with self harm. Give it a read.