Over on the New York Post’s ‘Parallel Worlds’ blog I have a new article up talking about my favourite currently running comic series.
Bravoman Episode 5, the last one I wrote (and also my favorite), is now available for viewing online. Enjoy!
Last year I wrote a little story about my Dad on Father’s Day.
Here’s another one.
My Dad wasn’t into comic books when I was young, but he knew my brother and I were crazy about them. It felt like every waking moment was a cavalcade of reading, collecting and non-stop chatter about our favorite characters. If we were good and kept up with things he needed help with at home and the cottage he’d bring us along when he went downtown once or twice a month. He’d go pay the utilities, or the taxes, or stop by the church to make a donation and we’d go to the comic book shop.
I know it sounds weird but I don’t actually ever recall him going in to the store with us. He’d go run his errands and then wait for us outside. He didn’t “get” it, didn’t have any interest and I think staying away from the store kept us from asking him for extra money. The point is, Dad never bought comics for us, never browsed through a comic shop and had zero knowledge of the ins and outs of four-color fandom beyond the occasional episode of Batman or the Incredible Hulk on TV.
Cut to late 2010 and I’d just launched Skullkickers at Image. I’d been working at the UDON studio for seven years at that point on illustration projects and, when ever possible, I’d try to get my Dad a copy of books that were published with my artwork in it. I assumed he’d want copies of Skullkickers too but, when I asked him about it, he told me he didn’t need it. I thought he wasn’t interested because it was comics, but the truth was far more heart warming.
My Dad, the guy I can’t even recall stepping foot inside a comic shop, had gone to one of the stores in town and set up a pull file just for Skullkickers. Every month, a day or two after the new issue came out, he’d head up there and buy a copy.
Apparently this went on for four months until the store owner finally struck up a conversation with him.
“Excuse me, sir. I notice you come in here every month like clockwork and buy that comic, then leave right away. Clearly you’re a fan and that’s great. We’ve got all kinds of other fantasy stuff, games and books. Can I show you some other things you might be interested in?”
From what my Mom told me, Dad was a bit thrown off but then he told him.
“Oh, no. Thanks. I… My son.”
He smiled and pointed at my name on the cover.
“My son made this comic.”
Needless to say, that kicked off a whole other conversation and they’ve been friends ever since.
Now both my Mom and Dad go in to buy new issues and Mom browses the used fiction they have there too while the shop owner keeps them up to date with other comics I have coming out. Dad picks up each Skullkickers issue from the same store, but lets me give him any variant covers we do because those are a bit too expensive.
I honestly don’t know if Dad reads Skullkickers and, if he does, if he understands what it’s about or why it means so much to me. But he knows it’s important to me and that I made it, so it’s important to him too.
Arriving in September…
SKULLKICKERS TREASURE TROVE, VOL. 2 HC
story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
320 PAGES / FC / TEEN
It’s The Hobbit meets The Hangover as two hard-headed mercenaries kill monsters in their mad search for money, fame and adventure.
The SKULLKICKERS story continues in this gorgeous oversized hard cover edition collecting the third and fourth story arcs along with lots of spiffy extras and rarities.
Collects SKULLKICKERS #12-23 (including the five ‘unbooted’ issues Uncanny, Savage, Mighty, All-New Secret and Dark Skullkickers Dark).
The fourth episode of Bravomation, written by me, introduces Bravoman’s arch-enemy: Anti-Bravoman!
Part four of our latest Skullkickers story arc arrived in stores last Wednesday. Here’s how critics have responded so far:
• Newsarama: “8/10 What’s really impressive about the fourth part to this story arc is the way in which Zub is able to keep the humor fresh.”
• Comics! The Blog: “It’s smart, it’s gorgeous and it’s the remedy to the frequent insistence on ‘dark and gritty’ stories because they’re the ‘serious’ ones. Skullkickers is the remedy for a lot of things.”
• Comic Book Resources: “4/5 If you’re a fan of fantasy in any forms – movies, games, books, or even other comics – and you’re not reading Skullkickers, you should be.”
• Read Comic Books: “8/10 The book often feels like a game of Dungeons & Dragons gone wrong, but the execution is so right.”
• Comics Nexus: “This book is always a great deal of fun to read, and Zub and his crew continue to have a great time playing around with some comics conventions.”
• Nerd Appeal: “Skullkickers is always the most fun I have reading a comic book each and every month!”
• Page and Panel: “It’s quirky, witty and so easy to get into. And the art – the art is so fun and violent, but still very cool.”
• eXpert Comics: “SKULLKICKERS #22 is pure fun and for anyone who enjoys a romp of high adventure delivered with generous side-order of snark, than this book (and the whole series) is a must read.”
• Travelling Man: “Skullkickers is the most fun I’ve had reading fantasy in ages. It’s completely enthusiastic, cheerfully silly and constant, relentless fun.”
It’s a three-peat!
I’ve been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Writer’ category of the 2013 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Awards for the third time in a row.
I’m humbled and thrilled to be recognized for my work by the nominating committee. Thanks so much!
The awards will be given out in late August here in Toronto. Wish me luck!
The third episode of Bravomation, written by Matt Moylan, shows Bravoman trying to enjoy an afternoon of video gaming. Trust me, it’s more exciting than that synopsis sounds.
The first professional comic I ever wrote (well, co-wrote, but anyways) was the UDON/White Wolf co-produced Exalted comic mini-series back in 2005. Now, 8 years later, I’m coming back to write a brand new Exalted comic story!
As part of Onyx Path’s Exalted 3rd Edition Kickstarter campaign they’ve added a new stretch goal reward tier for an Exalted one-shot comic:
“At $525,000 of contributions, every backer at Scholar of Lore or higher will receive a free Exalted Comic PDF. This 20+ page, full-color comic, will be written by Jim Zubkavich, writer and creator of Skullkickers and long-time Exalted freelancer and illustrated by Hans “Hanzo” Steinbach. We will also unlock two new Reward Tiers that will allow backers’ Exalted characters to appear as crowd scene extras or as minor characters in the comic.”
If you’re a White Wolf fan, Exalted fan or Jim Zub comic fan, check out the Kickstarter campaign and see what you think. Lots of great rewards are being added as the Exalted 3rd edition crowdsource campaign breaks each new stretch goal.