Wayward #10 Solicitation

Arriving in July. Pre-order now!

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WAYWARD #10
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART / COVER A: STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
COVER B: HANZO STEINBACH
JULY 29 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The second arc ends. The future revealed. Welcome to the next level.

COVER A is part 5 of a five-part panorama by STEVE CUMMINGS and 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 online fan favorite Hanzo Steinbach.

Skullkickers Vol. 6 Solicitation

Arriving in July, pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS VOL. 6: INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
COVER: EDWIN HUANG & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JULY 8 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $16.99

In this volume the SKULLKICKERS story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight!
Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!

“If you like action or humor, no one is doing it better than these guys.” -The Weekly Crisis

Collects SKULLKICKERS #31-33 & #100.


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Skullkickers Vol. 6
Infinite Icons of the Endless Epic

(issues #30-34)
Introduction by Joe Zub

The Skullkickers story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight! Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!
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Zub on Word Balloon – The Comic Conversation

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John Siuntres and I had a wonderful in-depth conversation about my career and the changing face of the comic industry. It’s one of the most extensive interviews I’ve done and covers a lot of ground I haven’t tread elsewhere. It is quite long, so I put together a breakdown of what subjects we cover in case you just want to zero in on a few sections instead of listening to the whole thing.

0:00:00 John’s Introduction
0:04:18 Interview Start: Talking about Canada
0:11:03 Convention Culture
0:15:40 The changing comic industry
0:20:24 How I got my start doing webcomics
0:28:43 Working at UDON
0:34:19 Starting Skullkickers
0:41:48 Working with Edwin Huang
0:44:25 Skullkickers’ final issue
0:51:50 Skullkickers complete Omnibus?
0:54:10 Tutorials, Economics and Working with Image
1:00:56 Working with Retailers
1:06:33 Wayward
1:14:14 Manga sales in North America
1:17:49 Wayward’s touchstone character and the big story
1:22:46 Samurai Jack
1:40:47 Conan and Red Sonja
1:52:57 Teaching and Animation History
2:02:59 Conventions and Travel
2:15:29 Role-Playing Games and Creativity
2:18:35 Wrapping Up

Newsarama Interview About the End of Skullkickers

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I talked to Chris Arrant over at Newsarama all about the impending end of Skullkickers and what it feels like to wrap up five years worth of work. Give it a read!

Zub at the Calgary Expo 2015!

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Hard to believe that 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the incredible Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, but it is and, for my tenth year in a row, I’ll be there promoting my comics along with some of my dearest friends and collaborators. It’s one of my favorite shows each year and this special anniversary edition is looking to be the best one yet.

I’ll be set up at Artist Alley Table X20 beside Edwin Huang (Skullkickers) and Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate).

I’ll have convention exclusives (including a limited number of copies of the Wayward Vol. 1 limited edition hardcover left over from ECCC), and a special Calgary Expo variant of Wayward #6 with art by Max Dunbar and Tamra Bonvillain.

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I have a new pin-up piece in the Calgary Expo Artbook this year:
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In addition, the Skullkickers appear in a special 6 page short story created for this year’s Calgary Expo Program Guide. Rex and Rolf storm the convention in their search for a Baby Thool and chaos ensues. If you’re at the show make sure you check it out.

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I’ll also be appearing on a couple panels over the weekend:

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Writing and Pitching Comics

Room: Palomino H
Time: 5:30PM – 6:15PM
Jim Zub of Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, and Pathfinder fame teaches the intricacies of bringing your original ideas to publishers the right way. Bring your own ideas to work with!

SATURDAY
World-Building

Room: Palomino H
Time: 11:30AM – 12:15PM
Ever wonder what it takes to create a world? Seasoned creator guests discuss how they turned their imaginations into worlds with societies and laws that both entertain and make you return to read more. Creator Guests: Conor McCreery, Camila d’Errico, Jim Zub, Ryan Ferrier

Get Published or Die Trying: Try Smarter
Room: Quarter Horse
Time: 3:30PM – 4:15PM
It’s never been easier to get published, but is it a route to a career? This Renegade Arts Entertainment panel features publisher Alexander Finbow and special guests discussing their experiences. Creator Guests: Alexander Finbow, Brett Monro, Jim Zub, Riley Rossmo

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Zub Calgary Expo Pin-Up 2015 – Step by Step

As part of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo each year there’s a special artbook that includes pin-up illustrations from many of their guests. This is the show’s 10th anniversary and I’m proud to say I’ve attended each and every show and have a pin-up in every artbook they’ve produced so far.

Thankfully, this year is no exception.

The theme for 2015 was “Time”, as appropriate for an anniversary celebration, so I put together a piece using a time traveller with a nod to the H.G. Wells classic story “The Time Machine”. Here’s a walkthrough of the digital process for my piece:

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STEP 1: Rough – After trying a few different thumbnail compositions I settled on this gesture drawing. It’s pretty loose but set up the key staging of the characters and the proportion of the dinosaur versus our happy time travelling protagonist.

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STEP 2: Work-Up – Working digitally, it was easy to separate each part onto its own layer so I could focus on construction and expression, tightening up details while trying to keep the energy of the original gesture.

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STEP 3: Line Art – A third pass nails down the line art, including fine details on the time machine and thick to thin lines to help visually separate forms.

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STEP 4: Color – I wanted to keep the rendering animated-looking and simple across the board so I stuck with mostly flat colors and a simple light source. Some of the line art was also colored/lightened to help blend it in more with the rest of the scene.

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Here’s a close-up of the time traveller and his machine. I had a lot of fun getting his expression down and building the golden-tubed time machine at the proper angle. I can’t wait to see the piece in print.

Here’s a series of links to all my previous pin-ups for the Calgary Expo artbooks. Collect ’em all :)

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Jay Runham Interview

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I chatted with Jay Runham about writing comics, working in the creative business, teaching, and attending comic conventions. Give it a listen.

Talking Conan-Red Sonja With the Maniacal Geek

Sam from Maniacal Geek interviewed me about Conan-Red Sonja at Emerald City Comicon and has transcribed our conversation. Lots of good stuff in there about working on the two fantasy legends and teaming up with Gail Simone. Give it a read!

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Conan-Red Sonja #3 Reviews!

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Conan Red Sonja #3, the penultimate part of our epic team-up, arrived in stores on March 25th. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…

Comic Crusaders: 4/5 “It’s hard to combine elements of two different books, let alone two different companies without stepping on any toes. The fact that Sonja and Conan are similar does help this, but it is the talent on hand that makes the whole book work.”

Fandom Post: “The next issue ends this mini-series, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our heroes get out of this mess.”

Fangirl Nation: “Conan Red Sonja is a book fans of either series should read.”

Geeks of Doom: “This is not a ‘wait for the trade’ book. This is a ‘have to get it every month’ series without a doubt. Now go grab it!”

The Planetary Pull: “Yet another recommend book. A very good team-up here.”

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “Simone’s and Zub’s script makes for a great read whether you are a fan of either character (or both) or just looking for some good-time barbarian hijinks.”

This Is Where I Write About Comics: 9/10 “Whether you read this in single issues or as a collection, you owe yourself a fantasy series as perfect as this one.”

TM Stash: 10/10 “This series has delivered everything one could hope for and more from these iconic characters.”

Unleash The Fanboy: 8.5/10 “Once again delivering a fluid, and immersive narrative, the writers make it easy to enjoy this tale.”

Wayward Panorama Process

Comics Alliance posted up an extensive run down of the panorama illustration used for the 5 cover second arc of Wayward. Lots of great information on how we put the ultra-wide piece together as well as step by step views of the roughs, line art, and colors. Click here to check it out!

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