Samurai Jack #11 arrived in comic shops this week and it kicks off a new epic 5 part storyline. Andy Suriano and I are working hard to deliver the goods and push Jack into new territory. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it!
• IGN: 8.8/10 “Jack fans will definitely want to check out this issue.”
• Comic Crusaders: 5/5 “The team stays true to the character’s artistic roots and delivers a book that could easily serve as a storyboard for an episode of the popular Cartoon Network series.”
• Unleash the Fanboy: 8.5/10 “In short: this was a really good comic that absolutely deserves a spot on your pull-list.”
• Comic Bastards: 4/5 “I love this new issue and the flow of the story.”
• Rock! Shock! Pop!: “Zub’s penchant for humor both subtle and not so subtle is once again a big part of the story too and he continues to show a proper understanding of what makes the character work as well as he does.”
• Reading Pictures: “Jim Zub and Andy Suriano have done absolutely everything right with this book and the eleventh issue is no exception.”
• Comic Therapy: 4.5/5 “Samurai Jack kicks its next big story off with a surprising bang.”
• The Outhousers: “Zub and Suriano have crafted a strong story that Jack has yet to face before, one that leaves his hopes figuratively and literally shattered.”
• Sean Network: 9/10 “They’re on their A-game. I can’t say enough about it.”
The Disney Kingdoms: Figment series keeps rolling along defying expectations and all of us on the creative team couldn’t be happier about it.
• Figment #3 has sold out and is receiving a second printing! Wonderful! Here’s a look at the purple-centric cover art:
• The Disneyland Gazette reviewed our first 3 issues and liked what they found:
“So far this series has really impressed me, and I can’t wait to read the last two issues.”
• The Laughing Place Disney fansite interviewed me about working on the series and you can check that out HERE.
• The hardcover collected edition of our story arrives in November. Here’s the solicit:
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
The next great Disney adventure is here — starring one of Disney’s most popular characters! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created a purple dragon called Figment!
Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Clockwork Control invades London while the intrepid explorers are trapped within the Nightmare Nation, the only obstacles standing between the Singular and total domination are Dreamfinder, Figment and their newfound friends!
Acclaimed and uniquely talented creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to Epcot’s mind-bending attraction, Journey into Imagination! Collecting FIGMENT #1-5.
136 PGS./All Ages … $24.99
Trim size: oversized
Arriving in November… Pre-order now!
story: JIM ZUB
art: STEVE CUMMINGS & JOHN RAUCH
cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & ROSS A. CAMPBELL
cover B: PHILIP TAN
NOVEMBER 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
IMAGE COMICS’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION!
A storm rages across Tokyo while secrets are uncovered below the city streets.
“Masterful and authentic”
-Ain’t It Cool News
Skullkickers #30, our special “Tavern Tales Through Time” issue, arrived in stores Wednesday. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…
• Newsarama: “good laughs with a healthy mix of weirdness”
• FA Comics: 4/5 “This will provide you the biggest laughs of the week, so much so that nothing else this week comes close.”
• Geeks Of Doom: “a great take on role-playing and fantasy tropes”
• Comic Bastards: “Both of the guest artists have a wonderful style.”
• Bag & Bored: 4.5/5 “The art is great all around, really delivering a fun and dynamicness from both Chamba and FooRay”
Stephen Walker from Comic Related spoke to Steve and I about Wayward, the influences we’re bringing to the series, and what readers can expect to see once the series launches. Give it a read!
The second Pathfinder comic collection, Of Tooth And Claw, arrives in comic and gaming shops on Wednesday (and will be available at the Paizo booth for those of you heading to Gen Con this week). Here’s a preview you can read.
Building on the character development that started in our first volume, I really feel like we hit a solid stride with this one. The group is already established so we’re able to concentrate on the adventure at hand and the effect it has on the party members. As much as the Pathfinder cast represent the “iconic” versions of each character class, I wanted to ensure that their story wasn’t just about stereotypical characters going through the motions as they stride through dungeon encounters.
Working with Paizo on the Pathfinder comic series has been a real joy. The whole team is incredibly passionate about games and storytelling and they provide a lot of great feedback without ever trying to steer the story away from the core elements I think are important. From initial story brainstorming, through production and editorial it’s a real team effort, through and through.
If you’re a gaming fan then the Pathfinder comic is an easy fit and, even if you’re not, I’ve written the story so you can easily jump into our adventurous sword & sorcery world without any prior knowledge.
Here’s what’s available so far:
Pathfinder Vol. 1: Dark Waters Rising (collects issues #1-6)
Pathfinder Vol. 2: Of Tooth and Claw (collects issues #7-12 and the Pathfinder Special)
Pathfinder: City of Secrets (our current mini-series that picks up from issue 12 and the Special)
Pathfinder: Goblins (a mini-series with crazy goblin short stories by various creators)
|Pathfinder Vol. 2
Of Tooth and Claw
(issues #7-12 plus extras)
When Valeros and his companions are tasked with tracking down a mysterious beast scaring the locals of Sandpoint, they find far more than they bargained for! A seemingly simple monster hunt becomes a twisted tale of danger and betrayal as the Cult of Lamashtu exacts its revenge on our iconic heroes.
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It’s that time again, the best four days in gaming – Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana!
It’s going to be really busy year this time with the Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic series still under way and the launch of Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate happening in October along with the release of D&D fifth edition.
Once again, I’m thrilled that I’ll be set up at BOOTH 1437 with Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance, Ravenloft) and Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary, Writing Excuses).
I’ll have tons of great stuff for sale at the booth, including Skullkickers (trades, comic sets, variants, maps, and sketch covers), Samurai Jack (trades, sketch covers), Pathfinder (trades, sketch covers), and Wayward (pre-release postcards and doujinshi).
When I’m not at my booth I’ll be doing panels and signings. Here’s my current schedule:
3:00-4:00pm Signing at Wizards of the Coast (HALL D)
5:00-7:00pm Storytelling in the Forgotten Realms panel (ROOM 120)
1:00-2:00pm Signing at Paizo (BOOTH 203)
7:00-8:00pm Tyranny of Dragons Launch Party (Georgia Street Pavilion)
11:00am-Noon Signing at Paizo (BOOTH 203)
2:00-3:00pm Signing at Wizards of the Coast (HALL D)
On Wednesday on my drive down to Indianapolis for Gen Con I’m stopping at Alter Ego Comics in Muncie, Indiana for a shop signing from 5-7pm. If you live in the area it would be great to see you there. Bring your copies of Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Figment, Pathfinder and more or buy them at the shop!
I spoke to Byron Brewer from Dynamic Forces all about launching Wayward at Image and other projects I’m working on. Click on through to give it a read.
Bleeding Cool has an exclusive look at Steve Cummings’ beautiful character designs for Wayward. Click on through to check them out as well as an extended preview of the first issue.