Author Archives: Jim Zub

Talking Star Wars and More on Comic Pop

Sal Crivelli from Comic Pop and I chatted up a storm about Star Wars, the Mandalorian, working in big shared universes, conventions and so much more. Sal’s great to chat with and we had a blast.
Give it a watch!

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1 Reviews

But Why Tho: 10/10 “…a perfect amalgamation of growing up, friendship, and a passion for geek culture.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “…a love letter to the bonding power of D&D…A great comic, one that syncs up perfectly with both Stranger Things and the D&D experience.”

Comic Book Club: “I was surprised how much I enjoyed this…I thought this was a lot of fun.”

Flickering Myth: “I look forward to more of this bizarre mix of intellectual properties; the concept sounds insane and yet I very much enjoyed the story presented so far.”

Mass Movement: “an uncanny ability to weave great stories featuring well-rounded, believable and relatable character and when you team them up with a staggeringly talented artistic duo the end result is inevitably going to knock you off your feet and completely blow your mind.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: “…a fun and charming beginning to this miniseries. It’s an endearing adventure, allowing for a sneak peek into the world they lived in before everything turned so…strange.”

One More Comic (Spanish): 10/10 “Both the story and art capture the camaraderie and tone of the Stranger Things series, as well as how exciting it is to participate in the game.”

The Pullbox: “The settings are well-rendered and attractive, and there’s a lot of play with panels and collages, maintaining strong eye appeal and interest. And the gaming scenes? You can tell, dude was just having fun.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Diego Galindo does some epic work here and his fine line work is brought wonderfully to life by colorist MSASSYK. Furthermore, the artist does a wonderful job of capturing the likeness of the young actors that play the four key characters on ‘Stranger Things’.”

That Hashtag Show: “It was nice to get a look at Will, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin before their lives got turned “Upside Down”. This Stranger Things origin story mixed with the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons is a must for fans!”

Conan the Barbarian #15 Reviews

The Brown Bag: “…crammed full of treachery, numerous death-traps, passionate love-making and the adventurer’s unconquerable will to survive, many fans of Robert E. Howard’s work could arguably have believed that the incredibly atmospheric Into The Crucible was actually an adaption of some long-lost manuscript from the Thirties rather than a modern-day interpretation of the fictional sword and sorcery hero.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “This arc could end up being a genuinely perfect one, if this issue is any indication.”

Comic Book University: “I think you’ll actually see that this is really a fun book, all in all, from beginning to end.”

Graphic Policy: “I thought Conan the Barbarian #15 was an easy issue to follow and I wasn’t confused much at all picking this one up in the middle of the storyline.”

Kaboooom!: 8/10 “Roge Antonio’s art continues to impress, showing a unique sense of motion throughout the issue. Even when speaking in a static conversation the characters seem to be continually in motion, like wary predators circling their prey.”

Pop Mythology: “Pick of the Week – a book that shows me the savage rage of everyone’s favourite Cimmerian is exactly what this year needs.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.5/10 “I’m totally on board with the direction Zub’s and Antônio are taking…If you’re interested in Conan the Barbarian, now is the perfect time to give it a try.”

D&D at Baltimore Comic -Con

Last weekend I played a one-off session of Dungeons & Dragons as part of Baltimore Comic-Con with Cecil Castellucci (Batgirl), Troy Little (Rick and Morty VS D&D), Tom Akel, and Dungeon Master Caped Joel. Good fun all around.

Zub Comics Arriving January 2021

STRANGER THINGS and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #3 (of 4)
Jody Houser (W), Jim Zub (W), Diego Galindo (A), MsassyK (C),
E. M. Gist (Cover), Anna Dittmann (Variant Cover),
David Michael Beck (Variant Cover), Toni Infante (Variant Cover)
On sale January 6, 2021

Months have passed since Eleven defeated the Mindflayer by closing a gate to the Upside Down–saving her friends and probably the world. Life is rapidly changing for the young group of friends and despite all they have been through they are finding time to play D&D again. This time, new members are joining the party.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #19 (Legacy #294)
JIM ZUB (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by GEOFF SHAW

CONAN’S QUEST IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS!
CONAN’s march to Khitai has landed him as the prisoner of the imperial guard…but it will take more than chains to keep a Cimmerian down! As Conan plans his escape, what dreaded beasts lurk in the land of Khitai, and what new dangers will impede his quest to return the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR to its rightful master? The travels of Conan the Barbarian continue with the perfect jumping-on point for new or lapsed readers! Join us as we welcome new series penciler CORY SMITH to the Hyborian Age in this epic adventure!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE OMNIBUS (HC)
Written by AL EWING, DAN SLOTT, ROBBIE THOMPSON, JONATHAN HICKMAN, CHIP ZDARSKY, ANTHONY OLIVEIRA, ALEX PAKNADEL, GERRY DUGGAN, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, JIM ZUB, KELLY THOMPSON,
CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & MORE
Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS, MATTIA DE IULIS, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, PEPE LARRAZ, R.B. SILVA, VALERIO SCHITI, SEAN IZAAKSE, MATTEO BUFFAGNI, LUCAS WERNECK, ANDREA BROCCARDO, JORGE MOLINA, MANUEL GARCIA, ALEX LINS, THOMAS NACHLIK, GREG SMALLWOOD, ARIEL OLIVETTI, CARLOS MAGNO, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, PACO MEDINA, CORY SMITH, JON DAVIS-HUNT, GUIU VILANOVA, LAN MEDINA & MORE
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

The entire intergalactic event! When the long-warring Kree and Skrull races unite under a new emperor and set a course for Earth, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four stand in the way! But another alien race is working in the shadows, and soon the galaxy will face a far deadlier threat than its two most powerful empires combined! As a three-way war rages across Earth, Captain Marvel, Venom, the X-Men and more feel the effects — and the fallout will be huge for the Avengers and FF!

Collecting INCOMING #1; ROAD TO EMPYRE: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR; EMPYRE #0: AVENGERS; EMPYRE #0: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE #1-6; EMPYRE AFTERMATH: AVENGERS; EMPYRE FALLOUT: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE: X-MEN #1-4; LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING, CELESTIAL MESSIAH and SWORDSMAN; EMPYRE: SAVAGE AVENGERS; EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-3; EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1-3; X-MEN (2019) #10-11; FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #21-23; CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) #18-21; IMMORTAL SHE-HULK #1; WEB OF VENOM: EMPYRE’S END; BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #7-8; and EMPYRE HANDBOOK..
1088 PGS./Rated T+ …$125.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-92825-4
Trim size: 7-1/4 x 10-7/8

DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT (TPB)
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE & RAMÓN BACHS
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
One of Disney’s most popular characters — Figment, the ever-curious star of Epcot’s mind-bending attraction Journey into Imagination — stars in all-new adventures! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the astonishing inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created the purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — but back on Earth, a clockwork army is assembling under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves in a time and place not their own, mysteries unfold — and old friends return! Can the imaginative adventurers put their heads together to help stop the world from falling into darkness?

Collecting FIGMENT #1-5 and FIGMENT 2 #1-5.
272 PGS./Ages 9 & Up …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92661-8
Trim size: 6 x 9

Its Canon Podcast Interview

I spoke to Boris and Phil from the Its Canon Podcast all about working in comics, working with well known IPs and continuity, the challenges of getting work done in 2020, and a whole lot more. Dive in to hear everything we covered.

The interview begins at the 16 minute mark of the podcast.

Cory Smith Takes Over As Our New Conan the Barbarian Penciler in January!

With the gap in publishing Conan the Barbarian during the pandemic, Roge Antonio has moved on as our primary penciler on the monthly series, but I think you’ll find our new artist CORY SMITH is more than up to the task as he begins with January’s issue #19 and, in my humble opinion, he is KILLING it.

Check out this interview with Cory on Comic Book Resources and you’ll see exclusive sample pages from issue #19, arriving in January!

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons Panel and Liveplay

On October 9, 2020, Dark Horse hosted a live panel about the Stranger Things comics with creators and special guest Matthew Modine – who plays Dr. Brenner on the hit Netflix series. Watch the crew discuss Stranger Things and D&D, an upcoming comic series, and our many other Stranger Things graphic novels and comics, and then play a session inspired by the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

00:01:20 Stream Start
00:34:56 Matthew Modine Stops By
01:05:05 Game Session Begins

SyFy Wire Previews Beasts & Behemoths

Josh Weiss from SyFy Wire spoke to me about Beasts & Behemoths, the 5th D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, arriving in store on October 20th.

Click on through to find out more information on our new guide and see exclusive preview pages!

I Wrote a Yoda Story!

As revealed by Del Rey, my short story in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back is called “The First Lesson” and it’s all about Yoda, showcasing his thoughts on Luke and the Skywalker legacy as our young hero arrives on Dagobah.

Getting the chance to write such a seminal Star Wars character and showcase his observations on the Force was an absolute honor. I’m so proud to be in this book alongside such an amazing array of authors.

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back arrives on November 10th and is available for preorder now.


From a Certain Point of View:
The Empire Strikes Back

Celebrate the legacy of the groundbreaking Star Wars sequel with this exciting reimagining of the timeless film. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, forty storytellers recreate an iconic scene from The Empire Strikes Back through the eyes of a supporting character, from heroes and villains to droids and creatures. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors and trendsetting artists.
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