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Syfy Wire Interview All About Wizards & Spells

Josh Weiss at SyFy Wire interviewed me about the latest D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide – Wizards & Spells! We talk about magic in the worlds of D&D and encouraging new players to use their imaginations, along with an exclusive peek at pages from the book. Check it out!

Wizards & Spells arrives in bookstores on March 10th.

Nerdist Previews Wizards & Spells

Nerdist has an exclusive preview of the fourth D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide – Wizards & Spells!
Click on through to check out a sneak peek at magic-wielding character classes, spell profiles, and magic items!

Wizards & Spells arrives in stores on March 10th!

Not At Emerald City Comic Con This Year

After discussing the events happening in Washington State and the extensive travel Stacy and I hope to be taking through the rest of 2020, we’ve decided that setting up at Emerald City Comic Con next week isn’t a risk we’re willing to take, so unfortunately we’re bowing out of the show this year. My apologies.

The number of convention goers I interact with, the extensive social interactions that make ECCC such a special show for Stacy and I…we can already tell that it’s going to be a very different kind of event this year and, with both the financial and time commitment involved, we had to make this choice. That’s not through any fault of the Reedpop crew or the amazing fans in Seattle, it’s just the broader state of events currently out of our control.

I’m less worried about personally getting ill than the risk of the show being cancelled soon after we arrive or, more importantly, possibly transferring a virus to my family, friends, or students here in Toronto. This year is extra special for me, career-wise, and I’d love to celebrate that in a big way but it’ll have to wait until another event.

I hope I’m wrong and everything in Seattle goes smoothly. Wishing all of you well.

Thank you for your understanding.
Jim

Conan the Barbarian #13 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8.5/10 “I enjoyed this first issue immensely. Cut down the middle, it sets up the story with some good fighting and then breaks for some dark mysteries and adventurer traps.”

Big Comic Page: “Jim Zub’s narrative for issue #13 of Conan The Barbarian must have been an utter delight for any fantasy tabletop role-playing fans, what with its feats of forte, ferocious fist-fights and utterly ruinous snares.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “Jim Zub’s script is great (especially in the second half), and the art from Roge Antonio portrays the violence in a tasteful but bloody way. This is definitely the start of something interesting”

Comic-Watch: 9.2/10 “Jim Zub is certainly no stranger to the Conan universe and his masterful writing will lead you on a journey through savage worlds and brutal locals. I was reminded, fondly, of the old Conan tales from the mid-’70s and with every twist and turn I began to regret that it ever had to end.”

Cool Comic Reviews: “Under Jim Zub’s writing, Conan still feels like Conan. He cares not for anything but combat, grog, and women. The art is fantastic also. “

Geeks WorldWide: 8/10 “Zub’s familiarity with Conan and his world is apparent as he eases readers into Conan’s thoughts, demeanor, physicality.”

Graphic Policy: “It’s really cool and feels a bit more accessible to those who might not necessarily be into Robert E.Howard or Conan the Barbarian, a solid first issue that anyone can hop in and enjoy.”

Hero Press: “Beautifully paced, from its introduction right through to the start of the subterranean trials, the adrenaline-drenched Into The Crucible is pure excitement of the most primal kind.”

Kabooooom!: 10/10 “Zub perfectly captures the adventurous spirit of the original Robert E. Howard stories and, with Antonio’s art, waves together a book that feels like you’re watching an old-school Dungeons and Dragons dungeon crawl play out.”

Newsarama: 9/10 “Armed with a keen drive and high adventure fun, Conan the Barbarian #13 keeps the main Conan title on strong legs.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.5/10 “Zub and Antônio are off to a great start. Highly recommended.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.4/10 “The story is entertaining and the stakes are laid out in a way that increases the tension of each moment. Not only is the story gripping, but the climax is sufficiently jarring enough to make me want to see what happens next.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 7.5/10 “Overall, this first issue was an entertainingly quick read that will get new readers to the heart of the story fast.”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in May 2020

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #16 (Legacy #291)
JIM ZUB (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant cover by Cary Nord
THE REVENGE OF CONAN!
• The true nature of the Great Crucible is revealed!
• CONAN has angered the leadership of Uttara Kuru, but he will not be crushed by their punishment so easily!
• The dramatic conclusion to “Into the Crucible” and the start of Conan’s next quest!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #2 (of 3)
Jim Zub (W) • Carlos Magno (A) • COVER BY PAUL RENAUD
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight an intergalactic foe on three fronts! In New York, a villain from the past has been super charged with alien energy. In Mexico, old hatreds turn allies into enemies. And in the Savage Land, the soul of the jungle has been stolen and Shanna the She-Devil’s life hangs in the balance. It’s mystery, magic and mayhem, in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

EMPYRE: THE INVASION OF WAKANDA #1 (OF 3)
Jim Zub (W) • LAN MEDINA (A) • COVER BY Dustin Weaver
VARIANT COVER BY DAVID NAKAYAMA
The heart of Wakanda — its mighty store of Vibranium — comes under threat as the villains of EMPYRE launch their invasion of Earth!
Black Panther’s Agents of Wakanda form the front line against the alien invasion, but the enemy’s powers are vast and unknown. With T’Challa off fighting alongside the Avengers, General Okoye is in charge — and even with the superhumans are her disposal, she may find herself outmatched.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

14 years.

That’s how long I’ve been coordinating Seneca’s 3-Year Animation Advanced Diploma program.

I’ve been teaching at Seneca for the past 16 years, and 14 of those have included managing curriculum development, student issues, instructor schedules, budget projections, and evaluating portfolios.

Being Coordinator might be the longest and most consistent thing I’ve done in my life. I worked at UDON as an artist and project manager for 9 years. I’ve been freelance comic writing for 11 years. When Stacy and I started dating in 2007 I was already Animation Program Coordinator, so it’s been a constant through our entire relationship and marriage.

Until now.

Juggling both teaching and writing, two full-time careers running in tandem, has been a challenge at times. I’ve earned a few grey hairs thanks to it, but also wouldn’t trade it for anything. The friends I’ve made, projects I’ve been a part of, and places I’ve traveled to, it’s been such an incredible ride.

At the end of last year, we finished our 5-year program review. Animation broke records for applications and portfolios for the fourth year in a row. Our student body is enthusiastic and focused. Our instructors are top notch. Our graduates are working for some of the biggest animation, game, and special effect companies in the world. Seeing all that laid out in black and white in front of me, it felt like a good place to evaluate my own progress as well.

As I looked ahead to 2020 and beyond, I realized how much more would be required, both with the creative projects I have lined up and the expanding needs of one of the college’s most popular and successful programs. Something had to change, otherwise I’d burn out trying to keep doing it all at the same time.

So, I spoke to Mark Jones, a dear friend and Seneca’s Chair of Creative Arts, and requested a professional leave from the college. My professional leave starts late April 2020 and continues through to end of August 2021 – 16 months to focus on my writing and other creative development, working away on some stuff that’s already public along with a couple secret projects I’m excited to see come to life.

When I return after my leave, I won’t be picking back up the Coordinator mantle. After 14 years of building and running the Animation program, it’s time for someone else to take charge. Sean Craig, current Coordinator of our post-grad 3D Animation program and the 3rd year Digital Animation stream, is stepping up to take over. He and I have been discussing this changeover for many months and he has a rock-solid vision for where the program needs to be in the years ahead.

So, that’s the news. After April 22nd, I’ll be focused on writing and other creative endeavors along with expanding my travel schedule so Stacy and I can go places we’ve never been and spend more time in the places we enjoy. I get to see what it’s like to have one crazy creative career instead of two and a half. 

I got into this business (art, animation, comics, games, teaching, all of it) because I love storytelling. Getting to work with so many skilled people who love it as much as I do has been a dream.

What comes next? Keep watching and we’ll find out together as the future unfolds.

Wish me luck,
Jim

Screen Rant Talks D&D: Infernal Tides

SJ Twining from Screen Rant chatted with me about my ties to Dungeons & Dragons and all the fun Max Dunbar and I have had working on Infernal Tides, the latest D&D comic mini-series. Check it out!

CBC q Radio Interview

I spoke to Laurie Brown from CBC’s q radio program all about the effect Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop role-playing games have had on my life and creative career and the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides I helped work on. Give it a listen!

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in April 2020

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #8
JIM ZUB (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

SECRETS OF THE SPACE DRAGONS!
Fin Fang Foom is one of the mightiest creatures in the Marvel Universe and now he’s no longer alone! Can Broo and the other Agents of Wakanda unravel the mystery of this bizarre new “Legion of Foom” before their rampage destroys Avengers Mountain?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15
JIM ZUB (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by SKAN

MURDER IN THE PITS OF THE CRUCIBLE!
• CONAN’s fate is altered by the sudden murder of one of the contestants!
• But as all signs point to Conan’s guilt, has he fallen victim to a cruel betrayal…or a demonic possession clouding his actions?
• The Crucible tournament continues with its deadliest twist yet!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1 (of 3)
Jim Zub (W) • Carlos Magno (A) • COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
VARIANT COVER BY TBA

With the threat from the stars now reaching Earth, Captain America sends out the call for heroes to meet its advance across the globe! But in the far–off Antarctic Savage Land, Ka–Zar and the Agents of Wakanda have located an enemy offensive that could change the course of the conflict! Which Avengers will answer the call to this remote area and will they be able to cope with the strangeness they find there?
32 pages/Rated T …$3.99

Midnight’s Edge Interview

I spoke to Andre Einherjar from Midnight’s Edge about my comic writing career and excitement for taking over Conan the Barbarian at Marvel in February. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, so check it out.