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Wayward #28 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “The art continues to be gorgeous, almost blossoming off the page. The wreckage has an almost haunting beauty to it, and the character expressions are stepped up in the expressiveness department.”

Comic Attack: 8/10 “What can be said about the art team of Cummings and Bonvillain that hasn’t been said over the past twenty-eight issues? The opening sequence beautifully captures the sadness and caring of the moment and when things shift to the supernatural, Bonvillain’s colors take it to the next level.”

Comic 8/10 “Steven Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain’s art and color put on paper quite possibly one of the most interesting openings to a demonic battle that you’ll see.”

Geeked Out Nation: 9.1/10 “Wayward #28 throws everyone right into the fray, and I don’t think there has been a bigger stage then now for either success or failure. This issue laughs in the face of anyone who was really hyped up for a turnaround, but even then this remains a story where you expect the unexpected.”

Horror Talk: 10/10 “Wayward is not slowing down at all. It’s steaming forward towards an incredible climax with monsters all around. If this issue is any indication, we’re in for some epic supernatural battles to close out the series.”

Zub at Keystone Comic Con This Weekend!

This weekend I’m in Philadelphia for the first annual Keystone Comic Con! I’ll be in Artist Alley sketching and signing at TABLE F-24. If you’re at the show I hope to see you there!

In addition to being at my table, I’ll be on some panels as well:

Friday Sept 14
3:00-4:00pm Bringing Fantasy Worlds To Life

Panel Room B (Room 111AB)
From Middle-earth to The Upside Down and everything in between, the best fantasy stories capture the imaginations of readers with fully-realised worlds and the characters who inhabit them. Join a panel of writers as they discuss how to create these engrossing stories and shine a light on bringing these worlds to life. Featuring Devon Taylor (The Soul Keepers), Josiah Bancroft (The Books of Babel Series), Jim Zub (Dungeons & Dragons) and more!

Saturday Sept 15
4:00-5:00pm Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing

Keystone Theater/Room 114
YouTube sensation Comicstorian moderates this can’t miss panel featuring two of the biggest Marvel mega-stars of today – Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Jim Zub (Champions). A major theft has been pulled off in New York, and Black Cat isn’t the culprit? Spidey has to team-up with the felonious feline femme fatale to uncover the truth! Plus, the Champions enter a world of swords and sorcery. Can the next generation of heroes survive the perils of Weirdworld?

5:30-6:30pm Marvel Science 101
Panel Room A (Room 113A)
The Marvel Universe is filled with scientists who are constantly tweaking, bending and breaking what we know about real-world science. Join science educators Matt and Shari Brady along with Chris Claremont (X-Men), Alitha Martinez (Iron Man), Brandon Montclair (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), and Jim Zub (Avengers) to talk about how science is used and abused in the Marvel Universe! Please leave time platforms and cosmic cubes at the door.

Sunday Sept 16
10:45-11:45am Comic Book Club Live

Panel Room B (Room 111AB)
Comic Book Club is a live talk show and podcast that’s been running for over a decade, hosting guests from the worlds of comedy and comic books! We’ve been written up in the New York Times, twice, and recorded the show all over the country. Come watch the show, be part of the podcast!

D&D: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #5 Reviews

Comic 8/10 “The best comic of this week is definitely the one where a hamster takes on a hostile adventuring party and wins.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “Definitely a must-read for RPG fans, and it might make a nice pick-up if you’re the kind of person who likes a little fun in their fantasy.”

Major Spoilers: 9/10 “The scenery is magnificent. There’s a double splash from the rooftop looking out over the harbor which is just lovely and really captures the feel of Baldur’s Gate. The villains are distinctive and amusingly cranky looking. The slapstick scenes that evolve into the fight are great.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “The attention to detail here is sensational as we see the manipulation of the line work so the subtle and the bold moments can work in concert with one another beautifully really makes this a joy.”

Wayward #28 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “The art continues to be gorgeous, almost blossoming off the page. The wreckage has an almost haunting beauty to it, and the character expressions are stepped up in the expressiveness department.”

Comic Attack: 8/10 “It’s been great seeing one art team on a title for this long delivering a consistently well drawn sequential story.”

Comic 8/10 “Jim Zub’s writing paired with Steven Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain’s art and color put on paper quite possibly one of the most interesting openings to a demonic battle that you’ll see.”

Geeked Out Nation: 9.1/10 “…this was everything you imagined when thinking about a big climatic fight breaking loose. The colors used for this issue were both explosive and fantastical.”

Horror Talk: 10/10 “Wayward was pitched as ‘Buffy set in Japan’ and it’s grown so far beyond that. This is an immersive experience steeped in terrifying folklore.”

TMStash: 10/10 “The most beautifully written and illustrated book in comics today turns up the action to 11 in this issue. I’m blown away by the battle scenes here…and the tension is palpable. “

2018 Joe Shuster Award!

Just found out I won the 2018 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Award in the ‘Outstanding Writer’ category.

Thank you to Kevin Boyd and everyone else involved! I deeply appreciate the support.

Congrats to all the other winners, including my friends Andrew Wheeler, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Stuart Immonen, Gisele Lagace, Hope Nicholson and Mark Askwith!

Rick and Morty VS D&D In Newsweek!

Newsweek has a piece on Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons #1 written by game columnist Andrew Whalen. Check it out!

Battle Of The Atom Podcast

In this podcast interview, we cover reading Marvel Comics, working for Marvel, writing X-Men characters, upcoming Champions issues, and the changes to Psylocke that happened in Mystery In Madripoor.
Give it a listen!

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons #1 Reviews!

A Comic Show: “This was so much fun…It was awesome…If you’ve never read a Rick and Morty comic, this should be your first.”

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9.5/10 “This issue hits the ground running, revels in the fantasy genre, and is a delightful page-turner.”

Alpha Comics: “It’s a fun story with tons of laughs and an engaging plot to boot. This book also leaves its readers with a crazy cliffhanger that’ll no doubt guarantee their return.”

Brazen Bull: 9.4/10 “Troy Little’s artwork hits all the right notes at all the right times; there is an energetic quality to his art that brings this issue to life. His ability to display a variety of emotions and expressions on his characters is uncanny.”

Bubble Blabber: 10/10 “Rick and Morty vs Dungeons and Dragons is already high above my expectations. I knew this would be an interesting read, no doubt, but I had no idea that the story would be this involved.”

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “If you’re interested in picking up Dungeons & Dragons through the lens of Rick and Morty, this comic ends up being pretty damn educational.”

Comic 8/10 “This is shaping up to be a crossover that fans of either property won’t want to sleep on.”

Comic Book HQ: 10/10 “I loved this book with a passion I can’t describe. Not only did it meet my expectations, but it far surpassed them, in the most glorious way. It looked fantastic, brought both worlds to life beautifully, and has me eagerly anticipating the rest of this four issue mini-series.”

Comic Book Resources: “Much like any absurd Rick and Morty plot, though, it works. Not because it tries to create a super franchise of sorts, but due to the fact that the comic parodies everything about Dungeons & Dragons and the general elitist nature of nerd culture.”

Comic Regime: “Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub have done a great job at starting this series off. With so much in this first issue, from all the D&D player lingo to that true feeling that makes Rick and Morty loved by so many.”

Court Of Nerds: 10/10 “D&D fans will love the vernacular, Rick and Morty fans will love the haphazard adventuring, fans of Zub will get the slick storytelling, and fans of Rothfuss will get electric interplay between characters.”

Comic Town: “When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, it’s totally over my head. Who knew…it spoke to me! All of a sudden, I definitely became Morty here and I think I understand how to play Dungeons & Dragons!”

Daily Comic: “I loved it…If you like both Rick and Morty and Dungeons & Dragons this is going to be heaven for you.”

Fanbase Press: “Artist Troy Little teams up with colorist Leonardo Ito and letterer Robbie Robbins to build a fantastical world of swords and sorcery and a futuristic space world simultaneously as the sci-fi heavy Rick & Morty universe clashes with the old-world Dungeons & Dragons setting.”

Inverse: ” against all odds, the Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons crossover comic is on par with the best Rick and Morty episodes in terms of core storytelling while also capturing what it’s really like to play D&D.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8.2/10 “Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons finds a way to perfectly capture not only the humor of the show but the perfect synergy of two great properties crossing over.”

Oregon Live: “it is an absolutely magical moment when Rick learns that Morty wants to play — the highlight of a fun and spirited crossover that nails precisely what it should be.”

Rogues Portal: ” I never once thought that their voice strayed from that of the show, even down to their brand of humor–which other writers have had trouble nailing down in the past. Rothfuss and Zub make the two properties mesh with an astounding ease.”

The Other Comic Book Teacher: “No question…Best of the Four this week goes to a book that takes two of my favorite things and mashes them together with love, grossness, and a little 3d6 +2.”

Team Ashen: “If you are a fan of playing the game, you will love the inside jokes.”

Zub at Fan Expo Canada 2018!

It’s the end of the summer and that means it’s time for Fan Expo, Canada’s largest comic and pop culture convention. As always, I’ll be there, signing and sketching up a storm.

Stacy and I will be set up at TABLE P-2. Bring your books by to get signed or browse the selection we’ll have available. If you’re here in Toronto I hope to see you there!

In addition to being at my table, I’ll be on a few panels this weekend as well:

4pm ROOM 701A – Writing For Comics Roundtable
So you want to be a comic book writer? Or maybe you’re just interested in what makes them tic. We’ve gathered some of the best writers in the comic book industries with some of the most different perspectives we could find and brought them together to talk about their process and how they write comics!

2pm ROOM 715B – You Down With OPP? Working With Licences and IP.
Licensed board games have always been sort of a mixed bag – the games were typically not great, hoping to cash in on sales from the intellectual property alone. With today’s discerning fandoms, that is no longer the truth. Meet some of the industry pros who are working with many of the best properties available to create games worth playing for fans of the license and gaming alike!

4pm ROOM 714B Creator Resource: A Conversation Around Creator’s Rights
Creator rights has long been one of the most contentious issues in comics, and earlier this year a team of creators came together to try and encourage more transparent conversations about rights, ownership and payment in comics. This panel will focus on what the aims of Creator Resource are, what upcoming creators should look for in a comic book contract, and what we can all do to make comics a fairer industry for us all to work in.

Talent Scout extraordinaire Rickey Purdin joins some of the biggest names at Marvel for an exciting discussion about the future of your favorite series. Featuring Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Matt Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men), Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man), and Jim Zub (Champions), this is a panel you can’t afford to miss! Massive shake-ups on the horizon for our heroes: The X-Men – Disassembled! Spider-Man and Black Cat – Together again! The Champions – Marooned on Weirdworld! And The Avengers – Earth’s most hated heroes?!

2pm ROOM 705 – Meet the Casts of the Danger Dice Gang & The End of Time and Other Bothers
Meet the creators behind some of your favourite AP podcasts. How did they get started? What do they have next?

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons #3 Arrives in November!

(W) Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub
(A/CA) Troy Little

A dimension where Dungeons & Dragons paradigms are real. The rules are absolute…or, at least, they were…until Rick and Morty make their mark. Get ready to plead the fifth (edition) in this unlawful, chaotically evil story of family friction and fantasy frolics.

The world’s greatest roleplaying game.
Reality’s most dysfunctional animated series.
What could go wrong?

• Presented in conjunction with Oni Press!
• Patrick Rothfuss, the multiple award-winning, bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle series, joins Dungeons & Dragons fan-favorite author Jim Zub (Avengers, Wayward) on a tri-dimensional fantasy adventure!
Rick and Morty is one of the most popular shows in Adult Swim history, with a steady fan following since it debuted in 2013. This is the first official Rick and Morty team-up story and should have deep traction in fan circles!
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition sales continue to grow each year. D&D has returned as a cultural force in bookstores and online.