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Talking Conan, Avengers, and Dungeons & Dragons on Word Balloon!

Listen to “Comic Books Marvel writer Jim Zub On Conan D&D Avengers and Serpent War” on Spreaker.

John Siuntres and I get caught up on the Word Balloon Podcast after over two years since our previous conversation. We cover Conan the Barbarian in a big way, along with Serpent War, Avengers, the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons, conventions, and more! So much great material here.
Give it a listen!

0:00:00 John’s Introduction
0:04:06 Jim Interview Start – Taking over Conan the Barbarian
0:16:58 Conan: Serpent War – James Allison, Solomon Kane, and Dark Agnes
0:33:00 Intense fandom and reaching readers
0:40:22 Building the Avengers: No Surrender and No Road Home weekly stories
0:51:54 Dungeons & Dragons is back in a big way
1:09:20 Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons
1:13:53 The Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides
1:24:34 Playing Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop RPGs
1:28:50 The Convention Circuit – SDCC memories and more
1:34:58 Original art – browsing and buying
1:45:55 Hong Kong action movies and the wrap up

Super Powered Fancast Interview

I spoke to Deron at the Super Powered Fancast all about Conan the Barbarian, comic book writing, sword & sorcery, Black Panther, writing process, and more. Give it a listen.

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “…this very fun issue makes all the right moves. This is a super enjoyable science and superhero adventure to kick the year off right.”

Chillmonger: 8/10 “Character consistency. You can plug this T’Challa into any comic and he would fit.”

Comic 8/10 “Deadpool’s arrival in the latest Black Panther And The Agents of Wakanda essentially turns this into another Deadpool comic, but if you’re a fan of that you’ll find nothing but laughs in this issue.”

Comic Book University: “A whole lot gets explained in here, a whole lot of Deadpool in this, and another one of those surprise endings.”

Comic-Watch: 7.6/10 “It’s a pretty straight forward adventure where Deadpool falls ass-backward into joining the team for a mission. Zub delivers a solid story, some pretty funny lines, and some exceptional surprises.”

Green Machine Comics: “This whole issue was amazing. I laughed the whole way through it.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.8/10 “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Tipstor: “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. We really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.5/10 “I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading this month after month. I came into this series blind; I’ve read only a very little Black Panther in the past, and now I’m hungry for more.”

Year In Review

As I’ve done in years past, I try to sum up the year that was in a post here on my site. 2019 had some of the highest highs and lowest lows in recent memory, closing out the decade in ways I never could have imagined.

At the center of it all was one of the most difficult things Stacy or I have ever gone through – early in the year Stacy’s Mom discovered she had cancer and, through the spring and into summer it aggressively overtook her and she passed away on July 12th. Doreen, my second Mom, was an incredible woman filled with deep love for her family and a joy for making things and bringing happiness to others. Her loss struck us hard. Navigating the latter half of the year has been tough and we’re still finding our way through it, bit by bit.

School and writing are both going incredibly well even in the face of our family tragedy and the contrast between those two aspects of my life are surreal and, honestly, sometimes hard to ratify. Talking about comics, games and creative projects seems small at times given these tumultuous times.

So, I think that’s the lesson of 2019 – The work is important, but not as important as the people in my life and the bond between us. There’s joy to be had in writing, convention travel and the ridiculously nerdy things that define my career but they’re in service to love, family, and friendship. We have to help each other while appreciating the time we have and the experiences we get.

Dungeons & Dragons became a real focal point this year with comics, the Young Adventurer’s Guides, D&D Live in Los Angeles, and a TEDx Talk all about how D&D changed my life, but in the end it still filters down to creating and maintaining emotional connections. The same goes for my creator-owned projects, my Marvel work, and teaching at Seneca.

What lasts are the bonds built between us and the stories we create, so I’m trying to head into 2020 with hopes of strengthening those bonds even further and telling as many people as I can how much they mean to me.

I hope you do the same.

All the best to you and yours as we head into the new year.

Dungeons & Tombs Reviews

Bell of Lost Souls: “You can’t help but want to start playing, as you read through these books. They do such a wonderful job of hooking you in. And I think a huge part of that is, they’re not bound by having to make way for rules.”

Bleeding Cool: “This is the series of books I wish Scholastic had when I was growing up. They’re great ways to learn the game from the start, or grasp concepts of the game without having to go buy the Player’s Handbook and deep-dive.”

CFT RPG: “They’re well written, the layout is fantastic and nothing is re-hashed from the existing 5e line. I can’t praise it enough.”

d20 Diaries: “These are cool, exciting places to adventure and imagine, that showcase a wide variety of environments, locations, and play styles. The information included in the monster entries is absolutely wonderful.”

Fanbase Press: “Dungeons & Tombs is a strong addition to the Young Adventurer’s Guide series. The book stands on its own as an introduction to dungeon crafting, but its greatest value will be as part of a set. Collectively, these books make for a beautiful introduction to the world of fantasy gaming and would make an effective tool even for older audiences who were less than familiar with the tropes and ideas of tabletop fantasy.”

Geek Tyrant: “These are good tips for everyone to keep in mind as they create their adventures and this is what makes the book such a standout addition to the series.”

Noticias RTV (Spanish): “this particular book guides them through some of the potential scenarios, villains and monsters, as well as a set Ingenious of guidelines to keep in mind when creating your own dungeon.”

Conan: Serpent War #2 Reviews

Newsarama: 8/10 “Stephen Segovia and Frank D’Armata driving forward with consistent set pieces versus various Set cultists and creatures…Zub’s dynamics between the pairing raise sparks along with the team’s weapons, especially the stoic, fanatical Kane and the droll Moon Knight.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.75/10 “Zub writes them well, and there is plenty of breakneck action that keeps the story rolling along. But for all that action, it’s the underlying mystery that is the glue that holds the story together and keeps it from being just another event cross-over.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “This is the kind of storytelling that is universally beloved. The writing is strong and crafted superbly while the interiors are stunning in their detail and the impact the imagery has is beyond compare.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Jim Zub’s story is ticking along nicely here. I am loving the banter and the relationships he has set up between the four lead characters.”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in March 2020

A trio of space dragons attacks Avengers Mountain, and now the Agents of Wakanda are all that stand between their epic reptile
rage and…FOOM?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Variant Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
• CONAN, equipped with only his strength and wits, must survive the deadly traps of the Great Crucible!
• With a cadre of contestants against him, and only a local boy named DELIAN to translate, can anyone or any THING be trusted?!
• Who is really playing who…?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Written by JIM ZUB
A Conan event for the ages! The man named James Allison will die soon. It’s not his first death. James has lived many lives, across many eras — lives he can recall in vivid detail. But when a mysterious force reaches across time to engage his abilities to save all of reality, an era-spanning quest begins! The serpent god Set plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only four chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes…and the man known as Moon Knight! But where Marc Spector goes, will his own ancient deity — Khonshu — be far behind? In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard’s celebrated characters join forces alongside one of Marvel’s most fascinating heroes in a saga built on lore from across time itself! Collecting Conan: Serpent War (2019) 1-4, Supernatural Thrillers (1972) 3.
128 PGS./Parental Advisory …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92307-5

The countdown to Iron Man 2020! Reality lies in the eye of the beholder as Tony Stark questions his humanity while Jocasta seeks to evolve out of her robotic body. An artificial intelligence uprising has begun, and Ultron seizes this as his moment to strike! But is he the biggest problem — or is it Machine Man?! The A.I.s are on the attack, and they might be in the right. Battle lines are drawn, and there will be major consequences for Tony Stark and James Rhodes! To save the man she loves, the Wasp faces an incredible journey — and a bitter battle with her ex-husband, Hank Pym, now merged with Ultron! The boundaries between man and machine are blurred and broken. The robot revolution has begun. Prepare for a new Iron Age! Collecting TONY STARK, IRON MAN #15-19.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92088-3

Written by Jim Zub, Paul Allor, & Christos Gage
Penciled by Paco Diaz, Robert Gill, Ariel Olivetti, Georges Jeanty, & Michele Bandini
All-new stories leading directly into the highly anticipated game! When the Lethal Legion strikes, co-opting Tony Stark’s technology, it’s up to Iron Man to stop the leak. But can his teammates be trusted? Then, when the God of Thunder lends his hammer, Mjolnir, to aid Stark with a new experiment, it leads to an unexpected Asgardian encounter — and a titanic Thor vs. Hulk battle! Bruce Banner is trying to regulate his inner beast once and for all — but a catastrophe may spell the end for more than just the curse of the Hulk! Plus: Captain America and the Black Widow take the spotlight as the stage is set for the earthshaking events in MARVEL’S AVENGERS! Collecting MARVEL’S AVENGERS: IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, HULK and BLACK WIDOW.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9465-1

D&D: Infernal Tides #1 Reviews

Bravo, Bard: “a delightful adventure that pulls a lot from its inspiration without feeling like a rehash of it. With fantastic art and clever writing, this comic will please not only D&D fans, but fans of good stories in general.”

Comic 10/10 “While Zub and Dunbar are a fantastic pairing in any circumstance, Infernal Tides feels like their strongest work to date. Dunbar’s art is absolutely phenomenal and Zub integrates elements from Descent Into Avernus effortlessly without making it feel like a rehash of the adventure.”

Comic Book University: “I think that we’re in good hands with these books.”

Here Be Wonder: 10/10 “Jim Zub and Max Dunbar have kicked off an amazing new chapter of the D&D comic and I am loving it.”

The Pullbox: 10/10 “Adventure and intrigue abound, expertly seasoned with just the right dose of humor…Layered and well-paced, we get glimpses of the horror to come and just enough information to leave us tantalized for more”

Multiversity: 8.6/10 “A fiend-fighting fun time in Baldur’s Gate, bringing the beloved band of brave heroes back to battle the forces of badness. Everyone working on this comic must have rolled a Natural 20, because it’s a critical hit.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “The linework is exquisitely laid down and the varying weights being utilized really bring about some of the best attention to detail that you’ll see. Max and Sebastian are able to bring this to life with such awe and wonder that even the tiniest of details are displayed.”

The Gallant Goblin: “The comic is beautifully illustrated and fast-paced. The fight scenes are a delight for any D&D player as you get to see spells and class abilities come to life on the page.”

Agents Of Wakanda #4 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “Jim Zub’s script packs a lot of interesting things into this very creative issue that leans heavily on continuity in a way that’s still accessible to newer readers…This book has a Tom Strong meets Agents of SHIELD vibe, but not in a derivative way, so it’s a real page turner.”

Chillmonger: 7/10 “A satisfying ending of God Loves, Moon Kills.”

Comic Book University: “This is definitely a seed for a future comic book story.”

Comic-Watch: 9.4/10 “Zub crafts a well-told story that finds a perfect balance of science fiction and superhero adventure. Very well told!”

Major Spoilers: 9/10 “Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #4 makes good use of the characters and continuity of the Marvel Universe, with clever storytelling techniques, fun dialogue and, best of all, truly impressive art to knock one out of the park”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.4/10 “Lan Medina’s art is fantastic. Not only does the style of the art complement the tone and pace of the story, but the characters pop on the page and the panel progression fuels both the tension of the plot and the heroism of the characters.”

D&D Young Adventurers Guide: Wizards & Spells – Preview!

Wizards & Spells, the fourth D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, arrives in bookstores on March 10th.

In this guide you’ll find:
• Profiles for six magic-wielding character classes.
• Six magic-wielding legendary heroes.
• 40 spell spotlight listings.
• 40 magic item spotlight listings.
• 70 brand new illustrations!

Here are preview pages to show you some of the great content inside, perfect for new players or young readers:

Magic-Wielding Character Classes:


Types of Magic:

First Level Spells – Cure Wounds and Disguise Self:

Legendary Item – Wand of Wonder:

More information on the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides can be found right HERE.

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide 4
Wizards & Spells

This illustrated guide transports new players to the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons and presents a one-of-a-kind course on the wizards, sorcerers, and other magic-makers for which the game is known. Featuring easy-to-follow and entertaining explanations of how spells are created and used in the game, along with original illustrations of the game’s essential magical characters, this book shines a spotlight on the mystical side of D&D.
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