The Comics Beat Celebrates the End of Wayward

Matt O’Keefe from the Comics Beat and I chatted about the end of Wayward, which arrived in comic shops nationwide last week – the evolution of the series, the changing comic market, and the big wrap up. Give it a read!

Forces Of Geek Interview

I spoke to the Forces Of Geek crew about Wayward – how it came to be, the evolution of the series, and the big finish. Give it a read!

Comic Book HQ Podcast Interview

I spoke to the gang at Comic Book HQ and we cover the final issue of Wayward, breaking into the comic business, playing Dungeons & Dragons, Rick and Morty, and more! Give it a listen!

Wayward Concludes – A Few Thoughts

I sent Steven an email back in July 2013 proposing a story about supernatural stuff happening in Tokyo. The idea for it came from story bits I had been brainstorming about mythology in the modern world mixed with a cool illustration Steven had done years earlier in an art book called Vent.

Over five years later, here we are with thirty issues under our belt and a big crazy story about myth, destiny, and finding your way in a changing world.

I knew how the broad elements would come together for the finale but I wasn’t sure if it would end up being optimistic or something grim. Thankfully, a hopeful tone won out and, rereading it now, it feels right.

The unknown is scary, but it also carries great potential. Our past informs who we are, but it’s not the sum total of who we will be in the future.

Going on this journey with our creative team has been an incredible honor. Steven Cummings and I worked together on opposite sides of the world, keeping production going around the clock. I’d pop onto Google Hangouts late in the evening as he woke up to start another day of art production. We’d check in and encourage each other as we plugged away on each issue, each arc, year after year. Like any creative endeavor, it was stressful at times, but also a constant source of joy.

Tamra Bonvillain came on board to color Wayward at the end of our first arc and stuck with us until the end. Her ability to bring out the best in Steven’s line work and take it to a higher level with mood and atmosphere still makes me smile. She brought a distinct look to the series that kept us competitive with any other title on the stands.

Marshall Dillon has been with me on every creator-owned series I’ve done and with good reason. His work effortlessly enhances each page, keeping readers focused and moving through the story in a way that’s easy to take for granted. That’s what great lettering does.

Zack Davisson and Ann O’Regan brought their knowledge and research skills to the mix in a way that helped us stand out in a crowded field. Our back matter essays were educational without being preachy, fascinating and always relevant. The reference material they provided helped ground our supernatural story in the real world and brought added value to our single issues and collections.

Wayward gave me the opportunity to dig into my love of Japan in a way I hadn’t ever thought possible. It forged lifelong friendships, enabled trips around the globe and enriched my life, time and time again.

Thank you to my wife Stacy for her endless editorial support and love, to the crew at Image Comics for helping us every step of the way, and to the many retailers and reviewers who enthusiastically told people about what we were doing as we built our readership.

Thank you for supporting us. Every day I’m thankful I get to make comics and none of it would be possible without great people like you.

Right here, right now…Anything is possible.

Jim

Talking About The End of Wayward With ComicBook.com

I spoke to Nicole Drum at ComicBook.com about wrapping up Wayward after 30 issues, the way the characters evolved, and how we mixed real world locations with old world myths to build our story.
Check it out!

PROS AND (COMIC) CONS Announced!

PROS AND (COMIC) CONS, an anthology of real-life stories about working and attending comic conventions, will be published by Dark Horse Comics in May 2019 and I have a new short story in there illustrated by Vivian Ng (Avatar: The Legends Of Korra, Adventure Time).

You can read more about the book and other authors on board right HERE.

Dynamic Forces Avengers Interview

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces about the upcoming Avengers: No Road Home weekly story line starting in February. Check it out!

War Rocket Ajax Episode 421

Chris Sims, Elle Collins, and I were supposed to talk about comics, and we do, but also ended up chatting a whole lot of Dungeons & Dragons. Good times. My interview starts at the 43:40 mark.

Give it a listen!

CHAMPIONS #1 Arrives in January!

Arriving in January, pre-order now!

CHAMPIONS #1
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A) • Cover by Kim Jacinto
Variant Cover by Michael Cho
Variant Cover by Lee Garbett
MARVEL 80TH VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by Skottie Young

THE WORLD STILL NEEDS HEROES – AND THERE ARE HEROES ALL OVER THE WORLD!

The Champions have gone global! The team has seen explosive growth under Ms. Marvel’s leadership, with super-powered members ready to answer the call in a dozen different countries. They’re saving people and improving lives across the planet while they inspire the next generation… but something sinister lurks beneath the surface of their expanded mission. It’s a dark secret that could destroy the team and everything they stand for!

Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) ignite a new era of CHAMPIONS, filled to the brim with action, adventure and drama in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Shoot the Breeze Interview

I spoke to Ian Cameron at Shoot The Breeze all about the Champions in Weirdworld, our Champions relaunch, Avengers: No Road Home, and wrapping up Wayward. Check it out!