Bookshop Page

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community. I’ve added Bookshop links for as many of my graphic novels as I can to my Buy page and encourage other authors/comic creators to do the same.

Here’s my Bookshop landing page. 87 books listed across 6 categories:
bookshop.org/shop/jimzub

Empyre: Avengers Interview at Newsarama

Our release date has been put in limbo for now, but there’s still a lot of exciting stuff to talk about coming up in Empyre: Avengers, so I chatted with Chris Arrant at Newsarama all about it.

Who answers the call to assemble and what is this team up against? Click on through and find out while gawking in amazement at the artwork of Carlos Magno and Espen Grundetjern.

Beasts & Behemoths Cover Revealed

The fifth D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, BEASTS & BEHEMOTHS, arrives in October 2020, but the incredible cover art by the Conceptopolis studio has just been unveiled. Check out this epic artwork of the gargantuan Tarrasque!

You can find out more information about the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides right HERE.


D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide 5
Beasts & Behemoths

This illustrated guide transports new players to the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons and presents a one-of-a-kind course on the unusual creatures, from the minuscule to the massive, that fill the fantastic world of the game. This guide features easy-to-follow and entertaining explanations of where to find each beast, their strange abilities and magical powers, and how to defeat them, along with amazing illustrations that will ignite your imagination.
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Wizards & Spells Reviews

Bell of Lost Souls: “Each of these books features story prompts as well, so you can be sure you’ll find some excellent creative writing prompts for younger readers–a great feature especially if you’re a teacher looking for something to engage young readers with.”

Bleeding Cool: “The series as a whole is amazing as far as educating young players on the basics. Well worth your time to check it out and add it to their library.”

Fandom Post: “With this brilliant combination of picture and word, you are teleported into the adventure which is Dungeons & Dragons, allowing the reader to once again believe there may be a world just beyond the horizon, with creatures and adventures worthy of risking your brief life within this forbidden world.”

Fanbase Press: “If you’re looking to get someone into D&D but are worried they might find it daunting, try picking up one of these volumes; it may just be enough to get them hooked.”

Forbes: “What does the future hold for the series? Hopefully, whatever it is, big or small, it continues to illuminate the joys of playing Dungeons & Dragons.”

G33K HQ: “…a great way to introduce young, new players to the game and the world of D&D. Created by a team that’s intimately familiar with the game and its lore and backed up by excellent artwork, it provides a great jumping on or catching up point for the up-and-coming hero of the realms.”

Geek Tyrant: “…a great tool for new players and veterans alike. Simple isn’t always bad and this book is proof. The art is beautiful and really helps everything come alive as you read.”

Nerdist: “Whether you’re a 12-year-old reading about the game for the first time or a 42-year-old who only knows a little bit about D&D from listening to Actual Play podcasts, you’ll learn something new about the iconic role-playing game.”

Nerdy Girl Express: “This new addition to the series, is again an immersive and beautifully illustrated book that focuses on wizards, sorcerers, and other magic-makers from the D&D mythos.”

Want more info on the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide series? Head on over HERE.

Talking Comics with the Marvelists

I spoke to Peter and Eddie at The Marvelists all about my work in comics, deep-diving on Pathfinder, Red Sonja, Thunderbolts, continuity, working on characters with long histories, tabletop gaming, and a whole lost more! Give it a listen.

Geek Network Interview – Talking Conan and a Whole Lot More

I spoke to the gang at the Geek Network all about writing comics and a whole bunch of the projects I’ve worked on over the years: Conan the Barbarian, Skullkickers, Dungeons & Dragons, Wayward, Thunderbolts, Champions, Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda, Serpent War and more!

Give it a listen:

Empty Halls

Formal lectures re-start on Monday, but we did a connection test yesterday afternoon.

It was surreal having the class online with students asking questions in a chat window or via audio, but so far they seem to be handling things okay.

By default I had mics muted, but when I did unmute the group I was really impressed with how quiet they stayed, letting each student ask questions and not contaminating the stream with background noise. They did better than our staff during a livestream earlier in the week.

I tested out streaming a video, mimicking what we’ll be doing in the coming weeks for our Animation History class. I’m trying to keep the live component and screening intact. Having mics open and hearing their chuckles during the film brought a lot of warmth to the stream.

After the test, I had an open Q&A, answering their questions and addressing concerns about the next four weeks and as we wrap up the term. Again, it all went well.

At the end, I asked if they had any other questions-

“Zub, how are you doing? Are you okay?”

*Jim’s lip quivers*

I held it together, but I really appreciated that they were thinking of me too. They’re a great group.

It’s been a rough week, far worse for many, many other people, but we all have our own problems we’re dealing with.

Knowing that in the grand scheme of things I’m good and this will pass, but also allowing myself to feel sad and disappointed that this is how my time in charge of the Animation program will end and my sabbatical plans are a flaming wreck is a weird balancing act.

I drove to the school and grabbed a few things before they finished locking down the campus.

Normally when I walk the empty halls it’s because I finished submitting end of term transcripts.
It’s the sign of a job well done.

This time it feels out of sorts, but we’ll persevere.

Conan the Barbarian #14 Reviews

Big Comic Page: “…demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all the Cimmerian’s traits which have made him so incredibly popular since his adventures were first published in ‘Weird Tales’ magazine way back in 1932.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “It’s unclear exactly where things are going to go next for this warrior, but the ride Jim Zub, Roge Antonio, and company are crafting seems worth the ride.”

Comic-Watch: 8.5/10 “Roge Antonio and Israel Silva create a dark yet enticing environment for Conan and his new companions to trek through as they make their way closer to whatever awaits them in the end.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.5/10 “The journey’s the thing, and this has been a thrilling one thus far.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9/10 “Roge Antonio delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue…The action is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how this mystery unfolds.”

The Beat: “Zub is getting into a groove here that I think is worth checking out.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.7/10 “This is not Jason Aaron’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN but it is highly enjoyable and packed with a thoroughly planned and well-organized backstory that Zub quickly establishes to ensnare his audience…I simply can’t rave about this issue enough.”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in June 2020

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #17 (Legacy #292)
JIM ZUB (W) • ROBERT GILL (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
“THE CURSE OF THE NIGHTSTAR” CLAIMS CONAN!
CONAN has escaped the Great Crucible, but his “March to Khitai” has just begun! Conan now possesses the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR, a mighty weapon liberated from the Uttara Kuru leadership. But if he’s not careful, the sword will possess him! A dark force is bound to the mystic blade, a spirit hungering for souls—including the Cimmerian’s! And It. Must. Feed!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE: AVENGERS #3 (of 3)
Jim Zub (W) • Carlos Magno (A) • COVER BY Paul Renaud
Variant cover by Paco Medina
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are caught in a conflict against nature itself as the soul of the Savage Land hangs in the balance.
Guest-starring Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil and the macabre Man-Thing!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

EMPYRE: THE INVASION OF WAKANDA #2 (OF 3)
Jim Zub (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
COVER BY Dustin Weaver
VARIANT COVER BY KIM JACINTO
WAKANDA UNDER SIEGE!
• Alien weapons, psychic spirits, ancient magic — T’Challa prepared for war, but not even he could have foreseen the forces now brought to bear against his homeland.
• If the Great Vibranium Mound is lost to these invaders, our planet will follow…
• Yibambe!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW TPB
Written by JOE SIMON, STAN LEE, STEVE GERBER, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, SCOTT LOBDELL, PETER DAVID, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, JOHN NEY RIEBER, ZEB WELLS, MARJORIE LIU, G. WILLOW WILSON, JIM ZUB & MORE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, GIL KANE, GENE COLAN, JOHN ROMITA JR., BUTCH GUICE, MARK PACELLA, RICHARD BENNETT, GARY FRANK, JOHN CASSADAY, TODD NAUCK, MIKE PERKINS, MIRKA ANDOLFO, SEAN IZAAKSE & MORE
Cover by STÉPHANE ROUX
The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window — from the moment Captain America charged into battle in World War II to the present day! Marvel’s characters face relevant and real-life issues alongside their extraordinary adventures — from grappling with alcoholism to participating in politics to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel’s 80-year history feature iconic heroes tackling heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more.

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #97, HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #8, IRON MAN (1968) #128, NEW MUTANTS (1983) #45, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #106, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #303, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #420, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36, CAPTAIN AMERICA (2002) #1, ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) #51, MS. MARVEL (2015) #13, CHAMPIONS (2016) #24 and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #2 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #583.
320 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92353-2

True North Country Podcast Interview

I spoke to John Swinimer at the True North Country podcast all about Dungeons & Dragons, Alpha Flight, superhero continuity, research for writing projects, Empyre, and more. Give it a listen!