Zub’s Atomic Robo Postcard

Atomic Robo is in the midst of an incredible Kickstarter to fund reprinting their comic collections in new spiffy hardcovers. As a huge Robo fan (if you haven’t read the series you really should, especially now that it’s FREE online) I was already on board with supporting Brian and Scott, but after they asked me if I’d like to contribute a piece of postcard art to go with the fundraiser, I was even more ecstatic.

They asked me to do up a piece based on Atomic Robo Vol. 2: The Dogs of War, and here’s the step-by-step process of my illustration. You can click on each one for a larger version:


Step 1: After gathering ref material and noodling around with some sketches I came up with a composition I was excited about showing Robo hiding from a Laufpanzer mech.


Step 2: I tighten up the sketch with proper proportion and perspective.


Step 3: Before I move ahead to final line art I gave the work-up version a quick light and shadow pass to make sure it would work.


Step 4: Once I’m happy with the work-up I carefully digitally ink the final line art.


Step 5: Flat color areas are blocked out.


Step 6: Initial shadows are added.


Step 7: Highlights, lighting effects, and color correction are added and the line art is lightened to give it a sepia tone/1940’s look.


Step 8: The piece is finalized with a postcard-appropriate slogan.

Women Write About Comics Write About Wayward


Women Write About Comics has posted up a fantastic article analysing WAYWARD Vol. 1: String Theory and the transitional nature of Rori Lane, our half-Japanese main character. Read away.

Wayward #8 Reviews


Wayward #8 arrived in comic shops this week and it comes with unexpected revelations. Here’s what reviewers thought of it…

Big Glasgow: 9.5/10 “Wayward remains a beautiful series, amazing in its art and equally awesome in the stories, and this eighth issue doesn’t disappoint.”

Black Ship Books: “Zub and Cummings hit their stride early in the series and have only improved since. Wayward is absolutely a book that belongs on everybody’s pull list.”

Brittle Jules: “it’s too early to say anything for sure; all I know is I’m ready for whatever ride Wayward wants to take me on.”

Comic the Gathering: 8/10 “The line work and attention to detail is insane. The colors pop with an intense vibrancy. The whole thing is an overwhelming sensation for your eyes.”

Fandom Post: B+ “It’s a solid issue all around that expands on things, hints at the future, and brings back the characters I wanted to get some answers about.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.6/10 “Be it story, character, world, or art, Wayward is a full package to grab your attention.”

Moar Powah: 8/10 “Wayward #8 does a lot more of what it does best: getting you attached to each character.”

Multiversity: 8.3/10 “At only eight issues, Wayward has proven itself to be one of the most unique stories in comics today. From the setting to the art, this is a fresh young adult story with a wide appeal.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “Each issue ends leaving the reader wanting more so that a month between issues seems like almost too long a wait. This book is proof positive that Image really is the home for cutting edge storytelling.”

Snap Pow: 8.5/10 “A solid continuation with narrative nuggets that make it more than what it could have been, sets the case for this to be a recommended addition in any collection.”

The Telltale Mind: 4/5 “If you have not picked up Wayward yet, then you are missing out on one of the best books that Image produces.”

TM Stash: 9/10 “This is a wonderfully written story by Jim Zub, a tale that immerses you in everything about Japan through the eyes of Rori and her friends.”

Under the Comic Covers: “The art in this book has always been spectacular but this one in particular…it was a visual feast. Gorgeous.”

We The Nerdy: 8.7/10 “Issue 8 of Wayward is a pure character piece, with no violent action to speak of. But as I’ve said from issue 1, this is a comic of characters, so letting them breathe, interact, and be vulnerable is wonderful all on its own.”

Weekly Comic Haul: “Still a fantastic series…It’s awesome.”

Indie Edge Spotlight for June


I’m spotlighted on Diamond Previews’ Indie Edge for June. We talk a bit about my career, current projects, and favorite new titles I’m reading. Click through to check it out.

Samurai Jack Vol. 4 Arrives in August!


Arriving in August…pre-order now!

Samurai Jack Vol. 4: The Warrior-King
Jim Zub, Andy Suriano (w)
Sergio Quijada, Andy Suriano, Christine Larsen (a)
Andy Suriano (c)

Jack has traveled far and wide in order to find his way back to his own time. His journey continues as he tries to infiltrate the compound of the secretive man known as the “Master of Time.” Plus, battles with the spirits of the dead and the story of a scribe named Mako, chronicler of Jack’s possible legacy or his future? Collects issues #16–20.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-380-4

The critically acclaimed series concludes!

Offered Again:
Samurai Jack, Vol. 1 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-894-4
Samurai Jack, Vol. 2 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-131-2
Samurai Jack, Vol. 3 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-245-5

Samurai Jack Vol. 4
The Warrior-King

(issues #16-20)

Jack has travelled far and wide in order to find his way back to his own time. His journey continues as he tries to infiltrate the compound of the secretive man known as the “Master of Time.” Plus, battles with the spirits of the dead and the story of a scribe named Mako, chronicler of Jack’s possible legacy or future?
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Wayward Vol. 2 Arrives in August!


Arriving in August, pre-order now…

Wayward, Vol. 2: Ties That Bind TP
story: Jim Zub
art / cover: Steve Cummings & Tamra Bonvillain
August 26 / 136 pages / Full Color / Mature Readers / $16.99
After the traumatizing finale of volume one, everything has changed for our supernatural teens. Who is Ohara and how does she fit into the great pattern of destiny and power that will change Japan forever?
Collects WAYWARD #6-10.

Wayward Vol. 2
Ties That Bind

(issues #6-10)

After the traumatizing finale of volume one, everything has changed for our supernatural teens. Who is Ohara and how does she fit into the great pattern of destiny and power that will change Japan forever? Jim Zub and Steve Cummings continue their supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with Japan’s engaging culture and mythic monsters.

Skullkickers Treasure Trove 3 Arrives in August!


Arriving In August, pre-order now!

Skullkickers Treasure Trove, Vol. 3 HC
story: Jim Zub
art / cover: Edwin Huang & Misty Coats
August 26 / 320 pages / Full Color / 12+ / $34.99
The fan favorite SKULLKICKERS story concludes in this gorgeous oversized hardcover edition collecting the fifth and sixth story arcs along with lots of spiffy extras and rarities.
Collects SKULLKICKERS #24-33, and our ridiculous #100.

Skullkickers Treasure Trove 3
Deluxe Hardcover

(issues #24-33, #100, plus extras)

Beer, blood, and battle! The brawl to end it all! The Skullkickers are going out with an epic sword & sorcery war for the ages! The fan favorite Skullkickers story concludes in this gorgeous, oversized, hardcover edition collecting the fifth and sixth story arcs, along with lots of spiffy extras and rarities.
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Gen Con Writer’s Symposium: Comic Writing Track


I’m proud to announce that I’ll be a part of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, a series of panels and discussions about writing craft and the creative business, as part of a new Comic Writing Track along with Bill Willingham (Fables), Chris Roberson (iZombie), Gene Ha (Top Ten), and Daryl Gregory (Legenderry).

If you’re attending Gen Con and are interested in learning about comic writing, I highly recommend you look at taking some of the great programming they’re putting together. Events are now open for registration and most of them are free as long as you have a Gen Con badge. Check it out.

Here’s a rundown of panels I’ll be on:

SEM1578866 Writing Comics: It’s a Lot Like a Marriage – Authors & Artists Thurs 1:00 PM 1 hr $0
SEM1578867 Writing Comics: Writing Women Friendly Comics Thurs 2:00 PM 1 hr $0
SEM1578875 Writing Comics: Web Comics VS Digital Comics VS Paper Comics Fri 1:00 PM 1 hr $0
SEM1578877 Writing Comics: When Only Batman Will Do Fri 3:00 PM 1 hr $0
SEM1578883 Writing Comics: Serial Killers—Writing Serialized Stories Sat 1:00 PM 1 hr $0
SEM1578885 Writing Comics: Write Until it Hurts Sat 3:00 PM 1 hr $0

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here’s a cute little story about my Mom for Mother’s Day:

My Mom’s quite diligent about keeping up with my blog. She checks almost every post or interview, even when she’s not exactly sure what some of the industry stuff being referenced entails. After my parents get home from a trip, Mom will scroll down to where she left off and catch up on all the articles she missed while they were away. I know that less than a day after I post this up, she’ll read it.

But her favorites are audio interviews I do. When I asked her why, she said she likes to hear my voice. Sometimes she’ll put them on in the background while she does other things and thinks of it a bit like I’m there visiting, sitting in the next room excitedly talking about my job. Even when she has no idea what I’m talking about, the tone is what’s important; She loves hearing my enthusiasm.

When I first decided I was going into a creative career, I know Mom was really nervous about it. Like every parent, she wants the best for her kids. But that definition of ‘best’ isn’t money, it’s happiness. Once I became an adult she never told me what to do or how to do it, she just stressed that I should think carefully about long term happiness over short term indulgence.

That’s what’s so great, Mom. You raised a silly creative kid and he became a silly creative guy.

And he’s really happy thanks to your love and endless support.

I love you, Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Conan Red Sonja #4 Reviews


Conan Red Sonja #4, the end of our epic team-up, arrived last week. I posted some thoughts about it last Wednesday. Here’s what critics thought of it…

Fandom Post: B+ “Conan Red Sonja 4 concludes the story well, providing solid action and excellent interaction and growth between the two protagonists.”

Geeked Out Nation: “With its sharp art, occasionally poetic writing, and relentless action, Conan/Red Sonja #4 is a frenzied conclusion to the ultimate fantasy fiction crossover.”

Geeks of Doom: “This is going to be a repeated read for me, and I think it will be for you, too.”

Hulking Review: “Conan Red Sonja #4 was a satisfying conclusion to a series that successfully avoided all the potential pitfalls of such a crossover due to its excellent writing and character portrayals.”

My Geeky Geeky Ways: “Gail Simone and Jim Zub have spun one hell of a ripping yarn with this series. And this issue proves an epic and satisfying conclusion to the tale.”

TM Spot: 10/10 “This series has been everything we had hoped it would be and more”