The collected trade paperback for Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate arrives in comic shops this Wednesday and will be in major bookstores and Amazon a week or two after that.
The single issue sales on the series were okay, but didn’t set the world on fire, so our ability to create more Baldur’s Gate comics rests on the sales of this spiffy high quality collected edition. Every issue received rave reviews from multiple comic and gaming sites (issues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), so I think it’s more a visibility issue than one of quality.
If you’re a tabletop gamer (as I am) or loved the original Baldur’s Gate video games I think you’ll really enjoy the fun adventure story Max Dunbar and I put together for Wizards of the Coast as part of D&D 5th Edition launch. Please consider ordering a copy for yourself or snag one as a gift for your gaming friends so Minsc and Boo can continue their righteous quest for justice.
|Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate
Graphic novel tie-in to Dungeon’s & Dragon’s new 5th Edition role-playing game! Generations have passed since the original Heroes of Baldur’s Gate saved the city and the Realms. Now a new threat rises and an unlikely group of misfits are thrust into adventure with Minsc, the legendary Ranger do-gooder with a heart of gold, brain of lead, and hamster of pronounced wisdom.
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On Sunday I’ll be appearing at Escape Pod Comics in New York as part of their Free Comic Book Day festivities! If you live in the area, please come on by and bring your friends.
Yesterday saw the release of CONAN RED SONJA #4, wrapping up our sweeping crossover story.
I’m so honored to have been be a part of this with Gail Simone, Dan Panosian, Randy Green, Dave Stewart, Rick Ketcham, and Comicraft. Growing up a Conan fan (the novels, the comics, the movies) and seeing my name on one of them now is a gloriously surreal experience.
A deep thank you to Dave Marshall, our glorious Editor, and the rest of the team at Dark Horse Comics who kept the whole project rolling forward.
An additional thank you to Gail Simone, my co-writer and friend, who brought me aboard this delightful adventure and made the story shine.
Gail and I treated this mini-series like our first and last chance to give these two characters an appropriately epic story worthy of their legend. It was a wish list of bombastic situations and action-packed set pieces in every chapter. I’m really proud of the final result and feel like this is a career milestone for me. Thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy and let me know that they enjoyed it.
In August Dark Horse is releasing a hardcover collection of the mini-series. I can’t wait to put it on my shelf.
|Conan Red Sonja
Gail Simone and Jim Zub team up to bring together legendary warriors–Conan and Red Sonja! Spanning 3 eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja must become comrades to take down a twisted sorcerer-priest hell-bent on creating a new age in Hyborian warfare!
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I was interviewed by David from the Crowdfinders podcast. We talk about my career, getting my start, working on commercial and creator-owned properties, and a bunch more. Give it a listen.
The gang at All-Comic interviewed me at the Calgary Expo and we chat about Wayward, Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, creator-owned comics and more.
Click on through to listen to it.
Over on Comics Alliance I’m one of four creators interviewed about our stories in Vertigo’s latest comics anthology called POP! Click on through to check out my thoughts on sound effects and to see an exclusive preview of my short story “Little Medals”, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller.
Several people have asked me to post up my pitch document for Wayward like I did with Skullkickers. I’ve avoided doing that because the Wayward pitch is filled with story spoilers, but Rob Xara suggested I redact all the bits no one can see yet and that sounded fun… so here’s the original Wayward pitch with big spoiler sections blacked out like a classified military document.
You’ll notice the whole thing is only 6 pages and the core of it is really just this one summary page. Yeah, it’s lean and mean. As I’ve said before, keep pitches short and focused. If a publisher likes it they’ll ask for more.
Normally you’d also include finished comic pages with a pitch package, especially if you’re new to the industry. In this case both Steve and I were established with a solid body of work and the publishers we were pitching to knew we could deliver pro quality so that wasn’t required.
If you’ve never read Wayward before and the pitch material above has you intrigued, find out more about it by clicking HERE!
Chase Magnett has written a new article all about the way Steve Cummings and I present the city of Tokyo in Wayward and the details we put into it. He’s included a nice photo of Ikebukuro station from Wayward #1. Give it a read!
Arriving in July. Pre-order now!
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART / COVER A: STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN
COVER B: HANZO STEINBACH
JULY 29 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
The second arc ends. The future revealed. Welcome to the next level.
COVER A is part 5 of a five-part panorama by STEVE CUMMINGS and TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Buy all five issues of this story arc to fit them together into a massive WAYWARD illustration.
COVER B is a variant by online fan favorite Hanzo Steinbach.
Arriving in July, pre-order now!
SKULLKICKERS VOL. 6: INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
COVER: EDWIN HUANG & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JULY 8 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $16.99
In this volume the SKULLKICKERS story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight!
Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!
“If you like action or humor, no one is doing it better than these guys.” -The Weekly Crisis
Collects SKULLKICKERS #31-33 & #100.
|Skullkickers Vol. 6
Infinite Icons of the Endless Epic
Introduction by Joe Zub
The Skullkickers story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight! Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!
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