The Full Script for WAYWARD #1!


A year ago WAYWARD #1 arrived in comic shops nationwide so, as a special thank you to all of you, I’m posting up the full script for the issue. If you own the issue or our first trade paperback you can compare the script to the final printed version page by page and see how the collaborative process of making comics works.

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All of us on the Wayward team deeply appreciate your support. Keep telling people about the series.

(PS: Back in 2011 I posted the full script for SKULLKICKERS #1. You can find that over HERE.)

Wayward Vol. 1
String Theory

(issues #1-5)

Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can she unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late?
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WAYWARD Vol. 2 Arrives in Comic Stores Today!


Today’s the day! Wayward Vol. 2: Ties That Bind arrives today at your favorite local comic shop and will be available from Amazon and other bookstores in about a week. If you’ve been “waiting on the trade” to see what happens next to our supernatural-powered teens, today’s the day you get your fix.

It’s hard to believe that a year ago we launched the first issue of Wayward and here we are 12 months later releasing our second trade just like clockwork. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride so far and I hope a year from now it’s still going strong.

Deep thanks to Steve Cummings, my incredibly skilled co-creator. It’s a thrill building this story with you.
Tamra Bonvillain, your colors make every page explode with action and drama.
Marshall Dillon, your lettering and rapid fire revisions have saved us more times than I can count.
Zack Davisson, your fantastic back matter material deepens the story and helps us stand out in a crowded comic market.

And, of course, the entire crew at Image Comics. Thank you for giving us this platform to tell our story without limits. We couldn’t do it without you.

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.
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How to Color for Comics?

With so many tutorials on my site about how to write comics, I occasionally get asked about good resources for other parts of the comic creation process. Well, I’m happy to point people toward this one, and that’s not just because it has a Skullkickers pin-up in the example. :)


K Michael Russell has put together an extensive online course that walks through professional comic coloring techniques step-by-step. If you check out the course outline you’ll see an exhaustive number of subjects covered, all broken down into bite-sized pieces that make it easy to understand and refer back to.

There are two versions of the course offered for sale. One is streaming video off the site and the other one is downloadable so you can have the files stored locally on your computer and reference them any time.



When I was going through art school Photoshop was just coming into its own as production software and I had to learn a lot of these techniques through trial and error or by cobbling together tutorials from a variety of sources while asking friends for help. I wish I had something as clearly laid out and well organized as this course when I started digitally coloring my work.

Needless to say, I recommend it for people who want to produce pro quality comic coloring.


FIGMENT 2 Issue 3 Solicit


Arriving in November, pre-order now!

FIGMENT 2 #3 (of 5)
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER


• A young inventor named Capri gets to meet her idol…but it’s not at all like she expected!
• The creative minds of the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus fall under a dark cloud of doubt!
• Another imaginative installment of the sequel to the fan-favorite Disney Kingdoms miniseries!
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99
Elements based on Figment © Disney

Comix I Read Podcast


I spoke to Boris and Tyler at Comix I Read all about working in comics. We chat about the comic business, creator owned projects, expectations for aspiring writers and which super heroes I’d love to write. Give it a listen.

Steve Cummings Talks to Newsarama About Wayward


Steve Cummings, the artist and co-creator of Wayward, sat down with Chris Arrant at Newsarama and talked about wrapping up the second arc of Wayward. What does he like about working on the series? What comes next? Read on and find out.

Family Fans Interview and Comic Giveaway


Family Fans Magazine interviewed me about working in the comic industry on my own stories and commercial projects like Figment and Samurai Jack.

They’re also doing a special giveaway of signed copies of Figment #3. All you have to do is send them a message and you could win! Details HERE!

The End of Skullkickers


SKULLKICKERS #100 (aka. Skullkickers #34) arrives in comic shops today and I’ll be celebrating the end and signing at The Beguiling tonight from 6:30-8:30pm. Some thoughts about wrapping up the series:


Yeah, it feels really weird even typing that.

Five years ago Edwin, Misty, Marshall, Chris, and I launched SKULLKICKERS. Since then it feels like the entire world has changed and, at least for me, it really has. Back then I wanted to prove that I could write a professional-quality comic and show people my storytelling skills. That unleashed hundreds of pages of comics for Image and a host of other publishers, meeting readers, peers, and lifelong heroes, travelling the convention circuit in North America and abroad and a whole new career as a comic writer.

“Comic writer.”

Even just seeing that in front of me on the page, it seems impossible and surreal. People ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I’m a “comic writer.” For real.

It sounds dramatic, but Skullkickers has changed my life. It became my own creative Crucible where I learned how to open myself up to new ideas, push through my fears, and carry through on my professional commitments. It’s a rambling and childish yarn inspired by tabletop RPGs and the fantasy stories I grew up on but it’s also a representation of me in the here and now as a creator. My creative journey doesn’t end here, but this milestone is incredibly important to who I am as I look ahead to challenges still to come. Saying “thank you” for that kind of thing doesn’t seem adequate, but I’ll try.

Edwin Huang is one of the most professional and hard-working artists I know. His eagerness, energy, and dedication to this book that didn’t even start off as his is staggering. No matter what ridiculous visuals I asked for, Edwin hunkered down and found a way to deliver it. Watching his art grow issue by issue, arc by arc has been one of the most rewarding aspects of working on the series. Whatever he works on next, it’s going to be something special.

Misty Coats took Edwin’s line art and made it explode on the page. Her animated color sense was always on target and she delivered her best right up until the very last page. We couldn’t have done the book without her taking it to the next level each and every time.

Marshall Dillon is a rock. Solid, dependable, unflappable. His lettering took a whirlwind of disparate ideas and brought them together in a way that made even the most ludicrous things I wrote flow across each page. They say good lettering feels invisible because you’re too busy enjoying the story to realize how effortlessly the captions and balloons guide you across the page and that’s exactly what Marshall did. Great flow, unforgettable onomatopoeia.

The rest of the pitch hitters: Kevin, Ross, Mike, Espen, Chamba, Royce, and all the wonderful writers and artists who lent their talents to our Tavern Tales short stories – you rock. You made something fun even better and helped forge lasting friendships.

Thank you to Eric Stephenson and the rest of the Image Comics crew. Your unshakable support for this book has been wonderful. I can’t believe we were able to take it this far. Thank you for your expertise, your guidance, and good humor. I should probably also thank all the far-more profitable Image creators whose successes helped create Image’s stalwart cash flow reserves for printing and distribution.

The readers who stuck with us, the retailers who helped push the book, convention promoters who brought us out to shows, the people who have shared the book with their friends… There are too many people to thank and I wish I could high-five you all right now.

Chris Stevens asked me if I wanted to make a short comic story with him back in 2007. Eight years later it’s become the foundation of my creative career. Thank you, Chris. Your stunning artwork put this series on the map and I’m thrilled you were able to contribute the final cover to wrap it all up.

I hope that if we’ve all learned anything this issue, it’s that stories are eternal. We’re closing this particular book but I’d optimistically like to think that out across the infinite these characters and their foolishness will live on.

-Jim Zub


Wayward #10 Reviews!


WAYWARD #10, the big finish to our second story arc, arrived in stores last Wednesday. Let’s see what critics thought of this explosive issue (SPOILERS in many of the reviews!):

The AV Club: “Zub and Cummings aren’t Japanese, but they have a deep respect for the country that shines through in their work.”

Big Glasgow: 5/5 “This issue concludes the second story arc in this amazing series – and trust me, you won’t believe what you’ll read at the end of this book.”

Comic Attack: 4/5 “Wayward is a fantastic title that is rich in Japanese mythology and a great entry point for those that aren’t ready to dive head first into manga territory.”

Comic Book Bin: 10/10 “Zub’s script does not disappoint, and co-creator Steve Cummings brings the script to life as magical graphical storytelling that remains grounded at the same time it brings the supernatural to life with imagination and inventiveness.”

Comic Crusaders: 4.25/5 “Jim Zub keeps the plot tight and shapes the story to inform the action.”

Comic Week: “Overall ‘Ties that Bind’ manages serialized storytelling in the episodic better than most, with a great mixture of humor and action.”

Comics the Gathering: “Wayward ends its second arc on a strong note.”

Fandom Post: “Wayward finishes out the second arc on a hell of a cliffhanger”

Geeked Out Nation: 9.4/10 “Wayward #10 is the one we have been waiting for and for good reason when you get to the end to see the big picture unfold.”

Horror Talk: 4.5/5 “This issue ends with a rather awesome shot that fills you with anticipation of what’s to come.”

Living Myth Magazine: “Is there a finer primer on Japanese mythology, both old and new, than this? I would say no.”

Omni Jer Bear: “This is the story of a generation.”

Panels: “The essays on Japanese mythology at the end of each issue continue to be great, and the world just keeps getting more and more interesting.”

Paradox Comics Group: 8/10 “Zub and the team wrap things up in grand, explosive fashion, much like the first arc”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “This really is a mind blowing series full of awe, wonder and the legends of old.”

Snap Pow: 9/10 ” I can gleefully say that this entry earns the right to have a spot in your buy pile”

TM Stash: 9/10 “The outstanding, exceptionally well-written and beautifully illustrated series hits yet another high point with issue #10. No spoilers…but you WILL find out just what the title of this series means.”

Under the Comic Covers: “I loved it. It’s stupendous. Zub really knows how to close out an arc.”

We The Nerdy: 9/10 “The speech Rori gives is perfect in both how it ends the arc and how it encapsulates Wayward as a whole.”

Inside the Magic Interview About Figment


I was interviewed on Inside the Magic, a Disney fan podcast all about Disney Theme Park news. We chat at length about my love of animation, the Disney mythology, and writing the Figment comic series. Give it a listen!