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STONE STAR!

ComiXology Originals Announces STONE STAR,
A Sci-Fi Action-Adventure Comic Series
by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar

Available Digitally Starting Today
Now Included Exclusively in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

March 27, 2019 – New York, NY – ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, dropped a surprise new series today, the first issue of Stone Star, a 5-part sci-fi, action-adventure comic series by Jim Zub (Champions, Avengers: No Road Home, Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons) and Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons & Dragons). Stone Star #1 is digitally available to read now for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and is also available for sale on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99.

Stone Star is a mobile asteroid where entertainment abounds, and competition and celebrity are intertwined. Gladiators fight to find their fortune, but there are other secrets lurking beneath the surface as a new season begins. Evoking the very best of science fiction, cyberpunk, and modern-day sports entertainment, Stone Star follows the story of Dail, a teenage thief who is pulled into the arena and has to decide where his loyalties lie. Zub and Dunbar have created a fast-paced adventure full of stunning sights, intense action, and colorful characters.

“Stone Star is a wild mix of everything that ignited my imagination growing up – strange creatures with a fantasy flare, weird worlds, and unexpected danger,” says writer Jim Zub. “Max is channeling that excitement and unleashing it on every page with a level of kinetic action and detail that readers have never seen from him before.”

“It’s exciting to surprise fans with a new series no one knew was coming,” said comiXology Originals Head of Content Chip Mosher. “We love Stone Star – Zub and Dunbar have really delivered the goods and we know that new and existing comic fans will enjoy the heck out of this rollicking sci-fi adventure. And with digital distribution we can surprise and delight readers everywhere with new content they didn’t know was coming. It’s a blast!”

In celebration of this surprise announcement, Jim Zub and Max Dunbar will be at WonderCon—March 29-31 in Anaheim, CA—to promote and discuss Stone Star. The two creators will be signing two exclusive, limited edition giveaway posters, illustrated by Max Dunbar and available from their table at Booth #2151.

Zub at Keystone Comic Con This Weekend!

This weekend I’m in Philadelphia for the first annual Keystone Comic Con! I’ll be in Artist Alley sketching and signing at TABLE F-24. If you’re at the show I hope to see you there!

In addition to being at my table, I’ll be on some panels as well:

Friday Sept 14
3:00-4:00pm Bringing Fantasy Worlds To Life

Panel Room B (Room 111AB)
From Middle-earth to The Upside Down and everything in between, the best fantasy stories capture the imaginations of readers with fully-realised worlds and the characters who inhabit them. Join a panel of writers as they discuss how to create these engrossing stories and shine a light on bringing these worlds to life. Featuring Devon Taylor (The Soul Keepers), Josiah Bancroft (The Books of Babel Series), Jim Zub (Dungeons & Dragons) and more!

Saturday Sept 15
4:00-5:00pm Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing

Keystone Theater/Room 114
YouTube sensation Comicstorian moderates this can’t miss panel featuring two of the biggest Marvel mega-stars of today – Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Jim Zub (Champions). A major theft has been pulled off in New York, and Black Cat isn’t the culprit? Spidey has to team-up with the felonious feline femme fatale to uncover the truth! Plus, the Champions enter a world of swords and sorcery. Can the next generation of heroes survive the perils of Weirdworld?

5:30-6:30pm Marvel Science 101
Panel Room A (Room 113A)
The Marvel Universe is filled with scientists who are constantly tweaking, bending and breaking what we know about real-world science. Join science educators Matt and Shari Brady along with Chris Claremont (X-Men), Alitha Martinez (Iron Man), Brandon Montclair (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), and Jim Zub (Avengers) to talk about how science is used and abused in the Marvel Universe! Please leave time platforms and cosmic cubes at the door.

Sunday Sept 16
10:45-11:45am Comic Book Club Live

Panel Room B (Room 111AB)
Comic Book Club is a live talk show and podcast that’s been running for over a decade, hosting guests from the worlds of comedy and comic books! We’ve been written up in the New York Times, twice, and recorded the show all over the country. Come watch the show, be part of the podcast!

Conskipper Interview

I spoke to the gang at Conskipper all about Stone Star and Conan the Barbarian. Check it out!

Prof. Thorgi Interview at NYCC

I spoke to Professor Thorgi at New York Comic Con this year. We chat about time management, writer’s block, juggling multiple projects, Dungeons & Dragons, Stone Star, working with Max Dunbar, Conan: Serpent War, meeting people at conventions, writing tutorials, and more!

Zub at San Diego Comic-Con 2019!

After two years away from the big show, I’m back at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s biggest and craziest pop culture experiences. I won’t be stationed at a particular booth or table this time so I’ll be wandering the floor and socializing, but there are a bunch of signings and panels lined up, so here’s where you’ll definitely be able to find me during SDCC:

THURSDAY JULY 18th:
10:15 – 11:00am SIGNING – IDW Publishing (BOOTH 2729)

11:30am – 12:30pm Licensed vs. Creator-Owned Comics – ROOM 8
Comics is a medium full of diverse content and voices working on both company-owned characters and franchises, as well as original creations from the creators themselves. So, what is the real difference for the people behind the stories we love to read? Oni editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos leads a panel of accomplished comics creators who have worked in both fields to discuss their experiences, recommendations, and how to craft the best story either way.

1:00-1:30pm SIGNING – comiXology (BOOTH 2121)
2:00-2:45pm SIGNING – Oni Press (BOOTH 1833)

3:00 – 4:00pm D&D: All Bards – Horton Grand Theater
Comic-Con special guest Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black) will DM a bunch of authors playing an hour-long D&D session where everyone is a Bard and combat isn’t allowed. The bold adventurers include Chuck Wendig (Wanderers), Paul Krueger (Steel Crow Saga), Pierce Brown (Dark Age), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow), and Jim Zub (Monsters & Creatures; Warriors & Weapons).

4:30 – 5:30pm SIGNING – D&D: All Bards – Sails Pavilion AA09


FRIDAY JULY 19th:
1:00-2:00pm SIGNING – comiXology (BOOTH 2121)
2:15-3:15pm SIGNING – Oni Press (BOOTH 1833)
5:00-5:40pm SIGNING – Marvel Comics (BOOTH 2329)


SATURDAY JULY 20th:
11:00am – 12:00pm SIGNING – comiXology (BOOTH 2121)

12:00 – 1:00pm Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons – ROOM 25ABC
Oni Press, IDW, and Dungeons & Dragons are busting out the 20-sided die for a second roll at Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape this fall, and they’re giving Comic-Con attendees an exclusive sneak peek! The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family in the newly announced second series. Fan-favorite dice-dependent writer Jim Zub is joined by editor Chase Marotz, and Wizards of the Coast game designer Nathan Stewart for a full hour guaranteed to be more fun than any line for convention exclusives!

3:00 – 4:00pm Becoming a World Builder: Science Fiction and Fantasy Comics – ROOM 29AB
Ever wonder what goes into creating a new comic series and building worlds from nothing? From initial concepts to the creation of compelling characters and fantastical locales, the look and feel of sci-fi and fantasy comics requires lots of thought to make these incredible stories real. Now you too can learn the secrets of comics world building from this panel of comics luminaries and masters of the craft, including Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Jim Zub (Stone Star, Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons), Spike Trotman (Delver, Iron Circus Comics), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, InSeXts), and Clive Hawken (Delver). Moderated by Kiersten Wing (comiXology).

5:00 – 6:00pm Rolling the Dice: Where Comics and Role Playing Collide – ROOM 28DE
Role-playing games of all genres and types are making a strong comeback, but did you know some of your favorite comic creators not only play these games but also create and run them? This panel of secret and not-so-secret role-playing comics creators includes Kieron Gillen (DIE, The Wicked + The Divine), Jim Zub (Stone Star, Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons), Spike Trotman (Delver, Iron Circus Comics), and M. K. Reed (Delver), who will discuss the mind-bending intersection between creating comics, diving into the make-believe world of RPGs, and how one creative world influences the other. DMed by comiXologists Ivan Salazar and Jose Sagastume.


SUNDAY JULY 21st:
11:00 – 11:45am SIGNING – Random House (includes a Book Giveaway!) (BOOTH 1515)
12:00 – 1:00pm SIGNING – Oni Press (BOOTH 1833)
2:30 – 3:00pm SIGNING – comiXology (BOOTH 2121)

Comics Beat Interview: Marvel and More

I spoke at length with Matt O’Keefe at the Comics Beat all about launching Stone Star and my current Marvel projects. Lots of great info and insight here to read. Check it out.

Citywide Blackout Interview

I spoke to the gang at Citywide Blackout all about Stone Star, the new creator-owned space-fantasy series I’m working on with Max Dunbar. Give it a listen!

Jim Zub and Max Dunbar at TCAF 2019!

Spring in Toronto means it’s time for TCAF, the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a wonderful comic and graphic novel event happening at the Toronto Reference Library that’s FREE to attend!

Max Dunbar and I will be there, set up on the second floor in the Salon at TABLE 229 with copies of Dungeons & Dragons, Wayward, Skullkickers, Glitterbomb and Makeshift Miracle, along with FREE giveaways promoting Stone Star, our new creator-owned space fantasy series. You can purchase those to get signed or bring any of my other books on by to get signed as well.

On Saturday from 2:00-2:30pm and Sunday 2:00-3:00pm I’ll also be signing at the Penguin-Random House table (BOOTH 126/127 on the first floor) and they’ll have copies of Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons and Evil At Baldur’s Gate available.

If you’re in the city over the weekend I hope to see you there!

Zub at Calgary Expo 2019!

Another year, another wonderful Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and I’ll be there! It’s the 14th anniversary of the show and I haven’t missed one yet. If you’re headed to the show, I hope to see you there!

If you want to get your copies of Avengers: No Road Home, Champions, Wayward, Dungeons & Dragons, Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons, or any of my other work signed, here’s where you can find me:

BIG FOUR BUILDING – ARTIST ALLEY TABLE P-15

I’ll also have a limited number of free Stone Star posters to give away!

In addition to being at my table, I’m also on a panel on Saturday:

Saturday April 27th
WRITING FOR COMICS AND PROSE ROUND TABLE

1:30 pm in BIG 4 CREATOR GUEST STAGE
Join a special gathering of amazing writers as they discuss their craft and aim to inspire the next generation of authors. Featuring Jim Zub (Avengers: No Road Home), Ray Fawkes (Black Hammer ’45), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Ed Brisson (X-Force), Ash Maczko (Squarriors) and author SM Beiko.

I’m a Surprise Guest at WonderCon in Anaheim This Weekend!

After announcing and launching STONE STAR, our surprise brand new creator-owned series from comiXology Originals on Wednesday, Max Dunbar and I are surprise guests at WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend to celebrate the launch and see fans! If you’re headed to the show, come to BOOTH #2151 for free STONE STAR swag!

Friday, March 29
2:00-3:00pm Comixology Originals: What’s Next

The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive digital content program: comiXology Originals. Now you can join comiXology’s head of content Chip Mosher and a surprise all-star cast of comic creators to get the scoop on an all-new, yet-to-be-announced, comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making it! They’ll wow the crowd with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics and beyond. Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

3:30-4:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151

Saturday, March 30
12:30-1:30pm Breaking in and Staying in Comics

Like with any creative field, comics is a tough business to break into, and possibly tougher to stay in, but fear not! This panel of comics veterans from across the creative and administrative spectrum of comics are here to help! See this panel of comics superstars including Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons), Max Dunbar (Champions, Teen Titans), Chip Mosher (comiXology head of content), Ivan Salazar (comiXology PR and events), and more surprise panelists as they teach you the tricks of the trade to break in and stay in comics, possibly for life. Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

2:00-3:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151

5:00-6:00pm Signing at IDW Publishing – BOOTH #1109

Sunday, March 31
2:00-3:00pm Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics

Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? This panel can help! Hear from some of the industry’s best and brightest including Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons), Max Dunbar (Champions, Teen Titans), Mark Sable (The Dark, Graveyard of Empires), Biserka Stringer Horne (comics editor and facilitator), Ivan Salazar (comiXology PR and events), and more special panelists as they impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you! See the eternal comics fans at comiXology along with a riveting panel of comics superstars as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics! Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

3:30-4:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151