War Rocket Ajax Interview – D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides

I spoke to my pals Chris Sims and Matt Wilson from the War Rocket Ajax podcast all about the brand new D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides, the wild resurgence of D&D, working with Wizards of the Coast, comics, conventions, and more.

Give it a listen at their site or the embedded audio below.
My interview starts at the 34-minute mark of the podcast.

Checking back through my archives, this is my fifth time on the show. Here are the older appearances:
Episode 058 – Embrace the Kookiness
Episode 179 – Not a Robot Ghost
Episode 223 – Bummed Out in the Waffle House
Episode 421 – His Stats are Ridiculous

SyFy Wire Exclusive D&D Young Adventurer’s Previews


SyFy Wire has two exclusive previews of the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides –
one for Monsters & Creatures and another for Warriors & Weapons.

Click on through and check them out!

Geek & Sundry Interview

Kelly Knox from Geek & Sundry chatted with Stacy, Andrew, and I all about the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides. We talk all about how the books came about, writing the series, and offer advice for new players and Dungeon Masters. Check it out!

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)

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide Launch Party in Toronto on July 30th!

Thrilled to announce that Storm Crow Manor in Toronto will be hosting a launch event for the first two D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides: MONSTERS & CREATURES and WARRIORS & WEAPONS!

These new books are the perfect way to introduce new players and young readers to the magic of the world’s most famous role-playing game!

Authors Jim Zub, Stacy King and Andrew Wheeler will be in attendance and books will be available for purchase. All attendees can be entered into a draw for a chance to win cool prizes, and a deluxe edition of Art & Arcana: A Visual History of Dungeons & Dragons!

PLEASE NOTE: The book launch event will be followed by a D&D themed Trivia Night. No cover! Teams of up to 6 people!

Dungeons & Tombs is Now Available for Pre-Order!

The third D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, Dungeons & Tombs, is now available for pre-order from your favorite book outlets.

Looking for more information on the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide series?
Check the Frequently Asked Questions post I put together here.


D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide 3
Dungeons & Tombs

In this illustrated guide, you’ll be transported to the mystical and magical worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and given a one-of-a-kind course on the dungeons and deathtraps. This book shines a spotlight down the dark, foreboding corners of the most infamous locations in the worlds of D&D. The perfect jumping-on point for young fans of fantasy looking to give D&D a try, the book also features prompts to encourage creative problem-solving skills in the dangerous situations you may find yourself in when on D&D adventures.
PRE-ORDER
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Chapters-Indigo
Hudson Books
Indiebound
Powell’s
Target

Talking D&D with Dynamic Forces

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces all about Dungeons & Dragons, my love of the game and the slate of comic and game projects I’m working on right now for D&D. Give it a read!

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons II Begins in September!

RICK & MORTY VS D&D II: PAINSCAPE #1
(W) Jim Zub (A) Troy Little (CA) Leonardo Ito

You thought you could escape?! Think again!

Rick and Morty Forever! A new mini-series issue of D&D with Rick and Morty! Dual-classing Rick and Morty to Level 50! Milking Owlbears with- *ahem*

Once upon a game, Rick, Morty, and the Smith family went on magical D&D adventures…now, magical D&D adventures are coming to Earth, and no one will survive the Painscape!

The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family and this time, we can’t just rest on brand name recognition and curiosity to fuel your interest, Morty, because no one gives a d-d-damn about sequels unless they’re really good, so no pressure, you f***ing hacks!

Fan favorite dice dependent Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Savage Sword of Conan) re-teams up with Eisner-nominated cartoonist +5 Troy Little (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Powerpuff Girls) to destroy Adult Swim’s pop culture juggernaut and the best-selling role-playing game that once used the term “THAC0.”
In Shops: Sep 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99

Zub Marvel Comics Arriving in September!

BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1
Jim Zub (W) • LAN MEDINA (A)
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

WAKANDA WORLDWIDE!
ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!
From the pages of Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS! Vampires. Aliens. Angry fish kings. Black Panther’s hand-picked Agents of Wakanda can handle it all. And who better to lead them than the king of the world’s most technologically evolved country? Wakanda is making waves on the world’s map – and not everyone’s a fan. With General Okoye’s help, T’Challa will take Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and Wasp on a global fight for survival – to handle threats S.H.I.E.L.D. could only dream of!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
In Stores September 18

ALPHA FLIGHT: TRUE NORTH #1
JIM ZUB, JED MACKAY, ED BRISSON (W)
MAX DUNBAR, DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN & MORE (A)
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

STRONG AND FREE!
Grab your hat and come travel light… adventure lies just around the bend! Three brand-new tales no one has ever told…until now! Join the greatest creators the Great White North has to offer as we unearth the secret history of the classic Alpha Flight stalwarts: Puck! Snowbird! Talisman! Northstar! Marrina! Guardian! Vindicator!
40 PGS./ one-shot/Rated T+ …$4.99
In stores September 4

CHAMPIONS #9
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO
• Who has betrayed the Champions, and who can they trust?
• Miles Morales returns, but will it be in time to save his friends?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
In stores September 4

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #16
DAN SLOTT & JIM ZUB (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by Alexander Lozano

“THE ULTRON AGENDA” STARTS HERE!
Watch out, Iron Man! The Robot Uprising of the Marvel Universe has begun! But it’s NOT Ultron leading the charge… it’s Machine Man?! The A.I.’s are on the attack – and they might be in the right. Battle lines are being drawn, and it’s time for Tony Stark, Jocasta, Andy Bhang and the rest of the cast to pick sides.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
In stores September 18

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #9
JIM ZUB (W) • PATCH ZIRCHER (A)
Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

A DEBT OF BLOOD REPAID!
• The chips are down, and CONAN will have to play his best hand…
• …the one holding good Brythunian steel!
• The DEMON’S DEN takes its debts seriously, and it will take everything Conan’s got if he is to emerge from the DEBTOR’S LOUNGE alive!
• PLUS: The next chapter in the all-new CONAN novella “THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE”!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
In stores September 18

SECRET WARPS TPB
Written by AL EWING, MARK WAID, TIM SEELEY, DANIEL KIBBLESMITH, JIM ZUB & TINI HOWARD
Penciled by CARLOS GOMEZ, CARLOS VILLA, ALEX LINS, BOB QUINN, IG GUARA,
CARLO BARBERI & ARIO ANINDITO
Cover by CARLOS GOMEZ

The mashed-up heroes of INFINITY WARPS return! When villains Madame Hel, Red Dormammu and Stane Odinson work together to cause a rift between Iron Hammer and Soldier Supreme, it leads to a crisis across space-time that brings together Weapon Hex, Ghost Panther, Arachknight and more to save their reality from cosmic calamity! The forces of Hell invade the streets of New York City! The cursed, stunt-riding king of Wakanda fights Martians in the year 2099! Arachknight’s world collides with the New Supreme Universe, home of the Supreme Seven! And as strange new amalgamations take shape, can even Ghost Hammer change things back to normal? Plus: More mighty, uncanny tales of the warped warriors! Collecting SECRET WARPS: SOLDIER SUPREME ANNUAL #1, WEAPON HEX ANNUAL #1, GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1, ARACHKNIGHT ANNUAL #1 and IRON HAMMER ANNUAL #1.
200 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-91776-0

Champions #6 Reviews

Beyond the Panel: 8/10 “…a strong reminder of what we should always come to expect when this global team tackles a global threat. It’s not just about beating the bad guys.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8/10 “…while the book has taken a more serious tone, it’s for the better. The team feels more cohesive and still remains one of the best teams in the current Marvel universe.”

Caped-Joel: 7.5/10 “Another fun one-and-done War of the Realms tie-in that works that much harder to also try and weave story threads from what is also going on in the main book.”

Chillmonger: 10/10 “This book is fire, especially considering it’s a tie-in.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “Zub continues to weave a masterful tale of teamwork and guilt and brings everything back around to the Champions we know and love by the final pages. Every member of this team remains interesting, their relationships even more so.”

Comic Book University: “If Jim Zub is going to write a tie-in book, he’s going to make sure the tie-in matters to the book itself.”

Major Spoilers: “This issue pulls off the difficult trick of continuing the ongoing story lines of the comic while tying in to the big crossover madness”