Zubby Newsletter #62: Near and Deer

Greetings from Nara Park. The deer here are as friendly as ever.

Tokyo, Nagoya, Nara and Osaka. Our vacation in Japan continues. It’s been a great time to engage much-missed experiences and discover new ones. Our friends are on a 2-day temple retreat over the weekend while Stacy and I enjoy exploration and amazing meals in one of Japan’s most vibrant cities.

This whole trip has been a gift, but it’s time to give all of YOU a gift as well…

Battle of the Black Stone Prelude – FREE

Last weekend was Free Comic Book Day and Titan released our CONAN: BATTLE OF THE BLACK STONE prelude issue to shops but, if you missed it, I’m happy to point you toward the FREE PDF DOWNLOAD now available from Titan’s website and Amazon Kindle!

Jonas Scharf‘s line art is sublime, Jao Canola‘s colors are intense, Richard Starkings‘ letters sing, Jeff Shanks‘ essay is enlightening…and the story is pretty good too. 😉

Please share that download link far and wide, my friends. I want to get it in the hands of as many people as possible as we ramp up for more Conan adventures through 2024 and beyond.

Nerd Chatter

During the Calgary Expo I chatted with Chris Doucher from GeekNerdNet and the interview is now available on his site. We cover Conan aplenty and conventions.

Current + Upcoming Releases

Upcoming Appearances

Jun 7-8, 2024 Howard Days Cross Plains, TX, USA
July 25-28, 2024 San Diego Comic-Con San Diego, CA, USA
Aug 1-4, 2024 Gen Con Indy Indianapolis, IN, USA
Aug 16-18, 2024 Fan Expo Chicago Chicago, IL, USA
Aug 22-25, 2024 Fan Expo Canada Toronto, ONT, CANADA
Oct 17-20, 2024 Gamehole Con Madison, WI, USA

Links and Other Things

Gale Force Nine is crowdfunding The Adventures of Conan with dice-rolling action and asymmetrical gameplay. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but the previews look solid and I’m eager to give it a try. There’s still 4 days left if you want to get in on the ground floor on this one.

Conan the Barbarian letterer and all-around amazing creator Richard Starkings is crowdfunding Elephantmen: Yvette, a new 48-page special issue and the campaign has some fun extras worth checking out. Richard talks more about Conan connections here in this Facebook post.

I hope your weekend is going well!

  1. Hey,
    So disappointed that I never got to see you when you were in Japan, especially since you stopped in Nagoya.
    Ah well. Hope you had a blast here.

    Is there any plan for a volume 3 of Stone Star?

    • The trip has been a lot of fun. Much needed downtime from an intense writing schedule.

      Max and I hope to tackle more Stonestar at some point, but I’m not sure exactly when.

      • Glad that you enjoyed your time here.
        Hopefully you’ll get the time for Stonestar sometime soon, but understand that other stories might take precedence.
        Stay safe and enjoy!

  2. Dierk Guenther

    Greetings from Yokohama! I was actually looking forward to seeing you at Howard Days in June (my name should still be on the program / G. Lord symposium) but unfortunately I had to cancel the trip.
    Will your travels here in Japan take you again to Tokyo or Yokohama?


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