SDCC ’16: “Only Two People Know Why Thor is Unworthy” – Marvel’s ‘Divided We Stand’ Panel

By Kevin Pearl On Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso was added as a last minute moderator for the Divided We Stand Panel, where the company revealed more of its post-Civil War II Status Quo. Creators Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts) and […]

MATT CHATS: Jim Zub on Joining the Crowdfunding Game with Patreon


I first became a fan of Jim Zub’s because his tutorials on the comics making process, so it’s fitting that my next interview with him is about a platform that lets people who have enjoyed that content support him financially. His Patreon account has already amassed a sizable contribution from others who’ve enjoyed his comics or his writing about his comics […]

Image Expo 2016: Nothing is impossible – updated


Image Expo is kicking off with a stirring speech by Eric Stephenson. We’ll social media it along for you   Image Expo is 10 minutes from starting, and the venue certainly has some swagger to it. #imageexpo — Christopher Butcher (@Comics212) April 6, 2016 "Whatever you imagine, it can happen." Starting the keynote at […]

MATT CHATS: Jim Zub on Finishing Skullkickers and Continuing his Wayward Path


Jim Zub, easily my most-interviewed creator, is on a tear lately. In addition to wonderful corporate-owned work like Figment, he more than stuck the landing on Skullkickers and he nailed the second arc of his new series Wayward. I talked to him about both beginnings, endings and everything in-between. When did you map out the overall story […]

THE IMAGE EFFECT: Are Editors Outdated?


This is the first in a planned series of articles about the “Image Effect.” Over the past 20+ years Image Comics has grown from a vanity publisher for the top talents of the 90s into a trendsetter and home to a diverse range of popular titles and creators. How did they accomplish that? Image’s well-known […]

MATT CHATS: Samurai Jack Exit Interview with Jim Zub


Even though I was never quite in love with the considered-a-classic Samurai Jack TV show, I’ve been infatuated by Samurai Jack the comic book since before Issue 1. The stoic, solemn character interacting with a colorful world works, in my opinion, better in sequential form than it does on the screen. Writer Jim Zub is […]

MATT CHATS: Andy Suriano on his Return and Second Goodbye to Samurai Jack


There are a lot of licensed comics out there that lack a certain legitimacy. Whether they’re good or bad, they’re not the main version of those characters and those worlds, and they’re usually created by people who weren’t involved in the original. IDW’s Samurai Jack circumvents that sense of not feeling like the “real” thing not only by continuing where […]

Review: Wayward #6 is a tabula rasa


Writer: Jim Zub Pencils: Steve Cummings Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Marshall Dillon  Essay: Zack Davisson After a brisk first issue, the subsequent installments of Wayward jam-packed the series with a ton of plot. In this new arc the comic goes back to basics covering a new protagonist. Emi Ohara is just the change in tone […]

MUST READ: Jim Zub on how creator owned comics economics have improved


And when I say must-read, I mean MUST READ, as it really lays out fundamental changes in how the industry is working for creator owned books.. A few days ago I noted how an old post on the economics of Jim Zubkavich on Skullkickers, his Image comics, had gotten a second life on Facebook with it’s very low numbers on comics profits. In the comment, Zub promised an update, and he’s delivered with an analysis of his new book, Wayward. As you can see from the above graph, it’s a HUGE change, and it’s all due to the rise of Image Comics: