MATT CHATS: Samurai Jack Exit Interview with Jim Zub

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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

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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

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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

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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:

Review: Munchkin#1. Fun Game, Fun Comic

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Kick open the door. Kill the monster. Steal the treasure. Screw over everybody you come in contact with. Welcome to the world of Munchkin. The book features four stories set in and around the world of the game, featuring Spyke, Flower, and all the other characters, monsters, and settings players have come to love.

The Beat’s Annual Comics Industry Survey, Part One: The Return of Siegel & Shuster and “Casey”

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Yep, it’s our annual survey of the comics landscape, from the mainstream to the indies and everything in between. Each year we send out surveys to as wide a swath of comics pros around the world as we can muster…among the answers you’ll find lots of news of 2015 projects, predictions of the year ahead…and right off the bat some startling news from Jeff Trexler about a possible legal bombshell in 2015…and the return of Casey from James Sturm’s epochal comic strip “The Sponsor.” Hold on to your hats and let’s get going.

Interview: Jim Zub Discusses His “Wayward” Path

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By Matt O’Keefe Jim Zub has been on a tear since Skullkickers debuted in 2010. In four years he’s gone on to establish himself as writer of properties such as Pathfinder, Samurai Jack, and Disney Kingdoms: Figment. Now he’s going back to his creator-owned roots with Wayward, a comic book series from Image with Steve Cummings about a group of […]

Jim Zub “I Can’t Wait Until People See What’s Coming Up” [Interview]

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Jim Zub’s 2014 is picking up some real speed right now. Most well-known for his series Skullkickers with Edwin Huang and Misty Coats, which is soon heading towards the penultimate arc, he’s building up a head of stream to take him straight through into 2015. Alongside his creator-owned fantasy sword-swinging monster-kicking fighty fight series, he’s also now writing various projects for DC, Marvel, Dynamite and many others.

One of the most interesting things about Zub as a creator, and what first caught my attention, is his openness about his career and creative process. The extensive comic book tutorials on his website offer some brilliant advice on a range of topics, from publicity to building a creative team, and right through to the tricky stuff nobody else talks about – like, for instance money.

Which means there’s a lot to talk to him about! Ahead of issue #25 of Skullkickers – which you’ll get to see preview pages from below – he spoke to me about building Skullkickers, assembling the team, and how he’s managed to keep interest in the series so high.

Dynamite Week: Red Sonja and Cub from Jim Zub and Jonathan Lau

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The next announcement from Dynamite is the arrival of an oversized one-shot coming out in April from creators Jim Zub and Jonathan Lau, Red Sonja and Cub.

31 Days of Halloween: Mark Rahner on ARMY OF DARKNESS/REANIMATOR One Shot

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[Wrapping up this week’s Dynamite sponsored series of peer-to-peer interviews, Jim Zub interviews writer Mark Rahner on the Army of Darkness Reanimator team-up one shot!] ZUB:  The horror genre seems cover a huge spectrum from psychological terror all through to exaggerated gory stuff. What are some of your favorite horror films and how do they […]

The Jim Zub Interviews: Andy Diggle on Uncanny #4

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[Continuing our Dynamite sponsored series of peer-to-peer interviews, Jim Zub interviews writer Andy Diggle on his sharp looking series UNCANNY #4]

31 Days of Halloween: Jim Zub Interviews Brandon Jerwa on Vampirella

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[Continuing our Dynamite sponsored series of peer-to-peer interviews, Jim Zub interviews writer Brandon Kerwa about Vampirella #35] ZUB: When did you first come across Vampirella? Do you remember the first story you read or any particular aspects of the character that stood out? JERWA: It was almost certainly around 1979 or ’80, so I would have […]

INTERVIEW: Jim Zub’s Samurai Jack comic will have “big action, big adventure”

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by Matt O”Keefe IDW recently announced that in October it will be publishing a Samurai Jack as a comic book series that picks up the story where the animated series left off. I spoke with writer Jim Zub about what to expect from the book. We also discussed the headline-grabbing fourth arc of Skullkickers.    We can […]

Jim Zub and Miguel Sepulveda Take Over Shadowman for Halloween

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The Valiant solicitations for October have been published, and amongst them comes a one-off issue of Shadowman which has a few tricks up its sleeve. Shadowman #11 will be a Halloween special issue, written and drawn by the one-off team of Jim Zub and Miguel Sepulveda.

Image Announce Dark Skullkickers Dark #1

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Frequent collaborators on mysteriously short-lived Image projects, Jim Zub and Edwin Huang have been announced as the creative team for a new issue #1 from Image in June, Dark Skullkickers Dark #1. And that’s not a typo – the extra Dark is there for a reason. And that reason is because the comic is dark. This […]

Advance Review: Uncanny Skullkickers #1 tests out The Adjective of Power

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Uncanny is such a strange word to use to describe a comic, much less a range of different comics which tend to feature characters who aren’t unexpectedly familiar – they’re the X-Men and Avengers, they’ve been around for decades. Which is why it’s nice to see that the Skullkickers creative team of Jim Zub and […]