Obviously taking a cue from the likes of Drake or Beyoncé, comics writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar dropped a surprise release today.
The duo published the first issue of a previously unannounced new sci-fi comic called Stone Star. Stone Star is a five-part series about a teenage thief who gets pulled into a gladiatorial arena on an asteroid. The story stands to conflate deadly competition and celebrity, evoking sci-fi, cyberpunk, and modern sports entertainment.
It’s being published by ComiXology Originals, and is available on that platform now. Members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited or ComiXology Unlimited can read the first issue now. Others can do so for $2.99.
Zub and Dunbar will be promoting and discussing the new book this weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif.
Full PR with preview art is below:
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 & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons) and Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons & Dragons). Stone Star issue #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 and Dunbar will also be appearing on the following panels:
Friday, March 29, 2019—2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 211
ComiXology Originals What’s Next Stone Star Spotlight
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, writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar to get the scoop on an all-new, recently announced, comiXology Originals series, Stone Star—available now—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.
Saturday, 3/30/19, 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m., Room: 208
Breaking in & 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! Our panel of comics veterans from across the creative & administrative spectrum of comics are here to help! Join our 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 & Events) & surprise special guests as they teach you the tricks of the trade to break in & stay in comics, possibly for LIFE. Welcome to Comics, hope you survive the experience.
Sunday, March 31, 2019–2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 209
Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? We can help! Hear from some of the industry’s best & brightest including Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons), Max Dunbar (Champions, Teen Titans), Mark Sable (The Dark, Graveyard of Empires), Biserka Stringer Horne (Comics Editor & Facilitator), Ivan Salazar (comiXology PR & Events) & more special guests as they impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you! Join 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!
Stone Star is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content. The first issue is available now and each subsequent monthly issue will be available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and available for sale on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99. The collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com.
Stone Star #1 is a continuation of comiXology Originals offering new, exclusive comic book content across Amazon’s subscription services of Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 20,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members at comixology.com/unlimited.
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About the Stonestar Creative Team
Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. His current comic projects includeAvengers: No Road Home, a weekly epic event for Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes, Champions, Marvel’s team of teen superheroes fighting for the future, Dungeons & Dragons, the official comic series of the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game, and Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters. http://www.jimzub.com/
Max Dunbar is a Vancouver-based comic book and concept artist who has worked on such titles as Dungeons & Dragons, Judge Dredd, Champions, Gears of War: Rise of RAAM, Red Sonja and others.