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02 May 2012 @ 05:08 pm


Every year the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo puts together an artbook with pin-ups from the artist guests attending the show. Seven years, seven artbooks. I'm proud that I've been at every show and created a new piece in every artbook so far.

This year's theme was "Dreams & Wishes" so I sketched up a faerie folk. The idea is that he harvests dream energy from his dreamcatcher and collects the energy into the spiffy key there.

Here are links to my previous pin-ups for the Calgary Expo:
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
 
 
zubkavich
02 May 2012 @ 01:18 pm


Scott Kurtz, creator of the now-classic webcomic Player Versus Player, gives a kindly shout out to Skullkickers and Makeshift Miracle in his latest blog post.

Getting the thumb's up from one of the online greats is a real booster as I continue to plug away on both books. Thanks, Scott!
 
 
zubkavich
01 May 2012 @ 02:11 pm


It took some time to make it into their reading pile but Skullkickers has hit a new peak with a stellar review from industry giant Publishers Weekly.
Check it out!

"Laugh out loud humour comes from character quips and tangents, as well as the grotesque and the absurd."..."It’s like a sword and sorcery buddy movie channelling Milk and Cheese."
 
 
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307 entries (256 writing, 51 art)

Holy $#%*!

There’s no other way to put it. The last two days of our Tavern Tales Contest have been a whirlwind as over a hundred entries poured in over the weekend right before the finish line. Everyone on the creative team was blown away by the response.

With that many submissions it’s going to take us some time to go through them all, weigh them over in our minds and make final decisions about who our two winners are. We’re hoping to be able to announce the winners by end of May. If things go well, maybe sooner. From the first few entries we’ve skimmed through we can tell that it’s going to be very, very hard to pick winners. Please be patient with us.

Thank you for putting your creativity and time into these art and writing submissions. If this was your first time reading the series, we hope you enjoyed it and will stick around for more of our adventures even if you don’t end up winning the coveted Tavern Tales spot.

Thank you for supporting Skullkickers and other creator-owned comics. We couldn’t do it without you.
@jimzub
 
 
zubkavich
26 April 2012 @ 07:39 pm


This weekend I'm once again happily exhibiting at the Calgary Expo, one of the biggest shows in Canada!

TABLE X-17




I'll have copies of Skullkickers Treasure Trove, our soft cover trades, rare variant covers and the Skullkickers World Map for sale, along with sketches and more.





I'll also be on two panels at the show:

Saturday April 28th
Writers Unite: Pitching Your Creator Owned Comics

Room: Palomino C
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Jim Zub will relay funny anecdotal stories of his own creative journey as he illustrates how to write comics, set goals, create pitches, and ultimately get your own work out to the masses. Be sure to come prepared with any questions you want answered.

Sunday April 29th
Convention Horror Stories

Room: Palomino C
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

And you thought horror movies were scary! Jim Zub will regale you with bone chilling and hair raising real life stories of some of the conventions he's attended.
 
 
zubkavich
21 April 2012 @ 12:14 pm
Bonus weekend update for Skullkickers Online!

The infamous Skullkickers Stew Recipe, created by Andrew Wheeler is now up:

 
 
zubkavich
20 April 2012 @ 05:29 pm
Check out Omar's retro-style Wonder Momo poster announcing our new series together coming to Shifty Look:

 
 
zubkavich
20 April 2012 @ 08:05 am


The Sky Kid webcomic I'm writing, with art by Jeff "Chamba" Cruz (Street Fighter II Turbo) continues on Bandai-Namco's Shifty Look comic site.

We're now halfway through "season one" so it's the perfect time to get caught up on the airborne action and adventure.

Click HERE to start reading from the beginning of the story!



I've also put together some blogposts for the site all about how I write the comic series you may find interesting and illuminating. Check them out here:

Writing the Story for Sky Kid - Part 1

Writing the Story for Sky Kid - Part 2

Writing the Story for Sky Kid - Part 3
 
 
zubkavich
19 April 2012 @ 07:37 pm
Look what arrived in the mail today!



Holding a copy of Makeshift Miracle: The Girl From Nowhere in my hands is pretty surreal. The book turned out gorgeous. The print quality is top notch. Really, really happy with it.

If you're coming to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 5-6 (which is absolutely free to attend) you'll be able to get yours there before anyone else.

If not, then look for it in comic shops by mid-May and through Amazon and other online outlets by end of May. You can order your copy right here.
 
 
zubkavich
18 April 2012 @ 07:56 am


Steve Jackson Games has updated their Munchkin-Skullkickers webpage with more details on the upcoming booster pack expansion for their hit card game coming out in July. There's also a sample of 3 of the cards and the spiffy new artwork drawn by Edwin Huang and colored by me. Click on through and check it out.