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.

ComicsPRO: Image’s Eric Stephenson addresses retailers “I want to make your stores stronger”

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TweetImage Publisher Eric Stephenson delivered a speech to retailers this morning and here’s the text, courtesy of Image comics: I hope you don’t mind if I deviate from standard practice, but instead of talking about Image Comics this morning, I’d like to talk about you. This is my fourth year at ComicsPRO, and one of […]

Colorist Matthew Wilson: “It’s Better Than Diggin’ Ditches” [Interview]

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TweetIf you like comics, you’ve almost certainly seen Matthew Wilson’s work. Colourist for many of the most acclaimed comics of the last few years, his work has been seen on Wonder Woman, Young Avengers, Swamp Thing, Phonogram, Secret Avengers and many more comics. Colouring is getting more attention now than it has ever done before, […]

Frank Barbiere on Five Ghosts: “It’s About to Get Pretty Crazy” [Interview]

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TweetBuoyed by the success of the five arc of Five Ghosts, the ship-shape creative team of Frank Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe have been sailing forward these past few months on a wave of critical acclaim. Okay, sorry, no more ship puns. With the second arc of the much-loved Image series now underway, protagonist […]

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

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TweetDavid Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of […]

PREVIEW: Stray Bullets: Killers #1

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Tweet David Lapham’s Stray Bullets is back in March with a NEW issue, a NEW mini-series and a NEW massive collection of the first 40 issues. And here’s the FIRST preview of STRAY BULLETS KILLERS, the first new SB mini series in nearly 20 years. Spanish Scott is back—-wheeeeeeee! Via PR: Award-winning creator David Lapham’s […]

Chew/Revival team-up planned

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Tweet Chew’s John Layman & Rob Guillory, the Revival’s Tim Seeley & Mike Norton, are cooking up a team-up crossover for May, Image Comics reports. It isn’t the first Image crossover—in the early days they were a staple—but it’s an interesting twist for the auteur era. Readers will find out what’s on the menu for […]

The Beat Interview: Eric Stephenson “Our industry is in the midst of some pretty amazing changes.”

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Tweet [Image Expo was held a few weeks ago and revealed a stunning line-up of new books by some of comics best, and it was the latest event in what has been a huge string of successes—artistic and financial— for the publisher. After a chart-topping 2013, the publisher seems set for just as a big […]

Back to Class with Jimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons [Interview]

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TweetThis week sees the return of Five Weapons by Jimmie Robinson, which last year was upgraded by Image Comics from a five-issue miniseries to a regular ongoing story. Focusing on life at a school for young assassins, the series was met with huge acclaim – not least from The Beat, where the book was one […]

Steve Orlando Dives Headfirst Into the Undertow [Interview]

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TweetNext month sees Steve Orlando launching a new #1 title at Image – a new take on the Atlantis myth called Undertow, with artist and colourist Artyom Trakhanov. This is a different take on underwater life than anything you might have been expecting, however – the creative team have revamped Atlantis as a centre for […]

Genesis one-shot by Edmondson and Sampson announced

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TweetImage has just announced GENESIS, a one-shot by Nathan Edmondson and newcomer artist Alison Sampson, who has a Tumblr following for her unusual art style. Keep an eye on this one. Nathan Edmondson (WHO IS JAKE ELLS, The Punisher, Black Widow) and debut artist Alison Sampson’s, GENESIS, pairs sweeping visuals with poignant writing to bring […]

Who Sold What?: New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013

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TweetIt’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy.  I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric.  So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]

Podcast Alert! Bob Fingerman reveals the secrets of Minimum Wage on More To Come #76

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Tweet This week on More To Come, the weekly podcast of Publishers Weekly Comics World, I talk to Bob Fingerman about the return of Minimum Wage, his reality infused comic last seen in 1999. It’s a bit of a follow up to the interview I did with him 9 months ago. When I spoke with […]

Image Expo: Digital Remaining DRM-Free

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Tweet by Bruce Lidl Last week’s 2014 edition of the ImageExpo has generated a large amount of coverage for both new title announcements, and for the dearth of diversity among the presented creators. From a practical standpoint, Image Publisher Eric Stephenson and Business Development Head Ron Richards clearly got their money’s worth of publicity from […]

Pick of the Week: EGOs by Moore and Storms

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Tweet Among tomorrow’s comics, our special pick is EGOs by Stuart Moore and Gus Storms. Why? story sounds cool, about a guy trying to save the universe, by getting the old gang together. Unfortunately the old gang includes his ex-wife, and that means battles of all kinds. The villain—Masse, the Living Galaxy—has the cosmic feeling […]

Must read: Allison Baker on Image Expo and the Public Perception Problem

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Tweet Alison Baker is co-publisher of Monkeybrain Comics and I think it’s no secret that her super-power is bering super smart: when she isn’t promoting and publishing comics, she’s working as a political operative, making political ads for campaigns. Thus the debut of her new column “ALLISON TYPES ” for CBR is good news all […]