Mrs. Zubkavich's baby boy is the busiest Canadian comic book writer not named Jeff Lemire.
His credits include Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons, Thunderbolts, Glitterbomb Skullkickers, Wayward, Champions, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers: No Surrender and Avengers: No Road Home, but that barely scratches the surface of his illustrious career. As if writing comics didn't take up enough of his time, Jim is also the animation program coordinator at Seneca College where, as he told our host Aaron Broverman on this episode, he actually has time to keep office hours. In his “spare time,” he co-hosts a live role-playing game podcast called The Danger Dice Gang featuring past Speech Bubble guest, and Jim's co-collaborator on Freelance, Andrew Wheeler.
Jim has been on over 100 podcasts, so appearing on Speech Bubble is old hat for him. He tells Aaron how he broke into the comic industry through web comics and some help from Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) while doing animation as a day job. He eventually got a job colouring comics for Udon and the rest is history. He also goes behind the scenes on Avengers: No Surrender and No Road Home explaining what it's like to do those weekly Marvel events co-written by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil) and Al Ewing (The Immortal Hulk) while keeping the story cohesive.
If you've ever wondered how he balances it all, this is also the podcast where he gives a play-by-play on his typical day. He also hypes his new Comixology digital exclusive Stone Star and explains why he went digital without the kind of marketing his stories with Marvel typically get. This episode is sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.
The Danger Dice Gang Podcast
Jim's first webcomic Makeshift Miracle
In a special episode of Off Panel recorded at Emerald City Comic Con, writer Jim Zub joins the show to discuss his freshly announced and released ComiXology Originals series with artist Max Dunbar, Stone Star. Zub discusses the art of con karaoke, the con experience, Stone Star's bold release strategy, experimenting with comics, accessing the larger Amazon umbrella, downsides, what Stone Star is all about, Dunbar's art, making comics for everyone, world building, the ideal format to work in, and more.
Ottawa-native, Jim Zubkavich - or Jim Zub - is a freelance comic book artist best known for his work on Skullkickers and Makeshift Miracle. In addition to being an avid gamer, Zub is also an editor at UDON Entertainment which publishes comics and graphic novels based on games. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Zub explained how the comic book industry is ever-changing: Once a comic book series is up and running, it's hard to keep audiences captivated on monthly issues. So, in light of that, Zub offers some of the early issues of Skullkickers online as a way to get more readers on board. Currently, Zub is working on Shifty Look - an experimental website by the video game/media giant Namco-Bandai.
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