Writer Jim Zub and illustrator Steven Cummings’ WAYWARD, an ongoing comic series published by Image Comics, has been optioned by UK-based Manga Entertainment for development in television as a Japanese animated or live action series. Zub and Cummings will act as creative consultants on the project, including development of the initial story treatment along with character and creature designs.
WAYWARD is an action-drama set in modern Tokyo where Yokai, Japanese creatures and spirits of legend, battle against teenagers imbued with newfound supernatural power. The series launched to critical acclaim in August 2014 and is currently available in monthly comic format and four collected trade paperbacks, with a new deluxe hardcover collection arriving in July. WAYWARD’s first volume, ‘String Theory’, made the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 List of ‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ and has been favorably reviewed by many outlets, including Kirkus.
Zub is a Harvey and Shuster Award-nominated comic writer (AVENGERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, SAMURAI JACK, FIGMENT). His other creator-owned titles, GLITTERBOMB and SKULLKICKERS, are also published by Image Comics, the third largest comic publisher in North America and publisher of The Walking Dead.
Cummings is an American comic book artist based in Japan (DEADSHOT, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, STREET FIGHTER, FORAGER).
Jerome Mazandarani, COO of Manga Entertainment, said, “We are very excited to be working with Jim and Steven to bring the characters and world of WAYWARD to life for the screen. Jim and Steven have managed to create a truly unique high stakes action-drama that feels fresh and authentic in its mixture of Japanese and Celtic mythology. We are very confident this story will connect with audiences across Asia and the rest of the world.”
Zub said, “As soon as Jerome and I started talking about a collaboration, I had a good feeling Manga Entertainment would be the right place to develop Wayward. The crew at Manga intimately understand the anime market and have helped popularize some of the biggest brands in that space. As Japanese art and animation continues to go global, co-producing Wayward at a Japanese studio with Manga taking the lead is a natural choice.”
Founded in 1987, Manga Entertainment began as a producer, licensor and distributor of Japanese animation in the United Kingdom, quickly earning its reputation as the UK’s largest anime distributor with revered anime brands including GHOST IN THE SHELL, DRAGON BALL Z, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE. Headquartered in London, Manga Entertainment continues to specialize in the licensing, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation and other beloved new/classic pop culture franchises like HALO, TRANSFORMERS, POKEMON and YU-GI-OH!
Zub and Cummings are represented by APA.
Figment, Wayward, Samurai Jack, Thunderbolts, Skullkickers and a whole lot more!
Disney fans have been asking when I’d be visiting Florida and now, finally, it’s happening in just a few days! Please share this info with other Figment fans and, if you live in Florida, I hope to see you there!
Patreon is a fundraising site where you can become a patron of the arts, donating a bit of money each month to show your support for online content you value.
Quite a few people I've met at conventions or interacted with online have told me that they've enjoyed the comic writing tutorials I've made and that they'd "buy me a beer" if they could. Well, with this site you can kind of do that and get access to comic scripts, pitch documents, and sneak peeks at my upcoming work while helping fund my future creator-owned comic projects.
The first post, with the full scripts for SKULLKICKERS #1 and WAYWARD #1, is already up and absolutely FREE so you can get a feel for the kind of content I'll be sending to supporters each month:
If you join now at the $3+ level you'll already have access to the original pitch document and full script for the first issue of SAMURAI JACK.
If you've found my articles helpful in your own creative process or just want a look behind the curtain at how comics are written, I'd be thrilled to have you on board. The tutorial articles I write will always be free and available on my site, this is just a way for me to give a focused look at the writing process and get a little bit back in return.
Whether you donate here on Patreon, read my work in print/digital, or share my comics and articles with others, THANK YOU for your continued support!
The announcement went out Friday so it's official: I'm writing a new THUNDERBOLTS monthly series for Marvel Comics! Working with the Avengers editorial team and artist Jon Mailin to bring this team back into the spotlight is going to be a blast.
Check out Jon's work here on DA:
The Thunderbolts have been around in a few different configurations since 1997, but if you've never read their adventures I'll give you a quick overview: They're a team of heroes who haven't always been heroic. Many of them are actually villains in search of redemption and the tough choices they make will define their heroic or villainous legacy.
The new team, lead by the Winter Soldier, will be emerging out of an Avengers-centric event starting in April called Standoff. Reading Standoff will be a sweet introduction to the new Thunderbolts, but I'm also aiming to make the first issue of Thunderbolts very new reader friendly so you can get on board without needing an encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Universe. If you've been a longtime Marvel reader, you'll find lots to enjoy here. If you only know the Winter Soldier from the Captain America movie, this will still be easy to dig into.
I can't go into any more detail beyond the above right now, but expect more details soon.
As always, thanks for the enthusiasm and support!
I’m thrilled to let people know that WAYWARD is now nominated in TWO different categories for Comics Alliance’s ‘Best of 2015’ Awards: ‘Best Fantasy Comic’ and ‘Best Comic For Teens’! You don’t have to register to vote, just scroll to the bottom of the article, check off your choice and hit the vote button!Click here to vote for ‘Best Comic for Teens 2015’
Voting ends this Friday. Thanks so much. I deeply appreciate the support.
A year ago WAYWARD #1 arrived in comic shops nationwide so, as a special thank you to all of you, I'm posting up the full script for the issue. If you own the issue or our first trade paperback you can compare the script to the final printed version page by page and see how the collaborative process of making comics works.
Please feel free to share this post and link far and wide.
All of us on the Wayward team deeply appreciate your support. Keep telling people about the series.
(PS: I have a bunch of other tutorials about how I write comics, pitch my stories to publishers, and the economics of the comic business you can check out HERE.)
Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory (issues #1-5)
Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can she unlock the secrets of her power before it's too late?</td>
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Image Comics has teamed up with the Humble Bundle team to offer a stunning set of digital comics for a ridiculously low price.
• You'll get $333 worth of Image digital comics.
• You can pay what you want (but even more comics are available if you pay more than the $15 average).
• The digital comics are DRM free.
• You're helping to support great charity causes.
Each day there's also a free single issue you can download even if you don't buy the bundle, and today's is WAYWARD #1, so if you haven't read my new creator-owned series now is the perfect time to give it a shot and enjoy a slew of other comics at the same time. Please help spread the word and share the link!
My advance copies of Makeshift Miracle Book 2: The Boy Who Stole Everything just arrived and they turned out wonderfully. Shun Hong Chan's artwork is breathtaking and the print quality on the book is top notch.
The book arrives in stores next month and it's still available for pre-order from your local comic shop or the outlets linked below. If you've enjoyed Wayward or my other comic stories but haven't read Makeshift I hope you give it a try. As always, thanks for the support!
Makeshift Miracle Vol. 2: The Boy Who Stole Everything
Colby has fallen into a surreal realm of dream and imagination in his search for answers about Iris, the strange girl who fell into his life from out of the blue. What he discovers about the link between them will change both their lives and leave one of them with the ultimate decision of life or death. The hit online comic concludes in a beautiful graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans.
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On Wednesday WAYWARD #1 arrives at comic shops everywhere and Wednesday night we’re throwing an official launch party here in Toronto!WAYWARD LAUNCH PARTY
WED AUGUST 27th
at GUU SAKABAR
559 Bloor Street West, Toronto
6-8pm (presentation at 7pm)
I’ll be there along with cover artists Alina Urusov, Adam Warren, Kalman Andrasofszky, and Chip Zdarsky. It will probably be the only place where you’ll be able to pick up every variant cover for the first issue (along with a super rare Japanese language doujinshi version and a special cover postcard set) and get them signed at the same time.
Guu Sakabar is an award-winning Japanese izakaya with fantastic food and drink. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the city and I’m absolutely thrilled to be celebrating the launch there with my dear friends from The Beguiling.
So happy to finally announce this:
I’m writing a new comic series called Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate that launches in October and includes fan favorite characters Minsc and Boo from the Baldur’s Gate video game series!
Anyone who knows my work knows how big a role tabletop RPGs in general, and D&D specifically, played in my development as a storyteller. To be able to contribute a new Dungeons & Dragons story on the 40th anniversary of the game while a new edition launches, it’s an incredible honor. Special thanks to Ted Adams, John Barber, Mike Mearls, Greg Bilsland, and Hilary Ross for their help in making this project a reality.
Obviously I’ll post more info as it comes available. In the meantime, please help spread the word to your gaming friends near and far. D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate arrives in October but it’s available for pre-order now from your local comic shop.
Here’s the official Press Release:—
JIM ZUB GOES FOR THE EYES WITH DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
ON A BRAND NEW JOURNEY THIS FALL!
Dungeons & Dragons takes adventuring to the next level this year with a brand new comic from IDW Publishing, Legends of Baldur’s Gate. The series—which ties in to Wizards of the Coast’s massive Tyranny of Dragons event—comes smashing into stores this fall with a tried-and-true team of questers.
With a battle-proven track record on series like Skullkickers and IDW’s own Samurai Jack, Jim Zub leads this all-new comic series into battle with variant cover and interior artist Max Dunbar (Red Sonja: Atlantis Rises) and breakout The Transformers: Windblade artist Sarah Stone who provides the standard-order covers for the series.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but playing Dungeons & Dragons as a kid was the foundation of my creative career,” said Zub. “It ignited a desire in me to build memorable characters and weave entertaining tales of high adventure. Getting a chance to tell new Forgotten Realms stories as part of the D&D 40th anniversary is an absolute dream come true.”
The legends of the past still resonate with the modern heroes of Baldur’s Gate, and when a new threat rises, an unlikely trio takes upon themselves the mantle of heroes! Launching alongside Wizards of the Coast’s next edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG, the new series will feature both familiar and new characters—including the return of the fan-favorite ranger, Minsc—and his hamster, Boo!
“We wanted to tell the Tyranny of Dragons story in lots of ways, and Jim Zub and IDW have done a great job bringing our story to life for comics fans. They've brought fan favorites Minsc and Boo back into action, and this story is a great way to help us celebrate an amazing year for Dungeons & Dragons,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast.
Legends of Baldur’s Gate sets off for adventure this October with a Tyranny of Dragons story—don’t miss out on the most epic quest of the year!
Today’s the day! FIGMENT #1 arrives in comic shops around the world.
It’s my first Disney writing project, first Marvel comic, and a big step forward in my writing career. Everyone on the team has worked incredibly hard to create a whimsical and enjoyable story for readers young and old in the style of classic fairytale stories like The Wizard of Oz or modern graphic novel adventures like Amulet.
Filipe Andrade and Jean-Francois Beaulieu have pulled out all the stops on artwork for the series, taking my script and breathing incredible vibrant life into it. The people and places are energetic, atmospheric, and wondrous.
John Tyler Christopher‘s eye-catching cover set the tone right off the bat for our story and I can’t wait for people to see the rest of the illustrations he’s done for the other chapters.
Joe Caramagna‘s lettering really puts the button on the storytelling with great flow from panel to panel and perfectly chosen sound effects to enrich the art.
Jim Clark, Brian Crosby, Josh Shipley, and the rest of the Disney Imagineering team have been incredibly supportive, helping me bring new ideas and characters to Dreamfinder’s legacy while ensuring that the story fit in well with the classic Disney World attraction.
Bill Rosemann and Mark Basso at Marvel brought me on board and have shepherded the series through each stage of development with enthusiasm and excitement. Their comic expertise and advice helped refine my core ideas into something special.
It’s a real team effort and I’m proud to be a part of it. I really do hope you give the first issue a read and let me know what you think of it.
I can’t properly express to you how proud I am to finally reveal WAYWARD, my new creator-owned comic series being published by Image Comics starting in August.
This is the first new creator-owned project I’ve launched since Skullkickers in 2010. So much has changed in the past four years and I’m incredibly excited about showing readers a whole new side to my storytelling.
Artist Steve Cummings, colorist John Rauch, and I are working really hard to create an engaging and bombastic supernatural series about myth, magic, and finding friends who will stand by you against all odds.
Expect to see a slew of interviews, previews, and drum beating here as we build towards the launch. In an industry where everyone is trying to get your attention I’ll need to push harder than ever before in order to stand out on the shelf beside well known comic titles.
As always, I deeply appreciate your support and encouragement. If you like the way this story sounds, please, please consider sharing the info with your friends and pre-ordering a copy from your local comic retailer. It’s the best way to build up interest and ensure that we start off strong.
With everything else whirling all around me and convention season well under way, I’m electrified and nervous. It’s a great time to launch a new creator-owned comic.
Here’s the official press release that went out today:
Can Rori unlock the secret to her powers in time to fight mythological monsters?
Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) teams up with penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) to create a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation in WAYWARD, coming from Image Comics in August.
Rori Lane is an outsider by nature, but moving to Tokyo to live with her single Mom has only exacerbated her weirdness. She’s feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are begining to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes… and she’s the only one who seems to notice.
“Wayward is a coming of age story filled with mystery and emotion. It’s also an ass-kicking joy ride with teenagers beating the hell out of Japanese mythological monsters,” said Zub. “Steve and I built this series from the ground up to play to both our strengths. I can’t wait for people to see what we have planned.”
In WAYWARD a group of teens living in Tokyo find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind their powers and their common source they’re drawn into a war with the vestiges of Japan’s monstrous mythic past.
WAYWARD #1 arrives in stores on 8/27, and will be available for $3.50 with special variant covers by Alina Urusov , Jeff “Chamba” Cruz , and Adam Warren .
If you want to see more of Steve Cummings incredible artwork, follow him here on DA!
This weekend is the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and once again I will be there!
If you’ve never been to TCAF before and you live anywhere remotely close to Toronto, you need to come down and check it out. TCAF is a free comic festival filled to the brim with artists and creators from all over the world. Check out the website for an overview of the amazing guests you can meet, new books you can read, and great programming you can take part in.
I’ll be set up at TABLE 251 on the 2nd floor on both Saturday and Sunday with copies of Skullkickers, Samurai Jack, Pathfinder, and much more. You can bring your own books to get signed or pick up copies directly from me while they last.
Also on Saturday afternoon I’ll be speaking in the Comics Workshop Space:
4pm: “Writing Characters from Other Media” with Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers)
I hope you come down for TCAF. Looking forward to seeing you there!
This weekend is the always wonderful Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and, as always, I’ll be there!
Books, art prints, sketches… come by to say “hi” and get comics signed or snag Skullkickers and more directly from the source.