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Anonymous asked: Since your comics are published by Image do you know all the Image creators? Are you friends and do you hang out with Todd McFarlane or Marc Silvestri or Robert Kirkman?

I’ve met all the Image founders at different points, but unfortunately we’re not close friends and don’t hang out together.

Robert Kirkman has been friendly and offered advice to me at different points.

Jim Valentino has also been encouraging and offered advice.

Erik Larsen was Publisher at Image when I first pitched Skullkickers. We’ve hung out a few times since then and he’s always been very nice.

Whilce Portacio and I hung out a bit at the Calgary Expo a few years ago.

I met Jim Lee through UDON and have hada  few meals and nice conversations with him.

Rob Liefeld was enthusiastic about Skullkickers when we launched in 2010.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri have both met me briefly but, to be honest, I doubt either of them would remember.

Most comic creators are quite spread out geographically so the only time many of us see each other is during conventions.

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Jim Zub has been killing it on this. And these covers look remarkable.

Solicitation info below:


Samurai Jack #10

Jim Zub (w) • Andy Kuhn (a) • Andy Suriano (c)

Samurai Jack’s adventures continue at IDW! The war without has been a failure for Aku, so now it’s time to wage the war within! Can Jack overcome an opponent who unravels the thoughts and memories that make him a samurai?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

A battle of the minds between Samurai Jack and Aku!

So proud of this issue. In stores tomorrow!

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Anonymous asked: I'm an aspiring comic book writer currently working on a pitch for Image. I wanted to ask you, to get the green light for Skullkickers, did you have previous contact with the editorial department at Image or was it a cold pitch?

The characters who eventually starred in Skullkickers showed up in two Image anthologies called Popgun. Popgun editor Joe Keatinge (now writer of titles like Glory and Shutter) approached artist Chris Stevens about contributing a story and Chris and I teamed up to do two shorts, one called “2 Copper Pieces” and the other called “Gotcha!”.

You can read them here:

Image Publisher Erik Larsen really liked those short stories and asked if we wanted to do a mini-series with them. That lead to the pitch, but Chris was unable to commit to the series at that time.

I would end up re-pitching Skullkickers to new Image Publisher Eric Stephenson with Edwin Huang attached as the artist. I did mention that the series had been approved by Larsen, but as far as I know that was the first time Stephenson had seen it.

So, we did have an “in” at Image, but it wasn’t an open invitation. The pitch was the full first story outline, character design drawings and the first six pages of the first issue. You can actually see that pitch here:

Best of luck with your pitch to Image.

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Anonymous asked: Why can't I pre-order Wayward from digital stores like Images own store or Comixology?

As far as I can tell comiXology doesn’t have pre-order sections available for series that haven’t started yet (they’re not entered into their systems).

I’ll poke Image to see if they can add wayward to their digital store early though. Thanks for the excitement and support!

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Anonymous asked: I thought Brian Wood was co-writing Conan/Sonja. Not that this is not equally fantastic, as I was a big fan of Jim Zub's Red Sonja and Cub one-shot.


We made a change early on, and wanted to wait to announce til most of the scripts were in the can.

Happens all the time.

Gail clarifies co-writer-y stuff on Conan-Red Sonja. 

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Anonymous asked: You're a writer and know things - how does one become a comic book colorist?

Here are some quick thoughts:

• Colorists should have a portfolio of page samples showing professional quality coloring. 10-12 pages in your online coloring portfolio is a good sample pool. Only post your absolute best work in there.

• Having different coloring approaches with various styles of line art can show flexibility/diversity that could help show editors/art directors what you’re capable of.

• Colorists are the last part of the art production pipeline so they need to know their own productivity. Unfortunately they’re usually the ones who have to deliver awesome work as a project screeches in towards the final deadline. If you’re not able to deliver under the gun it will be tougher to find work.

• Make sure you understand the file format requirements for print and understand the differences between CMYK and RGB file formatting.

• Comic coloring isn’t necessarily about detailed rendering. It’s about establishing focal points and creating mood. Look to your favorite illustrators/colorists. Carefully analyse how they establish light, volume, mood, and focus.

• Make sure your coloring samples are done using pro quality line art. If the line art isn’t publishing quality than even the best coloring will look unprofessional/sub-par.

• Quite a few professional comic artists post large/high resolution line art image files on deviantArt, so that can be a good place to start.

• Like most comic work, you’ll probably start off working on small/low-pay indy comics or anthologies before referrals for bigger jobs come around if your work is good/consistent.

Best of luck with your creative pursuits!

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JIM ZUB On Being A Writer!


Note from Gail: Last year, I was in Norway for a fantastic event in Bergen, and one of the things I did was teach a two hour class to students aspiring to become comics creators. So, I asked many of my most talented writer friends for a simple tip to impart to the students. The question was, How…

More of my advice on the Comic Survival Kit Tumblr Gail Simone put together. I hope you find it useful!

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mrs-cheese asked: I just wanted to say that the news of the new Baldur's Gate comics made me shed tears of joy. I just really hope that I can subscribe to the magazine even though I live in Europe and don't have to wait ages for it ...

So happy to hear the announcement made your day.

Diamond (the comic distributor used by IDW) distributes comics throughout the UK so it should be possible to track a copy down through a local shop or online outlet once it’s released in October. You should also be able to get the issues digitally via comiXology.