Ian Melton popped by Rose City Comic Con for Bleeding Cool and asked some pertinent questions. He got a few pertinent answers to boot. Talking to Wayward and Skullkickers creator Jim Zub, Ian tells me,
Jim Zub loves how great Wayward is doing and shared a story of a unique experience he had with a young female fan at Rose City whose parents brought her over to his table. "This 13 year old girl was super excited and her mom told me she's been dying to meet me. I figured she liked Figment and wanted me to sign those but she pulled out Wayward and said she loved it so much. I stared at the mom and quietly said to her 'you know they curse in here, right?' The mom said she knew but it was fine as her daughter knew those were not appropriate words to use in public. 'Yeah but in issue #2 Rori says 'fuck' a half dozen times! Are you okay with your daughter reading that?' The mother said yes, and the daughter excitedly began asking me as many questions as I would answer."
Hopefully with more appropriate language. Jim also talked about the location choice for the comic.
Wayward is the best-selling book Zub has written so far and he's very proud that a "creator owned book can do so well right now". Zub said Steve Cummings is really enjoying doing research on where to set scenes and has found a great abandoned area that will see use in issue #4. "He found out about abandoned subway tunnels under Ueno Park that we'll be setting up as a meeting place for monsters." The authentic use of Japanese culture and locations is something Zub gives a lot of credit to Steve Cummings for as he lives in Yokohama, and his love of Japan is infectious. The series will conclude its first arc in December and then break for January and February ("usually the two worst selling months of comics" Zub commented) before returning in March with a new arc, and of course the first trade.
But he hasn't forgotten his other Image comic book…
Also Skullkickers is winding up to its epic conclusion in 2015 and its hard core fan base need not worry that Zub is rushing out the finale. "We've got a special linked cover with every character and creature from the Skullkickers story. It's an epic piece of art."