TCAF 2017: Jim Zub - How He Measures Success And Image Comics At 25

Jim Zub with his wife, Stacy King, at TCAF 2017. (Photo credit: Chris Doucher/

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the 2017 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) - held at the Toronto Reference Library and Masonic Temple -  a free festival celebrating not just comicbooks, but many different mediums. Its sole purpose is to promote literacy and to get people of all ages, reading. TCAF has exploded in popularity over the years, and again, one of the best things about it: the two-day event is free. Jim Zub and I talk about this, as well as the importance of having a show like this be so accessible. 

His explosively popular creator-owned series Wayward, with Steven Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain, is not only a fan favourite across the globe, but it was recently announced that it has been optioned for TV by Manga Entertainment UK Ltd., and IDW announced (May 18) that a Wayward board game is on the way. Zub's other works include Figment, Glitterbomb, Makeshift Miracle, Skullkickers, Dungeons & Dragons, Thunderbolts and more. Plus, coming out in June is the one-shot Secret Empire United that he wrote, and he's taking over the writing duties on Uncanny Avengers.

Zub talks about how he measures success, and how if something that he has written sticks with fans and the effect that it has on him. We also talk about the profound impact that Image Comics - the third biggest comicbook publisher in North America celebrating its 25th year - has had, and is still having on the industry. A company that continues to fully support creator-owned passion projects, minus any top-down corporate mandate. Now, hit play on the Soundcloud link and have a listen to Mr. Jim Zub. (*If you have any issue playing the audio, please reload the page and select/tap/click where it says “Listen in browser.”)

This interview was written and recorded by Chris Doucher, Managing Editor for