Sit down with Toronto-based writer Jim Zub as we discuss what the Lower Your Sights project means to him, his contribution to the anthology, and his thoughts on the unifying power of art.
Q: What does this project mean to you?
Jim: My grandparents came to Canada from Ukraine (“Jim Zub” is a pen name – My full last name is “Zubkavich”) so writing a story for this fundraising anthology is a small way for me to support my heritage and help people in need at the same time.
Q: What is your contribution to Lower Your Sights? (Short Story, Pinup, Etc.)
Jim: I wrote a short story called “Homestead” about someone who has become a soldier out of desperation rather than desire. Their fears and hopes are laid bare against the backdrop of a wrecked Ukrainian city.
Q: In addition to supplying food and essential supplies, Voices of Children also provides art therapy to help kids cope and overcome the stress, anxiety, and trauma of living in war conditions. Do you believe art has the power to heal?
Jim: Art is about creating a connection between creators and an audience. Art can inform, educate, entertain, and build empathy. It allows us to see shared emotions across vast divides and bridge the gap between us.
About Jim Zub
Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past twenty years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients.
His current comic projects include Conan the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons, and Thunderbolts.
Jim’s writing will be featured in the short story, Homestead, from our upcoming Ukrainian benefit anthology, Lower Your Sights.
Mad Cave Studios and Voices Of Children are teaming up to publish Lower Your Sights, a graphic novel anthology, to raise awareness and proceeds for children impacted by war. Earnings from the book’s sales are going directly to the Voices of Children foundation.
Lower Your Sights is available for preorder (FOC on August 29th 2022), and officially in stores on September 14th, 2022. You can pre-order your very own copy of this benefit anthology here.