[Video Interview] “Pants Optional” – Episode XVI: Justin Zimmerman

“Pants Optional” is PopCultHQ’s Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community. It’s a way to see/hear what creators have been doing during a quarantine, projects which may be in motion during this downtime, and noteworthy events and happenings taking place in lieu of conventions, appearances, and the weekly NCBD grind.

For Episode XVI, I spoke with A Wave Blue World‘s Justin Zimmerman. The Chief Operating Officer at AWBW is back on “Pants Optional” to discuss the re-release of THE 27 RUN, a sci-fi epic featuring action, humor, and a bit of self-reflection. Originally released in December 2018, the re-release is timed just prior to the debut of Zimmerman’s follow-up chapter, THE 27 RUN: Crush – which expands upon the first OGN and the world within.

Take a look at Justin’s upcoming releases…

THE 27 RUN

Written & Created by Justin Zimmerman
Art by Russ Brown
Colors by Fran Gamboa
Letters by Thomas Mauer
Cover by Clayton Crain

On Sale: November 11th, 2020

Broken hero. Bi-polar A.I. Irradiated wasteland. A subversive/existential black-comedy crisis centuries in the making. But mostly? It’s big frickin’ Mechs versus big frickin’ Monsters!

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THE 27 RUN: Crush #1

Written & Created by Justin Zimmerman
Art by Russ Brown & Ethan Claunch
Colors by Fran Gamboa
Letters by Thomas Mauer
Premier #1 Edition variant cover by Ken Lashley

On Sale: January 13th, 2021
Order Code: NOV201160

Humanity’s only chance against 27 towering Monsters and legions of voracious Crawlies is the Mech Pilot Beti and a telepathic dog named E.K. But Beti faces an even bigger challenge: the return of a long-lost love!

Get ready for an action-packed stand-off that continues the series Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman) calls, “A wasteland tale energized with dark humor and fantastic creatures.”

THE 27 RUN: Crush HC

Written & Created by Justin Zimmerman
Art by Russ Brown & Ethan Claunch
Colors by Fran Gamboa
Letters by Thomas Mauer

On Sale: March 10th, 2021
Order Code: FEB208731

Humanity’s only chance against 27 towering Monsters and legions of voracious Crawlies is the Mech Pilot Beti and a telepathic dog named E.K. But Beti faces an even bigger challenge: the return of a long-lost love!

Get ready for an action-packed stand-off that continues the series Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman) calls, “A wasteland tale energized with dark humor and fantastic creatures.”

PopCultHQ once again had the privilege in chatting with Justin about the re-release of his graphic novel THE 27 RUN, the sequel THE 27 RUN: Crush kicking off 2021, and AWBW’s “Premier #1 Program.”

Special thanks to Justin Zimmerman for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to follow Justin and A Wave Blue World online (links below). And be sure to pick up your copy of THE 27 RUN at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer when it releases on Wednesday, November 11th! And don’t forget to pre-order THE 27 RUN: Crush (Order Code: NOV201160), which debuts with a Premier Edition #1 on January 13th, 2021!

If you are an industry professional and are interested in being featured in our “Pants Optional” segment, drop me a line at tahoejbennett@popculthq.com and let’s see what we can put together!


Writer – Justin Zimmerman

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Publisher – A Wave Blue World

Founded in 2005 by Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner, A Wave Blue World is an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with the rally cry, “Making Stories Matter.” AWBW connects people through storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. By using comics and graphic novels as a medium for change, A Wave Blue World imagines a better world and builds a brighter future as seen in The New York Times highlighted anthology, All We Ever Wanted.

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Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's chief editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. One with the Force. Browncoats Unite! So say we all! Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett

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