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NYCC 2019: AfterShock Announces Signings, Q&As, and Variants

AfterShock Comics returns to New York Comic Con (NYCC), October 3-6, for four full days of fan engagement activities and exclusive, never-before-seen content for comic enthusiasts.

Located at Booth #2242 at the Javits Center, AfterShock Comics team members in attendance will include Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer; Managing Editor Christina Harrington; SVP Sales & Marketing Steve Rotterdam; Senior Retailer Relations Manager RuthAnn Thompson; Senior Retail Sales Development Manager Marc Hammond, and some of the most exciting creative stars in the comics industry.

AfterShock’s stellar signing schedule at our booth will include Steve Orlando (Dead Kings) on Sunday from 1p-2p. Other confirmed creators include Stephanie Phillips (Descendent), Juan Doe (American Monster, Bad Reception), Frank Tieri (Pestilence), Leila Leiz, and Adam Glass (Rough Riders, Lollipop Kids, The Normals, Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter). Fans are encouraged to check the AfterShock Comics website for details on signings and other creator appearances.

Exclusive variants created specifically for NYCC and only available at Booth #2242 include Dark Ark: After the Flood #1 with cover by Nat Jones and lenticular cover by Mike Rooth; original graphic novel Horde with cover by Leila Leiz and A Walk Through Hell, Volume 2 with cover by Andy Clarke.  

On Saturday, October 5, from 5:15pm – 6:15pm in Room 1C03, AfterShock Comics presents One-on-One with Cullen Bunn as we delve into the career and process of one of the most prolific writers in comics. In a conversation hosted by AfterShock Publisher Joe Pruett (B.E.K, Negative Burn), attendees will get firsthand insight into how Cullen creates some of AfterShock’s most popular series and graphic novels such as DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, WITCH HAMMER, KNIGHTS TEMPORAL, BROTHERS DRACUL and the just-launched DARK ARK: AFTER THE FLOOD. The discussion will also cover series he is well known for at other publishers – from his creator-owned titles like Cold SpotsManor Black and Sixth Gun to his Marvel work on DeadpoolVenom and more. Get to hear incredible stories from one of the industry’s most sought-after storytellers. 

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to take home a limited edition, one-of-a-kind AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75.

Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and surprise items every comic enthusiast will enjoy.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For August ’19

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for August 2019


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all pretty good, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 (yeah, I went for books that hardly any of you have read for whatever reason) for this month’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


Banjax #3 (Action Lab)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 426/996
Why You Should Read It:
Selling less than a thousand copies is a criminal shame for this comic. Telling the story of a disgraced hero on a last quest to clear up crime in his city before his body succumbs to the cancer that resulted from the use of his powers, Banjax isn’t a comic with a happy ending, and writer Rylend Grant always seems to have another twisted angle on what could be a straight forward story to keep you guessing.

Grumble #9 (Albatross)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 396/1,285
Why You Should Read It: 
I feel like I’ve talked about this series quite a bit over the last few months… but it still remains (to my mind) one of the most underrated books out there. The mix of magic, dark humour and the underdog story just ticks every box for me.

Livewire #9 (Valiant)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 289/3,843
Why You Should Read It: 
Although we’re nine issues in, this comic kicks off a new arc that finds the titular hero address her PR problems (I mean accidentally killing hundred and thousands of people is more than a PR problem, but go with me here) in much the same way those running for public office tend to do. Making this a topical, and very interesting book.

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6 (Valiant)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 271/4,558
Why You Should Read It:
I usually try and avoid two series from the same publisher in the same column of sales numbers, but The Life and Death of Toyo Harada was the culmination of Joshua Dysart’s work with the character across multiple series and around 50(ish) issues of story. It’s a phenomenal miniseries, and while you don’t need to read the build up, it certainly helps (especially with how good those books are). .

Image Firsts: Oblivion Song #1 (Image)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 240/5,949
Why You Should Read It:
Oblivion Song‘s setting is brilliant, a post apocalyptic world mixed with a near future’s reaction to such an event. If you were ever curious about the series, this $1 comic is an ideal place to sate your curiosity.

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Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For July ’19

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 400 sellers for July 2019


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all pretty good, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 (yeah, I went for books that hardly any of you have read for whatever reason) for this month’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


Knights Temporal #1 (Aftershock)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 201/9,789
Why You Should Read It:
Time travelling knight fights across the years. It’s got great art, and a really interesting hook that this blurb does no justice to (but seeing as how the entire first issue is dedicated to setting that up, I refuse to give it away here). You missed out if you missed this.

Killers #1 (Valiant)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 264/7,949
Why You Should Read It: 
Former British spies are being hunted. That these spies are also super powered ninjas is irrelevant. As engaging a read as you’d hope for, this book is utterly wonderful.

Crow Hack Slash #2 (IDW)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 279/5,330
Why You Should Read It: 
An unabashed love of James O’Barr’s original story and the movie it spawned means I’ll generally check out anything Crow related. More often than not I’m left a touch disappointed. Not in this case.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves #2 (Dark Horse)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 357/2,704
Why You Should Read It:
Although it’s no secret I enjoy Disney comics, or it shouldn’t be, even I was surprised at how much I’m enjoying this classic Disney story in comic book form.

Grumble #8 (Albatross)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 430/1,489
Why You Should Read It:
Perhaps arguably my favourite comic on this list, the mix of magic, dark humour and the underdog story just ticks every box for me.

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Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Preview: Babyteeth #15

BABYTEETH #15

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Garry Brown
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.07.19

Clark’s father has been revealed and he’s…great? Wait, that can’t be right. Right? Well, only one way to find out, friends! “Cradle” ends here with one of the biggest moments in BABYTEETH history!

From Donny Cates, the writer of BuzzkillPaybacksRedneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated by Patrick Kindlon and Stefano Simeone

AfterShock Comics has announced Shoplifters Will be Liquidated, a new series from writer Patrick Kindlon and art by Stefano Simeone. The series features lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and the first issue has a main cover by Simeone and incentive cover by Antonio Fuso.

Out October 9, the series is about the “best-trained loss prevention staff” for the largest retailer in the world. It’s the second series by Kindlon published by AfterShock.

The largest retailer in the world requires the best-trained loss prevention staff, and Security Officer Nussbaum defends the company interests at any cost. Life, human rights, rational thought are all secondary concerns. But his world is upended when he finds a society living under the retail outlet – a culture that challenges his notions about consumerism and sense of self. Is he ready for the message? Imagine Judge Dredd working for Amazon, and you’ve got a hint of what you’re in for. 

From Patrick Kindlon (PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE!) and Stefano Simeone (CLANKILLERS) comes SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED—a satirical take on the consumer society.

Exclusive Preview: Babyteeth #15

BABYTEETH #15

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Garry Brown
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.07.19

Clark’s father has been revealed and he’s…great? Wait, that can’t be right. Right? Well, only one way to find out, friends! “Cradle” ends here with one of the biggest moments in BABYTEETH history!

From Donny Cates, the writer of BuzzkillPaybacksRedneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

AfterShock Comics’ Releases in August 2019

BAD RECEPTION #1

Writer: Juan Doe
Artist: Juan Doe
Cover: Juan Doe
Retailer Incentive Cover: Paul Azaceta
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.21.19

It’s the celebrity wedding of the century, set in an undisclosed, remote location, with no access to wifi, cell phone reception or the outside world. But the dream wedding becomes a nightmare when, one by one, the guests are brutally slaughtered by a mysterious killer who brands his victims with a hashtag.

BAD RECEPTION is a searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity. Written and drawn by AfterShock’s very own Juan Doe (DARK ARK, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER)!

DARK RED #6

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Meghan Hetrick
Incentive Cover: Corin Howell
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.28.19

NEW ARC STARTS HERE

In the aftermath of war, Fall’s End is littered with the dead. Chip has his territory back…until something else walks into his town. 

Something not human. Not vampire.

Something hungry.

Tim Seeley (BRILLIANT TRASH, Hack/Slash, Grayson) and Corin Howell (Ghostbusters, Bat-Mite) bring you the next chapter in this contemporary and horrifying tale of vampirism in the dark heart of America.

KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #2

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Fran Galán
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Fran Galán
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.21.19

Auguste de Rivière is a knight lost in time.

From the Dark Ages to the modern era, he pursues a cruel necromancer across time and space. But—somehow—Auguste has lived…and died…in countless times and places. What is the secret of his fractured existence? And are there answers that his companion, Jane Foole, might be hiding from him?

KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #2

DESCENDENT #4

Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artist: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover: Juan Doe
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.07.19

Our heroes race to stop the cult from abducting another child, David and Amanda rehash some ugly truths from their past and Jo learns a dark secret about her FBI partner. Can the team learn to work together to stop more children from disappearing? Can David be trusted to babysit a child? Probably not.

Learn more about the dark history of an ancient cult in this next installment from Stephanie Phillips (Devil Within, Kicking Ice), Evgeniy Bornyakov, Lauren Affe and Troy Peteri.

DESCENDENT #4

ANIMOSITY #23

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Elton Thomasi
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.14.19

Everyone has a story. Everyone has a secret.

From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Elton Thomasi (Doctor Who) and Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).

ANIMOSITY #23

BABYTEETH #15

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Garry Brown
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.07.19

RESOLICITED

Clark’s father has been revealed and he’s…great? Wait, that can’t be right. Right? Well, only one way to find out, friends! “Cradle” ends here with one of the biggest moments in BABYTEETH history!

From Donny Cates, the writer of Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

BABYTEETH #15

DARK ARK vol 3: The World That Waits TPB

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill
Cover: Juan Doe
$14.99 / 120 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 8.07.2019

At long last, the rains have stopped. But the flood waters have yet to recede. Still, new life—both human and monster—is born into the world. And as the Manticore Kruul learns what it means to be a father, Shrae’s newborn grandchild is dying from a supernatural ailment. The secret of a cure lies with one of Shrae’s most bitter enemies!

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions! This volume contains issues #11-15.

MARY SHELLEY MONSTER HUNTER #5

Writers: Adam Glass & Olivia Cuartero-Briggs
Artist: Hayden Sherman
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Hayden Sherman
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.28.19

Mary and her Monster Hunters take on Adam and his creature, walking away victorious. But when Mary returns to London, she discovers the fight is far from over, and now it’s personal.

Brought to life by Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, THE LOLLIPOP KIDS) and Olivia Cuartero-Briggs (TV’s The Arrangement) with art by Hayden Sherman (COLD WAR, The Few, Wasted Space), Mary Shelley Monster Hunter is historical fiction at its most (After) shocking!

MARY SHELLEY MONSTER HUNTER #5

ORPHAN AGE #5

Writer: Ted Anderson
Artist: Nuno Plati
Colorist: Joao Lemos
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Nuno Plati
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.14.19

Surrounded by lights. No way in or out. The dead send a message. The tools they left us and those we built again. Some secrets are better left secret. Some forgotten moments are better left forgotten. If there is no road, make one.

The post-apocalypic adventure written by Ted Anderson (MOTH & WHISPER, My Little Pony, Adventure Time) with art by Nuno Plati (Alpha: Big Time, Marvel Girl).

ORPHAN AGE #5

OBERON vol 1: THE KING OF LIES TPB

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Milos Slavkovic
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Main cover: Milos Slavkovic
$14.99 / 120 pages / color / on sale 08.28.19

Betrayed by his people and exiled to Earth, Lord Oberon, the former king of the fairies, seeks out an innocent prophesied child in order to manipulate her into becoming his ultimate weapon so that he can reclaim his rightful throne.

From writer Ryan Parrot (VOLITION, Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and artist Milos Slavkovic, OBERON is a new supernatural adventure proving once and for all that fairies should never be trusted. This volume collects issues #1-5.

KILLER GROOVE #4

Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Eoin Marron
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Eoin Marron
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.21.19

As Jonny’s life of crime takes him to a much darker and more violent place than he’s been before, we explore how the past shapes who you are. For good and for bad…

From Ollie Masters (The Kitchen, Snow Blind) and Eoin Marron (HER INFERNAL DESCENT, Army of Darkness, James Bond) comes the next rock’n’roll sensation, with a beat that’ll kill you dead.

KILLER GROOVE #4

VOLITION vol 1: ARTIFICIAL LIVES TPB

writer: Ryan Parrott
artists: Omar Francia & Marco Itri
colorists: Omar Francia & Leonardo Paciarotti
letterer: Marshall Dillon
cover: Omar Francia
$17.99 / 136 pages / color / on sale 8.07.2019

In a not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence has spawned a race of robots that serve all of humanity. Robots are considered second class citizens, but a few in the A.I. community are fighting back in a constant struggle for equal rights.

When a debilitating virus called “Rust” threatens all artificial life, salvation lies in the most unlikely of robotic heroes — not a warrior or a solider, but an obsolete construction worker and a dedicated caregiver. Together, HALE-19 and AMBER-7T embark on a perilous journey in search of a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever.

From writer Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, OBERON, Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and new artist sensations Omar Francia (Star Wars, Mass Effect) and Marco Itri (Grimm Fairy Tales) comes an epic quest into a dazzling future world told through the lens of AfterShock Comics! Volume one contains issues #1-6.

Exclusive Preview: Dark Red #1

Dark Red #1

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Corin Howell
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Aaron Campbell
Incentive 1:10 Cover: Larry Stroman
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 03.20.19

Charles “Chip” Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are…

No, Chip is one of the “forgotten men.” He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories send jobs to Calcutta.

Chip is also a vampire.

Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored…and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when SHE comes to town.

Tim Seeley (BRLLIANT TRASH) and Corin Howell bring you a contemporary and horrifying tale of vampirism in the heart of America — one that’ll make you jump right out of your boots.

Dark Red #1

Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini Deliver The Replacer from AfterShock in April

The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, The Replacer, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.

Based on Zac Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent, The Replacer is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with stunning visuals by Arjuna Susini, The Replacer is not for the faint of heart.

The Replacer features colors by Dee Cunniffe and a cover by Susini. It’s out April 24 from AfterShock.

AfterShock Wants you to Read Dangerously in 2019

AfterShock Comics is prompting comic readers and fans to “Read Dangerously,” claiming 2019 as The Year of Reading Dangerously. Supported by a robust advertising and marketing campaign, this call to action will serve as the rallying cry behind all AfterShock brand activities and initiatives over the course of the year.

As publisher of many of the most talked about independent titles of the past few years – including Animosity, A Walk Through Hell, Dark Ark, and Babyteeth, AfterShock will push the envelope even further in 2019 with new releases and ongoing series that continue to thrill, chill and challenge – both imaginations and sensibilities. 

Working with top writers, artists and some of the brightest new stars in the creative community, soon-to-debut 2019 titles Stronghold, Oberon, Dark Red, Out of the Blue, and Horde, to name only a few, will cut across all genres to take readers far beyond their comfort zones.

The theme will serve as the focal point of the brand’s 2019 marketing campaign, including new ads debuting in late January on the back covers of all titles, targeted digital advertising, podcast sponsorships, local comic shop initiatives, and prominent placement at major conventions throughout the year. Additional plans will be revealed at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting to be held in Charlotte in late February.

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