Adam Glass

Adam Glass

Though NYC will always be home, Adam resides in Los Angeles and is a TV Writer/Executive Producer of such shows as “Supernatural,” “Cold Case” and currently “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” on CBS.

When Adam is not writing for TV or FILMS, he’s writing graphic novels. Some of these titles include: Marvels’ Deadpool: Suicide Kings & DCs’ Suicide Squad 1 & 2 were all NY TIMES BEST SELLERS. Other books Adam has written or co-written for Marvel are, Deadpool Pulp, Luke Cage Noir, Deadpool Team Up and Luke Cage Origins.   

For DC, JLA Annual and the Flashpoint series, Legion of Doom. Most recently, Adam finished an original graphic novel for Oni Press called Brick.

Aberto Ponticelli

Alberto Ponticelli

Alberto Ponticelli is an Italian illustrator based out of Milan. He is an Eisner award nominee for his artwork on Vertigo’s Unknown Soldier. Other works of Alberto’s include Frankenstein, Dark Knight, Dial H, and FBP for DC Comcs; and Godzilla for IDW. He is also the creator of a Blatta, an Italian graphic novel which won him several awards in his home country.

Amanda and Jimmy

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Amanda Conner started her career working as an ad agency illustrator, but her intense love for comic books and cartooning led her to Archie Comics, and then Marvel Comics, where she illustrated their Barbie line, and then Disney’s Gargoyles.

After several years of Vampirella for Harris Comics, working with top writers in the field like Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Warren Ellis, Amanda has worked on many of the top titles in comics, such as Powergirl, Lois Lane, Terra and Birds of Prey for DC Comics, and The Pro, a creator-owned book for Image Comics, with Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis.

Amanda’s current writing and illustration work can be seen in Harley Quinn and Starfire, both monthly for DC Comics, as well as a variety of cover work for all the major publishing companies.

Jimmy Palmiotti is a Brooklyn-born, multi-award winning character creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, consulting, editorial, screenwriting, development and production, media presentation and video game development. Just a few of his clients include Nike, Nickelodeon, Universal Pictures, Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Lion’s Gate, Vidmark, Starz, Fox, Alliance Films, New Line, Spike TV, MTV, 2kgames, Midway, Radical Games, Activision and THQ games.

He is co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and the current Paperfilms, where he partners with Amanda Conner, his wife, and Justin Gray. He has created and co-created numerous universes, comics, video games, TV series and characters including: The New West, Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Back To Brooklyn, Gatecrasher, Random Acts of Violence, Killing Time in America, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Trailblazer, Ballerina, The Twilight Experiment, and the TV series and upcoming feature film, Painkiller Jane.

His current work includes: Harley Quinn, Powergirl, and Starfire for DC Comics, The Con Job for Boom!, Forager for Jet City Comics and he currently has four feature films in development: Painkiller Jane, Random Acts of Violence, The Monolith, and Killing Time In America. 

“Both Joe Pruett and Mike Marts are good friends and when you work in any business, it’s always the best-case scenario to have those you enjoy working with along for the ride. Mike was one of the first people to give me a shot at writing many years ago with Deadpool at Marvel Comics and Joe and I have been talking for years about how we could work together on a project, so this all made a great deal of sense to us. When Amanda and I got the call about AfterShock and spoke to everyone involved, Amanda and I jumped at the chance to create something personal and fun that we thought would fit with their publishing plan. We are really excited and cannot wait to share what we have in store and super happy to have the team at AfterShock as partners in this initial launch.”

Andy Clarke

Andy Clarke

Andy began working in comics in 1998 with Dan Abnett on Sinister Dexter for 2000AD. He has made modest contributions to Judge Dredd (including a newspaper strip), worked on Nikolai Dante and Shimura with Robbie Morrison and with Kek-W on Rose O’Rion. He co-created Thirteen with Mike Carey and teamed up with Andy Diggle for Snow/Tiger. Since 2005, he has been very fortunate to work with some of the best writers on a small number of titles in the US: Aquaman, R.E.B.E.L.S. and Batman for DC and a Mystique/Logan Legacy one-shot for Marvel. He’s also done the odd cover here and there…

“It’s great to be able to continue working with Mike — both he and Joe have set up a very warm and inviting atmosphere — feels good to be here! I always wanted to do something sci-fi again at some point — it was the genre I started out with on 2K and I’ve always been a fan. And getting the chance to work with Paul was just too good to miss.”

Ariel Kristantina

Ariela Kristantina

Ariela is a comic artist from Jakarta, Indonesia. She’s now pursuing her career in comics in America. Ariela was involved in several anthologies before she got her first Marvel book in 2014 as artist for The Logan Legacy 2. Her other works for Marvel include, Wolverine and The X-Men #6, She’s also working for BOOM! Studio with Justin Jordan for Deep State (#1-#8) and for Dark Horse with Brian Wood for Rebels #8.

“I was excited when I heard the news that Mike is starting AfterShock. I am sure that new publisher will always encourage creators to challenge themselves and to think outside the box. Having worked with Mike before, I am beyond trilled to work with him again.”

Brian Azzarello

Brian Azzarello

Constantly considered one of the top writers in comics and a six-time Eisner Award winner, Brian Azzarello came to prominence with his multi- Eisner and Harvey Award-winng Vertigo/DC Comics title 100 Bullets, along with Argentine artist Eduardo Risso. His recently completed reboot of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman has been considered the “definitive Wonder Woman run” according to pastermagazine.com. Recently, Azzarello garnered national media attention when it was announced that he will be joining legendary comic creator Frank Miller for the third installment of the iconic Batman series The Dark Knight, with this installment titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.

David Hine

David Hine

David Hine is a British comic book writer and occasional artist. He began his career at Marvel UK and 2000AD, then after writing and drawing the graphic novel Strange Embrace, he scripted a number of books for Marvel and DC including District X, the Harvey nominated Daredevil: Redemption, Spider-Man Noir, Batman and The Spirit. For Image he has written Spawn and The Darkness and the creator-owned The Bulletproof Coffin and Storm Dogs. His adaptation of “The Man Who Laughs” was nominated for Best Book in the British Comic Awards.

Donny Cates

Donny Cates is a writer of comic books. You know him from such things as God Country and Redneck from Image Comics, Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet and The Paybacks from Dark Horse Comics, Star Trek from IDW,  Atomahawk, The Simulationists and Interceptor from Heavy Metal and now…BABYTEETH from the fine folks at AfterShock. He lives in Austin, Texas and on Twitter and he thanks you for your time.

Frank J. Barbiere

Frank J Barbiere

Frank J. Barbiere is a former English teacher who began gaining recognition in comics with Five Ghosts, a series he created and continues to write as an ongoing series for Image Comics. Five Ghosts continues to flourish while garnering critical acclaim and awards in the industry, and was also acquired by Syfy for television development in October 2014. In his short time in the industry, Frank has worked with nearly every major publisher including Dynamite Entertainment (Solar: Man of the Atom), DC Comics (Superboy, Lobo), Marvel Comics (Avengers World, New Avengers Annual) and has created his own original series at BOOM! Studios (Black Market, Broken World) and Dark Horse Comics (The White Suits).

With a passion for original ideas and strong, character driven narrative, Frank continues to establish himself as one of the most exciting and original upcoming writers in the comic book industry.

Frank Tieri

Frank Tieri is an award winning writer and creator working in comics, video games, animation and television. Though probably best known to comic readers for his three-year run on Wolverine, Frank has also worked on some of the biggest franchises in the industry for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, Top Cow and Archie: including Punisher, Deadpool, Iron Man, Batman, Suicide Squad, JLA, Red Sonja, The Darkness and Jughead. In addition to comics, he also has written video games (most notably for the Marvel vs Capcom franchise) and animation (Ultimate Spider-Man).He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, kids, dog and like 3 million other people.

Garry Brown

Garry Brown is a Scottish comic artist working and living in LA with his wife and four cats. He is the co-creator of Black Road at Image and has worked on Catwoman, Batman, Green Arrow, Iron Patriot, The Massive and more. he now brings his artistic talents to The Revisionist for AfterShock Comics.

Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis is a multi-award winning comic book writer  known for his love of graphic violence and black comedy. After taking over the reins of Judge Dredd, British Comics’ most recognizable character, from legendary Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, he exploded upon the American comic book market with credits that include  Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Fury, Crossed, Battlefields, War Stories, and The Boys.

His legendary and hugely-influential DC Comics’ series PREACHER, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon, has recently been given a pilot treatment by AMC. Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, while Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) will executive produce and direct the pilot.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now lives in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Jeff Loveness

Jeff Loveness is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Oscars, The Emmys, The Onion News Network and Marvel Comics. His Marvel work featured critically-acclaimed runs on Groot and Nova. WORLD READER is his first original, creator-owned series. He lives in Los Angeles, but is from Montgomery Creek—a town you’ve definitely never heard of.

Joe Pruett

Joe Pruett is an Eisner Award winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer, having been nominated for numerous Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle awards for his work on Negative Burn at Caliber Comics. He is also known for his writing work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Cable, and Magneto Rex. In addition to his X-Men writing work, Joe has written for virtually every other major comic publisher including Image, Vertigo, and IDW.

John Layman

John Layman

John Layman is the creator, writer and letterer of the New York Times best-selling, Harvey Award and multi-Eisner Award winning cannibal cop comedy series CHEW. Since 1995, he’s been a comics writer, editor, letterer, designer and production monkey. He’s written Cyclops, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks, Godzilla, Thundercats, Gambit, Scarface, Red Sonja, Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness, House of M: Fantastic Four, the Marvel Identity Wars Annuals, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen… and a whole lotta other stuff.

Juan Doe

Juan Doe

Juan Doe is a professional illustrator with many years experience in the comic book industry. He has produced over 100 covers and his sequential highlights includes the Fantastic Four in Puerto Rico trilogy, The Legion of Monsters mini-series for Marvel and Joker’s Asylum: Scarecrow for DC. He is an avid traveler and splits his time between Tokyo and New York.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of the AfterShock line of books, with their emphasis on story and with the opportunity to work with some of the best talent out there I look forward to producing work that’s in line with the level of quality everyone is pushing to achieve.”

Juan Gedeon

Juan Gedeon was born in Argentina in 1987. He started doing storyboards, illustrations and animatics at age 18. After that, he did countless comic pitches for independent writers that never got picked up. Juan lived in Mexico for four years where he produced storyboards and layouts for an animated movie. After chomping at the bit for almost ten years, he drew Ghost Racers for Marvel Comics in 2015.

Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan broke into comics with The Strange Talent of Luther Strode with Tradd Moore at Image. Since then, he’s written two more Strode series for Image, as well as Dead Body Road with Matteo Scalera and Spread with Kyle Strahm. He’s recently created the creator-owned series Deep State and John Flood for BOOM! He rebooted Shadowman for Valiant and Team 7 for DC’s New 52. His other works have included The Adventures of Superman, Deathstroke, Superboy and, most recently, a two-year run on Green Lantern: New Guardians. He lives in very rural Pennsylvania with a cat named Tom Waits. Who is a girl. And adorable.

“There’s something innately cool about being on the ground floor of something. I was flattered and very, very happy to be asked to work with AfterShock, considering the quality of the other creators and the people behind the scenes.”

Leila Leiz

Born and raised in Italy, Leila is a self-taught artist who has seen her lifelong dream of working in American comics come true. After working for several years at European publishers like Soleil and Sergio Bonelli, Leila has made the exciting jump to AfterShock Comics, where she begins her new adventure on Paul Jenkins’ new series, ALTERS.

Marco Failla

Marco is an Italian-born comic artist based in Sicily. Since 2002 he has worked as both penciller and inker for various European and American publishers including Paracute Press, Image Comics, Hasbro, Disney, Le Soleil and various Italian childrens’ magazines. In 2014 he started working for DC Comics (Harley Quinn) and Marvel Comics (Spider-Man and the X-Men, House of M and Guardians of the Galaxy)…now he brings his talents full-time to Ray Fawkes’ JACKPOT! for AfterShock Comics.

Marguerite Bennett

Marguerite Bennett

Marguerite Bennett is a comic book writer originally from Richmond, Virginia, who currently splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013 and quickly went on to work for DC Comics, Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, and IDW on projects ranging from Batman, Bombshells, and A-Force to Angela: Asgard’s Assassin and FOX TV’s “Sleepy Hollow.” In two short years, she’s been fortunate enough to see well over a million copies of her work published.

“I’m extremely excited to be working with AfterShock, given the extraordinary freedom I’ve been allowed in pursuing the story I want to pursue. AfterShock only ever supported and encouraged me in my vision. I very much look forward to a partnership for many stories to come.”

Mark Waid

Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has worked for every major and minor publisher in comics during his thirty-year career. His best-known works include KINGDOM COME (with artist Alex Ross), SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, his long runs on FLASH, DAREDEVIL and FANTASTIC FOUR, and his own series with co-creator Peter Krause, IRREDEEMABLE, currently under development as a feature film. Waid also runs his own digital publishing platform, Thrillbent.com, and co-owns a comics store (Aw Yeah Comics!) in Muncie, Indiana. When he’s not trying to catch that long-overdue nap, you can find him on Twitter @MarkWaid.

Oleg Okunev

Oleg is a Ukrainian-born artist who got his start in comics after creating a humor strip for the digital newspaper Regionline. After that, he got involved in the creation of gaming projects such as Space Rangers and Metropolis.

Later, Oleg worked for the well-known Russian publishing house Bubble, on comic books like Red Fury, Inok, and Meteor. These days he illustrates for AfterShock Comics on their new series PESTILENCE!

Pat Olliffe

Patrick is a veteran comic book illustrator with over 25 years of experience, working for such publishers as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Disney. His long list of credits include Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Spider-Girl, Thor, Captain Marvel, X-Men Gold, 52, The Atom, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman: 52 Aftermath The Four Horsemen, Catwoman, Barb Wire, plus The Avengers, Captain America Joins The Avengers and The X-Men for Disney’s Marvel Press. He is thrilled to be working with Adam Glass on Aftershock’s Rough Riders!

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over twenty years in the graphic novel, film and video game industries.  Over the last two decades Paul has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of literally hundreds of world-renowned, recognizable entertainment icons.

From his employment with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the age of 22 to his preeminent status as an IP creator, Paul has provided entertainment to the world through hundreds of print publications, films, video games, film and new media. With six Platinum-selling video games, a Number One MTV Music Video, an Eisner Award, Five Wizard Fan Awards, and multiple Best Selling Graphic Novels, Paul Jenkins is synonymous with success. He has enjoyed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and has been the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for his contributions in storytelling and characterization.

Paul’s extensive list of comic book credits include Batman and Hellblazer for DC Comics; Inhumans, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine: Origin, Civil War: Frontlines, Captain America: Theater of War and The Sentry for Marvel Comics; and Spawn for Image Comics.

“I couldn’t be more excited than to be working with AfterShock. As creators, we strive to find conditions where we are supported with trust and patience, while at the same time we are able to rely on experienced professionals to guide us along the path. I’m privileged to have enjoyed a long career in this business, but I feel like I’m just getting started. AfterShock is a creative breath of fresh air, and one that I intend to fully support over the long haul.”

Phillip Hester

Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a period of toiling in the burgeoning world of black and white indie comics, he broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. At nearly the same time, he wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. In 2001, Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of DC’s Green Arrow. He wrote the original graphic novel The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, which was optioned for a feature film by James Cameron. At Image Comics, he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network.

His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of comics from nearly every major American publisher, and includes runs on such titles as The Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, The Flash: Season Zero, and his current Image project Mythic with artist John McCrea. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his family.

”Even as a kid I was drawn to the weird comics, the new publishers, the underdogs, and challengers of the status quo. That’s carried through to my professional career. Every artist worth his or her salt is always looking for the ideal avenue to deliver their work in its purest form. That simply can’t happen in a corporate comics environment. But at AfterShock it’s expected. It’s the minimum. I don’t think you’ll see a single title from this publisher that isn’t an idea the creators have been dying to do for years, but simply couldn’t be handled by the current comics establishment.”

”I’m sick of reboots and ‘synergy’ and structured editorial retreats and corporate edicts deciding the direction of my imagination. I want to read and make comics that come from the heart. I want my books to be fever dreams, not warmed over takes on half-century-old ‘properties.’ There are only a handful of publishers where creators call the shots, so any time a new one is born it’s a cause for celebration. AfterShock is one of those few, essential publishers and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Rafeal de Latorre

Rafael de Latorre

Rafael de Latorre is a brazilian artist and has worked with editorial/advertising illustration since 2006. His first comic book was Fade Out: Painless Suicide, nominated to the HQMix award in Brazil. He also worked on Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand and 321: Fast Comics.

“I remember I was very excited when my friend Maiolo told me about Mike Marts and AfterShock. It’s one of those things that you know that will result in amazing new projects. Imagine my reaction when I got invited to draw one of their upcoming titles and that Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner would be the writers, with Marcelo Maiolo on the colors. Still pinching myself.”

Ray Fawkes

Ray Fawkes

Ray Fawkes is a Toronto-based author and illustrator. He is an Eisner, Harvey, Shuster, and Doug Wright Award nominee for his work on various graphic novels and comic book titles, and is a YALSA award winner for his Possessions series. His work for DC and Marvel comics includes such titles as Batman: EternalConstantine, Justice League Dark, and Wolverines, and he is the creator of the critically acclaimed graphic novels “One Soul” and “The People Inside.”

Ryan Parrott

Ryan Parrott

Ryan Parrott was born in Bakersfield, California but spent they majority of his life growing up in Las Vegas. A graduate of Chapman University, Ryan had short films screen at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals — eventually leading to a career in film and television. He has written for the NBC television series “Revolution”, IDW’s Star Trek and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy as well as co-writing the series’ finale “Revolution: Endgame” and the New York Time’s best-seller “Batman: Gates of Gotham.”

Sam Kieth

Sam Kieth

Sam Kieth is a native Californian who broke into the comic book business by co-creating and illustrating The Sandman for D.C. Comics. and illustrated dozens of award-winning Wolverine covers for Marvel Comics Presents. In 1993, Kieth creating his own character, The Maxx, for Image Comics, which sold over a million-and-a-half copies.  In 1995 Kieth adapted the comic into an animated series for MTV, which was honored with an Annecy award for Best Animated series in 1995. In addition to writing and drawing a series of Batman books, including: Secrets and Arkham Asylum:Madness for DC Comics. Kieth also throws up free paintings on his blog of bonsai trees and asian woman in his free time. Hey, everyone needs hobby.

Simon Colbey

Simon Coleby

Simon Coleby lives and works on the east coast of England. He began his professional career as a comic-book artist for Marvel UK, in 1987. In the intervening years, he has produced work for 2000AD, illustrating stories such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Low Life and Jaegir. Simon has also worked for Marvel and DC Comics, producing art for Punisher 2099, Batman Eternal, The Authority and Royals: Masters of War, among other titles.

Szymon Kudranski

Szymon Kudranski

An artist, born in 1986 in Poland. In 2004 Steve Niles ask him to draw one of his novel in 30 Days of Night Annual 2004. Since than Szymon worked with many publishers, mostly working on comics. In 2009 start creating art for DC Comics (Green Lantern, The Dark Knight, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice) and was ask by Todd McFarlane to take over art duties for Image Comics flagship title Spawn. He works digital and traditional.

Tim Seeley

Tim is one of those “slash” people…a writer-slash-artist. He has drawn a number of different comic book series including G.I Joe, Halloween, WildC.A.T.S. and Exsanguine. His writing work includes NY Times bestselling Hack/Slash, Grayson, Batman Eternal and the critically acclaimed Revival. He resides in Chicago, Illinois and works at Four Star Studios where he is never far from his 80s action figure collection.

Tom Peyer

Tom Peyer has written a zillion comic books, most notably DC Comics Hourman and Legion of Super-Heroes. When he should be working, he collects old and out-of-context comic book panels and posts them on tompeyer.tumblr.com.

Tony Harris

Tony’s career began in 1989 and soon rose to prominence with the launch of DC Comics’ Starman in 1994. Co-created with James Robinson, Starman led the two creators to critical acclaim and eventually an Eisner Award. After four and a half years on Starman, Harris left to pursue other projects, such as Wildstorm’s Ex Machina, which he co-created and penciled with Brian K. Vaughan, and Image Comics’ War Heroes with Mark Millar. In April 2010, Tony and B. Clay Moore collaborated on JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull. He also launched a new series with Steve Niles titled Chin Music and a new creator-owned series, Roundeye: For Love. Other notable projects during this period were Spiderman: With Great Power and an arc in the ongoing Iron Man series, both for Marvel. 

During a break from comics Tony went on to produce a myriad of litho paintings for Disney including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Maleficent. Other works include key frame animation and story boards for Chevrolet commercials, illustrations for Cartoon Network, product design and illustration for Universal’s The Mummy and various other film and television work. Recently Harris reunited with James Robinson for C-3PO: The Phantom Limb.

Warren Ellis

Warren is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like Transmetropolitan, Fell, Ministry of Space and Planetary, and the author of the NYT-bestselling Gun Machine and the “underground classic” novel Crooked Little Vein. The movie Red is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. Iron Man 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel Iron Man: Extremis. He’s also written extensively for Vice, Wired UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-Fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. His newest publication is the digital short-story single Dead Pig Collector, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella Normal, also from FSG, out in print in November.

A documentary about his work, Captured Ghosts, was released in 2012. Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the Eagle Awards Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the eld of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative. He is a Patron of the British Humanist Association, an Associate of the Institute of Atemporal Studies, and the literary editor of Edict magazine. Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway. (photo by Ellen J Rogers)