30 Oct

AfterShock Media, Alibi In Deal To Unite Creative Talent with Original Comic IP

AfterShock Media – a partnership of indie comic publisher AfterShock Comics and distribution company Rive Gauche — have formed a joint venture with literary management firm Alibi.

The deal unites Alibi’s roster of writing talent with AfterShock Comics expansive IP library. It will also cut the other way, nurturing new AfterShock Comic talent with the opportunity to be represented by Alibi.

AfterShock Comics publishes series including Animosity, Dark Red, Babyteeth, A Walk Through Hell and recently Dead Day from Ryan Parrott, We Live by the Miranda Brothers, and new release The Kaiju Score from James Patrick.

Alibi Entertainment, founded and led by literary talent manager Jake Wagner, will provide AfterShock with a wide roster of top-caliber writers for current and future properties.

“Jake has a fantastic roster of writers for AfterShock comic collaborations … cutting down the development process by pre-packaging various properties,” said Lee Kramer, President of AfterShock Comics & Film/TV at Rive Gauche. “Jake’s clients will provide us a steady flow of new comic ideas; and, from time to time, AfterShock creators who aspire to transition to film and TV could find a home with Alibi, as Jake is the perfect partner to help in this evolution.”

Said Wagner: “AfterShock has exceptional taste in material and I’m looking forward to helping their efforts to package and shop fresh IP in the marketplace while continuing to discover and guide creators in both screenwriting and comics.”

Rive Gauche and AfterShock merged in early October.

Rive Gauche distributes TV series globally including Homicide KillerSomething’s Killing MeVery Scary PeopleDog Whisperer with Cesar MillanIce Cold KillerMy Strange Addiction and My Crazy Obsession. It has a portfolio of 1,700-plus hours of unscripted programming and docu series. With AfterShock, it aims to expand into original scripted content creation and conversion of original comic IP into film, television, video games and podcasts.

05 Oct

AfterShock Comics Merges with Distributor Rive Gauche

The independent comics publisher is partnering with the television distributor to form AfterShock Media.

AfterShock Comics, the independent publisher behind such titles as Animosity, Babyteeth and Witch Hammer, has announced a merger with television production and distribution company Rive Gauche, with the resultant combined entity called AfterShock Media.

The new company will focus on AfterShock’s library of properties — including The Kaiju Score and Undone by Blood, both of which are currently in development for the big and small screen, respectively — with an eye to move them into new formats, including television, film, narrative podcasts and gaming. Rive Gauche CEO Jon Kramer will take the role of CEO at AfterShock Media.

“Today is a milestone day for both Rive Gauche and AfterShock Comics, two companies I’ve had the pleasure of building alongside amazing visionaries, colleagues and collaborators,” Kramer said in a statement. “The significance of this strategic union cannot be understated because our ground-breaking, diverse comic IP will now have a team to support and drive its growth into TV, film, gaming and podcasts, fueled by the development, production and distribution of both scripted and unscripted content. Rive Gauche and I were looking for a way to reenter the scripted space because we saw an insatiable appetite with the proliferation of channels.”

AfterShock Comics will continue to be led by chief creative officer and publisher Joe Pruett, president Lee Kramer, and editor-in-chief Mike Marts. Lee Kramer will head up AfterShock’s film and television division. Marine Ksadzhikyan has been promoted inside Rive Gauche to the role of chief operating officer and EVP of sales, while also talking on the role of head of business development and strategy at AfterShock Media.




15 Sep

AfterShock Comics’ ‘Undone by Blood’ Heads for Television

Norman Reedus’ bigbaldhead productions is developing the western property.

Ahead of its second season, due 2021, AfterShock Comics’ metatextual western series Undone by Blood will make the jump to television, with bigbaldhead productions, the company founded by Norman Reedus signing a deal to develop the property.

Undone by Blood was born from a place of pure passion, out of a love for Westerns, for myself and the entire creative team. At the outset, our goal was to tell a story that added to the genre by deconstructing its themes, and to make the best comic book we could,” series co-creator Lonnie Nadler told The Hollywood Reporter. “While having your book adapted is the ultimate dream for many creators, it was not for us. We wouldn’t be doing this unless we felt it was one-hundred-percent the right fit. And from our first discussion with Norman and his team at bigbaldhead, it was clear that their passion for the project matched our own with genuine enthusiasm. They understood the nuances, the world, and the characters completely.”

Nadler’s co-writer Zac Thompson added, “From day one of our conversations it was clear we were all drawn to the material for the same reasons. The western genre casts a long shadow over the American film industry and it’s so exciting to create a show that will explore the impact of that legacy while also paying tribute to it. The dual narrative structure of the story makes it perfect for the transition to television. Fans of classic Westerns will get their Sergio Leone tales of justice on the frontier. And fans of quirky Coen Brothers neo-westerns will get theirs too. It’s an embarrassment of genre riches.”

Reedus, JoAnne Colonna and Amanda Verdon will executive produce the series for bigbaldhead, with Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer exec producing for AfterShock Comics, alongside Thompson and Nadler. Reedus is being eyed to star as the series’ Solomon Eaton, the fictional cowboy whose stories mirror the primary action in each tale.

“I’m not going to lie. The possibility of having Norman Reedus play the co-lead of your television show is mind-blowingly amazing, as he’s the perfect fit for a legendary pulp gunslinger like Solomon Eaton,” Thompson said. “Right from the jump, Norman understood Sol like he was an extension of himself. He saw all the things we saw in the character and to be honest, Norman’s basically already a badass cowboy. We couldn’t be more excited to see his take on Sol.”

“Undone by Blood is a special book for us at AfterShock and we couldn’t be happier that we found the perfect creative partners in bigbaldhead productions,” Lee Kramer said. “Norman, JoAnne and Amanda’s creative sensibilities will only help to further enrich this already impactful tale for a television audience, and we cannot wait to get this exciting project underway.”

Rive Gauche Television negotiated the deal on behalf of AfterShock Comics, with Thompson and Nadler represented by Jake Wagner from Alibi.

Reedus will also provide the foreword to the collection of the first Undone by Blood comic book series, Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man, available in comic stores Nov. 4, and in bookstores Nov. 17, in which he writes that the series “excited me in a way that few comics have since The Walking Dead.”

04 Aug

AfterShock Comics Hires New Marketing, Community and Design Managers

Katherine Jamison, Rachel Pinnelas, and Charles Pritchett have joined the independent comic publisher.

AfterShock Comics, the independent publisher behind such titles as Animosity, Killer Groove, and Dead Kings, is expanding with three new hires, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal.

AfterShock, which launched in 2015, is headed by former Desperado Publishing founder Joe Pruett and Mike Marts, the one-time group editor of both DC’s Batman group and Marvel’s X-Men franchise. Unlike the majority of other North American comics publishers, it not only didn’t slow down or cease production during the industry’s COVID-related hiatus, but instead met with creators to increase its slate across upcoming months.

Two of AfterShock’s new hires speak to an increased emphasis on both retailer and fan outreach for the company, with Katherine Jamison, a former freelance writer and editor, signing on as Marketing Manager, and Rachel Pinnelas, who has previously worked at both Marvel and DC in editorial capacities, joining the company as Social Community Manager.

Additionally, Charles Pritchett has been hired as Design Manager for the company, responsible for everything from lettering, logo and brand design, and digital assembly. Pritchett has previously worked with Image Comics, IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Comix, amongst others, and co-founded Frozen Beach Studios.

“Katherine, Rachel and Charles each fill roles and provide expertise critical to the continued growth of AfterShock Comics as both a publisher and a brand,” Steve Rotterdam, SVP of sales and marketing for the publisher said. “There’s lots happening at AfterShock right now and it’s a very exciting and rewarding place to be.”

23 Jun

AfterShock to Release ‘Support Our Shops’ Comic Book

The 48-page special will be shipped at no cost to stores.

Seeking to help comic book retailers struggling to deal with the effects of COVID-19, AfterShock Comics has announced the release of Support Our Shops, a special one-off anthology featuring seven all-new stories.

The 48-page issue, which will be shipped at no cost to retailers, features work by Cullen Bunn, Stephanie Phillips, Zac Thompson, Steve Orlando, Jamie McKelvie, Jerry Ordway, Aaron Douglas, Leila Leiz, Don Kramer, Szymon Kudranski, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt, Gordon Purcell, and Cliff Richards, behind a cover by David Mack. Each story in the issue centers around the importance of comic book stores in their lives, or the lives of fans.

“This benefit book celebrates the central and critical role that comic shops have always played in fostering a love of the medium among fans – many of whom have gone on to become creators in their own right,” AfterShock publisher Joe Pruett said in a statement. “It might be a drop in the bucket, but it’s a hell of a drop in the bucket. These are heartfelt stories, crafted by creators with deep, lasting connections to the comic shops of yesterday, today and, we have no doubt, tomorrow.”

“Speaking and connecting with hundreds of comic shops regarding the challenges they face – as an overall retail channel and as individual and independent business owners – we felt an obligation to give something back, something that was uniquely AfterShock,” added SVP of sales and marketing, Steve Rotterdam. “We’ve always been about creators and their visions, so this was an easy decision.”

Twenty copies per storefront will be delivered free of charge to Diamond Comic Distributors’ 200 top-ranked AfterShock accounts, with the next 300 ranked accounts receiving 10 free copies. Any store not included in these 500 places that is looking for copies is invited to contact AfterShock. Copies will arrive with shipments of product with a June 24 on-sale date.

AfterShock is leaving it up to retailers to decide what to do with the anthology once received, with the company suggesting that copies could be given away free to customers, sold as a way to recoup COVID-related losses, or used as an add-on to particular purchase levels.

S.O.S. is our small way of saying ’thank you’ to all of the wonderful stores that have supported AfterShock since the beginning,” editor-in-chief Mike Marts said about the project in his own statement. “Now it’s our turn to give back.”

16 Apr

AfterShock Comics Turns Five with “Business as Usual” Approach and Continued Focus on Print to Support Retailers During Coronavirus Crisis


AfterShock Comics Turns Five with “Business as Usual” Approach and Continued Focus on Print to Support Retailers During Coronavirus Crisis 

Top Independent Publisher Recommits to Simultaneous Release of Print and Digital Editions of Upcoming Titles as Company Continues to Develop and Debut Content from Top Creators 

Los Angeles, CA (April 16, 2020) – As the comic industry’s fastest-growing independent publishing company celebrates five years in business, AfterShock Comics announces all projects and partnerships will continue full speed ahead as the company reaffirms its commitment to holding back digital editions of its soon-to-debut comics until they are released in print. 

With sights set on an eventual lift of the shipping embargo on new publications to comic shops, AfterShock continues to take pitches, hire creators and produce new titles, with specific project announcements coming over the following weeks. 

“While we understand the economic hardships that the coronavirus crisis has brought to all facets of the comics community – retailers, consumers, creators and distributors – we’re thankful that we’ve been able to remain ‘open for business’ on all fronts,” said EIC Mike Marts. “The award-winning creators that we work with are knee deep in the various stages of their current AfterShock projects, and we look forward to sharing their new creations with the world over the coming months.” 

“Since day one, comic retailers have been critical partners in the success of AfterShock,” said Steve Rotterdam, SVP Sales and Marketing. “During this window of uncertainty, we continue to support their efforts to meet customer needs for comics that may be new to them via mail order and other delivery approaches that remain possible in their communities.” 

In light of current circumstances, members of the AfterShock Army retail ambassador team are maintaining regular contact with comic shops, as are all members of AfterShock’s marketing and leadership teams. Ambassador recruitment efforts will also move forward to ensure expanded coverage throughout as much of the United States and Canada as possible when restrictions loosen. 

AfterShock has also ramped up digital features on its own website and social platforms, providing free access to the beginnings of some of AfterShock’s most popular series and undiscovered gems. The publisher’s Page-A-Day feature has been up and running since the beginning of April, providing daily content linked to first issues of popular AfterShock series including ROUGH RIDERS, ANIMOSITY, DARK ARK and THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS. 

AfterShock’s newly launched Free-for-All program also provides both long-standing and relatively new fans with full digital versions of significant first issues from the AfterShock archives, directing them to connect with local comic shops to get their hands on collected editions. Plus, sneak peeks at pages from upcoming, but delayed series debuts and follow-up issues are featured regularly on AfterShock’s Instagram, and work-in-progress creative can be viewed through Twitter and Facebook. 

To further support retailer partners in this time of need, AfterShock will donate a percentage of sales through its web store to support The Binc Foundation, which provides crucial assistance to comic retailers. 


AfterShock Comics is a creatively driven comic book publisher led by a team of highly accomplished, life-long comics professionals and entertainment specialists. AfterShock is dedicated to working with the brightest stars in the creative community to reach out to new and established audiences and tell original, uniquely compelling stories – through comics, graphic novels and beyond. 

AfterShock’s executive team includes Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; CCO/Publisher Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer, a film/TV production and development executive; SVP, Sales and Marketing Steve Rotterdam, and CEO Jon Kramer, an entertainment entrepreneur with extensive worldwide production and distribution experience. 

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Please direct media inquiries to Aaron Marion at aaron@publichausagency.com. 

05 Nov

The Hollywood Reporter: How New Time Travel Comic Subverts the Genre

‘The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time’ launches in February.

There are time travel stories in which someone can change history for the better and everything turns out fine. And then there are time travel stories like AfterShock Comics’ upcoming February launch, which tells an entire story in its title alone: The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time.

The series “started off as a funny, goofy idea that hit me when I was brainstorming time travel ideas,” writer/co-creator John Layman (Chew, Outer Darkness) tells The Hollywood Reporter. “First off, the title made me laugh, which is always a good thing, and from there it expanded to an exercise to try to take the notion of butterfly effect to the crazy, most absurd situations possible. One small change to the space-time continuum, and a million crazy repercussions as a result.”

At the center of the series is Sean Bennett, a low-level lab worker who — after a chance meeting with his own future self — decides to use a prototype time machine to fix his life with one small jump back in time just seven days. Things, as you might expect, don’t go to plan.

“When he comes back, all time has been screwed up,” Layman explained. “Dinosaurs walk the earth, [as well as] samurais [and] Vikings, and they are all ruled under the tyrannical iron thumb of Emperor Abraham Lincoln IV. Poor Sean is tasked with setting right the space-time continuum, or face the wrath of the cyborg Future Police. To do this, Sean has to undo everything he did previously, but every action he takes seems to make things worse and worse.”

There’s also an element of mystery to the story, the writer added. “I’m calling it a ‘Butterfly Effect noir,’ because, even amid all the absurdity of fixing a crazy, f#%&ed-up space-time continuum, Sean Bennet also has to get to the bottom of things. If it wasn’t his time-traveling actions that screwed everything up, whose was it? Whodunnit? And why?”

The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time is illustrated by newcomer Karl Mostert, something that Layman pretends to be apologetic about. “This book is his first mainstream gig, and he’s got the unfortunate job of having to draw all the crazy things I through at him, which is essentially everything in all of human history — and more!” he joked, adding, “I have to say, he’s stepped up in a huge way, drawing all the madness I’ve asked him for, and then upping the scale and scope every issue. I suspect when we finally meet face-to-face he’s going to punch me right in the face.”

The series will debut digitally and in comic book stores Feb. 5, 2020. Below, some of Mostert’s interior art for the first issue, as well as his cover, and the variant cover artwork from Larry Stroman (X-Factor, Tribe).

03 Jan

AfterShock Comics Ushers in 2019 as “The Year of Reading Dangerously”

From Edgy New Titles to Amped Up Marketing, AfterShock Invites Readers to Stop Playing it Safe 

(January 3, 2019) Los Angeles, CA – AfterShock Comics, the industry’s fastest growing independent publishing company, is prompting both new and established comics audiences 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 ANIMOSITYA WALK THROUGH HELLDARK ARK and BABYTEETHAfterShock 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 STRONGHOLDOBERONDARK REDOUT OF THE BLUE and HORDE, to name only a few, will cut across all genres to take readers far beyond their comfort zones. 

AfterShock was created to push new boundaries by giving the comic world’s most creative writers and artists free reign to blow readers’ minds,” said AfterShock’s Publisher and CCO Joe Pruett. “As a result, we’ve published some of the industry’s edgiest and most compelling content since our launch in 2015 and inked deals over the past year to bring a few of our flagship titles to the big screen with major studio partners. With groundbreaking new titles set for debut this year, there has never been a better time than right now to discover all that AfterShock has to offer.” 

’Read Dangerously’ emphasizes the caliber of our content,” said Steve Rotterdam, SVP of Sales and Marketing. “It’s an open invitation to readers looking to break away from the more conventional choices available to them and can also be embraced by retailers in their efforts to reach out and connect to new audiences. And we’re prepared to help them do that.” 

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.

About AfterShock Comics

AfterShock Comics is a creatively driven comic book publisher led by a team of highly accomplished, life-long comics professionals and entertainment specialists. AfterShock is dedicated to working with the brightest stars in the creative community to reach out to new and established audiences and tell original, uniquely compelling stories – through comics, graphic novels and beyond.

AfterShock’s executive team includes Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; CCO/Publisher Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer, a film/TV production and development executive; and CEO Jon Kramer, an entertainment entrepreneur with extensive worldwide production and distribution experience.

Please direct media inquiries to Aaron Marion of Public Haus Agency at aaron@publichausagency.com

20 Sep

AfterShock at New York Comic Con 2017

Headed to New York Comic Con this year? Please join AfterShock as we celebrate the East Coast’s largest pop culture convention and the only one that takes place in New York, the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world!

Convention Days/Hours:
• Thursday, October 5: 10am–7pm
• Friday, October 6: 10am–7pm
• Saturday, October 7: 10am–7pm
• Sunday, October 8: 10am–5pm

Our Booth: 2238

Our New York Comic Con 2017 Exclusives (available at our booth):

Signings (at our booth): 
• Tim Seeley, Priscilla Petraites & Marco Lesko (BRILLIANT TRASH) – Friday, October 6: 11:00-12:00 PM
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH) – Friday, October 6: 1:00-2:00 PM
• Dennis Calero (THE NORMALS) – Saturday, October 7: 11:00-12:00 PM
• Frank Tieri (PESTILENCE) – Saturday, October 7: 4:30-5:30 PM
• Justin Jordan (BACKWAYS & STRAYER) – Sunday, October 8: 1:00-2:00pm

Our Creators & Staff at the Overall Show:
• Dennis Calero (THE NORMALS)
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH)
• Sal Cipriano (ROUGH RIDERS)
• Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL)
• Taylor Esposito (BABYTEETH)
• Justin Jordan (BACKWAYS & STRAYER)
• Tom Peyer (CAPTAIN KID)
• Priscilla Petraites (BRILLIANT TRASH)
• Frank Tieri (PESTILENCE)
• Lee Kramer (AfterShock President)
• Mike Marts (AfterShock Editor-In-Chief)
• Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
• Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailer/Fan Relations Manager)
• Ashley Wyatt (AfterShock Publishing Assistant)
• Mike Zagari (AfterShock SVP, Brand)
+ more!
*Note: Guests are subject to change

Additional Info:
• Official New York Comic Con website

06 Jul

Exclusive Deal with saldaPress for the Italian Market

We are proud to announce an exclusive deal between saldaPress and AfterShock Comics and its catalogue for the Italian market.

AfterShock Comics was founded in 2015 and immediately made a name as an innovative, interesting and creative publisher. Here is a partial list of some of the creators hired by AfterShock Comics: Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Justin Jordan, Paul Jenkins, Joe Pruett, Mark Waid, David Hine, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Tim Seeley and Tony Harris, with Italian artists like Leila Leiz, Alberto Ponticelli and Marco Failla. AfterShock Comics combines the lively creativity of an independent label with the strength and the experience of a traditional publisher with continued growth prospects.

The official Italian debut will be in September 2017 with AMERICAN MONSTER (by Brian Azzarello and Juan Doe). DREAMING EAGLES (by Garth Ennis and Simon Coleby), REPLICA (by Paul Jenkins and Andy Clarke), SECOND SIGHT(by David Hine and Alberto Ponticelli) and ANIMOSITY (by Marguerite Bennett and Rafael De Latorre) will be on the shelves of Italian bookstores later this fall.

“We are really happy to have an exclusive deal for Italy with saldaPress”, says Jon Kramer, AfterShock CEO. “SaldaPress recognized the amazing work done by Mike Marts, Joe Pruett and Lee Kramer. Together, in less than 18 months, we’ve created a very rich catalogue filled by big titles and big authors. Aftershock and saldaPress share the same vision regarding the future of comics”.

“Both publishing companies are grateful to their authors”, Mike Marts, AfterShock Comics Editor-in-Chief, says. “The creation of an original idea is almost as important as the publishing company itself. With no original ideas, there wouldn’t be stories to publish. SaldaPress shares this idea with AfterShock Comics and that is also why AfterShock Comics full catalogue will be available in Italy through saldaPress”.

Andrea Ciccarelli says, “We are happy to announce this new adventure and to be partners of AfterShock which represents a dynamic and innovative reality. We will be able to offer a wider variety of content to our readers by bringing them new and extremely high-quality books. We are positive the Italian audience will be very enthusiastic about this”.

Founded in 2001, saldaPress has made a name for itself as one of the most active and lively comic books publishing company in Italy. SaldaPress gives a lot of attention to comic books. They also collaborate with Skybound, Image Comics, IDW and Dark Horse and always try to showcase new emerging creative talents. SaldaPress’ philosophy revolves around attention to stories’ qualities and in creating a trustworthy bound with its readers.

This new agreement with AfterShock consolidates its creative mission and philosophy. AfterShock Comics made its debut in the American market in April 2015. Besides Marts, ASC team includes Joe Pruett (CCO/Publisher), Lee Kramer (President and Development Executive with movie and television experience), Jon Kramer (CEO), Mike Zagari (Senior Vice President, Brand) and Jawad Qureshi (Senior Vice President, Investor Relations).