LBCC 2018: AfterShock Spotlights Beyonders & The Lollipop Kids

by Gary Catig

AfterShock Comics is a publisher that prides itself on combining the creative edge of an independent publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse. They have attracted talent across the board from veterans like Brian Azzarello and Warren Ellis, to rising stars like Marguerite Bennett and Donny Cates to pursue creator owned projects with them. Saturday afternoon, the company held a panel at Long Beach Comic Con to discuss their new and upcoming projects. In attendance were CCO, Joe Pruett, writer, Adam Glass, artist, Wes St. Claire, and moderator, Steve Rotterdam.

There were many in the audience that were new to the publisher so they recommended their Shock anthology as it is representative to their brand and is a taste of what AfterShock has to offer. Included are short stories from heavy weights like Neil Gaiman to creators on their roster. They are in the process of creating volume two and they teased Garth Ennis, Jeff Lemire, and R.L. Stein as contributors.

St. Claire talked about his new series, Beyonders, with writer Paul Jenkins. It’s the only comic series out right now with a one-eyed flatulent corgi. It also is an interactive experience as there is a puzzle embedded in the first five issues that readers can solve for actual prizes. The artist enjoyed working in the treasure hunt/mystery genre, but found it tricky incorporating symbols in his panels that are part of puzzle.

Coming in three weeks is The Lollipop Kids, Glass’ love letter to Central Park. Starting in the 1600’s, whenever immigrants would come to the U.S., they not only brought along their dreams, but also the monsters of their native countries. These monsters were then imprisoned in NYC in the area where Central Park now stands. Whenever a beast escapes, the titular group sets out to retrieve them.  It is a series close to Glass’ heart because he is a native New Yorker and also because he developed it with his son to help his child cope with a learning disorder.

They also did some quick hits on their current and upcoming releases.

Moth & Whisper: The best thieves in a city go missing and their trans child replaces them playing the role of their mom and dad. They must continue to perform heists and figure out the mystery of their parents’ disappearance.

The Last Space Race: A Sci Fi adventure with the backdrop of the present space program.

Volition: A robot buddy comedy.

Patience! Conviction! Revenge!: The ultimate revenge fantasy.

Dead Kings: A post post apocalyptic adventure.

Gary Catig

Gary Catig is west coast raised, east coast educated, and has a touch of southern charm. He has spent most of his adult life making science fiction a reality as an engineer conducting research in the military, microprocessor, and biotechnology fields. While currently living in San Diego, he enjoys all facets of pop culture including but not limited to comics, TV, movies, and music.

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