AfterShock Comics, led by Publisher Joe Pruett, today announced the release of Support Our Shops (S.O.S.), a 48-page charity comic giveaway to stores featuring seven stories from top creators, Cullen Bunn, Stephanie Phillips, Zac Thompson, Steve Orlando, Jamie McKelvie, Jerry Ordway and Aaron Douglas, with art from Leila Leiz, Don Kramer, Szymon Kudranski, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt, Gordon Purcell and Cliff Richards, with cover conceived and executed by David Mack. What’s more, it will be distributed at no cost to comic shops through Diamond Comic Distributors. Free comics for stores, all in the name of continuing to think of new ways to support those stores that have suffered in recent months.
S.O.S. will be distributed to Diamond’s top-ranked 200 AfterShock accounts, which will each receive 20 free copies (per storefront) with their 6/24 on-sale books. The next 300 highest ranked stores will each receive 10 free copies. Stores not included in this ranking may receive a number of copies upon request or through their AfterShock Ambassador.
The plan is that it can be given away by store’s for free, used as a purchase incentive, put into the pull boxes of AfterShock readers, or sold directly to consumers at a suggested price to help recoup losses that may have been sustained through pandemic-related closures and events.
Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor-In-Chief, had this to add as a reason behind thus new charity comic book:
S.O.S. is our small way of saying ’thank you’ to all of the wonderful stores that have supported AfterShock since the beginning. Now it’s our turn to give back.
So, of your one of those store owners in AfterShock’s top 200 accounts, look out for your free comics for June 24th.