Sunday, June 19, 2016

Aftershock Comics


Style Classification: Independent Disparates/Creator Owned Content

Notable Works: Rough Riders; Black Eyed Kids; inSEXts


You get the idea that many of the characters are owned by the creators, and that no one tells anyone what to do with these characters, but it remains to be seen whether the creators own everything like at Image...

This company is barely a year old, starting business only in 2015, but in that time titles like Rough Riders, BEK, and even Captain Kid---about a middle age man who transform into a teenage superhero---feel fresh and are well executed.

The stable of talent they have housed is robust: Jimmy Palmiotti, Sam Keith, Mark Waid, Biran Azzarello, Marguerite Bennett, Garth Ennis, Raphael DeLatorre... If you were starting a company from scratch and the launch talent you could assemble had those names as a fraction of the list? Things would be looking good.

The founders were a combination of industry veterans---Mike Marts and Joe Pruett---and Hollywood development executive Lee Kramer. Together it looks like they pulled the correct strings about obtaining talent, shrewd marketing, and well executed, novel, and exciting content.

Special Status: SOLID COMPANY

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