It’s time to support our shops any way we can. We’re all trying to do our part with the Hero Initiative and publishers doing what they can to make it easier on comic shops. That includes AfterShock Comics, who today has revealed a new 48-page comic featuring seven stories to help support comic shops. The best part is the comic will cost the comic shops nothing with Diamond’s top-ranked 200 AfterShock accounts getting 20 free copies per storefront with their June 24th on-sale books.
The book includes stories by 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. The stories within focuses in on, “emphasizing that fundamentally irreplaceable role played by comic shops in their lives and in the lives of fans.”
Check out a few interior pages below along with a cover by David Mack.
Cullen Bunn story:
Steve Orlando story:
Stephanie Phillips story:
Jamie McKelvie, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt story:
For even more detail on this book read the press release below.
Los Angeles, CA (June 12, 2020)—With the added pressures, challenges and obstacles thrown in the way of local comic shops over the past three months, AfterShock Comics, led by Publisher Joe Pruett, today announced the release of SUPPORT OUR SHOPS (S.O.S.), a 48-page comic featuring seven stories from top creators, to be distributed at no cost to comic shops through Diamond Comic Distributors.
S.O.S. features from some of the industry’s most celebrated creators emphasizing that fundamentally irreplaceable role played by comic shops in their lives and in the lives of fans. The title includes exclusive stories from 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.
“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,” said Pruett. “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.”
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.
“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,” said Steve Rotterdam, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AfterShock. “We’ve always been about creators and their visions, so this was an easy decision.”
AfterShock’s S.O.S. was created so that each comic shop can leverage the title to best suit their individual needs and goals. It can be given away 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.
“S.O.S. is our small way of saying ’thank you’ to all of the wonderful stores that have supported AfterShock since the beginning,” added Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor-In-Chief. “Now it’s our turn to give back.”