AfterShock Enters The Young Adult Readers Market With New Imprint ‘Seismic Press’

by Olly MacNamee

Seismic Press is the newest publishing venture from AfterShock Comics, a new imprint focused exclusively on new content for readers in the 12-18 age range. And Rainbow Bridge from creators Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe and illustrator Valentina Brancati, is their first announced book coming this August.

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Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts explains this new expansion to this relatively young new company:

“AfterShock’s mission has always been to push readers out of their comfort zones and defy expectations – providing top creators and up-and-coming storytellers with an opportunity to tell the stories they’ve always wanted to tell in the ways they’ve always wanted to tell them. With SEISMIC PRESS, our mission is to apply the same high-quality approach to content, talent selection and presentation but extend it to a much wider audience and demographic.”

As for their first book, Rainbow Bridge, here’s the full synopsis:

“From creators Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe, is slated for debut in late summer and will focus on the story of Andy, a boy whose canine best friend passes away just before he enters high school, leaving him alone and rudderless. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave and unexpectedly summons the Rainbow Bridge, a gateway to a wondrous world where pets discover their afterlife. With roles reversed, Andy is there to support his childhood guardian during one last epic adventure as Rocket embarks on a fantasy quest to find his lost littermate while ultimately giving Andy the confidence he needs as he enters his high school years.”

Additional titles that have also been announced to roll out under the SEISMIC PRESS imprint at the start of 2022 will include original works by How To Train Your Dragon’s Richard Ashley Hamilton and Ted Anderson (ORPHAN AGE). Plans for the line also include the repackaging of AfterShock series that have already demonstrated strong YA appeal, including THE LOLLIPOP KIDS, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass with illustrations by Diego Yapur, and OBERON, written by Ryan Parrott and drawn by Milos Slavkovi.

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