– Top Indie Publisher Announces Two New Team Members as AfterShock Continues to Expand –
Los Angeles, CA (July 27, 2021)—AfterShock Comics, the independent publishing company that’s made headline after headline since its debut in 2015, announces a new bi-weekly streaming series for fans of the brand, its titles and heavyweight creators, as well as two new additions to its all-star team of industry leaders.
The AfterShock Happy Hour will stream live on AfterShock’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch pages every other Thursday at 5:00 pm EST/2:00 pm PST. Each hour-long episode will feature host RuthAnn Thompson, AfterShock’s Senior Retail Relations Manager and the creator of the Happy Hour livestreams, interviewing top creators and industry notables about current and future AfterShock projects, the overall independent comics scene and much more. Each episode will also feature a live sale of AfterShock rarities, exclusives, and graded comics unavailable anywhere else. Upcoming guests include RAINBOW BRIDGE creators Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe, and 10 YEARS TO DEATH writer and Battlestar Galactica alumnus Aaron Douglas.
“Since day one, AfterShock has been a comic content company on a mission to partner with top creators to tell the most groundbreaking, ‘dangerous’ stories,” said Joe Pruett, AfterShock’s CCO and Publisher. “The Happy Hour will allow us to take our fans behind the scenes and communicate directly with our creator partners and other noteworthy personalities to talk all things AfterShock. We’re excited to provide yet another avenue for enthusiasts to engage with our content and enjoy exclusive pricing on some of our most sought after ‘gems.’”
As the AfterShock ecosystem continues to grow, two new team members have joined the publisher in the areas of community relations and editorial. Kelly Diodati, an accomplished project management and marketing specialist, serves as Ambassador Outreach Program Manager, responsible for the day-to-day operation, workflow and management of AfterShock’s Ambassador Program. Teddy Leo, formerly editorial assistant with the company, will now serve as Associate Editor, directly supporting Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts on all aspects of the editorial process.
“Kelly is a passionate communicator who will help develop and grow our Ambassador Program for years to come,” added Pruett. “In just a short time, she’s already made major strides in connecting with and growing our Ambassador network. We’re thrilled she’s with us and look forward to continued success in this crucial area of our business.”
“Teddy’s enthusiasm for the comics business and commitment to his own growth has been apparent in his journey here at AfterShock,” added Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor-in-Chief. “We look forward to more great things from him in his expanded editorial role while we continue to break new ground in the industry. He has a bright future ahead.”