AfterShock Comics has quickly grown into one of the buzziest indie comic publishers on the market, and now the company is looking to expand its brand on the small screen. In a big way.
AfterShock Comics is teaming with Fox 21 to bring Adam Glass' comic The Normals to television. Glass (Supernatural) has a development deal with Fox 21 (a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox's Fox Entertainment Group and a division of 20th Century Fox Television) as well as with Warren Littlefield, a producer on Fargo as well as The Handmaid's Tale.
The Normals is a sci-fi/horror series that deals with a man finding out that his perfect life and family could be an illusion. He goes on a quest to figure out the truth, and save what he believes is real as well as what he loves. Along the way, there will be other forces seeking to destroy him, as well as the world.
AfterShock president Lee Kramer said, "We’ve worked closely with Adam on three projects to date and could not be more excited to extend our relationship with him as we take "The Normals" to TV. The chance to also work with a gifted producer of Warren Littlefield’s caliber is an incredible bonus.”
Glass himself added, "Sci-Fi is always asking the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ Our story takes a look at that question and explores the idea that to be human is to feel fear; and that's the lens we will be looking through in our storytelling."
Why, however, should you launch just one TV show when you can launch two? AfterShock is also set to bring The Lost City of Explorers to the small screen, partnering with that title's creator, Zack Kaplan. The publisher has signed a deal with Universal Television to produce the show.
This second show is a sci-fi series that focuses on a group of teens who turn into underground urban explorers following the disappearance of one of their fathers. They will follow his tracks through subterranean tunnels, and will ultimately find Atlantis itself...which just so happens to be buried under New York City. The original comic is written by Kaplan with artwork from Alvaro Sarraseca and coloring from Dee Cunniffe.
Kaplan said in a statement, “'The Lost City Explorers' is a story to inspire the imagination and unlock everyone’s hidden explorer. Along with AfterShock, I’m thrilled to partner with Universal and help bring this story to television.” Kaplan will serve as writer, and will also serve as an executive producer alongside AfterShock's Lee and Jon Kramer.
AfterShock launched in April of 2015, and combined the creativity of an independent house with the resources of a publishing giant. Here's hoping that their first two forays into television's genre landscape are good ones — we look forward to seeing the results.