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PREVIEW: 'Nuclear Family' #1 by Stephanie Phillips, Tony Shasteen, and JD Mettler

 America, 1957. Elvis dominates the airwaves and apple pie is served after every meal. But, with the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean’s major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what’s left of the United States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight , NUCLEAR FAMILY is written by  Stephanie Phillips ( Butcher of Paris, Heavy Metal , ARTEMIS AND THE ASSASSIN, RED ATLANTIS) and illustrated by Tony Shasteen ( Star Trek ). It’s Cold War-era science fiction at its most timely and terrifying. As Phillips explained when interviewed about the series by The Hollywood Reporter at the end of last year, “[it’s] about a family that seems like the ideal nuclear family in the 1950s. But, when an unexpected

AfterShock Comics Hires Mike Zagari as SVP of Digital and Creative


Fledgling comic book publisher AfterShock Comics continues to make moves by adding talent and not just writers and artists but on the digital side as well. Mike Zagari is the new SVP of Digital and Creative where he will oversee the company’s innovative digital comic book experiences.

Zagari's expertise will undoubtedly increase AfterShock's reach through creative digital ventures. As Executive Producer for Disney Publishing Digital, he helped them become the #1 Global Kids app publisher. The dozens of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars apps produced resulted in some of them garnering critical acclaim. 

Movies like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man 2 got worthy print versions through Zagari's efforts when he was with Marvel Entertainment. With DC Comics, he oversaw the digital art direction of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of DC Comics library for both online and digital initiatives.

With AfterShock Comics beginning to emerge as a serious player in comic book publishing, Zagari has his work cut out for him as the universe building is just beginning. How these new stories and characters translate to digital and online will be critical to the imprint's growth and exposure. Zagari seems well-suited to put his mark on the company and contribute to its success. 

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