Back in March AfterShock announced Seismic Press, their brand-new stamp of young adult graphic tales, and exposed a slate of brand-new and reissued designations coming from the imprint in late 2021 and 2022. Today the publisher has exhausted a preview of Rainbow Bridge, the first designation from Seismic Press, along with more info on the book from its writers, Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe.
Illustrated by Valentina Brancati and Manuel Poppo and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, here’s how AfterShock describes Rainbow Bridge 😛 TAGEND
What if you got one last escapade with your friends?
Andy and Rocket grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy’s guardian through every one of childhood’s ups and downs. So, when Rocket elapses away right before Andy’s 14 th birthday, he’s rudderless. He can’t imagine making the transition to high school without Rocket at his area. The era before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave and unexpectedly summons the RAINBOW BRIDGE, a gateway to a fantasy world where babies detect their blis. But there’s a gloom dark to this paradise, and without Andy’s help, Rocket’s eternity may be grim…
The first graphic story from AfterShock’s brand-new YA imprint, Seismic Press, RAINBOW BRIDGE was thoughts and written by Steve Orlando( PROJECT PATRON, KILL A MAN, Midnighter) and Steve Foxe( Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Grumpy Cat) with skill byValentina Brancati( Les Ravencroft, Ghost Writer ). Published in the category standard size of 6.5 ” x 9.5 ”, this 120 -page OGN will resonate with anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to a beloved baby- or who has reacted growing up with nervousness and anxiety.
AfterShock too unveiled a short Q& A with Steves Orlando and Foxe about the revelation for the serial, writing for a YA audience, and more 😛 TAGEND
STEVE ORLANDO AND STEVE FOXE ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT AND WHY THEY ARE EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT 😛 TAGEND
“Rainbow Bridge is about a 14 -year-old boy, Andy, whose lifelong canine best good friend proceeds away right before Andy is about to start high school. Andy has relied on Rocket for support ever since he was a toddler and Rocket was a pup, and now he’s not so sure about handling such big lifetime events without Rocket in “peoples lives”.
When Andy comes overwhelmed and drains off to a distinguish that was important to the two of them, a dizzyingly colorful splashing of glowing lunges down and carries Andy away to the Forever Fields, the afterlife paradise for animal friends.
It turns out the Rainbow Bridge that domesticated admirers ever talk about when an animal guides apart is real, but humen are NOT supposed to cross it–especially humans who are still alive. If the Rainbow Bridge tolerated Andy across, it must mean there is strong unfinished business between him and Rocket. And as Andy soon discovers, swine who linger with unfinished business run the risk of been transformed into wraiths, vengeful, shadowy spirits that specter the outskirts of the Forever Fields, conducted in accordance with unresolved anguish and damage.
Rocket has always been there for Andy. Now it’s Andy’s turn to find his best friend and make sure Rocket gets the afterlife he deserves.”
STEVE ORLANDO AND STEVE FOXE ON SOME OF THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK 😛 TAGEND
“Both of us Steves are dog people–Steve Orlando has a corgi, in fact. And being a dog person regrettably entails knowing your best friend is going to leave you before it feels fair. But having animals in your life, whether it’s for 14 times or 14 dates, is a friendship and a bail like no other. We wanted to explore that bittersweet fact for sure, but likewise celebrate the friendship and wonder inherent in having a childhood pet.
Wouldn’t YOU do anything for one last undertaking with your friends? ”
STEVE ORLANDO AND STEVE FOXE ON THEIR APPROACH TO WRITING COMICS WHEN IT COMES TO THE YOUNG ADULT( YA) AUDIENCE 😛 TAGEND
“Younger readers are looking for the same thing any reader wants to see: good tales doing well. But writing for teens and preteens likewise entails getting to be a little more emotionally forward–these are the years of “peoples lives” where everything can feel like the ONLY thing, whether that’s losing a friend or starting a brand-new academy or trying to figure out your feelings about another minor in your class.
So we don’t write “down” to younger books, but we do enjoy getting to go big-hearted and forceful and stumbled the feelings beats hard-bitten, since our main audience is here for legends that move them speculate and perform them feel something.”
STEVE ORLANDO AND STEVE FOXE ON THE FIRST COMIC THEY EVER READ, AND IF THEY HAVE A MOST FAVORITE? ”
“The Steve pod will have to split up for this one!
Steve Orlando: The first comic I ever predict was West Coast Avengers # 16, a Tale of Two Kitty-cats! And perhaps that cat-themed controversies objective up being prescient, since here we are launching a pet-themed fantasy epic. As far as my favourite, it was, and likely always are likely to be, Flex Mentallo- an unruly ode to the wonder of ingenuity, and the deliverance comics can offer outsides hungry for agreement and community.
Steve Foxe: As a kid of the very late eighties, I grew up with X-Men: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series, so you’d better believe I was grabbing every move issue of the source material I got to find. But I should also give a nod to Garfield, which I would read out loud with a friend on the bus in elementary school, taking turns over who got to be which courage. There are so many streets into comics, it truly doesn’t matter where you START, as long as you keep going.
As for a favorite comic for babies, it’s hard to choose–but also hard to beat the pure storytelling genius of classic Scrooge McDuck comics from Carl Barks, and later Don Rosa. Talk about timeless.”
STEVE ORLANDO AND STEVE FOXE ON( 3) Reasons WHY COMIC READERS SHOULD PICK THIS BOOK UP 😛 TAGEND
“Everything else aside, the team of Valentina Brancati on pipeline prowes, Manual Puppo on shades, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on lettering jolts us apart with every single page. The motto, “an animated movie on the page” get thrown around a lot…but sometimes it’s genuine! Anything us Steves envisioned up has been heightened by their hard work on RAINBOW BRIDGE, and books are really going to flip for the merriment and whimsy of the Forever Fields.
We genuinely moved our dog-loving mettles into the story of Rocket and Andy and the other domesticateds they meet along the way, so we hope other animal sweethearts will get that same swell of ardour when they pick up RAINBOW BRIDGE. We both deplete a lot of time snuggling our bird-dogs after writing each chapter.
Finally, we’re just thrilled to be part of the launch of Seismic Press, and to see another publisher make a serious effort to reach younger readers. We adoration comics for every age range, but coming brand-new readers into sequential storytelling is how we make sure the medium and the market are strong and supported for many years to come.
We hope books will pick up RAINBOW BRIDGE and the other Seismic designation and share them with younger readers in “peoples lives”, so that this corner of comics merely comes larger and more all-inclusive over time.”
Rainbow Bridge is the first writing collaboration for Orlando and Foxe, even though it is sees it won’t be their last-place. Last year Orlando took to Twitter to announce a” Big, Raw, Queer Horror” project with Foxe that at the time was slated for release this year as well.
Check out the full preview for Rainbow Bridge below. The record goes on sale in comic patronizes on Wednesday, August 4th, and arrives in bookstores on Tuesday, August 17 th.
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