AfterShock Comics, the industry’s most buzzed about independent publishing company, inks another TV deal, bringing The Lost City Explorers to the small screen. In partnership with creator Zack Kaplan, AfterShock has signed a deal with Universal Television to produce the title.
The Lost City Explorers is a sci-fi series focused on a group of teens who become underground urban explorers after a mysterious expedition leads to the disappearance of one of their fathers. Following his tracks on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, they ultimately find the holy grail of lost cities, Atlantis, buried right under New York City. The book is written by Zack Kaplan with art from Alvaro Sarraseca and colors from Dee Cunniffe.
Zack has emerged as a breakout, new voice in comics. In only two short years he’s launched three on-going sci-fi series with his debut hits Eclipse and Port of Earth for Image/Top Cow and most recently with The Lost City Explorers.
“The Lost City Explorers is a story to inspire the imagination and unlock everyone’s hidden explorer,” said Kaplan. “Along with AfterShock, I’m thrilled to partner with Universal and help bring this story to television.”
"We at AfterShock are excited for this first project with Universal and thrilled that they saw in The Lost City Explorers what we saw – an incredibly fun and thought provoking story from a creator with tremendous talent,” said Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer, AfterShock’s President and CEO respectively, in a joint statement.
Zack Kaplan will serve as an Executive Producer and writer. Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer from AfterShock Media will also serve as Executive Producers.
Earlier this year, AfterShock Comics won Diamond Comic Distributors’ coveted Gem Award for 2017 Publisher of the Year (under 3%).
Launched in April 2015, AfterShock Comics is a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse. AfterShock’s executive team includes Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; CCO/Publisher Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer, a film/TV production and development executive; and CEO Jon Kramer, an entertainment entrepreneur with extensive worldwide production and distribution experience.