Eisner-nominated writer Chip Zdarsky made a surprise appearance at Wednesday’s ComiXology Originals press event to tease his new series with acclaimed artist Jason Loo. The five-part comics series, Afterlift, tells the story of an unexpected ride-share to a very final destination. It will debut on ComiXology in winter 2019.

“The upcoming publication of Afterlift marks a major turning point in the literary career of Chip Zdarsky, award-considered writer,” Zdarsky said of the series. “Someday soon an Afterlift trade paperback will sit on the shelves of libraries around the world, alongside dusty, leather bound tomes of John Milton’s Paradise Lost and other books.”

Afterlift follows Janice Chen, who is floating, unmoored, after quitting her day job in finance and signing up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. However, her mundane-but-enjoyable way to pass the time takes a rough turn when she picks up a mysterious passenger, who updates his ride with a new destination: Hell.

“This is an epic story about guilt, responsibility and breaking rules,” said Chip Mosher, ComiXology’s Head of Content. “Fans are going to be blown away by the scope of Afterlift, which stretches through the byways of the afterlife, through hell, and beyond.”

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Loo said, “When Chip Zdarsky asked me if I wanted to be part of his next award-winning comic work, I was like ‘HELL YES!’ and he was like ‘Exactly!’ I didn’t know what to say after that so he showed me the script and pointed out my pun. Anyway, I’m really excited to work on the most ambitious comic of both of our careers.”

“This is our brave, unrelenting portrait of a modern Hell,” said Zdarsky. “People will read it and ask themselves: ‘Did they relent?’ No, they did not. ‘Were they brave?’ Yeah, probably.”

“Join us,” said Loo. “In Hell.”

Check out the cover art for Afterlift #1 below, as well as a SDCC-exclusive poster designed by Zdarsky. Posters will be available during his signings at ComiXology Booth #2121:

  • Wednesday, July 17, 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  •  Friday, July 19, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Afterlift #1 cover Afterlift SDCC poster by Chip Zdarsky

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