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Friday, January 8, 2021

AFTERLIFT, the Eisner Award-winning, Shuster Award-winning, and Harvey Award nominated graphic novel


AFTERLIFT, the Eisner Award-winning, Shuster Award-winning, and Harvey Award nominated graphic novel from Eisner Award winning writer Chip Zdarsky, best known for his work on Sex Criminals and Marvel Comics, and Jason Loo, the acclaimed artist of The Pitiful Human-Lizard, is now available to read in print for the first time!


“Rideshares have become synonymous with modern-day life and they can, depending on your driver, be a total lifesaver or complete hell. On that latter point, writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jason Loo have come together to create a comiXology Original story about the terrifying concept of a rideshare being your final journey to the afterlife. . . .

Strange, silly, and very enjoyable.” –Nerdist


Arriving in print from Dark Horse in February 2021, AFTERLIFT [136 pages / color / on sale February 2 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and February 3 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2440-9] colored by Paris Alleyne, lettered by Aditya Bidikar and edited by Allison O’Toole, includes a Jason Loo Sketchbook with commentary by Chip Zdarsky as well as a process piece called Anatomy of a Page. 


AFTERLIFT is a fast-paced story about car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next. Janice Chen recently quit her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. She has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But what was at first a mundane yet enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell.




About the Creators

Chip Zdarsky never stops learning, and recently he’s learned that he’s written Spider-Man and Daredevil for Marvel Comics and even drew a tiny bit of Batman. What a world! He’s also the co-creator and illustrator of Sex Criminals for Image Comics, which is even weirder than drawing Batman. For more information go to


Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist best known for The Pitiful Human-Lizard, a comic book series he wrote and drew, set in Toronto about a struggling Canadian superhero making the best out of his shortcomings, which he Kickstarted in 2014. Loo was nominated for the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award for his work on The Pitiful Human-Lizard. He has also worked on the G.I.Joe: Canadian Convention Edition comic books and has contributed a comic short to the Kill Shakespeare series by IDW.  Loo’s freelance illustration work has appeared in THIS Magazine, CBC, National Post, Globe and Mail, and 24 magazine.


On Background

Dark Horse Comics, the legendary comic book publisher of titles including Black Hammer, Hellboy, Sin City and The Umbrella Academy, and comiXology, the world’s premier digital comics service, recently announced that Dark Horse will distribute print editions of comiXology Originals graphic novels and collections. Select titles from the creator-owned line of comiXology Originals will be available in print for the first time for customers in comic shops, bookstores, and libraries. Through this deal, Dark Horse Comics will be responsible for distribution and fulfillment for the titles through Diamond Comic Distributors for comic shops and Penguin Random House for bookstores around the world.


ComiXology Originals' exclusive content line debuted in 2017, and in their first year garnered an Eisner Award for Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost. The next year saw an Eisner Award nomination for The Stone King by Kel McDonald and Tyler Crook, and in 2020 an Eisner Award win and Shuster Award win for AFTERLIFT. In addition to the creator-owned line of exclusive content, comiXology Originals, through a partnership with Kodansha Comics, has re-released and newly translated manga such as BECK, Initial D and The Drops of God.

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