[Video Interview] “Pants Optional” – Episode XXI: Zack Kaplan

“Pants Optional” is PopCultHQ’s Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community. It’s a way to see/hear what creators have been doing during the pandemic, projects which may be in motion during this downtime, and noteworthy events and happenings taking place in lieu of conventions, appearances, and the weekly NCBD grind.

For Episode XXI, I spoke with writer Zack Kaplan. The go-to writer for all of your science fiction needs, Zack is back with his second series at AfterShock Comics getting collected into one volume this January. JOIN THE FUTURE is the latest sci-fi offering from the writer, and once again he crushes it! Written by Kaplan and featuring art from Piotr Kowalski, colors by Brad Simpson, and lettering from Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, this futuristic western thriller is gripping, intriguing, and visually spectacular. Coming off successful runs with ECLIPSE and PORT OF EARTH at Image/Top Cow, and THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS at AfterShock, Kaplan’s has an invitation to all for the new year…Come with us and join the future!

We had the privilege in chatting with Zack about the upcoming release of the complete collected edition of JOIN THE FUTURE. First, take a look at the info for the trade paperback, then sit back and enjoy hearing from the sci-fi sensation that’s sweeping the nation – creator/writer Zack Kaplan!

JOIN THE FUTURE

The future is here. The future is now. It’s time to join.

JOIN THE FUTURE Vol. 1 TPB

Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Cover Artist: Piotr Kowalski

Pre-Order Code: NOV201004
Pre-Order by Monday, December 14th

Contains the entire series, issues #1-5.

In Comic Shops: Jan 06, 2021
In Bookstores: Jan 19, 2021
SRP: $16.99

The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to compete in an economic power struggle in which population is key.

But a few rural residents still cling to their independence in what last American small towns are left. When a nearby megacity pressures the people of a small town to join up or else, a young teenage girl named Clem will learn how far she’ll go to defend her principles.

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A very special thanks to Zack Kaplan for taking the time to speak with us at PopCultHQ. Be sure to follow Zack online (links below), and go pre-order a copy of the trade paperback for JOIN THE FUTURE (This is a must-have!)!

Pre-Order Code: NOV201004
Pre-Order by Monday, December 14th

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If you are an industry professional interested in being featured in our “Pants Optional” segment, hit me up at tahoejbennett@popculthq.com and let’s see what we can put together!

 


Writer – Zack Kaplan

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Publisher – AfterShock Comics

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Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's chief editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. One with the Force. Browncoats Unite! So say we all! Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett