AfterShock has hired former DC Senior Story Editor Brian Cunningham as Editor in Chief, and former IDW President and CCO Chris Ryall as a publishing consultant.

Cunningham started his comics career at Wizard Entertainment, where he was Executive Editor, then moved to DC, where he worked on a range of titles including Superman, Justice League of America, Batman: Earth One, and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. He was let go during a major round of layoffs in 2020 (see “DC Implosion – Major Staff Cuts”) and since then has worked as a freelance writer and adjunct instructor at UCLA. He is taking over the position of AfterShock EIC from Mike Marts, who announced last week that he was leaving the company (see “EIC Mike Marts Leaves AfterShock”).

Ryall stepped down as President, Publisher, and CCO of IDW in 2020 (see “Chris Ryall Departing IDW Publishing”) and teamed up with artist Ashley Wood to create the Image Comics imprint Syzygy Publishing (see “New Image Imprint”). He will start working with AfterShock on November 1.

Marts is now EVP and Editor in Chief at Mad Cave Studios  (see “Exclusive: AfterShock’s Mike Marts Moves to Mad Cave”).