On how the experience has been, and continues to be, as a creator working with AfterShock Comics: “AfterShock has given me, by far, the most creative freedom I’ve ever had in my career. Their unrelenting support for a story this bizarre, this massive, this funny and sometimes this cruel, makes me endlessly grateful. We have a team behind us, promoting us and sustaining us, and because of AfterShock Comics and their entire squad, ANIMOSITY was made possible.”
On on why this book should be added to your pull list: ‘”I will guaren-damn-tee it, like ANIMOSITY, there is nothing like ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION on the shelves – not even its sister series.
ANIMOSITY is a story not of the end of the world, but of the start of a new one – a world where all the animals, at once and with no conceivable explanation, one day wake up. They gain human intelligence, the power of speech, the astonishment at the world around them – rage, horror, love, absurdity, hunger, and undeniable need for a purpose, for a reason to be alive. Everything changes. There has never been an apocalypse like this one.
In the main title, our story follows a Bloodhound and the little girl who used to be his owner, and who is now as good as his daughter, as he ushers her across a wild, savage, and strange new frontier of humans and animals alike, seeking to get her from the East Coast to the West, where a safe haven can be found. The story is funny, brutal, ridiculous, emotional, and, I hope, powerful.
ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION is about the rise of that supposed safe haven—the city by the sea, unlike any other—where, during the chaos, the Animals peacefully took power with minimal loss of life. Set in the first weeks and months after this apocalypse begins, the Animals and the surviving humans try to build and rebuild a functioning society where they all might live.
How do they eat? Carnivores can’t digest grass, though herbivores can digest meat, and meat is now truly murder. Where do they live? A city of 1 million people just became a city of 3 billion, counting every human, pet, bird, rat, fish and insect inside. How can they have children—we all know rabbits breed like, well, rabbits—but sunfish can lay 300 MILLION eggs in a single year. How can they defend their city from the increasingly frantic remains of the human governments, when their limbs are not shaped to the use of human technology? How can they learn to live with each other, treat each other, train each other?
EVOLUTION is the STAR TREK to ANIMOSITY’S STAR WARS – the ethical and philosophical exploration to ANIMOSITY’S dark adventure.
Where Rafael de Latorre’s art and Rob Schawger’s colors brought the world of ANIMOSITY to rich and brutal life, Eric Gapstur’s pencils are smooth, cool, striking, and serene. Their stories are different, but one day, in a highly unexpected way, they will meet.
I am so proud of this story, and I would love, love to share it with you.”