- Joe Pruett: writer, founder of Desperado Publishing
- Michael Richter: senior executive at eBay and chief privacy officer at Facebook
- Jon Kramer: TV production
- Lee Kramer: head story analyst at Endeavor
- Jawad Qureshi: investor relations
The other problem I've seen is publishers who are focused so exclusively on the financing that their comics look like crap. They seem to fare better as a business entity, but tend to have little/no respect from the comics community. They seem to sell just enough to keep investors happy, and the finance guys are able to convince them to invest more. They also tend not to pay creators well (or at all!) further making their comics generally undesirable.
The most successful new publishing ventures I've seen have been ones where one or two creative types drove the company direction, but they had financing people on hand from the start to make sure things didn't get all wonky. Of course, then that can lead to flat-out illegal activities as well (witness Platinum Studios) or an endless stream of litigation with no real creative work being done (Stan Lee Media).
AfterShock seems to have a mix of financing and creative individuals on board. That's certainly no guarantee of success, but it does seem like a group that seems a reasonable chance of working things out. So while I'm going to remain skeptical (any new venture warrants some degree of skepticism, I think) it would appear that AfterShock is at least coming out of the gate with a decent mix of creative and business talent at its disposal, and will be worth keeping an eye on.