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Alias Comics Announces Reorganization

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Alias Comics Announces Reorganization

Official Press Release

San Diego, California (November 8, 2005) – In reaction to the lateness and
the continued mishandling of certain financial responsibilities, Alias
Publisher, Brett Burner, has effectively bought out the partners responsible
for these setbacks to instead assume all accounting and production duties
internally. In doing so, Alias has gained fundamental control over financial
concerns and will now work more efficiently to see a quick turnaround of
publishing responsibilities. Additionally, certain editorial changes have
been made which are designed to lessen production costs, thereby increasing
the profit potential of each Alias title.

“The problem was that these individuals were acting on their own judgment,
making crucial decisions irregardless of our input,” said Burner. “We are
not, however, looking for a scapegoat. Alias assumes complete responsibility
for the late shipping of books which over the past few months has affected
the trust of our readership and retailers. Once we recognized the problem,
we immediately began a process of removing those responsible, as well as
pruning projects that were a financial drain, either by alteration or
elimination, which has sadly resulted in the loss of some of our titles;
though no studio has moved on without being offered the option to stay under
more equitable terms. Unfortunately, these steps take time and require a
degree of silence- which to some can be, and has been, misinterpreted as
non-action on our part. We apologize for that confusion, and we hope that
fans will now understand the situation we were placed in, and why things
happened the way they did.”

Burner hastened to add as well that he still maintains a good relationship
with his former partners.

While a few creators have parted from the Alias line, the majority has
chosen to stay the course, demonstrating their unyielding faith and support
for the publisher.

“I have worked with two other publishers – both of which ended up being very
unsatisfactory experiences. Because of this, I planned to release SUPER
TEEN*TOPIA on my own. But after talking to Alias, their enthusiasm for the
project won me over. To date my experience with Alias has been great and, to
be very honest, my editor and I have very high expectations in regards to
what we consider ‘professional behavior’. I think SUPER TEEN*TOPIA has found
a great home at Alias,” said Alias creator, Kirk Kushin (“Super
Teen*Topia”).

Alias writer, Ryan Scott Ottney (“The Legend of Isis”), has been hired as
Alias’ Communications Coordinator to prepare all internal and external
communications, as well as media relations and other matters of
communications.

The Communications Coordinator is an administrative position, designed to
keep the media and the readers informed on current Alias updates.

“We want people to know about all the great things we’re doing,” said
Ottney, “but also in the event of any mishap-even as small as a late
shipping book-you’re going to hear about that, too. We can’t expect people
to buy our books if they can’t trust us. We’ve lost some readers because of
that already, but we believe we can win them back.”

These new changes are only the first in a series of major announcements soon
to be released by Alias Comics in the coming weeks and months designed to
establish a new direction and a renewed chance at success.

Mike S. Miller, Executive Director and partner, chimed in with this, “It has
been difficult enduring the public speculation about Alias without
correcting the matter, but it has been worth it as we’ve finally gotten
Alias back on track and are heading in the direction we should have been
going all along. I think patience has paid off better than any amount of
bickering ever would have, and that’s an important lesson learned from all
of this.”

It’s also extremely important to note that with this move by Burner, Alias
has reached another milestone: that of financial independence. Alias Comics
is now running completely on generated income, a feat most of the failed
comic publishers to whom Alias has so often been compared have never managed
to accomplish.

“Is Alias going anywhere?” asked Miller. “Yes, second star to the right,
and straight on ’till morning!”

For more information on Alias Comics, please visit them online at
http://www.aliasenterprises.com!

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