Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., September 17, 2001 – CrossGen Comics has hired inker Matt Ryan to work over the pencils of current associate penciler Fabrizio Fiorentino. The team is scheduled to take on a title of their own sometime in early 2002.
Ryan is a 1993 graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Immediately upon graduation he landed the job as inker of Marvel Comics’ X-Men over fellow alum, Andy Kubert. The two worked together on that title for two and one half years. During his career, he has also inked the Marvel titles Daredevil and Silver Surfer, as well as Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics.
“Matt’s an extremely talented inker and an all-around nice guy,” said CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi. “X-Men is the best-selling title in comics and we’re very fortunate to have someone with his skills working with one of our outstanding new pencilers. They’re gonna be a helluva team.”
Ryan has already relocated to Tampa from Alabama and is currently working on Mystic #17, Fabrizio Fiorentino’s relief issue.
“It’s a great opportunity to come and work at CrossGen,” Ryan said. “Fabrizio is a great talent and someone to watch for in the future. I think the two of us make a great team and I’m looking forward to being part of the creative process every step of the way. That’s a luxury I was not afforded while working on X-Men.”
CrossGeneration Comics is based just outside of Tampa, Florida. Since their initial launch on May 24, 2000, CrossGen Comics has set unprecedented sales records for a new start-up comics publisher by debuting their first six releases on the comic book industry distributor’s Top 100 sales list. Since then they have grown into the comic industry’s fifth largest publisher. They were recently awarded the Diamond Gem Awards for Comic Publisher of the Year (2000) Under 5% Market Share and New Publisher of the Year (2000). CrossGen Comics is unprecedented in that their entire line of comics is currently published in three foreign languages and in at least 11 foreign countries. Their unique and innovative approach to comic book publishing is sure to make them a company to watch out for well into the new millennium. The CrossGen Comics, The First, Mystic, Sigil, Scion, Meridian, Crux, and Sojourn are available now in comic book specialty stores everywhere, with a different one on sale each Wednesday. Their next monthly title, Ruse, will be released October 31, 2001, followed by Negation on November 7, and The Path in February.