CrossGen promotes Brandon Peterson and Bart Sears
Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., November 21, 2001 – CrossGen Comics has promoted two long-time
employees to key managerial positions inside the company. Brandon Peterson
moves up from Art Director to Vice President of Production Development and
Bart Sears steps into the role of Art Director.
After nearly two and one half years as CrossGen’s Art Director and a
20-issue run as penciler of the title Mystic, Brandon Peterson has assumed a
new role for CrossGen Comics. In his new position as Vice President of
Production Development, Peterson will oversee the implementation and
management of CrossGen’s new production control system, which will track and
coordinate artist schedules as well as analyze and troubleshoot problems
related to the production of all CrossGen publications.
“No one has worked as hard as Brandon has over the last two plus years,”
said CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi. “He’s tired and he needed a break from
the 20 hours a day, seven days a week he was working. He is highly skilled
in computers and he knows the intricacies of comic book creation and
production. This new system will not be a piece of cake to implement or
manage, but I’m confident Brandon is the right person for the job.”
But this does not mean the end of Brandon’s contributions as a penciler at
CrossGen, and fans should look for some announcements about a top-secret
project to be released in 2002.
New Art Director Bart Sears assumes the responsibilities of overseeing the
daily artistic output of CrossGen as well as helping to train the next
generation of talent through CrossGen’s in-house associate artist program.
Along with these duties, Sears will continue to be the regular monthly
penciler on the new CrossGen series, The Path.
“Bart was the most logical choice to replace Brandon as Art Director,”
Alessi said. “He’s been in the industry a long time, he has taught classes
at the Kubert School, and he’s well respected both inside and outside this
studio. He was a natural for the position and is doing a tremendous job so
Both have already begun work in their new positions.
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 four foreign languages and in at least 11 foreign countries.
They recently struck a long-term development deal with Branded
Entertainment, a film and television production company helmed by long-time
Batman film and animated feature executive producer Michael Uslan. The
company has also opened the first publisher-owned online mall for its
licensed apparel, products, collectibles and comics at www.crossgen.com.
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, Sojourn,
Ruse, and Negation are available now in comic book specialty stores
everywhere, with a different one on sale each Wednesday. Their next monthly
title, The Path, will be in stores on February 27, 2002.
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