Brandon Peterson brings his pencil back to CrossGen with 'Chimera'

Official Press Release

TAMPA, FL., March 18, 2002 - Since leaving his artistic responsibilities onMystic, the series he helped launch, to work in a management capacity,Brandon Peterson has not put down his pencil for good. In fact, he's pickedup a few more tools as well. Coming in late 2002, Peterson will begin usinga cutting-edge artistic style as he re-teams with writer Ron Marz to co-plota new four-issue monthly-shipping mini-series titled Chimera.

Chimera is set in a corner of the CrossGen Universe yet to be explored, anarea ruled by a vast intergalactic empire spanning dozens of worlds. Theempire's ruling family is obsessed with unlocking the secrets of humangenetics, of achieving perfection and power through manipulating humanphysiology. But the missing link in the genetic code has always eluded them.Until now. One woman on a remote ice world may hold the key to geneticperfection. And the cost may be her life.

Chimera is a different type of science fiction than that seen in anyexisting CrossGen comic.

"This is a tale of 'hard' science fiction," said Marz. "It's more Dune thanStar Wars, with a beautiful heroine, powerful villains, vast space armadasand the awakening of a dead alien civilization, all set against a backdropof exotic worlds."

Chimera marks a new artistic direction for Peterson. Peterson, knownthroughout his career for his work as a writer, penciler, inker, andcolorist, will use all of those skills on this new mini-series.Artistically, he will be rendering the entire mini-series using a techniquecalled digital painting. Digital painting is a combination of pencils, inks,and colors all integrated into one seamless package. This new style is aradical departure from his past work.

"This book is the culmination of my dozen years learning what I could aboutcomics," said Peterson. "With it, I'm taking what I've learned aboutpenciling, inking, and coloring and seamlessly blending them together tocreate something incredibly unique and different than anything ever seen inmy past."

This mini-series also marks the first time Peterson and Marz have workedtogether since Marz turned over the writing responsibilities of Mystic toTony Bedard.

"I think Brando and I both feel like we took Mystic as far as we could, thenbowed out," commented Marz. "Chimera is going to be that much better for ushaving worked together previously, because we've had the chance to learneach other's strengths and weaknesses, and figure out how to get the bestout of each other. This project's going to give me a chance to play withsome different kinds of storytelling, and Brando's going to be doing sometruly innovative things with his approach to his art. The stuff he'sproducing now is spectacular, and he's just getting warmed up. Chimera isdefinitely going to be worth the wait."

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