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CrossGen Coloring Crew Swaps Series

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CrossGen Coloring Crew Swaps Series

Official Press Release

Ask anyone in the industry and they’ll admit that CrossGen’s colorists are
among the best in the biz. But you don’t become–and stay–the best by
resting on your laurels. That’s why, looking to stretch their wings after
long runs on their respective titles, the CrossGen Coloring Crew has decided
to tackle new challenges by swapping series!

Starting with the issue #21 in August, Eisner award-winner Laura Martin will
blast into NEGATION, bringing her talented touch to the wild inhabitants of
the Sci-Fi thrill-ride. Laura’s handpicked successor on RUSE will be Frank
D’Armata, who–fresh off CRUX–will continue the distinct look of the
Victorian mystery series. Nick Bell will veer off ROUTE 666 to sail the
seven seas as he helps launch September’s all-new pirate series EL CAZADOR.
Finally, to bring the movements full circle, James Rochelle will rocket from
NEGATION into Bell’s spot on the acclaimed horror title ROUTE 666.

“RUSE is tough to let go,” admitted Martin. “The creative team was one of
the best and coolest group of guys I’ve ever had the privilege of working
with. But there comes a point when a colorist needs a change, to embrace
something completely different.”

“From Victorian pastels to Negation-Space psychedelics-that’s about as
drastic a change as I can get,” continued Martin. “I’ve been a big fan of
the book since the Prequel, so I’m itching to dust off the Sci-Fi section of
my paint box and dive in. James Rochelle set up a heck of a precedent,
though–it’s a little intimidating!”

“But who would I trust to take care of Simon and Emma? I chose Frank
D’Armata,” revealed Martin. “Frank’s one of the most diverse, talented, and
underrated colorists at CrossGen, and he’s earned his shot at a book that I
love. I can’t wait to see Frank bring his unique, velvety richness to the
world of Partington.”

“Every creative person is different,” explained CrossGen Art Director Bart
Sears. “Some like to grab a particular book, and run with it for years–the
material never gets old to them, and they keep finding ways to keep their
art fresh and exciting. Others yearn for a new challenge–after working on
one project for a couple of years, they feel they have done everything they
can with the work, and feel like their creative progress has come to a
standstill…they need a change. We try to work with every creator here, not
only to keep the individual as happy as possible, but also to keep his or
her creativity at the highest possible level. Every artist at CrossGen has
improved since they started here, and–amazingly, at least to me–month
after month, issue after issue, they just keep getting better.”

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