Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., November 8, 2001 - With the release of Mystic #18, The First #13and Negation Prequel on Wednesday, November 7, CrossGen Comics has publishedits ninety-eighth, ninety-ninth and one hundredth consecutive on-timeissues.
In just 17 months, CrossGen Comics has proven itself to be the only comicpublisher to continuously meet its scheduled ship dates. In an industry inwhich on-time publishing is no longer the norm, these 100 consecutive issuesis an unmatched feat.
"We were very proud when we announced we had gone one full year withoutmissing a ship date," said CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi. "Even after someconsiderable growth, we are still meeting our commitment to the fans andretailers. Now, eventually we will miss a ship date, but it is ourcommitment to staying on time that is really important. These people workvery hard to get these books out and 100 in a row is an amazingaccomplishment. I'm especially proud to announce this milestone just a fewweeks after eight of the Top 20 best-ordered books for October have beenannounced as shipping late. Not to pick on any specific publisher, sinceeveryone seems to ship late these days, but I do see our timely shipping andhigh quality production values as a vindication of our in-house developmentsystem. Perhaps the other industry majors will shift over to our in-housedevelopment system to alleviate these late shipping concerns. If so, wewould be pleased to share with them how we set up our in-house developmentprocesses and what type of personnel are best suited to function effectivelyin that type of environment. After all, we too, wish nothing but success forall the members of this beleaguered publishing and retailing community."
The 100 consecutive on-time issues are as follows:
The First #1-#13
Sojourn Prequel and #1-#4
CrossGen Chronicles #1-#4
CrossGeneration Comics is based just outside of Tampa, Florida. Since theirinitial launch on May 24, 2000, CrossGen Comics has set unprecedented salesrecords for a new start-up comics publisher by debuting their first sixreleases on the comic book industry distributor's Top 100 sales list. Sincethen they have grown into the comic industry's fifth largest publisher. Theywere recently awarded the Diamond Gem Awards for Comic Publisher of the Year(2000) Under 5% Market Share and New Publisher of the Year (2000). CrossGenComics is unprecedented in that their entire line of comics is currentlypublished in four foreign languages and in at least 11 foreign countries.They recently struck a long-term development deal with BrandedEntertainment, a film and television production company helmed by long-timeBatman film and animated feature executive producer Michael Uslan. Thecompany has also opened the first publisher-owned online mall for itslicensed apparel, products, collectibles and comics at www.crossgen.com.Their unique and innovative approach to comic book publishing is sure tomake them a company to watch out for well into the new millennium. TheCrossGen Comics, The First, Mystic, Sigil, Scion, Meridian, Crux, Sojourn,Ruse and Negation are available now in comic book specialty storeseverywhere, with a different one on sale each Wednesday. Their next monthlytitle, The Path, is on-sale February 2002.