Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., January 24, 2002 - Continuing its planned growth, CrossGenComics has added three additional creators to its already burgeoning roster.Tom Ryder joins the staff as inker for the May releasing Way of the Rat,working over the pencils of Jeff Johnson. Working with Johnson and Ryder iscolorist Chris Garcia, who comes on board to round out the team on Way ofthe Rat. Inker Brad Vancata joins CrossGen to work over the pencils of AndySmith. Initially, Vancata will work with Smith on relief issues, beginningwith Negation #6. The two will then move on to their own title sometime inlate 2002.
Tom Ryder began inking comics professionally upon his graduation from theJoe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1991. He immediately went towork at Valiant Comics and spent five years there inking titles such as X-OManowar, Solar, Man of the Atom and Shadowman. In 1996 he left the comicindustry to work on storyboards for animation. He has worked on 'Roughnecks:Starship Troopers Chronicles,' 'Jackie Chan Adventures' and 'Men in Black:The Series.'
"With our plans for continued growth, it becomes a necessity to findcreators that can not only do a great job, but can fit into the studioenvironment we have set up," CrossGen Art Director Bart Sears said. "TomRyder is just that person. He'll make a great addition to the team on Way ofthe Rat and his personality will fit in really well with everyone elsehere."
Chris Garcia began as a colorist at WildStorm in 1997. After four years hebegan a freelance career that brought him work from Marvel Comics, Avalon,Pennyfarthing Press, and CrossGen Comics. It was his work on CrossGen'sMystic and Chronicles that got him the offer to join the company full-time.
"Finding colorists that live up to the extremely high standards that havebeen set by CrossGen's existing coloring corps isn't easy," said Sears."Chris' work for us in the past showed that he had what it took to fit intalent-wise, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him on-boardfull-time."
Brad Vancata is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and GraphicArt. Upon graduation in 1989, he went on to work in Marvel Comics' officesin New York City. After working as an inker and colorist during this time,Vancata went freelance, and began working on a variety of titles, such asIncredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Lethal Foes, and various X-Men titles forMarvel Comics, Bloodshot for Acclaim Comics, Stormwatch for WildStorm, andImpulse, Superman, and the mini-series, Aquaman: Time & Tide for DC Comics.As well as working on comics, Vancata's done storyboards for variousprojects, including public service announcements, short films, and videogame cinematics. In addition, he also had a major role in doing conceptualdesign artwork, graphic design, and actual ride artwork for the 'Adventuresof Spider-Man' multi-media ride in the 'Islands of Adventure' theme park atUniversal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Just previous to coming to CrossGen,Vancata worked in the video game industry for Interplay Entertainment Corp.,producing level design art, conceptual art, and texture mapping for some ofthe first generation of video game titles for Sony's PlayStation 2.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to come and work at CrossGen,"Vancata said. "I've been away from comics for a while, successfully workingin other venues, and it took a company like CrossGen to bring me back. I'veworked for a number of big-name entertainment companies in my career, andCrossGen has the same thing going for it as these others - a commitment toprofessionalism and quality that you can see in the work produced."
Tom Ryder and Chris Garcia have already relocated to CrossGen'sFlorida-based studio and Brad Vancata will make the move in early March.
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, will be in stores on February 27, 2002.