Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., January 24, 2002 – Continuing its planned growth, CrossGen
Comics 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 is
colorist Chris Garcia, who comes on board to round out the team on Way of
the Rat. Inker Brad Vancata joins CrossGen to work over the pencils of Andy
Smith. Initially, Vancata will work with Smith on relief issues, beginning
with Negation #6. The two will then move on to their own title sometime in
Tom Ryder began inking comics professionally upon his graduation from the
Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1991. He immediately went to
work at Valiant Comics and spent five years there inking titles such as X-O
Manowar, Solar, Man of the Atom and Shadowman. In 1996 he left the comic
industry to work on storyboards for animation. He has worked on ‘Roughnecks:
Starship Troopers Chronicles,’ ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’ and ‘Men in Black:
“With our plans for continued growth, it becomes a necessity to find
creators that can not only do a great job, but can fit into the studio
environment we have set up,” CrossGen Art Director Bart Sears said. “Tom
Ryder is just that person. He’ll make a great addition to the team on Way of
the Rat and his personality will fit in really well with everyone else
Chris Garcia began as a colorist at WildStorm in 1997. After four years he
began a freelance career that brought him work from Marvel Comics, Avalon,
Pennyfarthing Press, and CrossGen Comics. It was his work on CrossGen’s
Mystic and Chronicles that got him the offer to join the company full-time.
“Finding colorists that live up to the extremely high standards that have
been 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 in
talent-wise, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him on-board
Brad Vancata is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic
Art. Upon graduation in 1989, he went on to work in Marvel Comics’ offices
in 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 as
Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Lethal Foes, and various X-Men titles for
Marvel Comics, Bloodshot for Acclaim Comics, Stormwatch for WildStorm, and
Impulse, Superman, and the mini-series, Aquaman: Time & Tide for DC Comics.
As well as working on comics, Vancata’s done storyboards for various
projects, including public service announcements, short films, and video
game cinematics. In addition, he also had a major role in doing conceptual
design artwork, graphic design, and actual ride artwork for the ‘Adventures
of Spider-Man’ multi-media ride in the ‘Islands of Adventure’ theme park at
Universal 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 of
the 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 working
in other venues, and it took a company like CrossGen to bring me back. I’ve
worked for a number of big-name entertainment companies in my career, and
CrossGen has the same thing going for it as these others – a commitment to
professionalism and quality that you can see in the work produced.”
Tom Ryder and Chris Garcia have already relocated to CrossGen’s
Florida-based studio and Brad Vancata will make the move in early March.
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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