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CrossGen hires new penciler and inker, promotes one from within

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TAMPA, FL., December 5, 2001 - The CrossGen artistic stable continues to expand with the hiring of veteran penciler Jeff Johnson and veteran inker Mark Pennington. Both have already relocated to Florida and will be working on separate projects beginning immediately. As well, current CrossGen inker, Andy Smith, is moving from inker to penciler.

Jeff Johnson has been penciling comics since he drew Wonder Man for Marvelin 1991. Along the way he has worked for every major comics publisherincluding Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, and Valiant, working on such booksas Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, Jonny Quest, and more.He joins CrossGen to work with Chuck Dixon on Dixon's newly created thirdtitle, set in the same world as The Path. A title for the series isforthcoming. Before moving to that title, Johnson will begin by pencilingthe relief issue, Ruse #6.

Mark Pennington has worked on some of the comic industry's most high-profileprojects since his career began in 1988. He has inked X-Men, X-Force,Fantastic Four, and Daredevil for Marvel, Death: The Time of Your Life andBatman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC, Violator, Angela, and The Tenthfor Image, and many others. Pennington will immediately begin inking pagesof the February 27, 2002 releasing The Path over the pencils of Bart Sears,a penciler he has worked with in the past.

Originally planned inker for The Path, Andy Smith, is moving from that titleinto the role of penciler. Smith, who started his career as a penciler, willbegin by drawing the relief issues Crux #11 and Meridian #22. During thistime he will also begin preparation for his new regular assignment,penciling duties on his own monthly title scheduled for release late 2002.

"Andy started his career as a penciler and has always wanted to get back toit," said Bart Sears, CrossGen Art Director. "With the hiring of MarkPennington, we felt that now was the right time to institute Andy'spromotion. We would hate to wait until the fans had become accustomed toseeing Andy's inks over my pencils on The Path before making an inevitablecreative switch. This way Andy can spend time preparing for this pencilingassignment while we launch The Path with a creative team that will betogether for the long haul and not be broken up part way through. We feltthis was the best plan for all involved."

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.

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