CrossGen promotes Brandon Peterson and Bart Sears

CrossGen promotes Brandon Peterson and Bart Sears

Official Press Release

TAMPA, FL., November 21, 2001 - CrossGen Comics has promoted two long-time

employees to key managerial positions inside the company. Brandon Peterson

moves up from Art Director to Vice President of Production Development and

Bart Sears steps into the role of Art Director.

After nearly two and one half years as CrossGen's Art Director and a

20-issue run as penciler of the title Mystic, Brandon Peterson has assumed a

new role for CrossGen Comics. In his new position as Vice President of

Production Development, Peterson will oversee the implementation and

management of CrossGen's new production control system, which will track and

coordinate artist schedules as well as analyze and troubleshoot problems

related to the production of all CrossGen publications.

"No one has worked as hard as Brandon has over the last two plus years,"

said CrossGen Publisher Mark Alessi. "He's tired and he needed a break from

the 20 hours a day, seven days a week he was working. He is highly skilled

in computers and he knows the intricacies of comic book creation and

production. This new system will not be a piece of cake to implement or

manage, but I'm confident Brandon is the right person for the job."

But this does not mean the end of Brandon's contributions as a penciler at

CrossGen, and fans should look for some announcements about a top-secret

project to be released in 2002.

New Art Director Bart Sears assumes the responsibilities of overseeing the

daily artistic output of CrossGen as well as helping to train the next

generation of talent through CrossGen's in-house associate artist program.

Along with these duties, Sears will continue to be the regular monthly

penciler on the new CrossGen series, The Path.

"Bart was the most logical choice to replace Brandon as Art Director,"

Alessi said. "He's been in the industry a long time, he has taught classes

at the Kubert School, and he's well respected both inside and outside this

studio. He was a natural for the position and is doing a tremendous job so


Both have already begun work in their new positions.

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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