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Who will take the path?

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Who will take the path?

Official Press Release

Continuing the mission to not only develop the next generation of comic book
readers, but to also discover the next generation of comic book creators,
CrossGen is awarding an unpublished artist the chance to pencil a story for
the acclaimed samurai series THE PATH. Participating with J. Torres’ “Comic
Book Idol” contest at, CrossGen will award one
undiscovered penciler the chance to illustrate a short story written by Ron
Marz and art directed by fan favorite penciler Bart Sears.

“Comic Book Idol” is a five-week, five-round contest that will assign
hopeful pencilers weekly art challenges. A panel of industry personalities,
including Oni Editor-In-Chief Jamie S. Rich, Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe
Quesada, and CrossGen Senior Writer Ron Marz, will critique the submitted

“The next wave of talent is out there, and it’s just a matter of finding it
and nurturing it,” stated Marz. “As much as aspiring artists want to break
in, the truth is that publishers like CrossGen are just as anxious to find
promising talent. The ‘Comic Book Idol’ contest is a great chance for
artists to show off what they can do in a structured process, with specific
assignments and deadlines.”

“We’re going to put these guys through their paces and see who’s left
standing at the end,” added Marz. “And then, of course, the real work
begins: drawing a story written by me for publication in THE PATH.”

Over 160 hopefuls answered the initial call. Only ten were selected to
compete. Who will be eliminated? Who will emerge as the first ever “Comic
Book Idol”? You can follow the contestants’ journey to THE PATH each week
through Torres’ “Open Your Mouth” column at

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