Following Thursday's announcement that CrossGen has created two new imprints, Code 6 and CG Entertainment, Friday afternoon CrossGen announced that the first book to be published under the CG Entertainment name will be "The Red Star," first reported as a rumor in Rich Johnston's Lying in the Gutters column on Thursday.
Team Red Star announced they would be leaving Image Comics back in April and taking the book in house, self-publishing it from here on out. Apparently in the intervening months things changed and a decision was made to join with CrossGen. E-mails to Team Red Star went unanswered as of today. CG Entertainment will begin publishing the book beginning with issue #10, scheduled for release in November.
"'The Red Star' is one of the most beautiful comics being published today, and what Team Red Star has been going through in order to get their book to market is a perfect illustration of why CGE exists," CrossGen publisher Mark Alessi said in a statement. "The fact that these guys have had to work so hard to get this book on shelves is ridiculous. We believe in their book, we believe in their commitment to quality and we believe that together we can pave the way for a long and prosperous run with one of the highest quality comics on the market today. And again, I cannot thank Diamond Comic Distributors enough for helping us set up our distribution contracts under CGE so that arrangements like the one with Team Red Star could come about. They've gone above and beyond on this one."
Team Red Star's publishing imprint, Archangel Studios, will provide CGE with the finished product, which CGE will solicit, distribute and market.
"CGE is exactly what we've been looking for," said Christian Gossett, creator of The Red Star and co-owner of Archangel Studios in a statement. "We have had nothing but respect for the way CrossGen has approached the comics industry, and as independent creators, we feel that CGE allows us to tap into the best of both worlds. We get to create The Red Star the way we always have, but then we also get to benefit from the market strength and marketing ingenuity of one of comics' movers and shakers."