CrossGen's 'Forge' and 'Vector' cease publication

Fri, April 18th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Responding to the purchasing preference of both retailers and readers, the

FORGE and VECTOR Compendia will cease publication. The monthly anthologies,

which reprinted CrossGen Entertainment's line of comic books in a innovative

high-page-count/low-price format, will end their respective runs after the

publication of their 13th issues, both of which go on sale in April.

"I'm proud that we gave this program over a full year to develop," stated

Vice President of Sales Chris Oarr. "The Compendia were successful in

reaching new readers. However, having been introduced to the entire CrossGen

line, these new fans clearly gravitated toward our sequentially released

graphic novels and comic books. After a year it was apparent that publishing

the Compendia, even at a reduced price, no longer made good business sense."

"The question we constantly ask ourselves is 'What do readers and retailers

want?'" explained Oarr. "And in this case, while we delivered an affordable

and portable package that many industry voices have asked for over the

years, the actual buying behavior revealed that the majority prefers our

individual graphic novels and comic books. We want to thank the strong core

of fans who enjoyed FORGE and VECTOR, and we hope that they'll continue to

follow our stories in our additional formats."

"The Compendia were my gateway to the heroes of CrossGen, so I'm going to

miss these handy books," added Director of Marketing & Communications Bill

Rosemann. "The good news is, since CrossGen is dedicated to developing

innovative multiple formats, readers can still follow their favorite

CrossGen characters in other low cost options, including the individual

comic books, graphic novels, comicsontheweb.com, and additional formats that

we'll be announcing soon. And if you like the smaller Compendia size--which

feedback tells us that many of you do--be on the watch for six new portable

and affordable Traveler graphic novels in June!"

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