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!"