CrossGen hires new inkers, colorist

Fri, January 25th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

TAMPA, FL., January 24, 2002 - Continuing its planned growth, CrossGen

Comics has added three additional creators to its already burgeoning roster.

Tom Ryder joins the staff as inker for the May releasing Way of the Rat,

working over the pencils of Jeff Johnson. Working with Johnson and Ryder is

colorist Chris Garcia, who comes on board to round out the team on Way of

the Rat. Inker Brad Vancata joins CrossGen to work over the pencils of Andy

Smith. Initially, Vancata will work with Smith on relief issues, beginning

with Negation #6. The two will then move on to their own title sometime in

late 2002.

Tom Ryder began inking comics professionally upon his graduation from the

Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 1991. He immediately went to

work at Valiant Comics and spent five years there inking titles such as X-O

Manowar, Solar, Man of the Atom and Shadowman. In 1996 he left the comic

industry to work on storyboards for animation. He has worked on 'Roughnecks:

Starship Troopers Chronicles,' 'Jackie Chan Adventures' and 'Men in Black:

The Series.'

"With our plans for continued growth, it becomes a necessity to find

creators that can not only do a great job, but can fit into the studio

environment we have set up," CrossGen Art Director Bart Sears said. "Tom

Ryder is just that person. He'll make a great addition to the team on Way of

the Rat and his personality will fit in really well with everyone else


Chris Garcia began as a colorist at WildStorm in 1997. After four years he

began a freelance career that brought him work from Marvel Comics, Avalon,

Pennyfarthing Press, and CrossGen Comics. It was his work on CrossGen's

Mystic and Chronicles that got him the offer to join the company full-time.

"Finding colorists that live up to the extremely high standards that have

been set by CrossGen's existing coloring corps isn't easy," said Sears.

"Chris' work for us in the past showed that he had what it took to fit in

talent-wise, and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him on-board


Brad Vancata is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic

Art. Upon graduation in 1989, he went on to work in Marvel Comics' offices

in New York City. After working as an inker and colorist during this time,

Vancata went freelance, and began working on a variety of titles, such as

Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Lethal Foes, and various X-Men titles for

Marvel Comics, Bloodshot for Acclaim Comics, Stormwatch for WildStorm, and

Impulse, Superman, and the mini-series, Aquaman: Time & Tide for DC Comics.

As well as working on comics, Vancata's done storyboards for various

projects, including public service announcements, short films, and video

game cinematics. In addition, he also had a major role in doing conceptual

design artwork, graphic design, and actual ride artwork for the 'Adventures

of Spider-Man' multi-media ride in the 'Islands of Adventure' theme park at

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Just previous to coming to CrossGen,

Vancata worked in the video game industry for Interplay Entertainment Corp.,

producing level design art, conceptual art, and texture mapping for some of

the first generation of video game titles for Sony's PlayStation 2.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to come and work at CrossGen,"

Vancata said. "I've been away from comics for a while, successfully working

in other venues, and it took a company like CrossGen to bring me back. I've

worked for a number of big-name entertainment companies in my career, and

CrossGen has the same thing going for it as these others - a commitment to

professionalism and quality that you can see in the work produced."

Tom Ryder and Chris Garcia have already relocated to CrossGen's

Florida-based studio and Brad Vancata will make the move in early March.

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

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(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

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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