CrossGen Collected by Checker in 2007

Tue, December 19th, 2006 at 12:00am PST

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Official Press Release

DAYTON, Ohio – Checker Book Publishing Group and Walt Disney Publishing have announced a licensing agreement under which Checker will reprint original Crossgen Comics Company material in a total of 9 trade paperback collected editions. The books will be introduced in a series of monthly PREVIEWS solicitations beginning with items shipping in February 2007.

Crossgen exploded onto comic shop shelves quickly garnering as a high as a third place market share amongst a cutthroat market and gained critical acclaim by nearly sweeping the Harvey nominations in its first year.

Checker will release uncollected issues of these Crossgen titles - Sojourn (two volumes), Negation (two volumes), The Way of the Rat, Sigil, The Path, and Scion (two volumes). All these collections will be published in a high quality glossy format using the original Crossgen digital files.

"Although the Crossgen experiment was a short term financial failure fans were thrilled at the creative results. The material speaks for itself and we are proud to bring these titles back into the forefront and collect material published by one of the most exciting comics companies in the history of the art form – our goal is to get their vanguard titles back in print and into the hands of eager fans." - Publisher Mark Thompson

Checker Book Publishing Group was established in 2000 to bring the absolute best of dormant, unpublished, and under-published serial comics and cartooning back to print. A private concern, Checker compiles complete, durable and affordable cartoon trade books for sale to such comic shops, bookstores and libraries as may require them for resale or public archiving. These endeavors are pursued with stalwart vigor by certain residents of Dayton, Ohio, in which city the press maintains its offices.

CROSSGEN COLLECTIONS RELEASE SCHEDULE

Sojourn V. 5 –A Sorcerer's Tale


December Previews


Ships February 2007


Writer: Ian Edgington


Artist: Greg Land

Synopsis: Collecting issues 25-30 in the story SOJOURN: A Sorcerer's Tale. From the burning desert sands to the wild ocean seas, Arwyn and her fellow travelers journey around the fantastic five lands.

ISBN# 1-933160-44-6

6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Scion- Volume 6: Royal Wedding


January PREVIEWS


Ships March 2007


Writer: Ron Marz


Art: Jimmy Cheung

Synopsis: The great war between the Heron Dynasty and the Raven Dynasty is quelled by the marriage of Ylena, daughter of Heron Dane, and the malevolent – Bron. This edition includes the issues 34-39 of the original series.

ISBN# 1933160608


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Way of The Rat, V 3 : Haunted Zhumar


February PREVIEWS


Ships April 2007

Chuck Dixon- writer


Jeff Johnson-Artist

Synopsis: Trapped in Old Mother's House by an army of evil ghosts things get bad for Boon and Po Po thanks to arrival of Kung Kung Yi. Who is this powerful spirit and why do the undead fear him? This edition collects issues 13-18 of the original series.

ISBN # 1933160594


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Sigil Vol. 5 Death Match


March PREVIEWS


Ships May 2007


Writer: Chuck Dixon


Artist: Scott Eaton

Synopsis: The next galactic graphic NOVEL IS HERE! Humanity's last hope for survival is a grizzled mercenary, and to save us all Samandahl Rey must face the mighty Suarian Weapon master. But what will Sam be forced to unleash to achieve his victory? This edition collects issues 27-32 of the series.

ISBN # 1933160586


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

The Path: Death and Dishonor Vol. 3


April PREVIEWS


Ships June 2007


Writer: Ron Marz


Artist: Mathew Smith

Synopsis: In a land of samurai, one monk challenges the gods. Honor bound to protect his people, the only way Obo- san can save his nation is to rebel against its insane leader.

But is even the mighty Weapon of Heaven enough to overthrow centuries of tradition?

This edition collects issues 13-18 of the original series.

ISBN # 1933160640


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Negation Hounded, Vol. 3


May Previews


Ships July 2007


Writer: Tony Bedard


Artist: Paul Pelletier

Synopsis: Trapped in a twisted universe, an ordinary man fights for freedom! Hunted by a relentless foe, can Obregon Kaine survive a planet that promises death to all visitors? And how can one dog tip the scales of galactic power? This edition collects issues 13-18 of the original series.

ISBN# 1933160632


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Sigil V. 6 Planetary Union


June PREVIEWS


Ships August 2007


Writer: Chuck Dixon


Artist: Scott Eaton

Synopsis: After centuries of interstellar warfare, the humans of the Planetary Union have a new weapon. HE is Samandahl 'Sam' Rey, galactic mercenary, who wields a world-changing power, the glowing Sigil burned into his chest...This edition collects issues 33-38 of the original series.

ISBN# 1933160675


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Negation Vol. 4


July Previews


Ships September 2007


Writer: Tony Bedard


Artist: Paul Pellatier

Synopsis: Trapped in a twisted universe. Javi used to hang with Kaine's crew, but now the ex-surgeon has his own super powered team he is going to use them to destroy his former friends. This edition collects issues 19-24 of the original series.

ISBN# 1933160667


6 x 10 , full color, 172 pp. $17.95 glossy paper stock

Sojourn Volume 2 release date yet to be determined

 
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