Brandon Peterson brings his pencil back to CrossGen with 'Chimera'

Mon, March 18th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

TAMPA, FL., March 18, 2002 - Since leaving his artistic responsibilities on

Mystic, the series he helped launch, to work in a management capacity,

Brandon Peterson has not put down his pencil for good. In fact, he's picked

up a few more tools as well. Coming in late 2002, Peterson will begin using

a cutting-edge artistic style as he re-teams with writer Ron Marz to co-plot

a new four-issue monthly-shipping mini-series titled Chimera.

Chimera is set in a corner of the CrossGen Universe yet to be explored, an

area ruled by a vast intergalactic empire spanning dozens of worlds. The

empire's ruling family is obsessed with unlocking the secrets of human

genetics, of achieving perfection and power through manipulating human

physiology. But the missing link in the genetic code has always eluded them.

Until now. One woman on a remote ice world may hold the key to genetic

perfection. And the cost may be her life.

Chimera is a different type of science fiction than that seen in any

existing CrossGen comic.

"This is a tale of 'hard' science fiction," said Marz. "It's more Dune than

Star Wars, with a beautiful heroine, powerful villains, vast space armadas

and the awakening of a dead alien civilization, all set against a backdrop

of exotic worlds."

Chimera marks a new artistic direction for Peterson. Peterson, known

throughout his career for his work as a writer, penciler, inker, and

colorist, will use all of those skills on this new mini-series.

Artistically, he will be rendering the entire mini-series using a technique

called digital painting. Digital painting is a combination of pencils, inks,

and colors all integrated into one seamless package. This new style is a

radical departure from his past work.

"This book is the culmination of my dozen years learning what I could about

comics," said Peterson. "With it, I'm taking what I've learned about

penciling, inking, and coloring and seamlessly blending them together to

create something incredibly unique and different than anything ever seen in

my past."

This mini-series also marks the first time Peterson and Marz have worked

together since Marz turned over the writing responsibilities of Mystic to

Tony Bedard.

"I think Brando and I both feel like we took Mystic as far as we could, then

bowed out," commented Marz. "Chimera is going to be that much better for us

having worked together previously, because we've had the chance to learn

each other's strengths and weaknesses, and figure out how to get the best

out of each other. This project's going to give me a chance to play with

some different kinds of storytelling, and Brando's going to be doing some

truly innovative things with his approach to his art. The stuff he's

producing now is spectacular, and he's just getting warmed up. Chimera is

definitely going to be worth the wait."

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