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Middleton signs with Marvel - 2/04/2003
Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that artist Joshua Middleton has agreed to an exclusive creator contract with the publisher through the year 2004. Middleton will be brining his unique brand of comic book art to Marvel as regular cover artist of the May-debuting NEW MUTANTS ongoing series, as well as interior artist for the enigmatic "NYX" series, debuting later in 2003.

Middleton's agreement gives him the opportunity to pursue all aspects of the artistic process for his Marvel work - from pencils to inks to colors ... a challenge the artist has enthusiastically accepted.

"What has pleased me so much is Marvel's willingness to embrace my process, allowing me to create good work the only way I feel I've been successful - on my own," said Middleton. "It has not been my experience that this is normally the case in the mainstream arena, so the notion that I could work for Marvel Comics and be able to handle every aspect of the art is just remarkable."

Middleton described the "heart" of his relationship with Marvel as, "To produce something beautiful, and hopefully memorable." (Read More)

One Plus One adds up to bright new future - 1/04/2003
With the final issue of ONE PLUS ONE reaching comics shops today, writer Neal Shaffer and Daniel Krall are preparing to follow up their successful debuts with all-new projects. In November, Neal Shaffer will release the original graphic novel LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL, his collaboration with penciller Christopher J. Mitten and digital inker Dawn Pietrusko. Daniel Krall's FOLLOW ME CLOSELY, another original graphic novel, will be released in the first quarter of 2004, and then the team will reunite for the second ONE PLUS ONE.

"For me, Shaffer and Krall really changed the game in comics in 2002," said Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "ONE PLUS ONE was a stunning first effort. Their style of storytelling is subtle and complex, and I finished every page with a hunger to know what would happen on the next one. The fact that they want to branch out and work individually is a concept I have zero problem with—since it means twice as many quality comics." (Read More)

Nation shocked by Clerks Inaction Figures! - 28/03/2003
Mid-March will see View Askew, Big Blast Toys and Graphitti Designs launch the first in an ongoing series of Clerks InAction Figures . Bucking conventional wisdom and market trends, the figures have zero posability and zero articulation.

"I wanted to make a line of toys that mirror my sex life," explained Clerks creator/film maker Kevin Smith, "Zero action."

The Clerks InAction Figures are the first in a series of plastic toys coming out this spring. Series 1 features Jay, Silent Bob, Randal and Dante from Kevin Smith's first hit flick Clerks . Based on designs by Clerks cartoon animator Stephen Silver, sculptor Jon Matthews brings these characters to life with incredible style and attitude. All figures measure roughly 5" tall and as said time and time again, feature no articulation whatsoever. (Read More)

Sephie flies onto New York Public Library teen list - 27/03/2003
She lost her father. She's been thrust into the role of global savior. But now, Sephie, the troubled young hero of the ongoing fantasy series MERIDIAN, is walking on clouds. MERIDIAN VOL. 1: FLYING SOLO, the opening chapter in the title's series of graphic novels, was selected by the New York Public Library for its Books for the Teen Age 2003 List. To celebrate the publication of the List, a reception attended by dozens of authors--including MERIDIAN writer Barbara Kesel--was held on Saturday, March 22nd, at the world-renowned New York Public Library.

Now in its 74th year of publication, the List--available to school and public libraries throughout all 50 states, as well as internationally--selects the best of the previous year's publishing for teenagers, 12 to 18-years-old. All titles chosen have been read and reviewed by young adult librarians and recommended for this special publication. (Read More)

By the power of Grayskull, Crossgen has the power! - 26/03/2003
He may have adventures on the planet Eternia, but the sword-swinging icon known as He-Man now calls Florida home. MVCreations, publisher of the popular Masters of the Universe series as well as additional upcoming all-ages titles such as Space Ace and Dragon's Lair, has signed an agreement with CrossGeneration Entertainment to produce comic books and trade paperbacks under the CGE banner. Featuring a classic battle between good and evil on a world that mixes science with sorcery, Masters of the Universe enjoys global recognition as a pop culture powerhouse, currently inspiring a successful toy line from Mattel and a popular cartoon series by Mike Young Productions on the Cartoon Network.

"CrossGen is a company with exceptional ideas and smart plans for the future. They strive to get their product into the hands of new readers, especially children, which is very important to us," said MVCreations President Val Staples. "Having worked with CrossGen before as a freelance artist, I am familiar with how professional and committed they are to their goals. That made a huge impression on all of us." (Read More)

Arthur Dela Cruz revisits Kissing Chaos Duo in July one-shot - 24/03/2003
When Eisner-nominated creator Arthur Dela Cruz released NONSTOP BEAUTY, the second arc in his KISSING CHAOS series, he pulled a switcheroo on readers by introducing an entirely new cast. Those expecting an update on the tragic romance of Angela and Damien were left on hold—until July. The 1000 WORDS one-shot is going to check in with the pair and see how the events of the original KISSING CHAOS series has effected them. Adding to the specialness of the issue, it will be an issue-length story presented at regular comic book size.

"From reading the initial miniseries," Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich explained, "I wouldn't blame you for thinking KISSING CHAOS is simply a cool take on the road trip and crime genres. With NONSTOP BEAUTY, Arthur opened everything up, revealing that what he's really doing is creating a modern epic. All the elements interconnect, and while each story stands on its own, when it all comes together, something much larger will be revealed." (Read More)

Team Red Star goes solo - 20/03/2003
CrossGen Entertainment and Team Red Star, having successfully launched volume two of the critically acclaimed Red Star series, are amicably ending their publishing agreement. Formerly released as part of the CGE lineup, Red Star will now be published solely by Archangel Studios.

"Sometimes you just realize that certain things work best in their original form," stated Ian Feller, Managing Editor of Code 6 Comics and CGE. "Team Red Star has always acted as a fully functioning unit, doing everything on their own. As our relationship progressed it became apparent that the best way for both of us to work most efficiently was for Team Red Star to once again stand on their own."

"This move was made with the best interests of both parties in mind," continued Feller. "We have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for Team Red Star and we wish them the greatest success. The Red Star is a top-notch comic and Team Red Star is comprised of top-notch people." (Read More)

Jason & The Argobots launches into TP this June - 18/03/2003
This June, Oni Press will unleash Chiron, the towering robot of JASON & THE ARGOBOTS, on the world again, releasing a collected version of J. Torres & Mike Norton’s mechanized myth. This new book contains the four-issue ARGOBOTS miniseries, BIRTHQUAKE, and follows Jason and his family as they discover a giant robot hidden beneath the surface of the desert.

“The year 2002 saw a dramatic resurgence of robots in North American comics,” commented series editor James Lucas Jones. “Most companies looked to TV shows and comics of the past for not only inspiration, but the properties themselves. J. and Mike, on the other hand, took the proud giant robot tradition and filtered it through their own creative vision. The result is an accessible comic that entertains and amazes.” (Read More)

A special message from Crossgen; celebrating heroes, preserving comics - 14/03/2003
In a recent letter responding to an article by Chuck Rozanski in the Mile High newsletter, Jim Stikeleather, Crossgen's Chief Technology Officer, has confirmed Crossgen Entertainment's commitment to the printed comics medium. Take it away Jim!

“Hi, I’m Jim Stikeleather, the chief technology officer here at CrossGen (which is a fancy way of saying that all of CGE’s computers are plugged directly into my brain). While I can’t tell you exactly what Chuck Rozanski saw-nor some of the other projects under development that he didn’t see-during his visit to the CrossGen offices, I thought it would be useful to give you a personal tour through what we’re working on for all of our comic reading friends around the world.

First, let’s acknowledge what’s going on. There is a natural and inevitable evolution of technology occurring that affects everything from transportation to education to entertainment. In particular, the printed medium is-and has always been-evolving. I mean, do you see books printed on vellum anymore? Nope, there just isn’t enough sheep to go that gets a bit costly. Yes, we saw a shift from vellum to paper…and a shift away from paper is occurring now, due to paper’s lack of cost effectiveness. Society has been always been developing alternatives to print, but that doesn’t mean that comic books are going to disappear…not if CrossGen has anything to say about it. (Read More)

Exiles #26 debuts new penciller - 14/03/2003
In last month's Exiles #22, loyal readers of the fan-favorite title got a sneak peek of art from the series' new, then-unnamed, regular penciler. Since then Previews for titles on-sale in May 2003 have revealed that the artist is one Clayton Henry, who begins his run in May with EXILES #26, the beginning of the 2-part story arc "HARD CHOICES"!

As it's written by Uncanny X-Men's Chuck Austen and features the return of Magik into the pages of an ongoing series, readers already have two good reasons to check out EXILES #26. But what the issue will ultimately be remembered for is the debut of Marvel's latest creative find. Henry joins a growing list of new artistic talent - like Olivier Coipel, Adrian Alphona, Skottie Young, the Lai Brothers, Phillip Tan, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and others - who are infusing Marvel with a new youthful energy.

"The name Clayton Henry may not ring a bell with readers right now, but in just a few months that's all going to change, and fans in the know can check out his first work in EXILES," said series editor Mike Raicht. "We already have Clayton's first two issues in hand and it just gets better and better page by page. He's bringing a great animation flavor to the book and EXILES couldn't be in better hands. Fans are in for a real nice surprise."

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