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Comic News:
CrossGen Ends Compedia Program
By Brian Jacks

04.17.03


In what CrossGen says was in response to the purchasing preference of both retailers and readers, the company has announced that their FORGE and VECTOR Compendia initiatives 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."


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"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!"

 

 
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