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CrossGen Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes By Brian Jacks
The bags are packed and boxes filled as two new faces make the move to Tampa, two old faces move to new titles and an old friend moves away. The end result will see some new changes on the art teams for THE PATH, SIGIL, and CRUX.
The changes include:
* As of #13, Matthew Smith will be taking over as penciler of THE PATH as Bart Sears focuses on his role as Art Director full time.
* As of #22, inker Roland Paris moves to CRUX as Rick Magyar moves to new CrossGen title SOLUS.
* The new art team for SIGIL will consist of new penciler Dale Eaglesham, regular inker Andrew Hennessy, and regular colorist Andrew Crossley.
* Finally SIGIL penciler Scot Eaton, who has been with CrossGen for two years, is leaving the palm trees and sunny beaches of Florida to pursue other opportunities.
Matthew Smith comes to CrossGen from Albany, New York where he last worked on Nightcrawler for Marvel. Before that, Smith penciled DC's Day of Judgment, and short stories for Mike Mignola's Hellboy. Smith is delighted about the opportunity of working on a book like THE PATH.
"I'm looking forward to drawing a book that is as complex and interesting as THE PATH," Smith said. "The story and environment is one that no one touches on in American comics. It's a mix of realistic and fantastic elements unlike anything we've seen before. I've never felt very comfortable working with over-the-top super heroics, so to work on a book like THE PATH is a dream come true."
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This change comes as THE PATH's regular penciler; Bart Sears leaves the title to assume his role of Art Director full time. As Art Director, Sears oversees production of CrossGen's 14 monthly titles as well as three new products from Code 6 Comics.
"The art directing duties at CrossGen have just kept growing," said Sears. "Even with six assistant art directors, each specializing in their own areas, the workload is very high. Matt Smith did a tremendous job on THE PATH #9, as a relief artist, and he was our only choice for taking over the penciling work. He's already raising the bar to a new level."
Roland Paris, who started at CrossGen in June as a relief inker, is looking forward to the challenge of inking Steve Epting's pencils on CRUX.
"It's good to be on a regular title after doing relief issues," said Paris. "I really enjoy working on Steve's stuff. It's a different style than I am used to inking, so it has been quite a challenge to live up to what Rick did, and uphold the artistic integrity of the book."
Current CRUX inker Rick Magyar will be moving on to SOLUS, CrossGen's new monthly title, inking the pencils of comics legend George Pérez.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the work that Chuck [Dixon], Steve, Frank [D'Armata] and I have done for nearly two years and consider it the finest collaboration I've been involved in," said Magyar. "But now, I find myself very pleased with the work I'm doing with Barbara [Kesel], George, and Larry [Molinar] on SOLUS. I anticipate excellent individual efforts from all of us on a book that is sure to sweep the reader off on a cosmic roller coaster ride."
Current SIGIL penciler Scot Eaton is leaving the sunny Florida coast and moving back to Vermont after spending the past two years at CrossGen.
"It's been a great two years. I value the friends I've made, some of whom will be friends for life," said Eaton. "I wish CrossGen the best of luck with all their future endeavors."
"I'm very sorry to see Scot go," said Sears. "He's a gentleman and an excellent artist. He came into an unstable situation and made that book his own. He's really created a vivid and believable universe, his design work alone is remarkable. Through his run on SIGIL, he has filled page after page of powerful artwork that just reaches out and grabs you. He leaves a huge void that has not been easy to fill."
Stepping into the fold is penciler Dale Eaglesham, who comes to CrossGen from DC Comics where he has distinguished himself as a premier talent through his work on Green Lantern.
"It's very exciting to be joining such a quality organization," Eaglesham said. "CrossGen is setting new industry standards and I'm proud to be able to be a part of it. This can only become a very stimulating and rewarding experience. I look forward to it."