CrossGen and Dynamic Forces Forge Alliance (Mania.com)
By:Arnold T. Blumberg
Date: Friday, August 03, 2001
Source: CrossGen Comics
Defying the standard comic book industry rule that friends must first meet and beat the hell out of each other before teaming up to save the day, CrossGen Comics and Dynamic Forces have instead avoided the fisticuffs and partnered to produce lithographs, portfolios and statues for the collectors' market.
Expected to be a long-term relationship between the two companies, the new alliance brings together two of the most powerful marketing machines in comics. For years, Dynamic Forces has made a name for itself as the comic book industry's top producer of signed and numbered limited edition comic books and lithographs. They also sell a variety of collectibles based on licenses from the major comic book publishers. CrossGen has similarly distinguished itself in a very short time as a publisher of quality comic book series like MERIDIAN and MYSTIC.
Speaking on behalf of CrossGen, Director of Corporate Communications Ian M. Feller said of the deal, "Though our fans have long been asking for products, we felt it appropriate to wait until we could find the right partner to produce them at the quality level that the fans deserve and expect. In Dynamic Forces we have found just that. Our fans won't be disappointed."
In November 2001, the blitz begins with lithographs based on SCION and MERIDIAN. Lithographs featuring MYSTIC and THE FIRST follow in December. 2002 will see the release of a portfolio on the heroines of CrossGen, while May 2002 is the date for a statue of Arwyn, the heroine from the acclaimed new CrossGen title, SOJOURN.
"We are proud to be partners with CrossGen, a company that has taken its time choosing licensees," said Nick Barrucci, President of Dynamic Forces. "They only work with the best in the industry and we are honored that CrossGen feels that way about Dynamic Forces. We always strive for the best, as does CrossGen, so this partnership is perfect for both of us."