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    Default Shelf Life - Aug 23, 2013

    This week Ron Marz talks about the unique creative freedoms of working for Crossgen, who did not have editors, and the "off-model" issues that resulted in some of his favorite comics.


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    I absolutely loved Scion and The Path, such great comics. Never did pick up the last two volumes of The Path though.....sadness.

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    I never read any of the CrossGen stuff but every time Ron writes about it I can't help thinking of the musical score from Camelot... I'd love to read about Jim Cheung's first experience with American Cuisine.

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    I absolutely loved crossgen. i loved how they built a cohesive, yet not restrictive, universe. so much potential, so much talent. a real tragedy it was so poorly managed

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    That kind of approach is increasingly relevant in an era where comic creators can bypass the publishers all together and go straight to digital.
    "I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself." -- G.K. Chesterton

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    I have a great love, and a great hate for the CrossGen comics.

    There have been a few times I ventured outside the comfortzone of the mainsteam companies and decided to pick up all comics from a new publisher, following a comic universe in the making. I did so with Defiant, did the same with America's Best Comics and yes, also did the same thing with CrossGen (I know how to pick them :) ).

    I started buying CrossGen comics and it was great. The comics had nice plots and great art. Sometimes comics were late but I didn't mind because the comics were great and they were all somehow connected. These days I know more about the bussiness side of CrossGen and what happened there but as a reader then, I was pretty exited with the climax all these stories were building towards. Then came the crowning moment, the climax of the whole universe ; a four-part limited series tying it all together. And the the first tow issues came ... but the final two, the ones that were the climax everything had been working towards, never came. And the comics stopped.

    As a reader this was a slap in the face, I felt betrayed by the medium I loved for so long and it was the last push that convinced me to stop collecting comics (I figured I could spend the 200-250 dollars I spened each month on comics in better way). I started just a few years ago again with a few indie titles (unfortunately one of my favorites, PS238, has now also stopped (I realy know how to pick them :P ).

    I realy enjoyed the CrossGen comics, I still think they are great, but when I think of them I'm also reminded of the great deception that cancellation of those titles caused me. Thats why I love them and at the same time, hate them.

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    I loved Scion and Sojourn. It was just so exciting to get those issues each month. It was the first time I was not buying superhero books and they were awesome. I have great memories of tracking down the first eight issues of Scion after I jumped on with the ninth issue. I am still sad these books are no more I bought them until the bitter end.

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    I was there right through too. I think I'm missing one issue of crux and that's all. I would love to have seen the end of negation war. There is a bit of me that is desperate for them to be integrated into Marvel proper. I thought New Avengers one was a negation incursion. I even swear I saw a negation sigil in infinity 1 and a crux sigil in another recent avengers issue.
    Could we be that lucky? They brought back the star brand.

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    Are there reprints of the Crossgen stuff? I've always felt curious about them, but I must confess I've never read a single issue.

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