Checker’s CrossGen Reprint No-Shows

Checker Book Publishing Group bought rights from Disney to reprint CrossGen collections. (CrossGen went out of business after a well-publicized bankruptcy.) Checker is also reprinting previously uncollected issues in book format.

At least, that’s what they’re publicizing. At that Newsarama thread, Mark Thompson, Checker’s publisher, is lightly interviewed about the line. Amongst their plans, he says:

The pre-orders have been good through Diamond, and we’ve good success getting picked up by the book trade. We’re a bit behind on the release schedule we originally announced.

Which I found interesting. Especially when a commenter expands on that problem by listing all the books Checker has solicited and pointing out that none of them have yet appeared. So “a bit behind” means “nothing has shipped.” Their website still lists release dates of earlier this year (link no longer available), although that didn’t happen.

So why the promo now? Could Checker be trying to increase interest and orders to make publishing worthwhile? More concrete information on actual release dates would be more helpful to readers and potential customers than talking about how great Disney is to work with. After all, fans of these properties have already been burnt once: CrossGen’s never-ending story style meant no endings to titles or resolutions for characters fans had invested in.

Many of these fans are hoping for conclusions to favorite titles, which would require more money than I suspect Checker or Disney is willing to invest. Continuations do exist in several cases, owned by the creators who weren’t paid for their work when CrossGen went under. I suspect seeing them formally printed is a futile hope, though.

5 Responses to “Checker’s CrossGen Reprint No-Shows”

  1. Tommy Says:

    Sojourn Vol 5 is shipping this week. We won’t have a copy for sale (we only ordered for those who asked for it through Previews) but I will know tomorrow what kind of quality they’re producing. It’s a $17.95 trade so I don’t expect anything special.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Good to know that the books are now coming out, thanks.

  3. Chris Arrant Says:

    By popular demand, a follow-up:

  4. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for passing along the link, Chris. It’s a shame that Checker Editor-In-Chief Mark Thompson couldn’t be more specific than that more would be out in “a few weeks”. And in answer to “why were they late?”, saying “they’ll be high quality” I know annoys some people, who wonder why we couldn’t get quality on their originally announced schedule. But I don’t want to cast too many rocks, since the comments at that thread show that there are plenty of people already willing to do that. :)

  5. Susan Koller Says:

    The next three books in the Crossgen series published by Checker Book Publishing Group will be available to fans very soon. The three books are “Sigil – Planetary Union, Negation — Hounded, and Sojourn 6 – Berzerker’s Tale. If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Susan Koller
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    Checker Book Publishing Group
    2044A. South Alex Road
    West Carrollton, Ohio 45449
    P: (937)-388-0088
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