The late, lamented CrossGen Comics really missed Hollywood’s love affair with comics by a few years. There was interest, discussions, even some scripts generated, but none of the CrossGen properties ever made it very far in the development pipeline. Some of it was timing, some it was the screwball manner in which CrossGen’s big boss man wanted to negotiate film options. But at least one CG property made it to film … even if it was a short film.

Brandon Peterson and I collaborated on the four-issue Chimera mini-series, a hard sci-fi concept set on an ice planet. It was Brandon’s initial concept, and the overall story itself was a joint effort. I provided the dialogue, and Brandon provided the art, which included some of Brandon’s forays into building props or environments as 3-D computer models. The first mini really felt like a first chapter, but obviously we never got to go back and do more with it. A planned collected edition, which would have included additional pages, was never released.

Brandon was also the driving force in the effort by the Orlando-based DAVE School (Digital Animation and Visual Effects School) to turn a scene from Chimera into a CG animated short. Students from the school, with plenty of guidance and input from Brandon, produced the six-minute short, which you can see here. If I remember correctly, Brandon also provided the voice acting for the evil emperor.

Not bad at all for a bunch of students, huh?