Top Cow at Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 with Silvestri and Marz

Top Cow Productions at Baltimore’s premier entertainment convention

SILVESTRI. MARZ. BALTIMORE COMIC-CON 2009.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.  – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today their attendance at the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con. This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will held on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of October at the Baltimore Convention Center located downtown near Camden Yards at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. The Baltimore Comic-Con will be open to the public Saturday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and Sunday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Witchblade #131 Baltimore Comic Con variant cover

Witchblade #131 Baltimore Comic Con variant cover

Fans are encouraged to stop by to meet CEO and Founder Marc Silvestri (X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia, Pilot Season) who will be in attendance along with writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Broken Trinity). Silvestri will be available to sign autographs and answer fan questions about the upcoming concepts for Pilot Season 2009, all of which have been created by Silvestri and Image partner Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) as well as Image United.

For the Baltimore Comic-Con, the publisher is offering a Halloween themed convention exclusive variant cover to Witchblade #131 by current series artist Stjepan Sejic. Baltimore based online retailer Fantastic Realm will also be exhibiting at the Baltimore Comic Con and offering their exclusive variant for Witchblade #131 by Ale Garza (Supergirl) and Nei (Green Lantern Corps).

Witchblade #131 Fantastic Realm variant cover

Witchblade #131 Fantastic Realm variant cover

Ron Marz will be available to sign the convention variant and answer fan questions about the new direction he is taking the Top Cow Universe towards now that his recent “War of the Witchblades” story arc wrapped up in Witchblade #130. Marz and series artist Sejic are committed to staying on Witchblade up through issue #150. Ron Marz has been the sole series writer of Witchblade since issue #80 and was joined by artist Sejic with Witchblade #116. Marz will also be onhand to discuss his upcoming work on Top Cow series Angelus, Magdalena, and Artifacts.

Fans are invited to join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, Silvestri, Marz, and Robert Kirkman for a special panel on Sunday, October 11th from 11:00am-12:00pm in the “Avengers Mansion” panel room. The creators will discuss Pilot Season, Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena, and much,much more. Fans can expect some exclusive announcements as well and every attendee will leave with a special parting gift. Fans are also encouraged to attend the Image United panel on the same day and the same room at 1:00pm.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

Top Cow SDCC Talent Search with Reviews by Marc Silvestri

TOP COW ANNOUNCES TALENT SEARCH AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

PUBLISHER LOOKING FOR UP AND COMING ARTISTS TO JOIN THE TOP COW STUDIO

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 21st, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today its plans locate new talent to join the world famous Top Cow Studio at this year’s Comic-Con International, the world’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention brought together in the San Diego Convention Center in California from July 23rd-26th.

Top Cow has a long and proud tradition of finding and nurturing young talent under the watchful eye of founder Marc Silvestri in their in house studio, lovingly referred to as “The Pit.” Previous alums of the studio include Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Billy Tan, Keu Cha, and Mike Choi among others. Current members of the studio include Eric Basaldua, Michael Broussard, Nelson Blake II, and Sheldon Mitchell. Top Cow is looking to open one or more spots in the studio and aspiring artists’ first opportunity to try out will be at this year’s Comic-Con International.

Marc Silvestri

Marc Silvestri

Top Cow will be set up in booth #2629 at the show. President Matt Hawkins, Publisher Filip Sablik, and Managing Editor Phil Smith will review portfolios on Thursday and on Friday from 11am until 1pm. Aspiring artist must pick up a portfolio review ticket from between 10am and 11am on the day of the review in order to secure a review time. Five artists will be selected each day and receive an opportunity to have a one on one portfolio review with Marc Silvestri on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm.

If an artist is extended an invitation to join the Top Cow studio, they will have to relocate to Los Angeles, CA to physically be part of the studio. Top Cow will not provide compensation for relocation costs and artists living in the Southern California area are preferred. No guarantee of paid work is implied or assured. Artists with questions are encouraged to stop by the Top Cow booth (#2629).

*SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

About Top Cow Productions Inc.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.

‘Berzerker’ Release Photos

Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) launches his new comic.

Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) launches his new comic.

Comic Book Resources posts photos from the release signings of Berzerker #1.

Image Comics at BEA

Apes & Babes Throughout the upcoming Book Expo of America, Image Comics (booth #2767), the premier creator-owned graphic novel and comic book publisher, will be featuring many of our titles including The Walking Dead, Spawn, Wanted, G-Man, I Kill Giants, American Jesus, Nocturnals, Witchblade, Invincible, Dawn, Liberty Meadows, Darkness and their children’s imprint, Silverline Books.

Company representatives Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, Image Partner and Silverline Books Publisher Jim Valentino, PR & Marketing Coordinator Joe Keatinge and Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik will be in attendance the entire weekend. In addition, The Image Comics 2009 Book Catalogue and samples of various titles will be available.

And if that’s not enough, we will have various creators signing some of their most popular works, including Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, Liberty Meadows creator Frank Cho, G-Man cartoonist Chris Giarrusso and Witchblade writer Ron Marz.

Full Signing Schedule

Friday:
12 – 2 PM: Ron Marz, signing copies of Witchblade Volume 1
2 – 4 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1

Saturday:
12 – 2 PM: Robert Kirkman, signing copies of The Walking Dead Vol. 1, Invincible Vol. 1 and The Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1

2 – 4 PM: Frank Cho, signing copies of Apes & Babes: The Art of Frank Cho and Liberty Meadows Vol. 1 10th Anniversary Edition

Sunday:
10 – 12 PM: Chris Giarrusso, signing copies of G-Man: Learning to Fly, Vol. 1

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