Image Comics Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2012

Press Release:

Image Comics’ complete signing schedule for New York Comic Con is now available! The schedule includes signings by top creators every day of the convention, October 11-14 in New York City’s Javits Center. Signings will take place at the Image Comics booth, #1229.

Several creators will also be signing convention exclusives, which Image unveiled on September 19. Details on the exclusives, as well as the panel schedule, can be found at Image Comics’ website.

 

Thursday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

3:00-4:00   Haunt signing: Joe Casey and Nathan Fox

4:00-5:00   Not My Bag signing: Sina Grace

4:00-6:00   Think Tank signing/Talent Hunt: Matt Hawkins (Top Cow)

5:00-6:00   Mind The Gap signing: Jim McCann & Rodin Esquejo

5:00-6:00   Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound) (ticketed)*

6:00-7:00   Halloween Eve signing: Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder

6:00-7:00   The Darkness and The Bulletproof Coffin signing: David Hine

7:00-8:00   Comeback signing: Ed Brisson & Michael Walsh

8:00-9:00   Great Pacific signing: Joe Harris

 

Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

10:00-11:00   Pigs and Choker signing: Ben McCool & Ben Templesmith

11:00-12:00   Point of Impact signing: Jay Faerber

12:00-1:30   Mind the Gap signing: Jim McCann & Rodin Esquejo

1:00-2:00   Thief of Thieves signing: Nick Spencer, James Asmus, Shawn Martinbrough & Felix Serrano (Skybound)

1:30-3:00   Luther Strode signing: Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore (ticketed)*

3:00-4:00   Non-Humans signing: Glen Brunswick & Whilce Portacio

3:30-5:30   Think Tank signing/Talent Hunt: Matt Hawkins (Top Cow)

4:00-5:00   MacGyver signing: Lee David Zlotoff & Will Sliney

4:00-5:00   The Darkness and The Bulletproof Coffin signing: David Hine

4:00-5:30   Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound) (ticketed)*

5:00-6:00   D.O.G.s of Mars signing: Christian Weiser, Tony Trov & Johnny Zito

5:00-6:00   Artifacts signing: Ron Marz (Top Cow)

6:00-7:00   The Manhattan Projects signing: Jonathan Hickman & Jordie Bellaire (ticketed)*

 

Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

10:00-11:00   Point of Impact signing: Jay Faerber

11:00-12:00   Halloween Eve signing: Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder

11:00-12:30   Think Tank signing/Talent Hunt: Matt Hawkins (Top Cow)

12:15-2:00   Saga signing: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (ticketed)*

1:00-2:00   Witch Doctor signing: Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner (Skybound)

2:00-3:00   Severed signing: Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, & Attilla Futaki (ticketed)*

3:00-4:00   Top Cow Universe signing: Jeremy Haun, Nelson Blake II, David Hine, Tim Seeley, & Ron Marz

4:00-5:00   Bedlam and Morning Glories signing: Nick Spencer & Rodin Esquejo (ticketed)*

4:00-5:30   Teen Wolf signing: Tyler Posey, Jeff Davis & David Tischman (ticketed)*

5:00-6:00   Great Pacific signing: Joe Harris

5:00-6:00   Thief of Thieves signing: Nick Spencer, James Asmus, Shawn Martinbrough & Felix Serrano (Skybound)

6:00-7:00   The Manhattan Projects signing: Jonathan Hickman & Jordie Bellaire (ticketed)*

 

Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10:15-12:00   Happy! signing: Grant Morrison (ticketed)*

11:00-12:00   Super Dinosaur signing: Jason Howard (Skybound)

12:00-1:00   Black Kiss 2 signing: Howard Chaykin

1:00-3:00   Saga signing: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (ticketed)*

3:00-4:00   Great Pacific signing: Joe Harris (writer/artist)

3:30-5:00   Robert Kirkman signing (Skybound) (ticketed)*

4:00-5:00   Valentine signing: Alex de Campi & Christine Larsen

*Tickets will be available at the Image Comics booth (#1229) on the day of the signing. One ticket per person will be available for each ticketed signing beginning at the start of the show each day and only while supplies last. No purchase necessary.

All signings are subject to change. Check at the Image Comics booth for up-to-date signing schedules. Keep up with what’s happening at the Image Comics booth by following us on Twitter (@ImageComics)!

CA – Cyberforce Signing

Creator/Artist Marc Silvestri and writer Matt Hawkins sign at Collector’s Paradise on Sunday October 21, 2012 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. They will give away FREE copies of the new Cyberforce #1! Also the first 25 people in line will receive a free head sketch from Silvestri and the first 100 people will receive a free exclusive print with a Minimum purchase of $10.00.

Collector’s Paradise
319 S. Arroyo Parkway #4, Pasadena, CA 91105

CA – Cyberforce Signing

Creator/Artist Marc Silvestri and writer Matt Hawkins sign at Phat Collectibles on Saturday October 20, 2012 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. They will give away FREE copies of the new Cyberforce #1! Also the first 25 people in line will receive a free head sketch from Silvestri and the first 100 people will receive a free exclusive print with a Minimum purchase of $10.00.

RSVP on Facebook!

Phat Collectibles
1201 S. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92804

CA – Think Tank Signing

Press Release:

Galaxy of Comics proudly presents MATT HAWKINS and RAHSAN EKEDAL, the creators of TOP COW’S new biggest hit, signing Think Tank #1, Wednesday August 1st, 2012, from 4 PM to 7 PM!

Child prodigy, inventor, genius, slacker… mass murderer. These are all ways to describe the brilliant Dr. David Loren. When a military think tank’s smartest scientist decides he can no longer stomach creating weapons of destruction, will he be able to think his way out of his dilemma or find himself subject to the machinations of smaller men? Be here as a new era begins with the debut of THINK TANK, a science action thriller that will appeal to fans of other hit IMAGE series like MANHATTAN PROJECTS and THE ACTIVITY.

Make sure you stop by the Galaxy of Comics and chat with MATT HAWKINS (Pilot Season: Forever & Test and Darkness Confessions) and RAHSAN EKEDAL (Echoes, Creepy, Solomon Kane) and get THINK TANK #1 signed by the next hot team from TOP COW and IMAGE!

RSVP on Facebook!

Galaxy of Comics
17306 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406

Image Comics Announces Signings and Programming Schedules for ECCC 2012

Image Comics ECCC

Via Image Comics

Image Comics is showing up in a big way at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) in Seattle, Washington this March 30 through April 1, with a slew of convention exclusives (announced here) and an extensive signing and programming schedule. Many Image creators will be at the Image, Skybound, and Top Cow booths, as well as manning their own tables in the Washington State Convention center.

A panel schedule, signing schedule, and full list of Image creators attending ECCC follow. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with any of the Image creators regarding their Image titles, please contact Jennifer de Guzman at jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com.

PROGRAMMING

Creator Spotlight: Marc Silvestri
Join Top Cow founder, Image partner, movie producer and top industry artist Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS) as he takes a retrospective look at his legendary career spanning three decades. Moderated by Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, Silvestri will look back at everything from his early years on such top titles as X-Men and Wolverine to the founding of Image Comics and Cyberforce to the redefining of his company and the creation of mini-icons like Witchblade and The Darkness. Friday, 4pm, Room 211

Robert Kirkman Q&A
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Super Dinosaur, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, “The Walking Dead” on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force. Friday, 7pm, Room 4C1-2

Image Comics – 20 Years of Creator-Owned Independence
Some of the most exciting rising stars in comics today and established creators alike will be coming together to talk about the past, present, and future of Image Comics. Join Ed Brubaker (Fatale), Joe Casey (Butcher Baker, Officer Downe, Haunt), Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet), Joe Keatinge (Glory, Hell Yeah), Emi Lenox (Emitown), Nathan Edmondson (Who Is Jake Ellis?, The Activity, Dancer), and Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) to experience this lively conversation and be among the first to hear some big announcements! Saturday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

Top Cow’s REBIRTH: The Beginning
Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik as he leads an informative and lively discussion about the 20th Anniversary of Top Cow and the REBIRTH of the Top Cow Universe in 2012 with creators including Marc Silvestri and Jeremy Haun. Be the first to hear exciting new announcements, get added insight into the state of the Top Cow Universe, and get your questions answered! Saturday, 1pm, Room 4C1-2

Talkin’ Dead with Jon Bernthal & Laurie Holden
A “lively” discussion with The Walking Dead stars Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden. Join them as they talk about the show’s record breaking viewing numbers, what it’s like to film in an apocalyptic, zombie filled world and what the future holds for Shane and Andrea. Hosted by David Boze (KTTH 770 AM). Saturday, 1 pm., Room 4A

Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur  continues to soar, and And Kirkman’s first-ever writers’-room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS. Sunday, 12pm, Room 4C3-4

SIGNINGS

At the Image Booth – #310

Friday
2:00-3:00
Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy)

3:00-4:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

4:00-5:00
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)

5:00-6:00
Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)

6:00-7:00
Landry Walker (Danger Club)

7:00-8:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

Saturday
10:00-11:00
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)

11:00-12:00
Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon)

12:00-1:00
Landry Walker (Danger Club)

1:00-2:00
Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads (The Activity)

2:00-3:00
Kurtis Wiebe & Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Debris)

3:00-4:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)

4:00-5:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

5:00-6:00
John Layman (Chew)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

6:00-7:00
Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday
10:00-11:00
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther)

11:00-12:00
Jean-Paul Bonjour, Robert Love & Dana Shukarsi (Alpha Girl)

12:00-1:00
Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma (Morning Glories)

1:00-2:00
Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)

1:00-2:00
Lisa Wood (Thought Bubble Anthology)

2:00-3:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Bloodstrike)

3:00-4:00
John Layman (Chew)

4:00-5:00
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics)

At the Skybound Booth – #310

Friday
4:00-5:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Saturday
5:00-7:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

Sunday
3:00-4:00
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

At the Top Cow Booth – #414

Friday
1:00-2:00
Dennis Calero (Netherworld, City of Refuge)

5:00-6:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

6:00-7:00
Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Saturday
11:00-12:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

3:00-5:00
Marc Silvestri, Phil Hester & Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)
Matt Hawkins (Think Tank)

Sunday
12:00-1:00
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
This is a ticketed signing, limited to one ticket per person. Tickets will be available at Image Booth #310 the day of the signing.

1:00-2:00
Jeremy Haun (The Darkness)

All Day
Phil Hester (The Darkness)
Filip Sablik (Last Mortal)

Special Guests of ECCC
Mike Allred (Madman) – C-08
Ed Brubaker (Fatale) – M-05
Chris Burnham (Hack/Slash) – F-18
Greg Capullo (Spawn) – N-06
Joe Casey (Butcher Baker) – K-02
Keu Cha (The Darkness, The Magdalena, Witchblade) – B-02
Marian Churchland (Elephantmen) – C-05
Camilla d’Errico (Sky Pirates of Neo Terra) – A-01/02
Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
Nathan Edmondson (The Activity, Dancer) – C-09
Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) – C-07
Jay Faerber (Near Death) – 310
Mitch Gerads (The Activity) – F-17
Chris Giarrusso (G-Man) – C-04
Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) – O-04
Brandon Graham (King City, Prophet) – C-05
Brian Haberlin (Witchblade) – K-06
Tony Harris (War Heroes, Chin Music) – 310
Jeremy Haun (The Beauty, The Darkness) – 414
Phil Hester (The Darkness) – 414
Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther) – 402
Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur) – I-12
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory) – C-06
Robert Kirkman (Image Partner – The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves) – 310
Erik Larsen (Image Partner – Savage Dragon) – C-03
Emi Lenox (EmiTown) – C-06
Steve Lieber (Underground) – M-03
Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) – P-01
Steve Niles (Crime and Terror, Chin Music) – G-01
Justin Norman (Elephantmen) – C-05
Phil Noto (The Infinite Horizon) – P-03
Natalie Nourigat (Between Gears) – 222
Michael Avon Oeming (Mice Templar) – O-03
Ryan Ottley (Invincible) – I-12
Jeff Parker (Underground) – F-21
Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, Rebel Blood) – C-07
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Bloodstrike) – 310/414
Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) – C-09
Marc Silvestri (Image Partner – Witchblade, The Darkness) – 414
Charles Soule (Twenty-Seven) – C-10
Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Infinite Vacation) – 310
David Hahn (All Nighter) – 222
Ben Templesmith (Pigs) – D-15
Jim Valentino (Image Partner – Shadowhawk) – 310
Matt Wagner (Mage) – H-05
Shane White (Hack/Slash) – F-08
Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust) – C-10
Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics) – 802
Brian Wood (Mara) – K-01
Jim Zub (Skullkickers) – C11

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

Robert Kirkman, Marc Andreyko, Walter Koenig, and more sign at Golden Apple on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

10AM – DARKNESS & RED SPIKE

MATT HAWKINS, JEFF CAHN & OWEN WEISMAN

12NOON – THINGS TO COME

WALTER KOENIG

2PM – SUPER DINOSAUR

ROBERT KIRKMAN & JASON HOWARD

4PM – TRUE BLOOD & BRIMSTONE

MARC ANDREYKO, BRIAN McCARTHY & MICHAEL LENT

MORE STUFF:

* SALE – 20% OFF EVERYTHING & PARKING LOT SALE!

* FREE LIPTON GREEN LANTERN TEA & HOT DOGS!

* FREE PRIEST MOVIE STUFF!

* BOUNCE HOUSE FOR KIDS..BRING THE FAMILY!

* & MUCH MORE….

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

CA – Pilot Season 2010

Press Release:

Top Cow Productions, Inc. wants your votes for Pilot Season 2010, and to ensure fans can be educated voters, they are offering readers the opportunity to read all the contenders for this year’s Pilot Season for free.  In addition, the publisher invites fans to join them at this week’s Bagged and Boarded LIVE! at the SModCastle in Los Angeles to hear their pleas.
 
Up until the end of the voting period on November 30, 2010, 39 Minutes, Asset, Crosshair, Forever, and 7 Days From Hell will be available for free through many of Top Cow’s digital distribution partners including Wowio, MyDigitalComics.com, DriveThruComics.com, with more to come, as well as through select comic book and pop culture news sites like Comic Book Resources and Newsarama.
 
To further make their case, Asset writer and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik, Crosshair writer Jeff Katz, Forever creator and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins and 7 Days From Hell writer Rob Levin will join Bagged and Boarded’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy at the SModCastle (6468 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA).  Tickets to the show are available for purchase here: http://smodcastle.com/tickets.html.  If fans are unable to attend the live show, the show will be available online shortly after its recording, or fans can head to the Top Cow YouTube page for video pleas from the creators themselves.
 
Polling stations are now set up at the Top Cow site (www.topcow.com) with additional polling stations to appear on various comics news sites, blogs and social media platforms.  Readers can vote multiple times a day up until the polls close on November 30, 2010.
 
Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007 that borrows its concept from the television industry: “Pilots” are submitted for consideration to be “picked up for a season,” except instead of TV executives deciding their fates; it’s the fans who decide by voting online. 
 
Previous winners of Pilot Season include: Cyblade, Velocity, Twilight Guardian, and Genius.  Velocity can currently be found at your local comic book shop shelves, with Twilight Guardian and Genius debuting in 2011.
 
For more information on Pilot Season and to vote, go to www.topcow.com

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.

ICv2 to Host Comics and Media Conference Before SDCC

Press Release:

June 26, 2009

ICv2 to Host Comics and Media Conference in Association with San Diego Comic-Con International
Jeph Loeb to Deliver Keynote, Mike Mignola in “Comics after Hollywood”

SAN DIEGO- June 15, 2009. Pop culture publishing and consulting company ICv2 has announced that it will host the ICv2 Comics and Media Conference: Building Connections on Wednesday, July 22nd, in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International.

“Comics are increasingly the raw material for films, TV shows, and videogames and vice versa, and San Diego is where that all comes together,” ICv2 President Milton Griepp said. “We wanted to create a conference where writers and artists; publishers; producers of films, TV shows, and videogames; agents and managers; licensing pros; retailers; and librarians and educators can all come together to talk about what’s happening and about how to expand this incredibly productive cross-fertilization.”

The ICv2 Comics and Media Conference, a ticketed half-day event, will be held at the San Diego Marriott, next to the San Diego Convention Center, on Wednesday afternoon, July 22nd, from 1 to 5 p.m., just before Preview Night at Comic-Con. Comic-Con is assisting with promotion and logistics for the event.

Confirmed speakers and panelists include film, TV, and comics writer Jeph Loeb, who will deliver the keynote address for the event; Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, who will participate in the discussion of Comics after Hollywood; and businesspeople from the worlds of comics, film, TV, and videogames, with more speakers still being added.

Confirmed Sessions:

Keynote Address

Comics and Media Case Studies

Comics and the IP Life Cycle

Comics after Hollywood

Confirmed Speakers, Panelists, Moderators:

Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment

Robin Brenner, author, librarian

Milton Griepp, ICv2

Matt Hawkins, Top Cow

Rick Jacobs, Circle of Confusion

Jeff Katz, American Original

Jeph Loeb, writer for film, TV, and comics

Tom Mclean, writer for Variety, Animation

Mike Mignola, writer, artist, creator of Hellboy

Joe Nozemack, Oni Press

PW Comicsweek and The Beat by Heidi MacDonald, two publications of Publisher’s Weekly, have signed on to sponsor the conference.

The Beat

The Beat by Heidi MacDonald is a news blog of comics culture in which MacDonald delivers her own brand of coverage on the world of comics.

PW Comics Week

Every week PW Comics Week reports on comics & graphic novel publishing bringing our readers business trends, artist, publisher profiles & retail information. It also delves into top stories and a release schedule of not-to-be missed titles.

ICv2

ICv2 covers the business world of comics and graphic novels, specialty DVDs, tabletop games, and movie and TV licensed products on its Website, ICv2.com, and in its magazine, the ICv2 Insider’s Guide.
For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Contact: Milton Griepp at MGriepp@icv2.com or 608-284-9400, x1

Jeff Katz to Launch an American Original at SDCC

Press Release:

Studio executive, producer and comic book author Jeff Katz (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, FREDDY VS. JASON, SNAKES ON A PLANE, BOOSTER GOLD) has launched American Original, a new entertainment company that will provide content across multiple platforms geared to the growing genre consumer base as well as provide services to genre creators themselves, it was announced today. The newly launched entity will consist of multiple divisions, including publishing and film & television production, all operating under the American Original banner.

Katz, a former Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox and New Line Cinema who oversaw production of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, is one of the leading players in Hollywood’s genre community. Targeting the savvy genre audience, which has become one of the most lucrative and desired markets in Hollywood, American Original–playfully referred by Katz as the ‘Nerd Machine,’ will stand as a credible and authentic voice for the comic industry and its fans within the Hollywood community while creating the genre production business model of the future.

“The genre audience has been derisively labeled with a variety of names – ‘fanboys,’ ‘geeks,’ and the like. The word that I would use is ‘winners,’ said Katz. “While the bad news is that we are only a niche, the good news is that the future of entertainment is a future built on niches. This audience is expanding and is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the new entertainment model. We are, by our very nature, the early adopters that generate the most sought after quality in Hollywood today – pre-awareness.”

One of the first two divisions to be launched, American Original Press, will join forces with Top Cow Productions, the comic book publisher behind last summer’s hit WANTED and the highly successful video game THE DARKNESS, to seed IP for distribution across all entertainment platforms.

Via a strategic partnership with Top Cow, American Original Press will publish up to 10 titles per year with a goal of building a print library to develop those properties across film, television, Internet and gaming platforms. Katz will own and produce all titles under the American Original label, with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri exec producing select titles. Additionally, transporting the old model of the comic publishing business into the 21st century, American Original Press is the first publishing house of its kind to offer creative talent a percentage of the gross revenues over the life of the IP.

“When Jeff first quit his cushy job at Fox in this economic climate I thought he was crazy,” said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “Then he told me his plan and I knew immediately that Marc Silvestri and I wanted in. Jeff is one of those kinetically charismatic and driven guys that you want to be in business with. We believe in his vision of the future and look forward to working together to push the new model forward.”

The second division, American Original Entertainment, will focus on developing original and adapted film and television properties and presenting them to the marketplace. Ben Austin, a veteran of Fine Line, New Line and Fox, has come aboard as Director of Development at American Original Entertainment, the production arm of the American Original label.

American Original has also assembled an Advisory Board, which includes comic genre veterans Richard Donner and Ralph Winter, and former New Line distribution chief David Tuckerman.

Over the next few weeks, American Original will be announcing additional executive hires as well as creative partners across a wide range of media, culminating in the official American Original launch panel at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

A college dropout driven by a childhood love of genre films and comic books, Katz, 30, has established himself as one of the leading names in Hollywood’s genre community after only a decade in Los Angeles. Katz started in the world of talk radio at age 15 followed by a three-year-stint with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling. Eventually dropping out of Michigan State after his freshman year, he called upon his childhood hero and pen pal, New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye and secured a position at New Line as an unpaid intern.

Katz quickly rose through the ranks at New Line, becoming an executive at the ripe age of 24 with the release of the long-gestating horror crossover FREDDY VS. JASON, which grossed $36.4M in its opening weekend, then the highest horror film opening of all time. At New Line, Katz rose to Vice President of Production by age 27 and oversaw development and production on films ranging from the cult hit SNAKES ON A PLANE with Samuel L. Jackson and the current cable television stalwart SHOOT ‘EM UP with Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti.

In 2007, Katz went to Twentieth Century Fox as Vice President of Production and was thrust into development of the X-MEN movie universe. Katz oversaw production of the tentpole release X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE starring Hugh Jackman, which grossed a whopping $160M in worldwide box office last weekend.

It was during his time at New Line that Katz embarked on a successful second career as a comic book writer with his first work published by Image Comics in the 2005 anthology THE WICKED WEST. In 2007, Katz signed on to the biggest success of his comic book career, BOOSTER GOLD with DC Comics. Teaming with comic book superstar Geoff Johns, Katz’s run on BOOSTER GOLD was an unexpected success both critically and commercially, putting Katz on the map in a second industry. While on location in Australia the Katz-created horror crossover mini-series FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH (the unofficial sequel to FREDDY VS. JASON) became a hit for Wildstorm & Dynamite and a sequel mini-series based on a story by Katz titled FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH II – THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS begins shipping in June. Katz was recently named one of the “9 to watch in ’09″ by Newsarama, one of the top comics sites on the web.

Over the years, Katz has further solidified his status as a leading genre authority, appearing prominently in the successful genre documentaries GOING TO PIECES: THE RISE & FALL OF THE SLASHER FILM, HALLOWEEN: 25 YEARS OF TERROR and HIS NAME WAS JASON. He was also honored as the youngest member of the Hollywood Reporter’s prestigious “Next Generation” Class of 2007, recognizing his unique credibility in both film and comics. In autumn of 2008, with post-production on X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE well underway, Katz shocked the genre community in the movie industry by resigning his position at 20th Century Fox, which he did to lay the groundwork for what he calls “a new model for a new time.”

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