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    Hero Initiative, the nonprofit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators in need, will be heading to THE biggest event in the entertainment industry, San Diego Comic-Con International, July 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center. This will be your FIRST chance to get Hero’s VERY limited edition Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40, plus you can attend exclusive cocktail parties with Joe Quesada, Dan DiDio, Robert Overstreet, David Lloyd and Tom DeSanto. And don’t forget our great lineup of special guests at the booth!

    GET YOUR OVERSTREET! Hero Initiative is proud to announce the release of its exclusive “Conan” Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40. Only 500 Hero-exclusive hardcover copies will go on sale on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Comic-Con International, the same day the regular editions of the Guide go on sale nationwide. The book features John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White’s recreation of the cover for Conan The Barbarian #1, also celebrating its 40th year. Price is $35, and books are available only at the Hero Initiative booth, #5003. Get yours while supplies last!Who would want to pass up the opportunity to have cocktails with Dan DiDio, Joe Quesada, Robert Overstreet, David Lloyd or Tom DeSanto in an amazing luxury hotel suite across the street from the Con? You can bid on a spot by clicking this link. Nothing would make your con experience complete quite like attending one of these special events!

    And our amazing line up of special guests at booth #5003 is:

    Wednesday July 21 (Con Hours 5:30-9:00)

    6:00-9:00: Scott Koblish

    Thursday July 22 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

    12:30-1:30: Dan Jurgens
    1:30-2:30: Josh Dysart
    2:30-3:30: Kurt Busiek
    3:30-4:30: Ken Lashley
    4:30-5:30: Dave Gibbons

    Friday July 23 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

    10:00-11:30: Cully Hamner
    11:30-1:00: Ron Marz + Michael Broussard
    1:30-2:30: Denny O’Neil
    3:30-4:30: Darick Robertson

    Saturday July 24 (Con hours 9:00-7:00):

    12:00-1:30: Dan Jurgens
    1:30-3:30: David Lloyd
    4:00-5:30: Phil Hester

    Sunday July 25 (Con hours 9:00-5:00):

    10:30-11:30: Tony Parker
    3:30-4:30: Darick Robertson

    Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Panel Schedule at SDCC 2010

    Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announces a number of panels, fan events and signings at 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25, 2010.  All times, dates and locations subject to change.

    CARTOON NETWORK & ADULT SWIM PANELS

    THURSDAY, JULY 22

    ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Room 25ABC
    Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, David Wain, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

    Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It’s Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant) and Ken Marino (Party Down, Reaper). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children.  The complete Childrens Hospital – including both the newly produced episodes as well as the original Webisodes – premieres Sunday, July 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.

    BBC PANEL: Look Around You
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Location: 6A
    Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

    As their BAFTA-nominated show comes to BBC DVD, creators-stars Robert Popper (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat, Shaun of the Dead), are on stage to take questions from the fans.

    FRIDAY, JULY 23

    WB PANEL: Batman: The Brave And The Bold
    10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Location: 6A
    Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano
    Moderator: Sam Register

    The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Don’t miss this Comic-Con exclusive.  From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batmanbraveandbold.

    CARTOON NETWORK: Comedy Animation: Adventure Time and Regular Show
    11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Location: 6A
    Talent: Pendleton Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, J.G. Quintel

    Come join us for a panel celebrating our latest comedies from Cartoon Network Studios. What time is it? It’s Adventure Time with special guests Pendleton Ward (creator), Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake) and Tom Kenny (voice of Ice King).  Adventure Time airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Fans will also get an exclusive look at what’s coming this Fall including a sneak peak at Regular Show with creator J.G. Quintel.

    LUCAS PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Room 7AB
    Talent: Dave Filoni, Joel Aron, Kilian Plunkett

    ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Metalocalypse, and Mongo Wrestling
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Location: 6BCF
    Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer and Brendon Small
    Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

    Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros and Metalocalypse—show creators Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken), Tom Root (Robot Chicken), Jackson Publick (Venture Bros), Doc Hammer (Venture Bros), and Brendon Small (Metalocalypse) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions.
    SATURDAY, JULY 24

    DC PANEL: Mad about MAD Magazine!
    10:00 –  11:00 a.m.
    Location:  7AB
    Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick
    Moderator: Peter Girardi

    MAD Magazine has established itself as the original and most imitated and influential satirical publication across generations.  This fall, MAD Magazine returns to TV screens with a new show for the next generation!  Come join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, MAD Magazine Art Director Sam Viviano, legendary MAD Magazine artist Sergio Aragones, contemporary MAD artist Tom Richmond, MAD Story Editor/Producer Kevin Shinick and your host, MAD Creative Exec Peter Girardi, for a light-hearted look at the future of an American institution. MAD Magazine will premiere on Cartoon Network September 2010.

    AS PANEL: The Venture Bros.
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton (across from the convention center)
    Talent: Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak

    Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer host a laissez-faire chat about – what else? – The Venture Bros. They’ll be joined by Patrick Warburton (voice of Brock Samson) and James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) as they screen sneak preview clips from the upcoming season, shamelessly plug their new DVD and line of action figures, and take questions from the audience.

    CARTOON NETWORK: Action-Adventure Animation: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex and Sym-Bionic Titan
    1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
    Location: 6DE
    Talent: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Cipes, John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara, Wally Kurth, Genndy Tartakovsky
    Moderator: Tramm Wigzell, vice president, original series, action adventure for Cartoon Network

    Come meet the creators, producers and voice actors behind some of Cartoon Network’s biggest boy heroes Ben 10 and Generator Rex. From Man of Action meet Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle along with the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien team members Glenn Murakami (supervising producer), Dwayne McDuffie (co-producer/story editor), Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben) and Greg Cipes (voice of Kevin). Generator Rex panelists include John Fang (supervising producer), Rob Hoegee (story editor), Daryl Sabara (voice of Rex) and Wally Kurth (voice of Six).  Also make sure not to miss a first look at Sym-Bionic Titan with Genndy Tartakovsky.

    ADULT SWIM: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Location:  6DE
    Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dino Stamatopoulos
    Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

    Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole—show creators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Matt Maiellaro (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!) and Dino Stamatopoulos (Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions. Keith Crofford, vice president of production at Adult Swim will moderate.

    SUNDAY, JULY 25

    CARTOON NETWORK: Live-Action/ CG: Tower Prep and Firebreather
    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Location: 6DE
    Talent: Paul Dini, Drew Van Acker, Elise Gatien, Ryan Pinkston, Dyana Liu, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn and Peter Chung
    Moderator: Harry Knowles

    Join executive producer and series creator Paul Dini (Lost, Batman Beyond) as he offers fans an exclusive first look at Cartoon Network’s newest live action mystery series Tower Prep. Meet the series stars Drew Van Acker (The Lake), Elise Gatien (Bionic Woman), Ryan Pinkston (Punk’d) and Dyana Liu (Parenthood). Fans will also get an exclusive look at Firebreather, Cartoon Network’s first world premiere original CGI movie event based on the comic book series with creator and co-executive producer Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive producer Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and writer/director Peter Chung (Aeon Flux).

    WB PANEL: Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Room 6BCF
    Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Werb
    Moderator: Rich Sands

    Join the adventure!  Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series, Unnatural History, journeys to San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. Unnatural History chronicles the adventures of Henry Griffin, a teenager with extraordinary skills acquired while traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. His unique abilities come in handy when he moves to Washington D.C. – and begins exploring the mysteries of a charter high school within the National Museum Complex. Fans will be treated to a premiere screening of a never-before-seen episode, as well as a Q&A with series stars Kevin G. Schmidt (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Italia Ricci (Greek) and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as well as creator/executive producer Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off).  From Warner Horizon Television, Unnatural History airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of the show at  www.facebook.com/UnnaturalHistory.

    WB PANEL: Scooby-Doo Screening and Q&A
    2:15 –  3:15 p.m.
    Location: 6BCF
    Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

    Those meddling teens are at it again!  Find out what Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and, of course, Scooby-Doo are up to with a sneak peek at upcoming titles from this beloved family franchise. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) and art director Dan Krall (Coraline) as they screen a never-before-seen episode of the new Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network) and take fan questions. Additionally, they will unveil the trailer to Warner Home Video’s upcoming all-new original animated movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (release date: September 14) and will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp videogame, coming September 14. Panel attendees will be served a full course of all things Scooby-Doo, as they will also hear about additional upcoming Scooby-related projects from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

    ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

    Thursday, July 22

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Look Around You Signing
    BBC America Booth #3629
    Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
    Childrens Hospital Signing
    WB Booth #4545
    Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

    Friday, July 23

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    Venture Bros Signing
    Adult Swim Booth #3351
    Talent: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Robot Chicken Signing
    Adult Swim Booth #3351
    Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root

    Saturday, July 24

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Metalocalypse Signing
    Adult Swim Booth #3351
    Talent: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force & Squidbillies Signing
    Adult Swim Booth #3351
    Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro

    ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS
    TIM AND ERIC AWESOME-CON 2010
    Saturday, July 24, 12 – 3 p.m.
    Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North

    Picnic in the park hosted by Tim and Eric and other characters from the show with fan challenges (costume contest, karaoke contest, etc).

    ADULT SWIM ICE CREAM TRUCKS
    The Adult Swim ice cream trucks will be cruising around San Diego, keeping fans cool by rewarding them with free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Adult Swim show talent will be along for the ride to pass out ice cream, interact with fans, and sign autographs.  Follow www.twitter.com/AdultSwim as we live-tweet our locations.

    CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

    Friday, July 23

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Batman: The Brave and the Bold Signing
    WB Booth #4545
    Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Adventure Time & Regular Show Signing
    Autograph Alley
    Talent: Pen Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada (Finn) John DiMaggio (Jake),
    Tom Kenny (Ice King), JG Quintel

    Saturday, July 24

    11:15 a.m. –  12:15p.m.
    Mad about MAD Magazine!
    DC Booth
    Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex Signing
    Autograph Alley
    Man of Action: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle
    Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben)  Greg Cipes (Kevin)
    Generator Rex: John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara (Rex), Wally Kurth (Six)

    Sunday, July 25

    11:45  – 12:30 p.m.
    WB: Scooby Doo Mystery Inc Signing
    WB Booth #4545
    Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Firebreather Signing
    Autograph Alley
    Talent: Peter Chung, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn

    2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
    WB: Unnatural History Signing
    WB Booth #4545
    Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Web
    CARTOON NETWORK –  THE CARTOON NETWORK PIZZERIA at CIRO’S
    (Ciro’s Pizzeria, 536 Market Street, Between 5th and 6th in the Gaslamp Quarter)

    Cartoon Network goes beyond the San Diego Convention Center this year with a fully immersive restaurant take-over!  Come visit the The Cartoon Network Pizzeria from Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25 and experience Cartoon Network in way you’ve never seen before at the con. The Cartoon Network Pizzeria will feature sneak previews of new and returning Cartoon Network shows, opportunities for special Happy Hour free food and drink and free Cartoon Network cup  with purchase throughout the entire convention (while supplies last).
    Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

    Top Cow at C2E2 2010

    April 16, 2010 by  
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    Press Release:

    JOIN THE HERD AT THE INAUGURAL COMIC EXPO IN CHICAGO

    TOP COW AT C2E2 2010

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 8, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce its plans for this year’s inaugural Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), the new pop culture convention brought together at McCormick Place in Chicago from April 16th-18th.

    Top Cow is a proud sponsor of C2E2 and can be found at booth #551. Fans who stop by the Top Cow booth will be among the first to be able to get a glimpse and purchase Magdalena #1 by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Green Lantern) and Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, The Darkness). The story centers on Patience, the current Magdalena and bearer of the Spear of Destiny in the Top Cow Universe. Patience finds herself unable to trust those in charge of the Catholic Church and faced with the decision if she can work with them to fulfill her role as the Church’s protector or not. Magdalena #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, April 21st.

    The publisher will be offering two exclusive C2E2 variant covers for the event: a wrap-around Magdalena #1 variant by Blake II and a Darkness #84 photo cover featuring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. The exclusives are both extremely limited and will be initially made available at C2E2. Fans will also be able to pick up numerous free promotional items, posters and free comics at the Top Cow booth. Fans interested in sketches from some of the artists should stop by at the beginning of each day to acquire a sketch ticket. Sketch tickets are limited to one per attendee per day. Publisher Filip Sablik will be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.

    Top Cow will be joined at C2E2 by the following guests: writers Ron Marz (Witchblade, Green Lantern), Phil Hester (The Darkness, Green Arrow), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Pilot Season: Alibi, Tumor) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box); pencillers Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer, Magdalena), Eric Basaldua (Hunter-Killer, Witchblade Annual) and Alessandro Vitti (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box, Secret Warriors); and inker Ryan Winn (The Darkness).

    On Saturday, April 17 at 7:15-8:15pm in E450, join Sablik as the publisher launches Magdalena #1 with Marz and Blake II. Special guest, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will also stop by to discuss his love of Top Cow’s comics including his favorite character, The Darkness. Additional guests of the panel include Hester, Basaldua, Hill and more as they share with fans what’s coming from Top Cow in 2010, including exclusive early looks, exciting announcements, and special gifts for every panel attendee.

    The C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) convention will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois for the weekend of April 16-18, 2010. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

    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 Announces Emerald City ComiCon Plans

    March 9, 2010 by  
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    PUBLISHER RETURNS TO THE EMERALD CITY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS, EXCLUSIVES AND GIVEAWAYS

    TOP COW AT EMERALD CITY COMICON 2010

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 8, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. announced its plans today for this weekend’s Emerald City ComiCon, the Pacific Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention.  This year’s Emerald City ComiCon will be held at the Washington State Convention Center on March 13-14, 2010.  Fans are encouraged to stop by the Top Cow booth (#304) to meet their favorite creators, pick up the Emerald City ComiCon convention variant as well as their favorite Top Cow comics.

    Top Cow creators who will be exhibiting at Emerald City ComiCon include Ron Marz (Witchblade), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Michael Broussard (The Darkness), William Harms (Impaler), Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual) and Joshua Ortega (Necromancer).

    This year, Emerald City ComiCon will have available four Top Cow exclusives: an ECCC 2010 limited edition wrap-around variant of Angelus #2 (by Marz and Stjepan Sejic), an ECCC 2010 limited edition variant cover of The Darkness #83 by Whilce Portacio (with interior story by Hester and Broussard), a limited edition Witchblade ECCC print by Broussard and Sunny Gho, and the official ECCC 2010 t-shirt featuring the art of Broussard. The latter two exclusives will be available at the official Emerald City ComiCon booth.

    Also available at the Top Cow booth (#304) are free preview books, prizes and other giveaways. Fans interested in sketches from the artists should stop by at the beginning of each day to acquire a sketch ticket.

    For more information on the show, please visit www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.  You can also receive up-to-date information including an Emerald City ComiCon signing schedule by following Top Cow on Twitter: @TopCow (www.twitter.com/topcow).

    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.

    Tim Sale Sketches for Charity at Emerald City ComiCon

    March 9, 2010 by  
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    Hero Initiative Announces Membership Party featuring Tim Sale Three-Minute sketches and ECCC Schedule!

    Los Angeles, CA: Hero Initiative will be at the 8th annual Emerald City Comic Con, March 13-14 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Wash. Hero will have a star-studded guest list throughout the weekend, and a membership party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Grand Hyatt Downtown Saturday night featuring artist Tim Sale. All proceeds will benefit Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization helping comic creators in need.

    Fans who become new members of Hero Initiative on Saturday at the con will receive tickets to our Member Appreciation party. The party will be held from 10-11 pm at Ruth’s Chris Bar and Grill located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Existing members, bring your membership cards for entry! At the party Tim Sale will be drawing “Colorful Characters of Marvel,” three-minute sketches at only $20 each, one per customer! There are only 10 slots available, so get to the Hero booth early on Saturday to reserve yours. They are sold on a first come, first served basis.

    And the mayor of Seattle has put together a proclamation for the Seattle born-and-bred Tim Sale in recognition of his success in the comic book industry and his dedication in helping Hero Initiative. The presentation will be made at the party, so become a member so you can help celebrate!

    “Wow, how cool is this? Even though I live in Los Angeles now, in many ways Seattle will always be my home town, and it’s very thrilling to be honored by the city in this way,” said Sale. “I hope I can be worthy, and that everyone comes to the Emerald City Comic Con and enjoys themselves!”

    Hero Initiative booth schedule:

    Saturday, March 13:
    1000-1130: Phil Hester
    1130-100: Barry Kitson + Tim Sale
    100-230: Whilce Portacio
    230-400: Jeff Parker

    Sunday, March 14:
    1000-1200: Matt Haley
    1200-100: Steve Lieber
    100-200: Alan Porter

    Top Cow Announces Comic-Con International Plans

    TOP COW AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009

    HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE PREMIERE OF NEW TOP COW BOOKS

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 20th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today its plans for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, 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 will set up in booth #2629 and barrels into the convention with exclusives, preview books and free goodies to augment their headlining announcements, including free copies of Berserker #0, the Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer First Look, tons of Top Cow bookmarks, and lots more (while supplies last).

    Fans are invited to join Marc Silvestri (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), Matt Hawkins (President of Top Cow) and Filip Sablik (Publisher of Top Cow) as they hit you with a hurricane of exciting news and announcements from comics, film, television, anime, and much more! Joining them will be Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Berserker), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible), along with a multitude of media and comic special guests! Don’t miss major announcements regarding the Witchblade feature film, The Magdalena feature film, and The Darkness video game! The panel will be featured in room 7AB from 4:30pm-5:30pm under the title, Top Cow: Comics & Multi-Media, on Saturday, July 25th. Fans wanting to get in on the Berserker signing with Milo Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff, and Rick Loverd will need to attend the Top Cow panel in order to secure a free ticket. The signing will take place at the Top Cow booth immediately following the panel.

    Top Cow has an exciting and varied list of creators signing which include fan favorites like Marc Silvestri, Ron Marz (Witchblade), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade), Michael Broussard (The Darkness), and Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual). Making his first Comic-Con appearance will be Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer). Top Cow will also host a special signing with wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who will be on hand Friday from 1:00pm-2:00pm to promote and sign free posters promoting his new film, Damage. Fans will need to obtain a free ticket for the Austin signing, which will be available at the Top Cow booth on Wednesday night, throughout the day Thursday, and Friday morning (while supplies last). A complete signing schedule follows (please check the booth daily for updates as the schedule is subject to change without notice):

    Wednesday
    6PM-7PM Witchblade
    Eric Basaldua
    Stjepan Sejic
    7PM-8PM Top Cow All Stars
    Michael Broussard
    Joshua Hale Fialkov
    Nelson Blake II

    Thursday
    9:45-10:45 Zero G
    Alex Zamm
    Jason Badower
    11:00-12:00 Witchblade
    Stjepan Sejic
    Rick Basaldua
    12:00-1:00 Pilot Season
    Joshua Hale Fialkov
    Marc Bernardin
    Adam Freeman
    1:00-2:00 Darkness
    Michael Broussard
    Phil Hester
    Rob Levin
    2:00-3:00 Darkness / Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer
    Nelson Blake II
    Kenneth Rocafort
    Mark Waid (at the Boom! Studios booth)
    Troy Peteri
    3:00-5:00 Witchblade
    Stjepan Sejic
    Ron Marz
    Eric Basaldua
    5:00-6:00 Top Cow In-House Artists
    Nelson Blake II
    Rick Basaldua
    Sheldon Mitchell

    Friday
    9:45-10:45 Big Trouble in Little China
    Jason Badower
    Evan Bleiweiss
    11:00-12:00 Darkness
    Phil Hester
    Michael Broussard
    Frazer Irving
    12:00-1:00 Cyberforce/ Hunter Killer
    Kenneth Rocafort
    Mark Waid (at 12:30 PM; at the Boom! Studios booth)
    Marc Silvestri
    1:00-2:00 Stone Cold Steve Austin “Damage” signing (ticket required)
    2:00-3:00 Pilot Season
    Joshua Hale Fialkov
    Marc Bernardin
    Adam Freeman
    3:00-4:00 Witchblade
    Ron Marz
    Stjepan Sejic
    Eric Basaldua
    Troy Peteri
    4:00-5:00 Tracker/Berserker
    Jonathan Lincoln
    Francis Tsai
    Rick Loverd
    5:00-6:00 Witchblade
    Nelson Blake II
    Paul Jenkins
    Rick Basaldua

    Saturday
    10:00-11:30 Image United (at the Image Booth)
    Marc Silvestri
    10:00-11:00 Beneath the Darkness
    Paul Jenkins
    Sheldon Mitchell
    11:00-12:00 Pilot Season
    Joshua Hale Fialkov
    Marc Bernardin
    Adam Freeman
    12:00-1:00 Top Cow In-House Artists
    Eric Basaldua
    Neslon Blake II
    Sheldon Mitchell
    1:00-2:00 Witchblade
    Ron Marz
    Stjepan Sejic
    Marc Silvestri
    1:00-2:00 Photoshoot with Witchblade Through the Ages
    2:00-3:00 Darkness
    Marc Silvestri
    Phil Hester
    Michael Broussard
    3:00-4:00 Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer
    Kenneth Rocafort
    Mark Waid (signing at Boom! Studios)
    Eric Basaldua
    4:00-5:00 Tracker
    Jonathan Lincoln
    Francis Tsai
    Troy Peteri
    5:00-5:40 Witchblade
    Eric Basaldua
    Rick Basaldua
    5:45-7:00 Berserker (ticket required)
    Milo Ventimiglia
    Russ Cundliff
    Rick Loverd

    Sunday
    11:00-12:00 Darkness
    Michael Broussard
    Nelson Blake II
    Rob Levin
    12:00-1:00 Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer/Witchblade
    Stjepan Sejic
    Kenneth Rocafort
    Troy Peteri
    1:00-2:00 Top Cow In-House Artists
    Eric Basaldua
    Rick Basaldua
    Shedon Mitchell

    Also at the Top Cow booth, the publisher will offer several items exclusive to San-Diego Comic-Con. This includes a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover to Witchblade #128 featuring the artwork of Stjepan Sejic and an exclusive variant cover homage to Frank Frazetta by Kenneth Rocafort to Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1. Alongside these comic variant covers, the Top Cow Booth (#2629) will be selling Comic-Con exclusives of The Top Cow Bible softcover and The Art of Top Cow hard cover (books premiering at the San Diego Comic-Con Top Cow Booth). Top Cow will also debut a special First Look issue for a new series entitled Tracker, produced in conjunction with Heroes and Villains Entertainment.

    Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues; artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will only be able to do a limited amount of free sketches per sitting. Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show. Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day. Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket. Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.
    *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 roleplaying games.

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