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

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

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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