Comics Artist Standing!
Platinum, Top Cow and NBC affiliate
launch Comic Book Challenge at San Diego Comic-Con!
you want to break into comics? Top Cow wants to help.
one will you draw?
if you've read any Top Cow comic in the last few months,
or any issue of Wizard, you've been aware of Marc Silvestri's
commitment to finding new pencilers and/or inkers. But now
with Platinum Studios, Top Cow's link to the rest of the
entertainment industry, the publisher is taking it to a
whole new level at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. They've
also got Gale Anne Hurd aboard, which gives the whole thing
a really nice vibe (I believe Hulk was beyond her control).
the press release below, check out the commercial Platinum
provided us with, and start working on that portfolio!
writers and artists nationwide are invited to submit their
work to Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that
controls the world’s largest independent library of
comic book characters, and San Diego’s NBC 7/39, search
for the hottest comic book concept – the Comic Book
Challenge. The winner’s comic concept will be developed
for print, online, film and TV.
New and unpublished comic book creators can submit their
ideas online at www.ComicBookChallenge.com
through July 5, 2006. The top 50 semi-finalists will pitch
their concepts live at a secret location near NBC studios
in San Diego on July 20, the first day of the San Diego
Comicon, to a panel of industry professionals. The panel
will include Marc Silvestri, founder and chief executive
officer of Top Cow Comics, Gale Anne Hurd, producer of over
25 movies including “The Terminator” series,
“The Hulk”, and “The Punisher” and
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios and
founder of Malibu Comics, where he discovered and developed
“Men In Black” into a billion dollar entertainment
franchise. “Men in Black” itself was written
by a previously unpublished comic book creator, highlighting
Rosenberg’s belief in new talent.
“If you think you’ve got the best new idea for
a comic book character or story, we urge you to submit to
Comicbookchallenge.com,” said Rosenberg. “It
is very hard to break through into comics and get noticed
by industry luminaries. The Comic Book Challenge allows
creators and aspiring fans a new opportunity to get their
concepts reviewed and turned into an entertainment property.”
The top three finalists will appear on NBC-TV 7/39’s
“Streetside San Diego” on July 21 to pitch their
comic vision to local audiences. Comic book fans around
the world will be invited, starting midnight on Thursday
July 20th, to vote on their favorite of the three finalists
will be open from Thursday night until midnight on Sunday
July 24th. The winner’s comic book concept will be
published by Platinum Studios and premiere in print in March
of 2007. In addition, Platinum Studios will work with the
creator to develop the property for film and television.