Top Cow announces Wizard World LA schedule, convention variants

Wed, March 12th, 2008 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions Inc. announced its schedule today for this weekend's Wizard World Los Angeles, a comics and pop culture extravaganza to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 14 - 16. Top Cow is excited to take part in their hometown show!

Top Cow will set up shop at Booth #201 and heads into the convention with an impressive array of guests, including Founder and CEO Marc Silvestri (who has also been named the show's Guest of Honor), actor and producer Seth Green (Freshmen), animation guru Paul Dini (Madame Mirage), and critically acclaimed writer Joe Casey (Pilot Season: Velocity).

Joining them will be an amazing roster of Top Cow's rising talent, including Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage) and Sheldon Mitchell (X-Men: Messiah CompleX). Longtime Top Cow creators David Wohl (The Darkness), Eric Basaldua (Hunter-Killer) and Rick Basaldua (The Darkness: Levels) will also be on hand, as well as writers Hugh Sterbakov (Freshmen) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Pilot Season: Cyblade).

Top Cow will also put on two panels during Wizard World LA. On Friday, from 4 - 5 p.m., Top Cow President Matt Hawkins and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mel Caylo present "Comic Book Marketing 101," in which they give the inside scoop on how to market your product to the comic book market. Get tips on advertising, working with the press and viral marketing techniques. As a bonus, every attendee receives a FREE exclusive gift!

Then, on Saturday from 2 - 3 p.m. is "Top Cow 2008," where attendees can hear some exciting new announcements about Top Cow's upcoming publishing plans, including the full scoop on Pilot Season 2008, the follow-up to last year's extremely successful event in which fans took control and voted on which two characters would get "picked up" for their own series. Sitting on the panel will be Top Cow Founder and acclaimed artist Marc Silvestri, Freshmen co-creators Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov, the Madame Mirage creative team of Paul Dini and Kenneth Rocafort, and Pilot Season 2007 winner Joshua Hale Fialkov. All attendees receive a FREE exclusive gift, which also serves as a pass to a special signing with Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov at the Top Cow Booth (#201) after the panel!

At Wizard World LA, Top Cow will also launch Talent Search 2008, its season-long campaign to find two, new artists for its in-house studio to study under the tutelage of Marc Silvestri. Aspiring artists are instructed to bring in their portfolios during review times (see schedule below) or drop off "leave-behind" packets containing copies of samples of their work.

At the Top Cow Booth (#201), there will be giveaways and heavily discounted Top Cow products; special lithographs, posters, and trade paperbacks for sale; and of course, comics, including exclusives like the Fantastic Four #554 Marc Silvestri Top Cow Variant Cover, the Witchblade #116 Wizard World LA Exclusive Variant Cover and the Wanted: Assassin's Edition Foil Hardcover. But best of all, fans will get the opportunity to meet and talk with their favorite Top Cow creators. The appearance schedule at the Top Cow Booth (#201) is as follows (please check the booth daily for updates):

Friday, March 14

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. TOP COW STUDIO CREW

Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, Sheldon Mitchell

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. MADAME MIRAGE

Kenneth Rocafort

1 – 2:30 p.m. Marc Silvestri (VIPs only; takes place in special Signing Area)

2 – 3 p.m. PORTFOLIO REVIEWS – Top Cow Talent Search 2008

2:30 – 4 p.m. PILOT SEASON

Joshua Hale Fialkov

2:30 – 4 p.m. TOP COW STUDIO CREW

Rick Basaldua, Sheldon Mitchell

4 – 6:30 p.m. THE DARKNESS

Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, David Wohl, Ryan Winn

Saturday, March 15

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. TOP COW STUDIO CREW

Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, Sheldon Mitchell

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PORTFOLIO REVIEWS – Top Cow Talent Search 2008

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. MADAME MIRAGE

Kenneth Rocafort, Paul Dini

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PILOT SEASON

Joshua Fialkov, Blond

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. THE DARKNESS

David Wohl, Michael Broussard, Ryan Winn

3:30 – 4: 30 p.m. FRESHMEN (Must have special pass from Top Cow 2008 Panel)

Seth Green, Hugh Sterbakov, Sheldon Mitchell, Blond

4:30 – 7 p.m. TOP COW STUDIO CREW

Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard

Sunday, March 16

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PORTFOLIO REVIEWS – Top Cow Talent Search 2008

12 – 2 p.m. MADAME MIRAGE

Kenneth Rocafort

12 – 2 p.m. PILOT SEASON

Joshua Fialkov, Joe Casey

2 – 4:30 p.m. THE DARKNESS

David Wohl, Michael Broussard, Ryan Winn

2 – 4:30 p.m. TOP COW STUDIO CREW

Rick Basaldua, Sheldon Mitchell

For more information on Wizard World LA and how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.wizardworld.com.

Art attached: Fantastic Four #554 Marc Silvestri Top Cow Variant Cover, Witchblade #116 Wizard World LA Exclusive Variant Cover, Wanted: Assassin's Edition Foil Hardcover.

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow (http://www.topcow.com) 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 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 currently in production as a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman and slated for wide release on June 27, 2008. 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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