Top Cow releases NYCC schedule, preview art

Mon, February 2nd, 2009 at 7:43am PST | Updated: February 4th, 2009 at 6:59am

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announce its schedule today for this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention brought together in the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan, NY from February 6-8.

Top Cow will set up in booth #1407 and barrels into the convention with exclusives, preview books and free goodies to augment their headlining celebrity guests.

Headlining the list of guests is actor Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Rocky Balboa) who will be on hand to debut a preview of his new comic, Berserker #0, written by Rick Loverd with art by Jeremy Haun, produced by the publisher in conjunction with Ventimiglia’s production company, DiVide Pictures. They will be joined by Ventimiglia’s partner at DiVide, Russ Cundiff. Fans are invited to come to Room 1A22 on Saturday, February 7 at 4:15 p.m. (see schedule below) to hear more about Berserker and receive a pass good for a limited signing with the entire Berserker team at the Top Cow booth (#1407) after the panel.

Joining Ventimiglia behind the Top Cow booth (#1407) will be actor and producer Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), who will be on hand to sign copies of the Freshmen Volume 1 and 2 softcovers with the series co-creator and writer, Hugh Sterbakov and colorist Blond on Saturday, February 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. A ticket is required for this signing as well and can be obtained from the Top Cow booth (#1407) on Friday during regular show hours.

The publisher will also be celebrating the 75th Legacy Issue of The Darkness with a cover variant exclusively released for the New York Comic-Con. Also present will be Darkness co-creator, David Wohl, with Darkness #75 artists Joe Benitez, Frazer Irving, and Ryan Winn, who will be available for autographs and sketches.

Ron Marz, the mastermind behind last summer’s blockbuster event, Broken Trinity, will also be at the show to answer questions about Witchblade milestone issue #125 and sign copies of a two-part New York Comic-Con exclusive cover variant of Witchblade #124 by artists Tyler Kirkham and Stjepan Sejic. The Witchblade #124 cover exclusive featuring Danielle Baptiste will be available for purchase at the Top Cow booth (#1407) while the second Witchblade #124 exclusive variant cover featuring Sara Pezzini will be available at the Midtown Comics booth. Marz will also be available to sign copies of his original series, Dragon Prince, including an exclusive cover variant by David Petersen (Mouse Guard).

Fans are invited to learn more about the upcoming Wanted: Weapons of Fate video game at a panel on Sunday, February 8 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in Room 10 (see schedule below) after which Wanted artist J.G. Jones will be back at the Top Cow booth (#1407) to meet and greet fans for a signing. Attendees of the panel will receive a free gift and see exclusive footage from the game schedule for a March release.

Visitors to the Top Cow booth will get a sneak peek of the publisher’s next big summer event, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and talk with many of their favorite Top Cow creators. The appearance schedule at the Top Cow booth (#1407) appears below (please check the booth daily for updates as the schedule is subject to change without notice).

Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues; artists 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.

At the Top Cow booth (#1407), the publisher will have the following new products available for fans:

The Darkness #75 New York Comic-Con exclusive sketch cover by Michael Broussard

Witchblade #124 New York Comic-Con exclusive Dani variant cover by Tyler Kirkham and Stjepan Sejic

Dragon Prince #4 New York Comic-Con exclusive cover by David Petersen

TOP COW 2009 NEW YORK COMIC-CON SIGNING AND PANEL SCHEDULE*
All signings take place at the Top Cow booth (#1407) unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY, February 6

1 – 2:00 p.m. TOP COW’S FINEST (signing, Top Cow booth)
William Harms (writer, Impaler)
Rick Loverd (writer, Berserker)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Berserker)
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade Annual)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. THE DARKNESS (signing, Top Cow booth)
Joe Benitez (artist, The Darkness)
David Wohl (co-creator/artist, The Darkness)
Frazer Irving (artist, The Darkness)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. PILOT SEASON 2008 (signing, Top Cow booth)
Marc Bernardin (writer, Genius)
Afua Richardson (artist, Genius)
Jay Faerber (writer, Urban Myths)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Alibi, Cyblade)

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. WITCHBLADE (signing, Top Cow booth)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Witchblade)
Ian Edginton (writer, Witchblade, Pilot Season: Angelus)
Lee Moder (artist, Dragon Prince)

SATURDAY, February 7

10:00-11:20 a.m. PILOT SEASON 2008 (signing, Top Cow booth)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Cyblade, Alibi)
Marc Bernardin (writer, Genius)
Afua Richardson (artist, Genius)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. FRESHMEN (signing, Top Cow booth) – TICKET REQUIRED
Seth Green (co-creator, Freshmen)
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Blond (colorist, Freshmen)

1:05 – 2:00 p.m. WITCHBLADE (signing, Top Cow booth)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Witchblade)
Ian Edginton (writer, Witchblade, Pilot Season: Angelus)
Jay Faerber (writer, Witchblade Annual 2009)
Lee Moder (artist, Dragon Prince)

2:05 – 3:00 p.m. WANTED & TOP COW’ (signing, Top Cow booth)
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
William Harms (writer, Impaler)
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade Annual)

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. THE DARKNESS (signing, Top Cow booth)
David Wohl (co-creator/artist, The Darkness)
Frazer Irving (artist, The Darkness)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. BERSERKER (panel, Room 9)
Rick Loverd (writer, Berserker)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Berserker)
Milo Ventimiglia (producer, Berserker)
Russ Cundiff, (producer, Berserker)

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. BERSERKER (signing, Top Cow booth) – TICKET REQUIRED
Rick Loverd (writer, Berserker)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Berserker)
Milo Ventimiglia (producer, Berserker)
Russ Cundiff, (producer, Berserker)

SUNDAY, February 8

10 -11:00 a.m. PILOT SEASON 2008 (signing, Top Cow booth)
Afua Richardson (artist, Genius)
Jay Faerber (writer, Urban Myths)

11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FRESHMEN (signing, Top Cow booth)
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Blond (colorist, Freshmen)

12:15 -1:15 p.m. WANTED (panel, Room 10)
Matt Hawkins (President, Top Cow Productions)
Pete Wanat and Ryan French (Universal Studios)
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
Moderator - Christopher Carle (IGN.com)

1:30 -3:00 p.m. WANTED (signing, Top Cow booth)
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)

3:05 -4:30 p.m. WITCHBLADE (signing, Top Cow booth)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Witchblade)
Lee Moder (artist, Dragon Prince)

*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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