Comic Book Idols cover CrossGen

Thu, September 4th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Official Press Release

Over 160 hopefuls answered the call. Ten were selected to compete. Only six

remain. Who will emerge as the first-ever Comic Book Idol? The race heats up

this week as the remaining contestants strive to survive by delivering their

take on a cover for a CrossGen title.

Partnering with J. Torres' Comic Book Idol contest at

ComicBookResources.com, CrossGen will award one undiscovered artist the

chance to illustrate a short story for the samurai series THE PATH, written

by Ron Marz and art directed by fan favorite artist Bart Sears. Running for

five rounds, Comic Book Idol assigns unpublished artists weekly challenges

judged by a panel of industry personalities, including Oni Editor In Chief

Jamie S. Rich, Marvel Editor In Chief Joe Quesada, and CrossGen Senior

Writer Ron Marz. Readers are then invited to vote for their favorite artist,

selecting who will ultimately stand tall as the remaining Comic Book Idol.

"Comic Book Idol has been an amazing opportunity," stated Michael Flores,

who submitted a ROUTE 666 cover. "Every time my palms start to sweat while

reading one of the judges' comments, I remember that there are thousands of

guys out there who would kill to be in the position of having Joe Quesada,

Jamie S. Rich, or Ron Marz tearing their egos to shreds every week. I'd like

to think that I have taken their criticisms to heart, and am trying to

improve my work with each assignment."

Jonathan Hickman, submitting a cover for THE PATH, added, "The idol

competition has been very rewarding so far. The contestants are challenging

each other and as a result, the art has gotten better every week. Everyone

involved knows what an opportunity this is, and it just says a lot about how

the judges and the companies involved are committed to cultivating new

talent in the industry."

"Besides the obvious opportunities created by the contest, the added bonus

is the direct feedback from the fans," commented Martin Redmond, who

submitted a RUSE cover. "As an artist working in the video game industry, I

have to work in concert with and please only about a handful of people. In

this contest, I have to keep track of the voters' opinion and rally-up fans,

so that I can make work that's tailor-made to please the crowd and gain

precious votes. It makes me some kind of a micro one-person-company that has

to handle both production and marketing, which is an exciting challenge."

Also submitting a RUSE cover, Chris Ring stated, "It was a real honor to be

selected amongst such a fine group of talent. At first you're sky high

because you've been given the chance to show your work to some of the most

influential people in the business. Then it's like performing in front of a

live audience and you've only had a few days to prepare. The judges are

watching, the fans are watching, and there are always a few hecklers in the

crowd. Hopefully when you're done they're clapping and not hurling tomatoes,

but if you get the odd tomato, you know where you need to work on your act.

It's a great learning experience and one heck of a rush!"

"Being in the Comic Book Idol contest has not only been a great opportunity

to have my work seen by discerning professionals and fans alike, but also to

work with some great characters from a variety of different books," added

Patrick Scherberger, who submitted a ROUTE 666 cover. "As I've done the

entire competition, I gave my CrossGen cover my all, and I hope the fans and

judges like my work."

L. Frank Webber, submitting a MERIDIAN cover, succinctly summed his

experience, saying: "This is a pretty fun event."

"In this talent contest, the audience decides who moves on to subsequent

rounds, and it doesn't matter who Joe Quesada's favorite is, or how much Ron

Marz wants to work with one contestant, or even how much Jamie Rich hates

someone's art--ultimately the Comic Book Idol will be the people's choice,"

stated J. Torres. "Meanwhile, Ron Marz has been amazing! I mean, this man

shows up the day after his third child is born--beat and sleep deprived--to

post some very constructive criticism for our contestants that, in a couple

of cases, put certain artists on cloud nine. He's gone above and beyond, and

it's an honor that he is one of our judges...as well as one of our prizes."

Who will you vote for? You can help one contestant reach THE PATH right now

at ComicBookResources.com.

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