[ENGLISH] Top Cow tells us: LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 1st, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced its plans today for this weekend’s Emerald City ComiCon, the popular comic focused show in Seattle, WA taking place April 4-5. The publisher will be celebrating the 125th Issue of Witchblade with a cover variant exclusively released for the Emerald City ComiCon featuring a brand new illustration by Marc Silvestri of Sara Pezzini. This marks the first time Silvestri has depicted Pezzini in her “dark armor” form, which she has adopted as part of the “War of the Witchblades” storyline that kicks off in issue #125. Copies of the exclusive variant cover will be available at the Emerald City ComiCon show booth (#604) for a SRP of $10. Top Cow creators who will be exhibiting at Emerald City ComiCon include William Harms (Impaler) at Table D-18, Joshua Ortega (Necromancer) at Table C-20, Mike Choi & Sonia Oback (Witchblade, Fusion) at Table A-02, Jay Faerber (Witchblade Annual) at Table E-01, Dave McCaig (Berserker, Broken Trinity: Witchblade) at Table D-13, Steve Sadowski (Witchblade) at Table L-17 and many more!
Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik and Boom! Studios Publisher Ross Richie will be co-hosting a panel entitled “Inside the Writer’s Studio: Mark Waid”, focusing on the work and career of the prolific writer and editor in a format reminiscent of Bravo’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio”. Join them for a casual conversation and intimate look with Waid at his work including his runs on The Flash, Kingdom Come, Captain America, and many of comics’ other top properties. Plus be the first to get an inside scoop on upcoming projects like Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, Irredeemable, and Disney’s Incredibles. The panel begins at 2pm on Saturday, April 4th in Panel Room 3B.
ART ATTACHED: Witchblade #125 ECCC Variant Cover by Marc Silvestri, Joe Weems, and Sunny Gho of IFS
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.