Official Press Release
Top Cow Productions Inc. announced today the voting polls for Pilot Season 2008 are now open, allowing readers to vote for their favorite title out of the six one-shots that were put out this summer.
Polling stations are now set up at the Top Cow main site (www.topcow.com), the Top Cow MySpace page (www.myspace.com/topcow) and the Pilot Season MySpace page (www.myspace.com/pilotseason), with additional polling stations to appear on various comics news sites and blogs. Readers can vote once per day until the polls close on September 8, 2008.
Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007 that borrows its concept from the television industry: Six “pilots” are submitted for consideration to be “picked up for a season,” except instead of TV executives deciding their fates, it’s the fans who decide by voting online. Last year’s top two vote getters, Cyblade and Velocity, will debut with new series later this year. Over four million votes were cast last year through a partnership with MySpace Comics.
Here are the titles in contention this year, along with a campaign plea from each book’s writer(s):
• TWILIGHT GUARDIAN â€” Troy Hickman
“Why should folks vote for Twilight Guardian? Well, I guess I could appeal to their love for the underdog, since we’re certainly up against some big names here. Or I could suggest that if they really want to see a different kind of superhero book, they need to give TG all the support they can. Or I could even go for the sympathy vote, and point out that I just can’t eat any more five-for-a-dollar packages of Ramen noodles!
“But when it comes down to it, I want people to vote for TG because I believe we’ve created a darned good story that you’re going to enjoy, and if we get the opportunity to continue the saga of the Twilight Guardian, we’re going to show you stuff you’ve never seen before in a comic book. That’s a promise.”
• LADY PENDRAGON â€” Matt Hawkins
“Please don’t vote for my book!”
• GENIUS â€” Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman
“Spandex heroes! Over-the-top super villains! Huge multiverse crossover events!
“You’ll get none of that in Genius.
“A vote for Genius is a vote against the status quo. It is a vote to expand the types of stories comics can and should tell. Destiny Ajaye is the greatest military mind of our generation. She also happens to be a 17-year-old gangbanger from South Central LA who is unwilling to accept the world she has been handed: police brutality, institutional racism and viral apathy. Genius is a story that should be told. Trust us, it is a story you will want to hear the rest of.
“Our names are Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman and we approve this message.”
• ALIBI â€” Joshua Hale Fialkov
“Alibi is something that’s missing from comics right now. Ass-kicking, topsy-turvy, groin-punching, non-stop-crazy adventure with more plot twists then you can shake a stick at. If you want some pure action, without any of those sissies in their underwear moaning about something that happened 30 years ago on an alternate Earth, then Alibi is the book for you.”
• URBAN MYTHS â€” Jay Faerber
“People should vote for Urban Myths because there’s truly nothing like it on the stands. It’s ‘Chinatown’ meets ‘Clash of the Titans.’ A mix of murder and mythology, of detectives and demi-gods. It’s also got jaw-droppingly beautiful artwork by Jorge Molina, and we’re both committed 110% to making this the best book out there.”
• THE CORE â€” Jonathan Hickman
“Six books walk into a bar. Five of them have a great time â€” they hang out, have a drink, but inevitably, they go home alone. One bags two hot coeds. That book is The Core.”
“We are extremely excited by each of the books in contention this year but only two can go on to becoming their own series, so it’s up to the readers to decide,” commented Mel Caylo, Top Cow’s VP of Marketing and Sales. “If you really want your favorite to win, I encourage you to vote every day â€” and get your friends and your family to chime in, too!”
Previews for each book are available at www.myspace.com/pilotseason.
About Top Cow Productions Inc.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (http://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 entire TV series was recently released on DVD. 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. It set a June record for an opening weekend for an R-rated film. 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.