CBR SITE NEWS: Comic Book Idol 3 Round 1 Underway, Voting Opens on Wednesday

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Celebrity judges critiquing artwork now; Fan voting opens Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES - Now, there's nowhere to hide: The art is out there. The judging has begun.

Comic Book Idol 3, hosted by www.comicbookresources.com, is now officially underway.

The first assignment was to bring to life a 3-page "Fathom" script, penned especially for CBI3 by Aspen Comics' Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez. The 10 finalists have all submitted their work. Now, the celebrity panel of judges consisting of Top Cow's Marc Silvestri, IDW Publishing's Chris Ryall, and Oni Press' James Lucas Jones will critique the work. After that, the fans get to choose.

Voting opens on Wednesday, Oct. 17th at Noon EST. Voting then closes the next day, Thursday, Oct. 18th at noon EST. The bottom two vote getters will be eliminated, with the top 8 moving on to the next assignment. Fans can look at the art now by visiting http://forums.comicbookresources.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29.

They will also get to see the judges' professional critiques there before casting their own votes on Wednesday.

At the end of the competition, one artist will be crowned this season's "Comic Book Idol" and awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con (who is also the sponsor of Comic Book Idol 3), a "Witchblade" cover assignment, assignments from IDW and Oni Press, a slot in Image Comics' "Pop Gun" anthology and a few other great prizes.

Hosted by www.comicbookresources.com, the incredible talent pool for CBI 3 features a global field, with contestants from England, Brazil and Canada. It's also a diverse field, with an accounting professional, a waiter and a security guard up against a batch of freelance artists.

The winner of Comic Book Idol 3 will be named Nov. 15. Patrick Scherberger and Carlos Rodriguez, the winners of the first two Comic Book Idol competitions, have gone on to work for Marvel Comics, Image Comics and DC Comics.

Comic Book Resources (CBR) is the premier online comics magazine. Renowned for its high quality content and active community, CBR draws 2 million unique fans every month.

For more information contact:

Jonah Weiland, executive producer of ComicBookResources.com, 818.985.6688 or jonah@comicbookresources.com

J. Torres, host and creator of Comic Book Idol, jtorres@jtorresonline.com

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