Devil's Due Announces New Talent Search

Official Press Release

Chicago, IL – August 3, 2006 –Riding on the success of a Hollywood agreement to bring comic book property HACK/SLASH to the silver screen, Chicago comic book powerhouse Devil's Due Publishing, Inc. unveils its next two projects in development, DRAFTED and MERCY SPARX…and announces a talent search to find illustrators for the exciting, upcoming series.

"The triumph of HACK/SLASH has really opened the doors to homegrown projects like DRAFTED and MERCY SPARX," says Devil's Due President Josh Blaylock (G.I. JOE, HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH COMICS). "And what better way to launch an exciting, unknown property than with fresh new talent?"


MERCY SPARX, Blaylock's own creation, tells the tale of a devil girl stuck between Heaven and Hell. After being denied entrance into paradise, Mercy is contracted by Heaven to hunt down three rogue angels who are giving the rest a bad name. Succeeding in their capture might just be Mercy's key to the Pearly Gates.

When a benevolent alien race arrives on Earth, informing the people of the world that they must be recruited into an intergalactic war or be destroyed by invaders, will humanity rise to the challenge? DRAFTED, created by Mark Powers (AFTERMATH, X-MEN) and Josh Blaylock, follows a young man named Gabriel Contreras as the entire world changes around him, and he is led down the path of heroism and sacrifice. Will Earth survive the war to come?

"We're only looking for artists in for the long haul," Blaylock adds. "We want the best and brightest artists, ready to break into the professional comic book industry, capable of keeping up both brisk pacing and consistent art quality. But we also need artists excited over the material. If you're submitting to our talent search, make sure to choose the concept that you would most enjoy illustrating."

Talent search participants should be willing to work on royalty pay, rather than a page rate scenario, with possible advance payments and a share of merchandising revenues. Entrants should complete fully illustrated submissions in the traditional sequential art comic book format, based on one of two sample script excerpts. These script samples may be found on both www.JoshBlaylock.com and www.Devilsdue.net . Josh Blaylock.com also features a gallery of MERCY SPARX concept art. Submissions can be emailed to talentsearch@devilsdue.net or mailed to:

Attn: DDP Talent Search

Devil's Due Publishing, Inc.

4619 N. Ravenswood Ave. #204

Chicago IL, 60640

*** Original art will not be returned, and will be DISPOSED of. Please send PHOTOCOPIES only. ***

The deadline for consideration is September 15th, 2006. Many will enter; few will get the call. Now's your chance to be drafted into the pop culture war with DDP!

SAMPLE SCRIPT LINK http://www.devilsdue.net/talentsearch/talent_search_trial.doc



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Devil's Due Publishing was formed in 1999 as both a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. DDP's first breakout success was 2001's revamp of G.I. JOE, returning the long-lost 1980s characters to comics, immediately propelling the company to the top of the charts. Today, DDP's lineup includes Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, G.I. Joe: America's Elite, Family Guy, eigoManga, Hack/Slash, Capcom's Killer 7, and the Lost Squad.

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