Top Cow launches Pilot Season voting -- and site crashes! (UPDATED)

Voting for Top Cow's annual Pilot Season line of books is coming down the finish line, and from what happened earlier today we could be in for a photo finish. Checking TopCow.com this morning reveals that the site is down due to exceeding their bandwidth. The virtual voting booth is set to close on Sunday, Dec. 18, but with this delay in voting we might be seeing an extension of polling hours.

Assuming the window for voting re-opens, people will have a chance to vote for one of seven books released this year in Top Cow's unique event.This year's line-up was its most diverse yet in terms of story and creators, spanning sci-fi to dramatic with even some comedic moments. The seven titles are The Test, The Beauty, City of Refuge, Fleshdigger, Theory of Everything, Misdirection, Anonymous and Seraph.

Robot 6 reached out to Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik for comment, but have not heard back at the time of publication.

UPDATE: On Monday, Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik contacted Robot 6 to explain TopCow.com's website crashing.

"Topcow.com did go down to due to our bandwidth being exceeded several times in the last week," Sablik explains. "We've increased our bandwidth several times with our current host, but the intensity of voting activity exceeded even our increased bandwidth capabilities. We are currently in the process of migrating topcow.com to a new server which should provide a more stable solution to the problem. We should have an update on when the site will be back up shortly and once the site is live, we will be extending the first round of voting to compensate for the time the lost."

Although Top Cow hasn't revealed just how many votes it's received yet, during the inaugural 2007 Pilot Season, they received 4.1 million votes.

"It's just another example of how Pilot Season really engages comic fans and we're thrilled at the passion fans are demonstrating trying to get their favorite Pilot Season title into the top 4 spots for the second round of voting. Even if it has caused some technical difficulties!"

Robot 6 will update you when TopCow.com comes back online and voting resumes.

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