Official Press Release
Spacedog Entertainment and Top Cow Productions have teamed up to create a contest where aspiring comic writers and artists can submit their work for publication. The contest, dubbed “Choose Your Own Creator,” launched on May 1st, 2008 and runs through April 15th, 2009. The contest will have 22 winners total that will be paid for their work and be included in the resulting five-part comic series to be published by Top Cow Productions.
Entries can be submitted for the series’ treatment, character designs, individual issue scripts, cover art, black-and-white sequentials, and color sequentials. The contest consists of seven rounds, with each new submission building off the winning entries of the previous round. Contestants are welcome to submit entries for as many rounds as they like.
“Since its inception, Top Cow has been a beacon to comic writers and artists, launching many of the industry’s best. We believe that with Spacedog’s ability to create compelling stories, married with Top Cow’s artistic expertise and credibility, we have the ability to create something special while helping to launch the careers of upcoming artists,” says Roger Mincheff, founder and CEO of Spacedog Entertainment.
Entrants will be responsible for creating a prequel to Spacedog and Top Cow’s already successful Proximity Effect graphic novel. To learn more about the contest, visit www.chooseyourowncreator.com.
Spacedog Entertainment (SDE), founded in 2005 by Roger Mincheff, focuses on storytelling that features real world and relatable people put in fantastic situations. SDE is able to successfully develop franchises with a specific strategy, utilizing emerging technology and entertaining across all media, as a result of Mincheff’s unique background and ability to merge brands with great stories. Among the first slate of titles, Spacedog created and produced Proximity Effect (Universal Studios), The Court (Lions Gate) and Hollow Mark (Lions Gate), Walled In (Starz), Revved (Fox Television Studios) and Wight and Associates (Fox Television Studios). Spacedog’s first book to come to the big screen, The Covenant, opened #1 at the box office and was the top grossing DVD in its debut week. With eight (8) projects currently in various stages of development at leading television and movie studios, Spacedog and Mincheff (represented by CAA) have quickly gained notice in the industry with their forward thinking and innovative strategies.
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 subsequent TV series is set for release 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. 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 and slated for wide release on June 27, 2008. 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.