In practice, scheduling conflicts with artist signing and the like intervened. Matt Hawkins showed up early with a couple of DVD's about Top Cow's upcoming media projects. The rest of the crew never showed, so Hawkins gamely handled the whole panel himself.
After a few technical difficulties, the DVD started rolling with scenes from the upcoming "Aphrodite IX" anime, featuring lots of surprisingly bloody violence, and, not very surprising, some fan service.
The anime will be a 98 minute movie that will likely get a theatrical release in Europe and possibly Japan before going straight to DVD in the US sometime in 2007 or 2008.
Hawkins then showed a trailer for the upcoming "Darkness" game, due out for the PS3 and X Box 360 next February. The game was one the three picks for best game at this year's E3, and has been getting raves from the game critics.
The trailer he was able to show at the panel was an older trailer, well over a year old at this point, although there was a new version made, he wasn't allowed to show it to the crowd.
The game, which is a hybrid of first person shooter and a strategy game, will allow players to use a full range of Darkness' powers, from creating Darklings to using the Darkness to rip off enemies' heads. Next year will also see a new "Darkness" comic book series, starting with a five-issue arc that synchs with the five levels in the game. Not an adaptation exactly, but a story taking place around the game.
There was also a little bit regarding an upcoming "Witchblade" game, mostly character studies and some weapons use, all still very early in the development process.