Contest Seeks Comic-Book Talent

Platinum Studios, controller of one of the world’s largest independent libraries of comic-book characters, has teamed with San Diego television station NBC 7/39 to discover new talent with the Comic Book Challenge. New and unpublished writers and artists nationwide are encouraged to submit their work at contests through July 5. The winning comic concept will be developed for print, online, film and TV.

On July 20, the top 50 semi-finalists will pitch their concepts live to a panel of industry insiders at the San Diego Comic-Con. The judges will include Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd, Top Cow Comics founder and CEO Marc Silvestri and Platinum Studios chairman and Malibu Comics founder Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

“It is very hard to break through into comics and get noticed by industry luminaries. The Comic Book Challenge allows creators and aspiring fans a new opportunity to get their concepts reviewed and turned into an entertainment property,’ says Rosenberg, who discovered the Men In Black property and developed it into a billion-dollar entertainment franchise.

Comic book fans will be able to vote for their favorite comic concepts at starting at midnight on July 20. The top three finalists will then pitch their ideas on NBC 7/39′s Streetside San Diego with Kimberly King on July 21. Voting will be open through midnight on July 24. The winning entry will be published in March of 2007 by Platinum Studios, which will work with the creator to develop the property for film and television.

Platinum Studios’ library of intellectual properties includes more than 3,800 characters that have appeared in more than a billion comics. The prcompany has a number of projects set up at major film studios, include a sci-fi epic titled Unique at Disney and Cowboys & Aliens at Sony. More information can be found at Platinum Studios