Platinum Studios and San Diego television station NBC 7/39 joined forces to discover new and unpublished writers and artists with the Comic Book Challenge, which concluded over the weekend with the naming of winner at the San Diego Comic-Con Int’l.
Hopefuls across the nation were encouraged to submit their work at www.nbcsandiego.com for a chance to evaluated by Platinum Studios chairman and Malibu Comics founder Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and a panel of judges that included film producer Gail Ann Hurd (The Terminator, The Hulk) Top Cow Comics founder and CEO Marc Silvestri, The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Chris Marlowe and People magazine staff correspondent Oliver Jones. The top 50 semi-finalists were invited to pitch their concepts to the panel live at Comic-Con, where DJ Coffman’s Hero By Night ended up taking the top prize.
Hero By Night centers on a young man named Jack King, who discovers the secret lair of a 1950s superhero in his new apartment in an old tenement building. There, he discovers journals, retro gadgets and a ring that may possess special powers. As Jack further explores the mystery and tries to decide what to do with the find, he begins down a path that may lead him to take up the mantle of ‘Hero By Night.’
The Hero By Night comic book will be published in March of 2007 by Platinum Studios, which will also work with Coffman 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 company has a number of projects set up at major film studios, including a sci-fi epic titled Unique at Disney and Cowboys & Aliens at Sony. More information can be found at Platinum Studios www.platinumstudios.com.